Vigo, Spain

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Vigo is an attractive port city in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. It sits on the southern shore of an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, the Ria de Vigo, and is surrounded by mountains. There are some nice options for running in Vigo, showcasing the waterfront and numerous parks in the area. There’s some more challenging trail running in the mountains above the city.

The best place to run in Vigo is the 6-7 km of waterfront running paths, starting at the Bouzas Port. In central Vigo, we’ve put together a ‘runseeing‘ tour of the historic centre and the Parque Monte do Castro hilltop park. In the newer part of town, there’s a lovely run combining the Parque de Castrelos and Senda do Lagares riverside path. For a scenic and hilly challenge, take our Monte da Guía route. We’ve also included links to some information about trail running options in the area.

Notes:  Runners should note that Vigo’s weather is very rainy from October-March, with some months receiving 250mm of rain. Also, a running ‘bucket list’ item is to run the holiday light display in Vigo — one of the most spectacular in the world!

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Vigo has a particularly wet and rainy climate — more similar to Seattle than much of the rest of Spain. It can rain anytime year-round. Summers are warm, but not hot. Winters are mild. It can be very rainy from October-March, with some months receiving 250mm of rain.

Try to stay inside the Av. da Gran Via to have out the door access to some our seafront & historic centre routes. There are hotels south of the Av. da Gran Via that are not in a great location from a running perspective.


See our Vigo overview map for the location of running and outdoor stores in Vigo.

The Vig-Bay half-marathon, held in March, is the signature running event held in Vigo.