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.