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Baiona is in the province of Pontevedra in the Galicia region of Spain.
Baiona is a popular resort with an attractive harbour. It is to this harbour that one of Christopher Columbus' ships, the Pinta, arrived after discovering the New World.
Baiona is a lovely seaside town with a medieval centre situated on the Vigo Bay on the west of Spain near to the Portugese border. It has a charming harbour and a number of small, pretty beaches. It is very popular with Spanish visitors as it does not get as hot as the southern and central parts of Spain in the height of summer.
Baiona has a busy seafront and harbour and set back from this its narrow medieval streets tend to be quieter and they are very pleasant to explore. There also tends to be some very nice restaurants to be found here, away from the more touristy seafront.
On the edge of town is the Castelo de Monterreal. Medieval walls surround what was once a royal fortress but has now been converted into the lovely Parador de Baiona. If you can't afford to spend the night it is still worth paying the small fee to walk around the parapet and enjoy the fabulous views. The cannons that used to defend the town from pirates can still be seen.
Three of the original towers still exist, the Reloj tower, the Tenaza tower and the Principe tower. From the Principe tower you can get some great views over Baiona and the coast and the Cies Islands, views of which are particularly stunning at sunset.
The 18th century Church of Santa Maria is small but attractive.
In 1493 on the first of March La Pinta, one of the ships of Christopher Columbus sailed into Baiona and told of the discovery of America. This was three days before Columbus' own ship, La Nina, sailed into Lisbon to declare the news. A museum in Baiona commemorates the event and every year of the first March there is a celebration in the town. There is a replica of the ship in the bay.
Baiona is on the 'Portugese Way' of the 'Camino de Santiago' and so receives thousands of hikers every year and making tourism one of its key industries along with fishing. Walkers also enjoy the Monte de Boi path, walking in the Serra da Groba mountains and Cape Silleiro.
Places to visit near Baiona
About 3km away on the coast south of Baiona there is a massive stone statue of the Virgin de la Roca. This is a viewpoint and has lovely views.
Visit the fishing town of A Guarda just a few kilometers away. Vigo is the largest fishing port in Europe and has an attractive centre. Pontevedra on the Ria Pontevedra is another pleasant and attractive city.