Baiona (ES)

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Capital of the Rías Baixas”  award-gold

Baiona is a municipality located on the south west coast of Galicia, within the province of home_baionaPontevedra, in the area known as the Rías Baixas. It was here where La Pinta, one of the caravels in the fleet of Christopher Columbus, moored in 1493 bringing the news of the discovery of America. This event is celebrated every year on the 1st weekend of March in the Arribada, a traditional festival which has been recently declared of International Touristic Interest in Spain.

With an extension of almost 35 km2 and a population of about 11,000 inhabitants, the municipality encompasses the parishes of Baiona, Baredo, Bahina, Belesar and Santa Cristina.

Its medieval historical center, its white sand beaches and charming fishing port make Baiona one of the most popular and well-known touristic destinations in Galicia. Nature in the region has important intrinsic value, with several protected natural areas including A Ramallosa, a site of Community Interest and part of the Natura 2000 network. The neighbouring marine area has also recently been included in the Natura 2000 network due to its importance for seabirds. Other protected areas include the Serra da Groba and the Bahiña reservoir.

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