36612 Catoira, Pontevedra
This is undoubtedly one of the most singular festivals that is held in Galicia. It commemorates the local resistance against the frequent Viking invasions.
What began in 1960 as the initiative of a group of friends linked to the Ateneo do Ullán, an artistic and literary forum made up of local intellectuals, has gradually grown and evolved to become a large-scale event renowned as an International Tourist Festival.
It is now organised by Catoira Town Centre, which has turned the original festival, its most significant element, into a cultural and tourist phenomenon. In relation to this subject, there have been constant cultural exchanges with Nordic communities and universities, mainly Danish and Norwegian ones, which have resulted in trips in both directions, cultural meetings or the recreation of three Viking longships, which are located in Catoira and used during the assault on the towers.
The programme of festivities includes a Theatre Week, a Viking dinner, traditional market, Vikingsons music festival, etc, in addition to the Viking Festival’s activities.
Destination Viking Association, promoted by the Council of Europe. Bearing in mind that the Camino de Santiago was declared the First European Cultural Itinerary, in 1987, this gives us an idea of the importance of this recognition.