Sustainable destination Baiona is a coastal town in the south of the Rías Baixas (Galicia), in the northwest of Spain, very close to the Portuguese border. Along its coast we can find 4 km of beaches spread along 6 points: ‘A Concheira’ and ‘Frades’, open onto the Atlantic Ocean and another 4 beaches with fine white sand, located in the interior of the bay. All of them close to Baiona’s old town, declared a ‘Collection of Artistic and Historical Interest’. Moreover, its natural surroundings and mild temperatures, allow the practise of sports in its bay all year round together with many other activities.
A stroll around the monumental zone, the Monterreal Fortress or the statue of the Virgen on the Rock, among others, lets you plunge yourself into part of its history, the most significant fact being the ‘Arrival of the Caravel La Pinta’ to its port with the Discovery of America on 1st March.
Each year, this historical fact is celebrated, on the first weekend of March, in the Festival of The Arribada, declared to be of International Tourist Interest.
Sustainable destination Baiona is committed towards sustainable tourism by actively supporting certification of local touristic enterprises. Being a coastal destination, it has two first beaches in Galicia (Os Frades and A Ribeira) that became smoke-free. Currently, all its beaches are declared smoke –free.
Baiona shows a long-standing commitment to quality tourism and in 2019, five beaches (of 6) and one marina were awarded Blue Flags. It made beaches accessible to visitors with a physical disability and founded an adapted sailing school for physically and mentally disabled would-be sailors.
These achievements have also been recognised at an international level as Baiona received the QualityCoast Gold Award, the first in Galicia, in 2013 and 2016, it was in the Green Destinations Top 100 in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and it was awarded as the third best destination in tourist quality in Spain (in 2014 and 2016).