Baiona

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Introduction

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.

The municipality consists of five parishes: Baíña, Belesar, Baredo, Santa Cristina da Ramallosa and Baiona, each with its own identity, and all playing a vital part in what Baiona has to offer.

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Sights and Activities

The stones that form the town’s streets and buildings, the salty scent of the sea, and the green fields and mountains, combine to make Baiona a truly special place that you just can’t help but adore. Baiona also has around 4 kilometres of beaches on which you can spend sun-kissed days catching some rays, or alternatively enjoying any of the multiple nautical activities on offer.

And let’s not forget the central importance that our gastronomy plays, due, to a great measure, to the excellence of the products from our seas and lands, which when used in our traditional and innovative cuisine, result in dishes to delight and savour.

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Events and Festivals

The Arrival Medieval Festival

In the year 1974, March 1st -commemorative day of the arrival of Caravel Pinta with news about the discovery of America- was established as local public holiday. The acts commemorating the episode have been improved in recent years and, thus, the holiday has moved to the first weekend following the official holiday.

That weekend the old quarters and its neighbouring area become a medieval fair where 15th-cententury-resembling crafts and products are sold. Streets are crowded with street musicians, minstrels, jugglers, and craftsmen bringing back to life the Middle Ages in Baiona. Besides, on Saturday and Sunday evenings a play based on Martin Alonso Pinzón and his crew's story about the Deed is acted. The plot is placed in Baiona, March 1st, 1493 and main roles are Pinzón and the Mayor.

During the Festival, major personalities or organisations that have played an important cultural role related to emigration are granted the Gold Medal of the Royal Village of Baiona. The commemorative acts also include an official ceremony with representatives from our twin towns Palos de la Frontera, Santa Fe de Granada and Pornic.

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Getting There

By Plane

15 minutes drive from Peinador (Vigo airport).

By Car

By car the AG-57 connects Vigo- Baiona, so it is possible to arrive in 10 minutes from Vigo.

By Bus

30 minutes by bus from Vigo.

By Boat

It has its own marina.

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Eat

Their specialty is the fish and seafood.

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Drink

White wines such as Albariño or Rosal.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet is widely available within Spain. Most airports have wifi-zones and in most towns there are internet cafés or shops where you can use internet for a fixed price. Wi-Fi points in bars and cafeterias are available after ordering, and most hotels offer Wi-Fi connection in common areas for their guests.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international access code for Spain is +34. The emergency number for police, ambulance and the fire brigade is 112.

In cities you can find plenty of public phones, and 'locutorios'. The latter are small shops where you can use the phone and use internet. Most of them also sell prepaid cards for mobile telephones. These shops are used a lot by foreigners to call to their mother country.

The main mobile network operators in Spain are Yoigo, Vodafone, Movistar and Orange, as in most of Europe voice and data coverage is generally good in urban areas however it can be patchy in rural locations. Cheap mobile phones (less than €50) with some pre-paid minutes are sold at FNAC or any phone operator's shop (Vodafone, Movistar, Orange). Topping-up is then done by buying scratch cards from the small stores, supermarkets, vending points (often found in tobacco shops) or kiosks.

Post

If you want to post a card, you can head to the post office (Correos). The Spanish post is not yet as efficient as colleagues in other countries so receiving a card can take a bit longer than the number of days that it should take. On the website of Correos, you can find the locations of nearby post offices.
Post offices are generally open from 8:30am to 2:00pm, although times will vary according to the size of the city/town and the main post offices might be open until the early evening. Most will also open again on Saturday mornings, but in the smaller towns will close as early as 12 noon. When posting a letter, look for a yellow box and, if possible, post at the post office itself where there will also be divisions for local, national and international mail. Be prepared for long queues at the post office. This is why tobacco shops sell stamps and many will also have the facility to weigh packages. Standard letters/postcards of up to 20 grams sent within Spain are €0.34. However, non-standard letters/postcards of up to 20g are €0.39. Letters/postcards of 20 to 50 grams are €0.45. In the case of international shipping, the price is €0.64 to most countries within Europe for standard envelopes (letters/postcards) up to 20g, for a few European countries and outside Europe it is €0.78. If you want to send a package you are probably better off with a private courier company like TNT, DHL or UPS, as they offer quick and reliable services against competitive prices.

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