The most important fishing port in Spain dates back to Roman times. From the 16th to 18th centuries, its active commercial trade with North America attracted English buccaneers to its waters in search of treasures from the galleons returning with riches from the Spanish colonies. In 1589, Francis Drake attacked the harbor and sacked the town. In the 19th century, modern Vigo was born and became rapidly one of the largest cities in Galicia. Vigo enjoys a beautiful setting surrounded by pinewoods and gardens. The town is built in an amphitheater around the south bank of the deep harbor, and its entrance is guarded by the Cies Islands. The old town and fishermen’s quarter are worth exploring as is Mount Castro, crowned by a castle fortress which commands a magnificent view of Vigo and the bay.