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Vigo is the largest city in the Spanish autonomous community of Galicia. It is located in the far west of the country in the province of Pontevedra. It is the largest fishing port in Europe, transporting fish, shellfish, and seafood all over the world.
It is the rich fishing tradition that has marked this beautiful city throughout history. It is a blend of modern and historic, offering visitors not only an interesting mix of architecture but also excellent culinary delights. Moreover, in the surroundings of the city, you can admire the beautiful nature, which is part of the Atlantic Islands Natural Park.
Despite the mentioned connection between modern and historical architecture, there are many new buildings in the city today, but they do not hide the rich history of the city. All the buildings that have survived from the city's beginnings to the present day have been restored and can be visited by visitors. Vigo is an excellent base from which to explore first this beautiful province and then further afield to Galicia and the whole of Spain.
A special thing about Vigo is that the city has its microclimate and therefore the temperatures in this city are on average 5 degrees Celsius higher than in other cities in Galicia. Besides, you will be impressed by the coast, which is beautiful in Vigo and its surroundings, and on the other hand, you will have a view of the mountains and forests that give a special charm to this city and province, offering visitors a varied experience depending on their preferences. You can opt for an active day and explore the nature that surrounds the city, or you can simply enjoy one of the many boats in the port, sip a cocktail and admire the sea.
It is also interesting to note that Vigo is considered one of the safest Spanish cities with the lowest crime rate, which brings additional benefits when deciding to visit.
So, if you decide to go on a road trip through Spain, you must put Vigo on your list of destinations to visit. It will impress you, if not with its beaches or architecture, then with its cuisine. Seafood lovers will get their money's worth in this city. All in all, it has an added charm when you are surrounded by friendly locals who will introduce you to the Galician culture in the best possible way.
Basic info and car hire in Vigo
- Location: Galicia, Spain
- Population: 293,642
- Official language: Galician, Spanish
- Currency: Euro
- Weather: Vigo has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate
- Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: Most roads in Vigo are in good condition.
- Car hire in Vigo: The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Vigo is Vigo airport and Vigo Railway Station. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Vigo!
Driving in Vigo
To drive a car in Vigo you must be 18 years old, have a valid driver's license, and show valid proof of insurance for the vehicle you are driving. In Vigo, vehicles drive on the right-hand side of the road. The speed limit on the motorway is 120 km/h (75 mph). On normal roads the speed limit is 90 km/h (75 mph), on urban roads, it is 50 km/h (50 mph), and on all other through roads, there is a speed limit sign.
It's good to know that Spain has strict drink-driving laws, allowing only 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood - stricter than in the UK, where the limit is 0.8. Novice drivers are effectively banned from driving under the influence with a very low limit of 0.1 mg/l. Seatbelts front and rear are compulsory everywhere.
One thing: for those not used to roundabouts: There are a lot of them in Spain! And the following rules apply: The driver who is already in the roundabout has the right of way unless there is a traffic light at the roundabout that regulates the flow of traffic. Before leaving the roundabout, you should put on your right turn signal to indicate that you are leaving the roundabout.
If you are caught speeding in Vigo, the Spanish police act very quickly, and lack of Spanish is not considered an excuse. The police do not mind that you are a tourist on holiday, and fines are often issued immediately unless you can prove that you are a permanent resident in Spain. If you receive a fine, make sure the officer gives you an official receipt and if you pay immediately, the fine is usually reduced by 20%.
The Spanish law on the use of indicators on motorways is strictly enforced. You risk a fine if you fail to signal before overtaking and after overtaking if you move back into the adjacent lane. Traffic coming from the left always has the right of way. If you see a solid white line in the middle of the road, do not cross it. Continue until you either see a dotted white line or look for a sign that says "Cambio de Sentido" where you can safely and legally turn around.
- Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in Spain is 18 years. However, most car rental companies require you to be at least 21 to rent a car and at least 25 years to avoid paying an additional young driver fee.
- International Driving Permit: Yes, if you are a non-EU licence holder.
- Additional papers: Identification(passport), a valid driving licence, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire agency in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in Spain)
- Additional requirements: Glasses (in case you need glasses, you must always have a spare pair in the car), light bulbs (are usually already in the car and are provided by the car rental company), warning triangle (2 are required for all vehicles registered in Spain and 1 if coming from abroad), high visibility vest (recently made compulsory)- First aid kit (not compulsory, but we strongly recommend you have it with you, just in case).
- Children in the car: If you are travelling with children under 12 or less than 135cm tall, you are required by law to have a child seat in your car. If you do not have your own, most car rental companies will provide one for a fee. However, it is advisable to request such a seat before collecting the vehicle, otherwise one may not always be available.
- Driving side of the road: Right
- Lights: Check that all lights are working, clean, and correctly aimed.
- General speed limits: The speed limit is 50 km/h in cities, 90 km/h on rural roads, and 120 km/h on the motorway.
- Parking suggestions: Parking is prohibited in Spain in all areas where the curbs are marked yellow. The parking spaces marked in blue usually have a parking meter and you must buy a parking ticket to park in these spaces. You will usually find a machine nearby where you can purchase your parking ticket. Most of these blue areas have a parking limit of 2 hours, but this is displayed on the machine.
Car Hire in Vigo
Most popular car hire at Vigo
The most selected hire car in Vigo is Ford Fiesta, with Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Vigo are mini, economy, and compact.
Popular Driving Routes
Popular One-Way car hire from Vigo
Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Vigo. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Spain.
Vigo-Santiago de Compostela (87km with approximately 1 hour of drive)
Vigo-Cambados (52km with approximately 45 minutes of drive)
Vigo-Lugo(190km with approximately 2 hours of drive)
Vigo-Ourense (100km with approximately 1 hour of drive)
What to see in Vigo
City Park La Guía
The city of Vigo is dotted with many parks and green spaces. One of them is the La Guía Municipal Park, which you should not miss. It is a beautiful park with the highest point being the Nosa Señora da Guía shrine, from which you have a very special view of the estuary, and at the end of the park is A Punta beach. The park is a wonderful place to relax, as it is comfortable to chill out under the large canopies of oaks and pines.
Cathtedral de Santa María de Vigo
This beautiful church is located in the old town and dates back to the Middle Ages. However, in the 19th century, the church was demolished and rebuilt. Today, church ceremonies are held regularly in the cathedral and it is also open to tourists. The church is considered the most popular sanctuary among the locals.
Marco. Vigo Museum of Contemporary Art
A museum that you simply must visit. Modern art in all its facets is presented here. You can admire plastic art, video installations, performative art, architecture, fashion, design... The museum consists of three exhibition rooms, the first of which is dedicated to the works of national and foreign artists. The second part is dedicated to the exploration of the avant-garde and the third part is dedicated to artists who are still on the rise and represent the future of the art scene.
Quiñones de León" Municipal Museum
It is located in one of the most beautiful buildings of Vigo. It is a Renaissance building that was restored at the beginning of the 20th century. Today you can admire the archaeological remains found in the city and its surroundings. It also exhibits paintings by Galician painters.
Drive your rental car beyond Vigo
If you have decided to explore Galicia, it's best to rent a car and drive along the beautiful Galician roads. You will enjoy a drive through eucalyptus forests, rocky beaches, rushing rivers, idyllic villages, and mythical towns. One of these places you must visit is Santiago de Compostela. A city that has a special status among the pilgrims of the world and is considered the endpoint of the Route of Saint James. In the city, you can visit the famous pilgrim's shrine, plus the city offers beautiful streets and squares, museums, galleries, restaurants and even evening entertainment.
Another thing that interests most travellers is the wines. Galicia is mostly known for its quality wines. If you stop in one of the wineries or even in the village where the wine is made, you can also participate in wine routes and then stay in one of the accommodations.
You can also drive to one of the many beaches. If the sea does not appeal to you, you can also cool off in one of the rivers that run through Galicia.
The pearl of Galicia is certainly the town of Cambados. This beautiful little town has impressive architecture and many museums where you can learn about the rich history of the town and its surroundings. Here you can also enjoy excellent wine, good food, and friendly locals.
Be sure to visit the province of A Coruna, which offers a truly rich and unspoiled natural environment and some really attractive nature parks where you can get to know unspoiled Spain. The next province in Galicia that you should not miss is Lugo, located in the north of Galicia. Lugo offers you the greatest and most interesting contrasts between beautiful beaches and magnificent mountain routes. The capital of the province, also called Lugo, is also worth a visit. It is on the list of UNESCO and is a World Heritage Site. Another unique province is Ourense, which is located in the south of Galicia and is especially known for its thermal springs. Here you can indulge in many spas and the rich nature. However, if you decide to explore the first city of Pontevedra, do not miss the Romanesque Road, where you can learn more about the history of Galicia.
Enjoy the culture in Vigo
Where to eat, drink, and party in Vigo
Lovers of good seafood get their money's worth in Vigo. Octopus dishes stand out especially. Sardines and other sea fish are also excellent and widely available. Of course, you can also enjoy other Galician specialities, which are also prepared in many restaurants in Vigo. One such dish is certainly the tortilla de patata, which is considered a Galician speciality and will surely impress you.
Not to forget the tapas, which are available in almost all pubs in Vigo, as in almost all Spanish cities. While exploring this beautiful place, be sure to try some tapas and you will not regret it.
Best restaurants in Vigo:
La Hacienda De Machado
Epoca Restaurante Peruano Fusion
What you need to know about renting a car
How do you make a booking with Orbit Car Hire?
You can easily book your vehicle with Orbit Car Hire. First, you must choose the date and location of your rental in our booking form. In the next step, you can pick the vehicle you want from the list. After filling out the personal information form, there is a step where you choose the payment method and fill in your credit card information. Finally, you can print out your voucher needed at pick-up time.
What are the charges for security deposits?
Every car rental has a security deposit policy. You will find the information about the security deposit while booking the vehicle or on your voucher.
What if I would like to change my booking?
How do I cancel my booking?
You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information, please read the Conditions of Use. Our customer service team will address your requests in due time:
- Phone:+44 20 8089 0089
- Email: email@example.com
When do I pay for the rental car?
You pay a small deposit when making the booking as a guarantee. The remaining balance is paid when you pick up your rental vehicle. Please keep in mind that the payment at the counter is paid in local currency.
What is included in the price?
Most of the reservations made by Orbit Car Hire include unlimited mileage, local tax, mandatory fees, and collision damage waiver. In steps 1 and 2 in the booking process or on your voucher, you can see all the details about your booking inclusions.
Are there any hidden fees?
There are no hidden charges! All mandatory surcharges and fees are presented in the 3rd step of the booking process and our Terms and Conditions. Please note that additional charges may apply for some rentals in the case of:
- Out-of-hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle outside of office hours),
- One-way fee (when returning the vehicle at a different location),
- The service charge for fuel (prepaid fuel policy),
- Young/senior driver fee (the car hire company sets this condition and is usually not about the regulation of the specific country),
- Excess and deposit amount (before hiring, you need to ensure your credit card limit is high enough for the deposit amount to be blocked, which usually equals the excess amount or higher).
We advise our clients to read the Terms and Conditions carefully before the rental to avoid surprises. Our knowledgeable customer service agents will gladly help you with any questions via phone, email, or live chat during our opening hours.
What is a voucher, and why do I need it?
A voucher is a document that confirms your booking, the price, and the payment of your booking. Having your voucher with you at the time of pick-up is mandatory. If you do not have the voucher at the pickup, the vehicle provider may refuse to release the vehicle to you or change the rental price.
What is an airport or premium location fee?
A Premium location/airport fee is a fee that covers the location service costs. This fee is usually included in the price but may still occur at some locations and is charged locally.
What is Premium Coverage, and how does it work?
Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire that, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover refunds you if the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. You can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us for more information.
How do I find cheap car hire online?
Prices vary frequently. Booking a car 3 to 8 weeks before your desired pick-up date is best - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire.
How many countries do you compare to?
We at Orbit Car Hire compare car hire prices in over 140 countries, including popular destinations within Europe such as Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, Croatia, Malta, France, Slovenia, and Germany.
What currency should I use to pay for the car?
You can pay the confirmation fee on Orbit's page in EUR, GBP, ISK and USD. When you pick up your car hire, you will pay the remaining balance in the currency of the pickup country.
Can I rent a car from inside the terminal?
You can hire a car from inside the terminal. When you compare our offers, you can filter "In Terminal" to see all the offers we have that are inside the terminal.
What is the cheapest car to rent?
The cheapest car to rent is the Fiat 500, Volkswagen Up and Fiat Panda.
Can I add a driver to my booking?
You can always add a driver to your booking when finding your car hire deal on Orbit Car Hire. If you have already made a booking, you can contact us to add the additional driver. You can also add a driver to your booking when you pick up the vehicle.
What payment methods are accepted?
You can pay with a debit and credit card when booking with Orbit Car Hire. We accept Mastercard and Visa.
Can I drop off my car at a different location?
Yes, you can. When you look for car hire deals on our webpage, you can press "Yes" to "Different drop-off location" and see all the best deals for one-way car hire.
How can I add a flight number to my booking?
You can add a flight number on our webpage when booking. If you already have a booking, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and our customer service will add your flight number to the booking.
Do I have to pay for toll roads?
If you drive where toll roads are required, you are responsible for paying for the toll roads on which you drive the rental vehicle.
What does deductible mean?
If a rental car is damaged or even stolen while on rent, there will be a limit to how much the renter has to pay to repair or fix it. Excess (also known as deductible) is a name for the amount that has to be paid. This excess is different between countries and car rental companies in each country. Depending on the car rental company, this can include fire, vandalism, theft, or loss of use while the car is being repaired. You can read more about deductibles right here.
What is a Collision Damage Waiver?
Collision Damage Waiver, or CDW, is a basic car rental insurance offered to renters by a car company. CDW limits your financial liability in case of damages to the body of the hired vehicle with an excess. The driver is responsible for paying for the excess, but the car rental company waives the rest of the cost. This excess can be different between rent a car company.
What is Theft Protection?
Theft Protection is a car rental insurance that car rental companies offer. It protects the renter up to a certain amount from the risk of stealing the rental car or somebody trying to steal it. An excess, also known as a deductible, comes with each Theft Protection. This excess is the limit to what the renter would have to pay if the car is stolen or if somebody tries to steal it.
Which brands can I compare with Orbit?
With Orbit Car Hire, you can compare car hire with all the major car rentals like Europcar, Enterprise, Alamo, Sixt and Budget. You can also compare over 100 local companies from all over the world.
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