Are you thinking about going on Erasmus to Vigo? Big cities like Madrid or Barcelona are likely to stress you out. Of course, you also don’t want to go to a random town lost in the mountains.

Then I am sure you will like Vigo, as it is the perfect balance.

The University of Vigo, one of the best in Spain

The University of Vigo (USC) It is a fairly young university, since it was founded in 1990, but because is not an university with a great historical background don’t let than pull you back, because, thanks to its wide range of studies, and its modern campus, this university has become the center of the campus of interuniversity international excellence Campus del Mar.

In addition, it’s quite large, since it has a total of three campuses: The main one in Vigo, one in Pontevedra and the other in Orense (other Spanish cities).

As if that weren’t enough, Vigo also has a small airport, so if you decide to come to Erasmus, find out if you can take a transfer from a larger airport. This will save you a lot of transportation problems.

However, there is also a train station that connects with many Spanish cities, so you have several options to get there.

City review

I would recommend you Vigo if…

🏖You like to be near the beach
🌆 Enjoy more cosmopolitan cities
🤑  You want a “cheap” city

I would not recommend you Vigo if…

😑 You prefer sunny weather and without rain most of the year
🏙    If you are looking for a quieter city

Prices

🛏Room → 260 €
🍺Beer 0,5L → 2.50 €
🍽Menu → 12.00 €

Weather

🌧 Very cold winters
🔥 Not hot anpleasantsts summers
🌡️ Annual average is 14 ° C

The People

 🥰 Lovely and open

Gastronomy

Main courses
🦀 Mariscada
🍤 Peixinos fritos
🥩 Roasted Veal in Tartera

Typical sweets
🥧Llanderas cake

Top 5 most representative monuments 

🏰San Sebastián castle
Concatedral de Santa María de Vigo
🌄 Monte de O Castro
🌉 Rande bridge

1.  Living is cheap in Vigo

A very good reason Don’t you think so? 😏. Vigo is a city whose rentals can be quite cheap compared to other Spanish cities.

The most economical option (and the one I recommend) is to share a flat (and by the way you may make new friends). In vigo, you can rent a room between 200€ and 270€  per month.

 If you go to the University of Vigo I must warn you that you will not live less than 10 minutes, because the surroundings of the university is not an area with a wide range of accommodation, since the university is in some wild area. Anyway, I recommend you these streets if you value proximity:

  • Portanet Mayor Avenue
  • García Lorca Street
  • Castrelos Avenue

In case you want to book your accommodation before, or want to know the best ways to find accommodation in Spain I leave the post of How to find accommodation in Spain, where I explain the steps to follow and the best websites in Spain, with and without commissions of management.

2. If you are one of those who likes cold winters … The weather.

Do you like cold rather weather rather than a hot one? Well, this reason is another good reason to you to come here and do your Erasmus in Vigo. You have have a lot of different types of weather in all Spain.

If the heat of the Mediterranean areas overwhelms you, and you prefer places with slightly cooler temperatures, Vigo is an ideal city for you.

 Very cold winters

Don’t you hate the overwhelming heat and the radiant sun that can burn you? In Vigo, temperatures are usually low during most part of the year, especially in winter. Of course, unlike other areas of Spain, since it is close to the sea, you will never see snow, except in rare occasions.

In addition, it is a city where you can wear that raincoat so beautiful that you bought and you could never use, since Vigo is considered as the fourth city in Europe where it rains the most every year.

So yes, I recommend you to take an umbrella.

  • Minimum average temperature –> 5.4ºC
  • Maximum average temperature –> 11.9ºC

Summers not suffocating

Summer in Vigo should not fool you, because although it is not as hot as other areas of Spain that are closer to the Mediterranean Sea, it does have days with temperatures that can reach 25 degrees, especially in the months of July and August .

Even so, it is a pleasant and not suffocating heat, so many people even from other areas of the country come to escape the extreme temperatures of the eastern part of the country during these months.

  • Minimum average temperature –> 14.8ºC
  • Maximum average temperature –> 24.4ºC

3. The city of Julio Verne

Surely you’ve ever heard, or even read, one of the famous novels of the great writer Julio Verne (you know, Journey to the center of the earth, Around the world in eighty days, The Mysterious Island …).

What many do not know is that Vigo is one of the cities that inspired his novel of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

That’s right, its protagonist, Captain Nemo, plunged into the Ria de Vigo.

The writer was delighted with the landscape of the city, writing to all his friends about the beauty of Vigo and its port.

As a curiosity, in the city there is a monument dedicated to Julio Verne located in the gardens of Montero Ríos.

A rather curious fact if you are a lover of literature. What do you think about?

4. Gastronomy

Ready to put on your seafood boots? Vigo has a great variety of fish and shellfish typical of the area, and quite famous. I recommend that, if you come to Erasmus to Vigo, try everything the Galician sea can offer you. I am sure you will find a dish that will become your favorite!

Typical food

The main dish / main ingredient of the kitchen in Vigo is, of course, the  mariscada. Nécoras, crayfish, lobsters, shrimp, shrimp, barnacles, mussels, shrimp, octopus, squid, mussels …    Believe me, you have variety to choose from.

When you go from Erasmus to Vigo, you will discover that it is a port city, so the products of the sea are the most typical in the area. Its fresh fish is one of the best in all of Spain, so take advantage while you’re out there!

 If you are more than desserts, here they also have their typical dessert, the Llanderas cake. This is a cake covered with almonds and chocolate pockets on top has been a tradition for years between special holidays such as Christmas. It is quite sweet, and reminds a little of the Tarta de Santiago, another typical dessert, although not local.

 And as for alcohol, Vigo also has something that will surely make you curious. Surely if you make friends during your Erasmus in Vigo, they will insist that you accompany them to take a quemaida. The quemaida is a very typical alcoholic drink of Vigo and that will surprise you because, during its elaboration, it is set on fire.

 As for where to eat, my advice is to avoid the most tourist restaurants, since being close to the Camino de Santiago, many locals face the price of dishes for tourists. So as a recommendation, try to find more local bars and restaurants. The food will taste much better, I assure you.

 I leave a list of bars / restaurants where you can enjoy the true cuisine of the city and even affordable price:

  • Restaurante Casa Vella €€ – Rúa Pescadería, 1, Bajo Derecha, 36202 Vigo, Pontevedra -If you want to try mariscada, this is your place.
  • Restaurante Casa Marco €€ – Rúa de García Barbón, 123, 36201 Vigo, PontevedraThey serve traditional Galician food at a good price.
  • Confiteria Ramos € – Rúa de Pi y Margall interior, 18, 36202 Vigo, Pontevedra -I recommend that you buy the Llanderas Cake here, since it is reputed to be the best in the city.

Tapas

You already know, a whole gastronomic tradition in Spain. Normally in most bars they bring you the lid with a beer. I recommend you try the Estrella Galicia, it’s their native beer brand.

 Here I also leave a small list of places to cover with good quality / price:

  • A tapa do barril € – Rúa López Mora, 63, 36211 Vigo, Pontevedra – Specialized in tapas of empanadillas.Those stuffed with octopus, seafood or cod are the best.
  • Tapas Areal € – Rúa México, 36, 36204 Vigo, Pontevedra – A place with a lot of fame in the city, so it is always quite crowded.
  • Taberna a Miña € – Rúa San Vicente, 8, 36202 Vigo, Pontevedra – Very famous for its homemade pinchos. Try their mussels.

* Tapas: small portions of food, allows you to try many varied products at a very affordable price

5. Location (2 Erasmus in 1)

The good thing about doing Erasmus in Vigo, is that you will realize that you are a step away from Portugal. Isn’t it great to have another country so close to you?

If you want to go to Portugal from Vigo, the best way is by train. The journey from Vigo to Lisbon lasts about five hours.
Although you know, if you are lucky enough to be able to share a car with friends, the journey takes almost the same.

If you want to travel to more places during your Erasmus in Spain, here is a post of the best and cheapest ways to travel in Spain, so you can enjoy as much as possible without spending much.

6.The coast of Vigo, a different maritime landscape

The fact that  you are in the north of Spain doesn’t mean that you have to endure the desire to go to the beach.

Vigo also has an enviable coastal area, and I assure you that the landscape, being different from that of the Mediterranean Sea, has his particular charm.

They all have the blue flag, which means that their water is of great quality. In addition, another aspect of the coast of Vigo is the small islands that are close to it, which I recommend you visit.

There are several fine sandy beaches throughout Vigo, the most famous being:

  • Samil Beach → There is hustle and bustle here in summer and winter thanks to its privileged views of the coast. Another positive point is that it also has free freshwater pools, making it a 2×1.
  • Rhodes Beach → Located in the Cíes Islands, it is declared (as the rest of the island) as a natural park. If you want to go, you must go by boat. The good thing it’s that because of that it’s not full of tourists.
  • Melide Beach → It is located in the Ons Islands, and is famous for its crystal clear water and heavenly appearance despite not being in the Caribbean thanks to its white sand. It is also an area where you can learn diving.

7. public transport

Vigo is a relatively small city, but if you have to go to university you must go by bus, because it is in the middle of the field. In addition, it does not have a subway, so it is the only public transport option in the city.

  • VITRASA→ If you have to move around the city, it is the fastest way:
    • 1’35€ –> Normal ticket 
    • 0’67 € each travel –> University Bonus  
    • 0’89 €  each travel –> Normal bonus 

Unfortunately, due to lack of demand, there is currently no bicycle rental service in Vigo. Although believe me, heavy rains for much of the year make it an impractical option anyway.

7+1. Party or…chill night

When you come to Erasmus to Vigo, you can party in three quite popular areas:

  • Historic center → The area known as Casco Vello is quite famous and popular to start the party with drinks. You know, to see the atmosphere of the night.
  • Churruca → If you like more indie music and less commercial music, it will be a good area to party.
  • Arenal → Unlike the previous area, stop by the area if you like to dance current songs.

 

Party

Taking into account the areas that I have told you before, these are places that might interest you:

  • La fábrica de ChocolateRúa Rogelio Abalde, 22, 36201 Vigo, Pontevedra –  In the area of ​​Churruca. Here you will listen to, mainly, national and international pop-rock music.
  • La Casa de ArribaRúa Martín Códax, 23, 36201 Vigo, Pontevedra –  In here there are usually live performances, especially from local groups.
  • TokyoRúa de Pontevedra, 6, 36201 Vigo, Pontevedra – In the Arenal area. A disco to dance the most current music until the wee hours of the morning.
  • Rouge – Rúa de Pontevedra, 4, 36201 Vigo, Pontevedra – Another commercial music disco, but it is also a concert hall.

And be careful, since you can not drink on the streets of the city or you will be fined.

 

Chill night

You don’t feel like going out to party hard? If you prefer to sit and enjoy your beer or some drink quietly there are also quite interesting places:

  • 20th Century FoxRúa do Areal, 18, 36201 Vigo, Pontevedra – In the Arenal area, but you will like it for its decoration totally set in the golden cinema era in Hollywood.
  • Un EstáRúa Real, 14, 36201 Vigo, Pontevedra – A place in the area of ​​Casco Vello. Famous for their cocktails. It also has a decoration set in the 50s.
  • La Consentida – Rúa Real, 10, 36202 Vigo, Pontevedra – Here you can both have a drink sitting and dancing, although you will discover that you will be too busy tasting their tapas.
Warning places

⚠️ Warnings

First of all, to tell you that the native language of Galicia, and therefore of Vigo, is Galician, so the names of the streets and many indications, although they are also in Spanish and English, you will find the Galician.

Do not be discouraged. I advise you to make an effort to learn some words, since it has a great resemblance to Portuguese. In addition, if you speak any other word in Galician I assure you that the locals will be much friendlier to you, since they feel very proud of their language.

As for security, in Vigo you can go with the guard a little lower, because it is not a city with troubled neighborhoods. Anyway, these areas will be better than you avoid them, since they are reputed to suffer the occasional robbery at times (although counted).

  • Matamá
  • Coia (although they say that it’s currently much safer)
  • Brazil Street

Time to close the post

Well, this is already the end of the post, so tell me, what do you think of Vigo? Would you come to the city to do your Erasmus?

Uupsss, and to end up now…

And you know, if you still have a problem with your suitcase, you can always keep an eye on the post Everything you need to know about your Erasmus suitcase, and if you’ve already been to Vigo, comment! Maybe you help another person decide:).

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