Why Travel to Cangas do Morrazo?
Cangas do Morrazo is a beautiful coastal town with 26,542 inhabitants, it is located in the Province of Pontevedra, Galicia Spain in between the estuary of Vigo and Aldan that belongs to “Peninsula do Morrazo”. This destination is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a relaxing vacation. A must-see if you are planning to visit Vigo Galicia.
Wander around the fishing village of Cangas
Galicia's Rias Baixas coastline is dotted with small fishing villages, Cangas is a great example that lives almost exclusively from fishing, hospitality, and tourism. A very popular destination among tourists as it has numerous beaches that silhouette the entire coast. Spend a day walking the spectacular coastal trails alongside the stunning cliff with the lighthouse of Cabo Home located in Donón on the Costa da Vela right at the very point of the O Morrazo Peninsula. Appreciate the spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, without a doubt one of the best views of Galicia that you cannot miss when visiting Cangas do Morrazo!
What to see and do in Cangas
Besides its extensive historical and artistic heritage, Cangas is a town that offers a variety of activities such as walking coastal trails, tours through the city’s old quarter, tour visiting the market, and tasting its rich gastronomy such as seafood this village is famed for! In the heart of the old quarter, you will find the splendid Ex-Collegiate Church of Santiago de Cangas, one of the best examples of Renaissance architecture in the autonomous region of Galicia. Next to the church, you can admire the fountain and statue of Santiago Apostol (St. James the Apostle) sculpted by one of the most important sculptors in Galicia, José Cerviño. You might ask why a statue of St. James and the church dedicated to the saint if this village is not on the way of St. James? Well, some historians say Pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago came through the village of Cangas on an alternative route along the coastal way of St. James. It is said they came from Vigo by boat to Cangas then followed over the hills of O Morrazo to Pontevedra.
You can stroll along the promenades of Alameda Soage and Paseo Castelao, where you will see elegant houses from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Lonja de Cangas do Morrazo (Fish auction house of Morrazo), where most of the fish and seafood from the bay of Vigo and along the near Atlantic coast arrive and are auctioned and distributed to different points of sale like; local markets, restaurants, etc...
Let's not forget one of the most important places in Cangas do Morrazo due to its canning and fishing history, Massó, where the Old Massó Factory is located. This factory was owned by the Catalan family Massó, who came to the area in 1816 in search of the rich fish and seafood found in the bays. When the factory was in use it employed over a thousand people in the area up until its closure in 1990.
Along the coast of Cangas do Morrazo, you will walk throughout important areas such as the popular Limens beach, Santa Marta, and other interesting natural spaces. So, what are you waiting for? Enjoy a great experience visiting this charming small fishing village.
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Population: 26.542 inhabitants