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Port of Entry
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The commercial port of Vigo

The large commercial port of Vigo lies on the S shore of the Ria de Vigo on the coast of NW Spain, around six miles from the entrance to the Ria. Together with its suburb of Bouzos, it is the largest city in Galicia, with a population of just under 300,000. In addition to being a major fishing and shipbuilding and repair centre, the city also hosts a major Peugeot Citroen car manufacturing plant. As well as offering all the facilities of a major city, Vigo boasts a total of four marinas and has a wide range of chandleries and marine support and repair services. It is, in consequence, a popular spot for yachts to refit or lay up for the winter. In 2005 leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race started from Vigo and ended in Cape Town.


British Admiralty
3633 - Islas Sisargas to Rio Mino
1730 – Ria de Vigo
1731 – Spain West Coast, Puerto de Vigo
C48 - A Coruna to Porto


The entrance to the Ria de Vigo is largely protected from N and W by the Illas Cies, which stretch N-S just under two miles off the entrance and keep out the worst of the Atlantic swell. Fog is an occasional problem.

Sources for Weather forecasts: See Spain.


List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.


Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


There are a number of rocky islands and reefs in the approaches to the Rio de Vigo from both N and S, but all are well charted. If coming from Bayona, it is possible in settled weather to pass inside the Illas Estelas, a group of rocky islets on the N side of Bayona bay, but it is safer to pass outside in bad weather. On the N side of the entrance to the Ria is the archipelago of the Illas Cies with an isolated islet a mile S of the three main islands. Other than these, there are no hazards in the approach to Vigo as long as a yacht keeps half a mile offshore until reaching the commercial port.


Vigo is a port of entry for Spain. For details see Entrance: Spain.


Visiting yachts can usually find a berth at one of the four marinas in Vigo and its suburb of Bouzas. If they are all full, there are further small marinas at the settlements of Cangas and Moana on the N shores of the ria and at San Adrian de Cobres under the road bridge in the tidal lagoon of Enseada de San Simon (see for Ria de Vigo for details).

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

For details of the Cangas and Moana marinas, see the Ria de Vigo Wiki page.

Real Club Nautico de Vigo

Real Club Nautico de Vigo/wiki/Vigo#Real_Club_Nautico_de_Vigo
Marina icon Real Club Nautico de Vigo [[Vigo#Real Club Nautico de Vigo|Real Club Nautico de Vigo]] 42°14.540'N, 008°43.384'W
Port of Entry

It has a total of 320 berths on finger pontoons in two separate basins in the heart of the city. The basins lie around 500 metres NE of the commercial harbour. Maximum length 22 metres. Maximum depth 8.0 metres. Water and electricity on all pontoons. Toilets and showers. WiFi. Small area of hard standing. Travel lift (25T). Fuel station. Security (24 hour)

[email protected]; Tel: +34 (986) 447 441 ; Fax: +34 (986) 449 697; VHF channel 09
Address: As Avenidas, sn, 36202, 36202 VIGO - Pontevedra, Spain
Hours: 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00

Marina Punta Lagoa

Marina Punta Lagoa/wiki/Vigo#Marina_Punta_Lagoa
Marina icon Marina Punta Lagoa [[Vigo#Marina Punta Lagoa|Marina Punta Lagoa]] 42°15.508'N, 008°42.284'W

The marina has a total of 326 berths on finger pontoons. Maximum length 24 metres. Maximum depth 3.0 metres. Water and electricity on all pontoons. Toilets and showers. Wifi. Restaurant. Fuel station. Large area of hard standing. Travel lifts (110T and 50T). Fixed crane (5T). Security (24 hour).

[email protected]; Tel: +34 (986) 374 305; Fax: +XX (XXX) XXXXXX; VHF channel 09

Liceo Maritimo, Bouzas

Liceo Maritimo, Bouzas/wiki/Vigo#Liceo_Maritimo.2C_Bouzas
Marina icon Liceo Maritimo, Bouzas [[Vigo#Liceo Maritimo, Bouzas|Liceo Maritimo, Bouzas]] 42°13.624'N, 008°44.973'W
Port of Entry

Lice Maritimo has a total of 277 berths on finger pontoons. Maximum length 15 metres. Maximum depth 4.0 metres. Water and electricity on all pontoons. Toilets and showers. Wifi. Gym. Restaurant/clubhouse. Small area of hard standing. Slipway. Fixed crane (12.5T).

[email protected]; Tel: +34 (986) 232 442; Fax: +34 (986) 239 955; VHF channel 09
Address: Av. Eduardo Cabello 8, Bouzas, 36208 Vigo (Pontevedra), Spain
Hours: 24/9

Marina Davila Sport, Bouzas

Marina Davila Sport, Bouzas/wiki/Vigo#Marina_Davila_Sport.2C_Bouzas
Marina icon Marina Davila Sport, Bouzas [[Vigo#Marina Davila Sport, Bouzas|Marina Davila Sport, Bouzas]] 42°13.970'N, 008°44.401'W
Port of Entry

Marina Davila Sport has a total of 180 berths on finger pontoons plus a superyacht berth. Maximum length 150 metres. Maximum depth 28.0 metres. Water and electricity on all pontoons. Toilets and showers. Restaurant/clubhouse. Chandlery. Wifi. Separate boatyard with large area of hard standing. Travel lift (70T). Fuel station.

[email protected]; Tel: +34 (986) 244 612; Fax: +34 (986) 20 68 09; VHF channel 09
Address: 36208 Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain
Prices: For the latest prices see [XXX Price Listing]
  • Real Club Nautico de Vigo (founded 1906) organizes every August one of the largest sailing races of the Iberian peninsula: the Regata Rias Baixas, which attracts up to 130 yachts of all nationalities.
  • Liceo Marítimo de Bouzas yacht club (founded 1907) organizes two important regattas in the Galician sailing calendar: the Regata Vila de Bouzas and a Regata de Solitarios y a Dos.


There are no suitable anchorages close to Vigo. However, there are several sandy bays in the Ria de Vigo which offer good anchorage in settled weather, especially along the N coast from the entrance to the Ria and near the settlements of Cangas and Moana. With care and attention to the tides, it is possible to pass under the high road bridge at the E and of the Ria and into the Enseada de San Simon, where one can anchor near the settlement of San Adrian de Cobres in perfect shelter from all except E winds.


Water In the Club Nautico, Marina Punta, Liceo Maritimo, Marina Davila
Electricity In the Club Nautico, Marina Punta, Liceo Maritimo, Marina Davila
Toilets In the Club Nautico, Marina Punta, Liceo Maritimo, Marina Davila
Showers In the Club Nautico, Marina Punta, Liceo Maritimo, Marina Davila
Laundry Several in the city (details from the marinas)
Garbage Bin around the harbor and marinas
Fuel Fuel stattion in the Club Nautico and Marina Punta
Bottled gas ?
Repairs In Marina Davila
Internet WiFi in the Club Nautico, Marina Punta, Liceo Maritimo, Marina Davila
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Numerous rental outlets in the city


Several supermarkets and provisions shops in the city.

Eating out

Numerous restaurants in the city and near the marinas.


  • Local bus service to Bayona and Pontevedra.
  • Train service to Santiago de Compostela
  • Domestic airport at Vigo and international airport at Santiago de Compostela (65 kms)



Give a short history of the port.

Places to Visit

The old centre of Vigo, the Casco Vello, is very enjoyable to explore, with its narrow streets and traditional craft shops exuding character. Vigo also boasts several good museums, including an important Museum of Contemporary Art and a Museum of the Sea. The 17th century Castro fortress 500 metres inland from the commercial harbour is worth a detour to explore its ramparts and peaceful gardens, especially towards sunset.

Most visiting yachts sooner or later make a beeline for the magical Islas Cies at the W of Ria de Vigo, where there are several idyllic anchorages on the two main islands of Illa de Monte Agudo and Illa del Faro. Both islands are also worth exploring on foot – especially Illa de Monte Agudo, where it is possible to climb to the top of the eponymous mountain where there are unusual eroded rock formations and magnificent views over the Ria de Vigo. Although tripper boat visitors are limited to 2,000 daily, the great majority stay on the beaches and you may well be alone up here even in high season.

Itinerant folk musicians on the streets of Vigo
The beach on Illa del Faro, Illas Cies'
Street in the Casco Vello, Vigo


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

  • Cruiser Log moderator Nausikaa (Stephen) is currently living and working in Vigo. Visiting yachts are welcome to contact Stephen, using the messaging facility on the Cruiser Log site, who will be glad to offer any assistance he can.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Spain.


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