Parador de Baiona
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- Single rooms (12)
- Twin rooms (92)
- Double rooms (13)
- Room with living room (5)
- Capacity (232)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Gift Shop
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Tennis court
- Swimming pool
- Disabled facilities
- Football pitch (3km)
- Golf (35km)
- Airport (25km)
- Station (22km)
- Port (22km)
Spain – Galicia – Pontevedra – Baiona (Bayona)
This stunningly situated medieval fortress stands high on a rocky promontory above the Atlantic, guarding the mouth of the inlet that takes ships past the Islas Cies and up the river to the port of Vigo. The historic fishing town of Baiona itself traces its history back some two thousand years, and on 1 March 1493 Columbus’s ship the Pinta returned here from America, bringing with it the first news of the New World. It is still a popular spot with sailors, and many yachts use the marina. The Parador de Baiona comprises a Galician manor house within the walls of a medieval fortress, originally intended to deter pirates from this stretch of coast (Sir Francis Drake was repelled by the inhabitants of Baiona in 1585). The historic interior of the Parador is remarkable for its timber beams and vaultings, and its magnificent central stone staircase. Many of the bedrooms have splendid sea views. Seafood on offer at the Parador's restaurant includes Rodaballo salvaje a la parrilla (grilled turbot) and shellfish, while those with a sweet tooth will enjoy such desserts as Tarta de Santiago (almond and egg cake) and Filloas (crêpes filled with confectioner’s cream).
|Click here for Lorna Roberts' expert view of this Parador as she journeys through Galicia|
A beautiful place in a lovely setting. Absolute treasure, palatial interior, 1km of walls to walk round. Fantastic views of the sea, brilliant.
How to get there
The Parador is located in the Monte Real enclosure, isolated from the town and protected by the sea. Baiona is 25 km from Vigo and 50 km from Pontevedra.
Tui - 25km
Pontevedra - 50km
Cambodas - 78km
Santiago de Compostela - 125km
Santiago Airport - 125km
Region & Cuisine
Occupying the north-west corner of Spain and forming the border with the north of Portugal, the Autonomous Community of Galicia is known as the land of 1,000 rivers.
Very much part of what is becoming popularly known as ‘Green Spain’, many Spaniards consider this as their favourite region of the country and regularly come here for their holidays in July and August to escape the extreme heat of the cities and countryside further south. The climate of Galicia is mild and akin to that of Britanny: maximum temperatures in the summer are around 20°C and in winter rarely fall below 5°C, with rain not at all uncommon during the winter months.
The interior of the region is largely hilly – not really mountainous – and criss-crossed by the rivers that flow down to the Cantabrian sea in the north and to the Atlantic in the west, many of them forming the famous Galician ‘Rias’, or small fjords. Stretches of the coast line have magnificent beaches and beautiful fishing villages, while in other areas the coast is wild and rocky with steep cliffs.
The principal cities in Galicia include Lugo, Ourense, Vigo and La Coruña (or A Coruña) but for most visitors the big attraction - and what an attraction - is Santiago de Compostela with its incomparable Cathedral of St James. To stand in the main square of the city (Plaza do Obradoiro) facing the Cathedral and with the magnificent Parador ‘Hostal dos Reis Catolicos’ to your left is an experience to be savoured.
Also to be savoured is Galician cuisine, which enjoys a very high reputation throughout Spain principally for its excellent fish and seemingly endless varieties of shellfish. Whatever you enjoy that comes out of the sea, you’re virtually certain to find it in Galicia – as fresh as can be, and of the highest quality.
Apart from sea food, other Galician specialities well worth trying are:
Caldo Gallego – very much part of Galician cuisine, this is essentially a warming soup consisting of cabbage, potatoes, beans and ham or chorizo.
Lacon con Grelos – salted ham with young turnip tops.
Cocido Gallego – meat, potatoes and chickpea stew.
Empanada Gallega – a typical pie with fish or meat.
To accompany all this, the local Albariño white wines are extremely good, and as a digestif (also good for a sore throat!) try ‘orujo’ which is similar to grappa.
Last but not least, remember that Galicia has its own language - Gallego - which is a kind of mixture of Spanish (Castellano) and |Portuguese. Gallego is widely spoken, and used for road and other signs, throughout the region, but practically all ‘Gallegos’ also speak Castellano.
Please be aware of the following:
- The prices shown are for the total cost of accommodation including IVA (Tax)
- Please note that 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night. Room types are normally shown on Room Only, Bed & Breakfast and Half-Board basis but some dates may be restricted to a certain board basis.
- Availability under the 'Go As You Please' 5-Night Card offer is displayed here but reservations for this 5-night package must be made via our office on Tel: 020 7953 3020. Please note that this offer is generally on Room Only basis and that some supplements apply at specific Paradors - see offer details for information on these supplements.
- Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 35). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions.