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O Baixo Miño Route

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The route we propose is of low difficulty with the help of a vehicle and includes short journeys on foot. It is suitable for everyone and ideal to do as a family. It takes an estimated three days. The time distribution should just be taken as an example as each person can be vary it according to preferences.

Route for Day 1

We begin our route through the Baixo Miño in the town of Baiona, also called Baiona A Real because of the royal privileges granted by Kings Alfonso IV and John II of Castile for maritime trade.

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  • Baiona village

    Baiona village

    This beautiful town is set in a quiet bay between Monte Real and Monteferro. Its ideal situation as a natural port meant it was a much larger town than Vigo until the eighteenth century...

  • Virxe da Rocha - Baiona

    Virxe da Rocha - Baiona

    A huge stone statue by by popular subscription following a design by the architect Palacios in 1930...

  • Lighthouse of Cape Silleiro - Baiona

    Lighthouse of Cape Silleiro - Baiona

    The Silleiro Lighthouse was inaugurated in 1866, located on Cape Silleiro. The first fuel used was a vegetable oil lamp and in 1909 started to operate with a petrol lamp...

  • Santa María de Oia Monastery

    Santa María de Oia Monastery

    Construction of the Santa María de Oia Monastery, the municipality's main monument, began in the mid-12th century, during the reign of Galician King Alfonso VII...

  • Mount Santa Tegra

    Mount Santa Tegra

    Its peak, situated at an altitude of 342 m, offers beautiful views in all directions...

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Baiona, a tourist town par excellence, can be reached by several different routes. The fastest us the AG-57 highway, which exits directly in to Bayonne. Local road PO-552 also brings us down the coast from Vigo. This last option is the most recommendable, as it will allow us to see the many beautiful beaches in the area, many of which are located in the municipality of Nigrán, situated to the northwest of Baiona.

At the entrance to Baiona we can go up a small road about 500 metres to the A Trinidade stone cross, a beautiful sculpture that is also one of the few to be found under a pyramid-shaped stone canopy. Once in Baiona, to the right we will find the Monte Real Fortress, which houses the National Tourism Parador (state-owned luxury hotel) Conde de Gondomar.
After a walk through the Old Quarter, we cannot leave without visiting the Santa María Collegiate Church and the Santa Liberata Chapel, situated one in front of the other. The former is open to the public mornings and afternoons, while the latter may only be visited at certain times.

Baiona became one of the most important sites for sports sailing in the entire Iberian Peninsula. Its port, full of colour due to the numerous vessels moored there, serves as base during the Príncipe de Asturias Regatta, which is held at the beginning of September.

As we leave Baiona, we ascend to the "Virxe da Rocha" (Virgin of the Rock), a very large stone statue built with donations from the people and created by Galician architect Antonio Palacios and sculptor Mariano Benlliure. Here we will also find numerous grills and picnic tables so that we can spend the day. Inside the statue there is a staircase that finishes in the vessel held by the Virgin, a balcony from where we can see Baiona, the peninsula on which the Monte Real Fortress stands and the Cíes Islands in all their glory. For those who want to visit the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park, it should not be forgotten that Bayonne is one of the ports of departure for ships going to the Cíes Islands in high season.

We leave Bayonne via the PO-552. A few kilometers further, with the sea on our right, we reach Cape Silleiro, where there is a viewpoint at the foot of the lighthouse, located 85 metres above sea level. The road follows the coastline, right next to the sea, and the views from this point are magnificent.
Along the coast between Bayonne and A Guarda, the mountain range hugs the Atlantic as closely as possible. We are talking about the mountains of A Groba – which reach 663 m –, known for their rugged terrain and for being home to the largest concentration of Galician horses in the wild.
We reach the town of Oia, 17.8 km from Baiona, where we will see the Santa María de Oia Monastery to our right. Upon reaching the monastery, we get on the left-hand lane and we go through a small tunnel that emerges along the side. The church can be visited by following the directions on the entranceway. Nowadays the monastery is private property, although it may well follow in the steps of many other such constructions in Galicia and eventually be converted into a hotel facility.

After Oia we travel towards the town of A Guarda , located 17.7 km further away. We continue along the coast, which guarantees some lovely landscape views, and in A Guarda we visit Mount Santa Tegra, walking around the area and tasting some of the numerous local gastronomic delicacies. We end our first day.

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