If you love (and will travel for) top quality fish, seafood and good wines including those from the wonderful albariño grape, Vigo may well be where you should be heading this summer. I was recently invited to the capital of Galicia, to find out and report what this relatively undiscovered Spanish city has to offer to overseas travellers, food and wine lovers.
I was not disappointed. In less than 48 hours, I got to visit a few of Vigo's sites of interest including its fishing port (reputedly the largest in the world) to witness the auctioning of the day's catch, and its thriving local fish, seafood and vegetable market, the Mercado do Berbes. I also had the opportunity to dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant, the excellent and surprisingly affordable Maruja Limon, and attend a Galician cookery demonstration by one of city's most celebrated chefs, followed by a rather long and boozy lunch. Before hitting the old town known locally as Casco Viejo for a "tapas-bar crawl" (a highlight), a group of fellow food and travel bloggers and I took part in a discussion panel at Vigo's Museum of Contemporary Arts auditorium with local businesses people, to debate how social media and networking might assist Vigo's budding tourism industry.