Vigo, also known as the Gate to the Atlantic, is a young and modern city located in the middle of the southernmost Ría to which it gives its name. Vigo, with population 300,000, is one of the most important cities of the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula having a worldwide position on the fishing, automobile manufacturing and shipbuilding sectors. The rugged orography of Vigo's estuary encompasses landmarks like the beautiful Cíes Islands, the inlet of San Simon, and plenty of coastal towns with a rich gastronomy, famous for their excellent seafood, together with attractive beaches and modern facilities for nautical sports and routes through the Ría, coexisting with a rich historic downtown, flanked by the hills of O Castro and A Guía.

Vigo is located in the south of Galicia, a northwestern Iberian medieval kingdom. Nowadays, Galicia constitutes an autonomous region in Spain with the status of historic nationality. Galicia is the birthplace of the Portuguese language and the destiny of the Way of St. James, Santiago de Compostela, a major Christian pilgrimage route, which during the middle ages constituted an important cultural and commercial European network.

Unlike most other Galician towns, Vigo enjoys nice summer temperatures, but with the benefit of much milder and more comfortable winters. The explanation for this is their sheltered and protected location.

Travel and transportation

The best way to get to Vigo is by air, via Vigo-Peinador airport, which is located at 20 minutes from the conference venue. Five of the most important airports in Europe are destinations of Peinador: Barcelona-El Prat, Madrid-Barajas, London-Heathrow, Brussels, and Paris-Charlles de Gaulle. These five key destinations allow to travel to Vigo from a relevant number of cities by just stopping once. In addition, there are three more airports with regional and international destinations in a radius of 180 kilometers, namely Santiago de Compostela-Lavacolla (120 Km), A Coruña-Alvedro (180 Km), and O Porto-Sá Carneiro (160 Km). Among these, Sá Carneiro airport has the largest number of destinations, including such relevant airports as Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt, Toronto, New York, Boston, São Paulo, or Rio de Janeiro.

Vigo is highway connected with the four nearby airports, so one alternative to get to the venue is to rent a car at the airports. Additionally, from Peinador a taxi can be taken to get to Vigo, or the bus service to the city center can be also used and then from the bus station get a taxi to the summer school venue. From Sá Carneiro, a taxi to Vigo can be considered costly; however, there is an affordable bus service (~20 euros) from/to Vigo four times a day in the weekdays and once a day during weekends, and a taxi can be taken from the Vigo bus station to the summer school venue. In addition to taking a taxi or renting a car, from Lavacolla and Alvedro airports one can take a taxi or bus to their respective train or bus stations, where there are relatively frequent train/bus services to Vigo.

General Information about Vigo

Transports Information

  • Train: Renfe web page 
    Telef. (+34) 902 24 02 02
  • Vigo airport: web page
  • Bus Station: (+34) 986 373 411
  • Taxis:
    • Central Radio Taxi: (+34) 986 470 000
    • Radio Taxi Servicio: (+34) 986 272 829
    • Radio Taxi Vigo: (+34) 986 252 700
  • Urban buses: there are 43 bus lines since 6:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. 
    Vitrasa web page (in Spanish only) 
    Telef. (+34) 986 29 16 00, (+34) 986 207 474
  • Maritime Transport: Navieira Mar de Ons offers turistic trips and regular services between Vigo and Cangas and Moaña

Distances to other cities

Galician Gastronomy

If one asks Galicians or anyone who knows Galicia for a list of features that define this land, most of them will include its gastronomy and praise the quality of the seafood.

Galicia has a heterogeneous coastline comprising cliffs and rocky headlands in the northwest, where the Atlantic ocean waves hit the rocks producing the highly appreciated Galician goose barnacles; the southwest is populated by sandy big estuaries, called Rías, which show the perfect conditions for the marine life, boosting the production of clams, mussels, oysters, lobsters, crabs, etc. Sliced boiled octopus served on a wooden plate drizzled in olive oil and paprika known as "polbo á feira" is probably the best representative dish of the Galician cuisine appearing in all kinds of festivals or celebrations. In addition, culinary experts suggest that the perfect marriage for the Galician seafood is a fresh white wine with fruity reminiscences called "Albariño", whose vineyards are planted in the southwest of Galicia and the northwest of Portugal.

In coastal cities such as Baiona or Vigo, it is usual to find familiar restaurants, where visitors can enjoy delicious recipes of the seafood fished by small local boats using traditional fishing techniques. In contrast to these restaurants, the number of those devoted to experimental and vanguard cuisine is increasing; some of them have been awarded with Michelin stars.

For those who are meat-lovers, "rubia-gallega" (Galician blonde) beef is not to be missed. Galician beef, which has been praised in Time Magazine (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1691115,00.html?iid=chix-sphere), is rapidly gaining world-wide fame.

Some Restaurants and "Tapas Bars" in Vigo 

"Tapas- Raciones" Restaurants

A. Lume de Carozo
Address: Joaquín Yañez 5
Phone: 986228346

B. Taberna El Eligio
Address: Travesia Aurora 4 (close to El Principe street)
Phone: 98622 2193

C. Cervercería Estrella Galicia
Address: Praza Compostela, 17
Phone: 886117267

D. Vinoteca Cabernet
Address: Teófilo Llorente 29

E. La Trucha
Address: Luis Taboada, 6
Phone: 986 223 906

F. Casa Samaniego
Address: Colón, 4
Phone : 986 434 174

Restaurants with Galician food (some are traditional, some more modern , but all of them good)

G. A Curuxa Taverna 
Address: Cesteiros, 7
Phone : 986 438 857

H. El Puerto 
Address: Areal, 30
Phone : 986 222 044

I. El Capitán
Address: Triunfo, 5
Phone : 986 220 940

J. Casa Esperanza
Address: Luis Taboada, 28 
Phone : 986 228 615

K. Don Quijote
Address: Laxe, 4 
Phone : 986 229 346

L. La Trastienda del Cuatro
Phone : 986 115 881
Address: Pablo Morillo, 4

Other Restaurants

M. Il Tartufo (italian food)
Phone : 986 222 025
Address: Plaza de Compostela, 16

N. Curcuma (vegetarian food)
Phone : 986 411 127
Address: Brasil, 4