Your ideal sailing holiday could be a yacht charter in Baiona, a coastal town in the province of Pontevedra, in Galicia, Spain. Thanks to its privileged location close to the mouth of the Vigo Bay, the town is an ideal place to go cruising on your next summer sailing holiday in 2016.
The town’s picturesque medieval centre, has made it a popular tourist destination, especially in summer, during which time the population more than quadruples from 11,000 to around 45,000.
Since the town's location is relatively southern in Galicia, it enjoys a warmer, drier climate and more sunny days than any other parts of Galicia, while almost never being uncomfortably hot. These characteristics make a yacht charter with a skipper in Baiona an ideal starting point for sailing trips up the Galician coast or down to the Portuguese coast.
The historic medieval core is the perfect place to try the local Galician cuisine, which is renowned worldwide, not just in Spain. A trip to Galicia is not complete without trying the typical seafood dishes, in one of the town’s many restaurants. Another sight not to miss on your sailing holiday is the sunset from the Monterreal Fort and the well-known Principe Tower. Today the Fort is home to a luxury Parador Hotel. Furthermore, you can sail your chartered yacht to visit the nearby islands that are located just off the Galician coast. Moreover, you simply have to visit the nearby city of Vigo and visit the famous, gorgeous sites of Parador and Rias.
Baiona’s port is among the region’s most important, with 350 moorings and refuelling services. The port is also famous for being where La Pinta, Christopher Columbus’ famous ship was moored on March 1, 1493, the first place in Europe where he stopped to spread news of his discovery of the New World. One of the main attractions to see whilst on your yacht charter is the exact replica of La Pinta in the harbour. On board the ship there is a Maritime Museum where you can learn about daily life of the sailors who crossed the ocean onboard La Pinta.
There are some beautiful beaches, which although small, are ideal for sunbathing and practicing water sports, as well as being great setting off points for sailing enthusiasts. Some of the best are:
A 180 metre long beach, popular among tourists due to its white sand. It also has the advantage of being the closest to the town centre. It has a wonderful lively beach promenade filled with bars and restaurants, with handy services such as parking.
Located at the foot of Monterreal Fort, this 200 metre long beach is complete with a marina and is calm thanks to being sheltered by breakwaters.
One of the area’s largest bays, it’s dotted with many bars, kiosks and many other attractions.
A rugged and natural beach, it can sometimes experience strong winds, although on sunny days it is beautiful. The sea here is a bit rougher and you can see many colourful species of fish which make the beach all the more fascinating.
These beaches can become quite crowded during the summer months, but if you don’t like crowds, you can easily sail to the smaller coves away from the bulk of the tourists, on your own yacht. A yacht charter vacation brings you this freedom.
Taste the wonderful Galician food, for example, by eating great steaks and, above all, the wonderful seafood that has been perfected over hundreds of years of traditional recipes and cooking. Enjoy those meals with a good local wine: Monterrei, Rias Baixas, Ribeira Sacra, Ribeiro and Valdeorras. p>
Go on a sailing holiday along the coasts of Galicia and fall in love with this place! The city´s well-equipped marinas provide all the facilities you’ll need whilst on your yacht charter, giving you peace of mind. Opt for a yacht charter vacation in Baiona and let your dreams turn into reality as you visit some of the most beautiful places on your sailboat around the picturesque Spanish Region of Galicia.
Being situated to the south of the galician coast, Baiona enjoys a drier and warmer clmate than further up the coast with the weather ranging from 5ºC in winter to 25ºC in the summer. Due to it having an Atlantic coast, the waters are not as warm as those found on the other side of the country, 14ºC to 18ºC throughout the year, however with the warm air, between 9 and 15 hours of sunlight and striking coastline that won't be a problem on your yacht charter holiday in Baiona. As for the wind, the Atlantic provides supply of strong breeze throughout the year allowing for easy travel around this special part of Spain.
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The variety of travel options allows you to select the most relaxing start to your yacht charter holiday in Baiona.
The closest airport to Baiona is Vigo airport, about 30 km away. The regular connections with Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Canarias and Paris allow an easy start to your yacht charter in Baiona. Other options for flying are Santiago de Compostela (129km) or Porto in Portugal (160km).
The closest train station is in Vigo. From Vigo you can take a bus to Baiona. If you want to explore the rest of the region whilst on your yacht charter in Baiona, Vigo has daily connections by train with other cities in Galicia such as Ourense, Pontevedra, Santiago and A Coruña. There are also trains to Madrid, Barcelona, León, Irun, Ponferrada and Alicante as well as to Porto in Portugal.
On weekdays there are buses every 30 minutes from Vigo. On Saturdays and Sundays there are buses every hour.
Vigo is linked with many more destinations both in Spain and internationally. You can travel to Vigo from Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Zaragoza and other destinations from regions like Asturias, Andalucia and Extremadura. Internationally Vigo is connected with Portugal (Porto, Lisbon and Algarve), France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and some other countries. The AP-57 motorway ends in Baiona. It is connected to AP-9 from A Coruña and A-52 from Ourense.
Baiona is linked with Vigo city centre (20 km) by a 25 minute drive along the A9 motorway. There are three different ways to get to Vigo by car:
1) Vigo is linked to Madrid through the A-52 motorway until Benavente, and then the A-6 motorway until Madrid.
2) Vigo is connected with the North of Portugal through the Rías Baixas motorway.
3) Vigo links to the North of Galicia (Pontevedra, Santiago de Compostela and A Coruña) through the Atlantic Motorway.
Distance between Vigo and major cities: Pontevedra, 24 km; Santiago, 93 km; Ourense, 105 km; A Coruña, 155 km; Lugo, 160 km; Porto, 150 km; Lisbon, 500 km; Madrid, 667 km; Barcelona, 1.132 km.
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