Bayona Travel Guide

  • A Walk along the harbor
    A Walk along the harbor
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  • Overlooking the Harbor
    Overlooking the Harbor
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  • Bayona
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Bayona Things to Do

  • Castillo de Monte Real

    This 16th century fort was built to protect Baiona from its enemies and pirates. It was the perfect place to built within its walls the Parador de Baiona, a luxury 4 star hotel. Sitting on this stone walled peninsula you get marvelous views of the sea and the village.

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  • A Replica of the Past

    Arriving in Baiona as I looked out over the harbor my eyes were drawn to this ship that looked like something out of one of my grade school history books. There in all it's glory was an exact replica of the famous ship, La Pinta which was part of the fleet of Christopher Columbus. I was really surprised at it's extremely small size and wondered how...

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  • Virgen de la Roca

    This statue was designed by Antonio Palacios and was started in 1910 but was not completed till 1930. It stands about 50 feet tall and towers some 300 feet above the sea. There is a spiral staircase that takes you to one of its arms where you can get a spectacular view of the ocean. Inside the sculpture is a small box which contains gold, silver,...

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  • Medieval Bridge

    The bridge across the river Miñor establishes the boundary between the councils of Bayona and Nigrán. This beautiful medieval-style bridge presents ten semicircular arches, eight of which (36 metres long) belong to Bayona. Tradition says that pregnant women whose unborn children had been repeatedly miscarried used to go to the bridge to exorcise...

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  • Holy Trinity Cross

    Over a group of rocks in the highest area of the village can be found this Cross that was built in the 15th century.Inside the shelter there is a Gothic cross with the image of Jesus Christ at whose feet the Holy Virgin Mary appears next to some other consecrated figures.

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  • Santa Maria de Bayona Church

    The church of Santa María of Baiona, with a ogival romanesque style, was built in the 13th centuryNotice the marvellous Romanesque rose window up in the main façade.

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  • Santa Liberata Church

    This Church honors a martyr daughter of Bayona that was the first woman in the World to die in the cross, St. Liberata.It's construction started in 1695, thanks to public donation.The main façade has two towers and between them, escorted by the ancient coats of arms of Bayona and the Kingdom of Galicia, lies the crucified saint.

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  • Capilla de la Misercordia

    It was built by order of Felipe II in 1595 at the entrance of the fortress. In 1656 it was placed in the Old Town where it can be found today.

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  • Old Town

    The Old Town was awarded Historically and Artistically Interesting Area by the Galician Heritage Board in 1993, the 5th centenary of the Arrival. Although the Old Town includes part of O Burgo and Sabarís, its core is in the town centre. It's composed by narrow streets of cobbled stone, short stone or granite buildings and arcades, churches and...

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  • Panel representing the routes of "pinta"...

    This panel made in painted tiles (azulejo) represents the routes taken by Pinzón and Columbus, with the caravels Pinta and Niña, when they returned after the discovery of the New World

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  • The Seafront

    The seafront in Bayona is probably the most attractive thing in the village. The boulevard it's wide and artistic and a perfect place to stop and contemplate the bay. The opposite side is a long shopping avenue where we can find restaurants, cafes and hotels. The boulevard has more than 2Km and it goes to the near village of A Ramalhosa.

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  • Monument to Alfonso IX

    The statue was built in 2001, by the time of the 8th centennary of the foundation of Bayona. It represents the King Alfonso IX, founder and protector of Bayona

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  • A Palma Park

    A Palma Park is the biggest urban park in Bayona, spread out on an area of over 10,000 square meters. The Park is located between the Monte Real Fortress walls and the main road. The park includes gardens, stone benches, a playground, a pond, paved walks, a bandstand and a wide sports area. Its closeness to the water makes it a nice place to relax...

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  • Castle of Monte Real - Panoramic views

    The Fortress can be visited all through the year (admission is 1€). Amazing over the ria and the Cíes islands can be admired from the walls.The visit to the fortress, since it's large area, can take up to 1h30m

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  • Castle of Monte Real - Santiago Battery

    This battery is located in the west part of the fortress, not far from the Prince's Tower, and it was used to defend the harbour entrance along with two other batteries.

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  • Castle of Monte Real - Prince's Tower

    Located in the west part of the fortress this tower stands over the bay and is probably the oldest tower. Destroyed by Almanzor in 997 it was rebuilt a few years later.It was used to serve as lighthouse for vessels. It shows three coats of arms (the Austrias's, the Sotomaior's and the one of Bayona). The tower has an history of legends of love and...

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  • Castle of Monte Real - San Antón Battery

    This eight cannon battery was used to defend the harbour and part of it's entrance. Usually the fire from this battery was very low.

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  • Castle of Monte Real - Tower of the...

    The Tower of the Tenaille (Torre de la Tenaza) rises to the East as a strategic defensive point and its duty was to defend the port of Bayona with artillery. During all it's history it also was used as prison and warehouse.

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    Monte Real Castle, Bayona

    by bambino36 Written Dec 24, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The first thing we see when arriving to Bayona is the sea, the bay, the ria and of course the marine front with the port. Always present, the smell of the sea, enters our lungs refreshing them.
    A walk on the promenade around the bay and the visit to the Castle are a must when visiting Bayona.

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