Friday, December 17, 2010

Glimpse of Vigo

The city of Vigo is found within Galicia, Spain. It has a magnificent port which looks out to the Atlantic. It also has a good communication network of motorways and railways, that  connects directly with Madrid at a distance of 667km. The Autopista del Atlantico heads into northern Galicia, passing through the cities of Santiago, Pontevedra  and Acoruna. 
The Central Station
Nothing beats the excitement of finally setting foot in a city full of vast attractions after days of rock and roll at sea. However, due to a very limited time in port, I only  had a few glimpses of what is nearby. Thanks to the local agent, who was kind enough to show me around. He said, Vigo has many parks and gardens, beautiful squares and historical buildings and nice beaches. 
Porta del Sol is  the centre of the city, and here we can see the tall sculpture named Sireno. The gilded figure  represents a figure that is half man and half sea creature.
The rail station that is located within the heart of the city and has daily links to most major cities in Spain.
The Port of Vigo, serves hundreds of passenger cruisers and container vessels each year and it is just 10km away from the city and the airport at Peinador that links to major cities in Spain.

The container cargo for loading.
The vessel docked ahead of us.

Being charmed by the view of the city, and spending time with the one you love, is an experience worth the pains of living it up with the monstrous waves at sea en route. The bucket full of fresh catch squid  by the crew is a sure feast to our palates, and now, I know why the statue in the port has the Octopus tails.

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