Half Day (Duration: 4hrs. approx.)
Price from: 89.00 euros
The tour offers a chance for food and wine lovers to try the best tapas in Vigo, Galicia. What better way to start but to see the fresh products in the food market itself then work up a nice appetite walking on a tapas circuit stopping at the best taverns, bars, and vinotecas in Vigo's Old Port area. Enjoy local cheeses, seafood rice, etc. washed down with a choice of local red and white wines.
We’re in the city of Vigo about to start a food and wine tour but lots of walking around too. Vigo is the gateway to the Rías Baixas and the Galician estuaries and is called the City of the Sea. It’s the world biggest fishing port and has the largest fishing companies,
We will meet at the port, next to a giant statue called El Salto (The Jump) which is a bronze sculpture from the local artist, Francisco Leiro. Then we head with our local guide to another bronze statue nearby from local artist José Molares of Jules Verne. He was a French writer who wrote 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea devoting a chapter about the Bay of Vigo and the treasure under Rande Bridge.
We arrive at our first stop, Progreso Market, where the old food market stood 100 yrs ago. This market has lots of stalls selling very appealing fresh seafood. Here they have far more variety as there seem to be lots of types of squid, scallops or sardines, etc. The market has plenty of steaks/meats and Galician cheese including Tetilla, Arzúa, San Simon and Cebreiro.
We’re on our way again passing Porta do Sol Square which connects the Old Town and nightlife areas. There’s El Sireno which is a striking modern monument again made by artist Francisco Leiro, a hybrid between fish and man. It’s an unusual place to see a Dinosaur made out of a hedge but the Mayor has installed them throughout the City !
It’s here where we stop to enjoy our first tapas of the day at a small, charming place. It’s a deli where you can also stop and try their range of artisan products too at the premises. Carmen and Paco, the owners give us a really warm welcome and explain that they only buy selected local products which are made by small producers. They have a range of local wines from small wineries. They stock a selection of hand-made canned seafood products like mussels, razor clams, cockles, and small scallops. And a range of other great gastronomic products like cheese, cured meats and desserts.
We are served with a delicious spider crab pate with a nice glass of albariño white wine from O Rosal served in a ceramic bowl (una cunca). Then from a cheeseboard, we try three different kinds of cheese: one is really soft and creamy, another is stronger from goats cheese and the final one is mature which has a slightly sweet toffee/nut flavour with floral aromas. Apparently all are hand-made from cow’s milk from a small producer and they sure are delicious when washed down with another white wine, this time from D.O. Ribeiro.
Time for our second stop and this looks really promising. This is an emblematic family-owned restaurant run by Maria whose parents originally opened it in 1989 and her partner Jose. We are quickly served with more delicious albariño wine this time from Arbo. A gigantic pan arrives full of seafood on a bed or creamy looking rice, like paella but Galician style. The dish includes lots of the local catch: hake, prawns, shrimp, clams, mussels and the rice is flavorsome too made with fish stock and paprika,
The third and last stop will be a sweet end to our food tour in Vigo! Here we will enjoy the Tarta de Santiago almond cake with coffee or tea in a quaint cafe near the port area. It’s here that our tour will conclude, a fun morning spent in Vigo combining our interests of walking, sight-seeing, eating and drinking.
This is a fantastic tour for those who are looking to experience something different and like to discover new places.
Seafood time in Spain's most important fishing port, Vigo!
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