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Atlantic Islands National Park

NATURE

Atlantic Islands National Park

You can find the best beach in the world. And it's not because we say so ourselves, but The Guardian newspaper...

Ría de Vigo e Baixo Miño

GEO-DESTINATION

Ría de Vigo e Baixo Miño

The southern shore of the Ría de Vigo is a succession of large beaches of golden sand and secluded ports...

Galician springs

Atlanticus

In Baiona, we’ll call to mind the discovery of America. In Oia’s thalassotherapy spa, we’ll take full advantage of the Atlantic. Aboard a sailboat, we’ll ply the waters of the Ría de Vigo to discover the San Simón archipiélago, with its history full of glorious – and dark – episodes.

Interesting!

  • Starting point: Baiona
  • Destination: Oia
  • Days: 3
We can enjoy the benefits of its waters as they are applied to thalassotherapy. We can also get caught up by the spectacular scenery, flora and fauna of Vigo’s bay and the San Simón cove, a Special Protection Area for Natural Assets and Site of Community Importance in the Red Natura 2000.

The municipality of Oia shows us the Atlantic’s most relaxing and exciting side. We can enjoy the benefits of its waters as they are applied to thalassotherapy. We can also get caught up by the spectacular scenery, flora and fauna of bahía de Vigo and the San Simón cove, a Special Protection Area for Natural Assets and Site of Community Importance in the Red Natura 2000. Meanwhile, we’ll dive into exciting stories of pirates, sea battles and sunken sea treasures.

More information...
- Talaso Atlántico. www.talasoatlantico.com
- Fundación Illa de San Simón. www.fundacionilladesansimon.org
- Convent of Santa María de Oia. www.monasteriodeoia.com

Route - Day 1

History in Baiona and seawater in Oia

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Our proposal for you to enjoy the benefits of thalassotherapy will take us to the facilities at the Talaso Atlántico, seawater spa, located in As Mariñas, in the municipality of Oia.

We’ll recall the discovery of America
We suggest that you arrive in the area – separated from the town of Baiona by barely fifteen minutes’ travel by car via the PO-552 – early in the afternoon, which is why we propose that you previously make a stop in this attractive town.

The first thing that catches your eye is the Seaside Promenade, which is very carefully tended and extends six kilometres. You can start your stroll at A Ramallosa, facing Ladeira beach, and continue on to the fishing port and marina.
If you’ve got something more relaxing in mind, drive towards the town centre and begin at the marina, itself on Avenida Monterreal. You’ll enjoy the view over its busy bay teeming with fishing boats and modern pleasure craft. At the end, you’ll be able to see the the fortress now a  – state-owned hotel, capping the peninsula of Monterreal.
Among the ships moored at the end of a long pier, there is an older one that will catch your eye, reminding you of the caravels that accompanied Columbus on his discovery of America. This is an exact replica of the caravel La Pinta, which is closely tied to Baiona’s history. The original reached this port in 1493 with the first news of the existence of the New World.
In 1493, the caravel "La Pinta"
reached the Port of Baiona
with the first news of
the existence of America
In commemoration of this historic milestone, every year on the first weekend in March, Baiona celebrates the Festa da Arribada, (Reaching Home Port Festival) which has been declared an official Tourist Event.
The ship’s interior can be toured and is a fun way to relive the exploits of the discovery. Inside, it houses a small museum on Columbus with figures representing the crew and Native Americans. It has reproductions of metals, plants, food and exotic animals that it brought from the New World on its first trip back to Europe.
A stroll through Baiona’s Old Town
After the tour, you’ll have the feeling that you’re continuing your trip back in time if you enter the narrow streets with arcades and cobblestones of the Old Town, which can be accessed from the seaport. You’ll will surely enjoy a short walk as at every step you’ll find a church, a fountain or the house of a member of the nobility. In Baiona, as in any of the towns and cities of Galicia, tapas are on offer everywhere if you’re in the mood to enjoy this custom.
Treatments with sea-based products in Oia’s thalassotherapy spa
After the tapas, it will be time to head over to the village of Oia to enjoy the benefits of the water and other sea-based items. You’ll find a wide range of accommodation locally, including the four-star hotel that houses thalassotherapy spa facilities.
Once you’ve dropped your luggage in the accommodation of your choice, it will be time to try the seawater pool heated to body temperature or any of the treatments based on algae, silts, mud or salts with rehydrating and remineralising properties.
Barnacles, sea urchins, winkles or sausage for dinner
Following the treatment, it’s nice to rest a bit before dinner, for which there are many alternatives. Restaurants, bars and seafood restaurants are located on both sides of the coastal road and in the villages it passes through. We keep in mind that barnacles, sea urchins, the caramuxo (winkle) and sausages have their own food festivals in this village.
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