Your hotel in Baiona

Surrounding area – Baiona

 

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Baiona, both a tourist destination and an active fishing port, is located in the south of the Rias Baixas region, and is protected from the open sea by a breathtakingly beautiful bay. Its geographical location offers natural, unsurpassable protection for fishing and leisure sailing vessels alike. The climate is characterized by mild temperatures throughout the year.

The town’s old quarter was declared an “Area of Historical and Artistic interest” by the Galician Regional Government on March 1, 1993, to mark the five hundredth anniversary of the arrival of The Pinta, a caravel-type vessel used by Christopher Columbus, which arrived in Baiona with news of the discovery of America.

Baiona is one of the historic towns in Pontevedra, which is one of the four provinces forming the Autonomous Region of Galicia, in the North West of Spain.

Seafront, Promenades and Parks

image_gallery-2Whether in the marine background or in A Grob a mountain chain, Baiona has wide leisure areas. The most visited are the seaside promenades, que suman una extensión de 5 kilómetros peatonales acondicionados, paseos que unen A Ramallosa y Santa Marta con el puerto pesquero. Wide-pavement marine avenues such as Elduayen or Alférez Barreiro, or promenades such as Pinzón, Ribeira and Monte Boi, invite to the calmness of walking by the sea.

Parks on the way up to A Groba are also peaceful background. In the surrounding area of Our Lady of the Rock , we find the park Mercedes Escalera, a 15,000-m2 natural resort with picnic area and rustic stone furniture. Once in the top, in O Cortelliño, Chan da Lagoa and Chan da Arquiña miradors, you join the fresh plants and wild horses and cows running in the hillsides and you suddenly feel the need to stop and delight with the sight of the ria and the other Rias Baixas.

Diving in the Old Town in Baiona and wandering around the narrow and cobbled streets always bears a nice fruit. At the town centre, specially in the streets next to the port, everything is in harmony: low houses -stone being its basic raw material-, with columns making up tinny porches, rustic fishery houses with wrought iron balconies, high double-leaf windows and shutters.

Among all those alleys, really small squares not noticed until you are in: Padre Fernando Sq., Pedro de Castro Sq. -where a monolith commemorating the Arrival stands- or the wide and open Santa Liberata Sq., in front of the chapel which honours our local martyr.

The rest of the map comprises uniform avenues and well preserved urban areas between the marine front and the way up to the mountains. Modern buildings respect the white and ash colours of the oldest houses.

Old town
The rest of the map comprises uniform avenues and well preserved urban areas between the marine front and the way up to the mountains. Modern buildings respect the white and ash colours of the oldest houses.

Although the Old Town includes part of O Burgo (Santa Marta peninsula) and Sabarís, its core is right in the town centre and it forms a nearly perfect circle with three ways-in: Santa Liberata Sq., Padre Fernando Sq. and the Holy Trinity Cross. Narrow streets of cobbled stone, short stone or granite buildings and arcades… a church here, a fountain there and a nobility manor over there. And the air always smelling like sea.

Sabarís

sabarisIt formerly belonged to the neibouring parish Borreiros (Gondomar). The artistic jewel of the parish is the Romanesque Bridge in A Ramallosa, boundary between Baiona and Nigrán. The 10-semicircular-arch bridge presents right in the middle a beautiful cross (probably dating back from the 15th or 16th centuries) with an ancient chest to honour All Saints at its base. A fertility rite used to be held by this cross at the shore of the river Miñor not a long time ago.

This parish is washed by the river Miñor, which runs through it till its mouth in the ria of Baiona. That final distance left between the arches and the sea creates a splendid estuary with rush beds where herons and other marine birds live. By the end of the estuary we find A Ladeira beach, the longest and, of course, most crowded in the town.

Santa Cristina is also an important shopping area. In Sabarís, all along the regional road C-550 which goes to the town centre, a street market is held every Monday morning -a tradition lasting for more than a century: An endless line of stands and stalls where you can find anything. Next to the road the church stands: a modern building because Santa Cristina was not established as a parish until a few decades ago. Notwithstanding, the temple, characterised by its long and sharp bell tower, still has a porch which once belonged to the ancient Roman chapel.

Centres of population: Area, Bouzós, Caeiro, Cruceiro, Devesa, Ladeira, Morade, Outeiro, Ponte, Ponte Nova, Ramallosa, Riveira, Sabarís, Serralleira, Sopegal, Viso de Calvos and Xuncal.

Patroness: St. Cristina (July 24th).