Galicia Expert: Ana Paula
Ana Paula Albuquerque is a certified Viator Guide and has been working as a private tour guide in Spain since September 2007. Previously, she worked for the Portuguese Government for 18 years in the tourist office of Aveiro. She’s been a licensed guide since 2007 and has a Degree in Simultaneous Translation and Interpretation, by ISAI Institute of Porto. Learn more about Ana's tours.
My Recommendation Tip
We asked Ana Paula her favorite places to bring visitors to Spain’s northwestern Galicia region and here’s what she had to say.
Placed in an excellent natural delta, the Vigo port is preserved from storms by the Cíes Islands, which form a natural cove. Vigo is the most populated city of the province of Galícia in Northwestern Spain and is home to nearly 300,000 people. It’s the biggest and most important maritime port in Spain, comprising three ports in one: the fishing port, the commercial port and the cruise port.
If you are a cruise passenger docking at Vigo Cruise Port, here are five places you shouldn’t miss:
Monte del Castro
A fabulous city park placed in a hill in the city center, Monte del Castro is the site of well preserved monuments of Vigo History, like the XV century fort (built to defend the city from Viking attacks, and latter, from pirate fleets, led by the famous Francis Drake) and the Atlantic Iron Age Settlement, which attests the city’s antiquity. The City Hall ordered the reconstruction of some houses in this settlement, so the visitor can have a clear idea of how they were at 5,000 years ago.