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Pontevedra and Vigo

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An journey to the more urban and industrial south of Galicia represented by the city of Vigo in contrast with Pontevedra, which has one of the best preserved historic areas of Galicia.

The city of Vigo has always been one of the industrial engines of Galicia for its shipbuilding and seafood industry, not forgetting of course the Peugeot Citroen factory that established itself in the city in 1958. Vigo is also a major shopping destination for its open shopping centres and commercial pedestrian streets like Príncipe, full of shops of leading companies in harmony with traditional craft shops and interspersed with terraces where one can enjoy a break.

One of the attractions that make Vigo a must is Mercado de la Piedra, an open market where trade and food converge. It is famous for its freshly prepared oysters on the street on demand offered by the dozens of terraces in the area. The neighbourhood is located near the harbour and in the days when cruise liners arrive, its streets are packed with shopping-avid tourists that also enjoy fine dining.

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We will stroll through the English and French style gardens of Castrelos Park, where the Pazo-Museum Quiñones de León is located, it is home among other funds of an impressive collection of European paintings from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as well as a large sample of archaeological artefacts. From the viewpoint of Monte do Castro one can enjoy the best views over the estuary of Vigo, the mussel-growing rafts and Rande Bridge.

We will depart Vigo and head towards Pontevedra, capital of the Rias Baixas and old town declared of historical-artistic interest in 1951. Pontevedra is a city to enjoy by foot, not in vain the city received European recognition in 2013 for being the most pedestrianised city in Europe. Our tour will take us to the Basilica of Santa Maria A Maior and the Church of the Peregrina, the virgin patron saint of the city. The old part of town is home to some of the most beautiful places in Galicia such as the Plaza de la Leña, surrounded by arcaded houses and galleries adorned with colourful flowers right next to the Provincial Archaeological Museum.