Battle re-enactments and a large craft fair take you back to the 19th century.

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The Reconquest of Vigo

The most important event of the year.

A real symbol of the city with its historical connotations, this is the most important festival of the year in Vigo. Over the weekend closest to 28 March, the city takes to the streets for three days to commemorate and recreate the popular uprising that ousted Napoleon's army in 1809, making Vigo the first place in Europe to pull off such an incredible feat. The festival takes place in the historical quarter of the city, which is transformed into one enormous food and craft market, where you'll see the locals dressed as soldiers, peasants or fishermen and women in celebration of this historic event. There is a continual stream of street performances, re-enacting the fights between the French and the inhabitants of Vigo, in an authentic journey back to the 19th century. In 2015, it was decided that the event should be extended over two weekends.

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