Bayonne is a seaside town. Most people here base their livelihoods either directly or indirectly from the and it shows. It is a city that receives a lot of tourism because of their inn, marina and beach. It has a good nightlife, especially in summer. There are many establishments which are being renovated. They celebrate the festival of the Annunciation the first weekend of August.
Monterreal Fortress is located at the end of Bayonne promenade, on the peninsula of Monte Boi. You can go inside by paying 1 €. The interior is huge, so you can quietly spend a couple of hours walking around. The views of the coast from its towers are great, this alone is worth going in for. From inside, you can walk through the Monte Boi, to see the outside of the fortress. However, be careful not to miss the first turn as we did, as you then end up back at the entrance and have to walk all the way back!
The inside is much more impressive than the outside! In my many summer visits to Bayonne, I've gone up to the Carabela La Pinta on countless occasions, and to be honest the inside is really impressive,because it's managed well and characterized by the fact that it makes you feel like you're going back in time. You really get to imagine sailing with Christopher Columbus hehehe. I think it's a must see place if you want to learn more about Bayonne's history.
This huge stone virgin is 15 meters high and it has a hollow inside boat-shaped gazebo in his right hand, to which you can access by a spiral staircase. Taking this path costs 1 euro but it is worth it due to the beautiful view it offers. It is located on Mount Samson, an attractive setting which overlooks the entire coast of Bayonne and in which there are stone benches and tables where you can regain strength after the rise and in which a popular pilgrimage dedicated to the Virginis is celebrated on the first Sunday in August. It is the work of modernist architect Antonio Palacios. But its face and hands are the work of Angel Garcia in white marble, and its crown was built in porcelain.
In addition to the promenade, this is another one of the most beautiful places to take a long walk in Bayonne. This pathway is a promenade along the entire peninsula of Monte Boi, at the bottom part of the Monterreal fortress. The promenade is 2 kilometers long, starting at the beach A Cuncheira, and ending at fortress's clock tower. Along the path there are several seating areas with stone benches and gazebos. The views are wonderful. Beside the sea with its coves and beaches (for example Frades beach), across Monterreal's wall, and behind a forest of pines, oaks and willows.
In Cape Silleiro there is a lighthouse which was opened in the year 1866. In August 1924, the new building that would house the lighthouse was opened at a height of 85 m, at the top of the mountain. From the center of Bayonne there is a road to Baredo in the direction of The Guard direction and 5 km is the turning that leads to the lookout. Accessibility: by car, bus or walking.
At the foot of the fortress of Monterreal, on the wall of the crescent of the Constable is this huge sculpture of 9 meters in width and 4.5 in height, made of granite by Magin Picallo. It consists of several groups of figures representing Galicia, America, emigration and return, which are arranged around a large sphere that symbolizes the world and contains soil samples from all of the 22 countries of Latin America. It was built on the occasion of the V Centenary of the discovery of America by Columbus, since this port was called the Pinta and it was captained by Pinzon from the New World.
As in past years, this weekend took place in the town of Baiona the Feast of the Arrival, a journey through time that Baiona has every year to commemorate the arrival of the caravel Pinta port of the town. During the celebration, events are recreated from 5 centuries, A Ribeira beach, next to the entrance of the Parador. The historical returns of the past gives thanks to merchants, entertainers, artisans and other people that encourage visits and it is immersed in a journey through time bound for the Middle Ages. The number of visitors was huge,there was no place to park except on the outskirts. There were exhibitions related to the instruments of torture that were used in the Middle Ages, as well as plays and mounted exhibitions of falconry A Riveira Beach. For all its old had food and drink stalls typical of the area and the Baiona time in which they dressed in clothes and on Saturday night we got up early for Sunday.
One of the most beautiful and pleasant places to stroll on the Baiona promenade is where you'll find this marina, as well as the beach da Ribeira and the replica of the Caravel Pinta. The Baiona marina has 370 berths for boats up to 40 meters in length, and it also has a sailing school. On the street there's a multitude of dining options, terraces, hotels and the best shopping in Bayonne. The promenade is very long, it's about 5 kilometers long, and it goes all along the coast, passing through the various beaches, the estuary of the River Minor, and then it joins with the City of Nigrán.
When leaving Baiona towards A Guarda, you can find a detour to the left that leads to the top of Monte da Groba, and about 11 km from there the views are quite spectacular: You can see the town of Baiona, port, bay and peninsula of Monte Boi, Val Miñor, and even the city of Vigo, the Cies Islands and much of the coastline of the Rias Baixas. This mountain is the highest point of the municipality too. In it there are also several hiking trails, in which you can even find wild horses grazing peacefully at their ease. The vegetation that surround us is composed of pines, eucalyptus and scrub.
If you go to Galicia you must visit an interesting historical monument place, such as Bayonne. There you can find one of the ships with which Columbus discovered America and you can walk through the walls of the fortress that is next to the beach where you can see all the people with a beautiful panoramic view.
This beach is located at the beginning of the Bayonne waterfront, at the foot of the ramparts of the fortress of Monterreal and it also faces the marina and the yacht club. It has a length of 170 meters and it is a totally urban beach. Its situation is quite sheltered from the wind and it has a moderate swell. In summer season you can rent some sunbeds and umbrellas, and they are always under surveillance. The sand there is fine and gold-colored, and due to its cleaning it has the Blue Flag. On the opposite side of the peninsula of Monte Boi is the Frades beach.
Alfonso IX is considered to be the founder of Bayonne. This monument is situated on the marina of Bayonne, on the road which leads up to the hostel. It was built in the year 2001 to mark the 8th centenary of the foundation of Bayonne as a Villa Real. The sculptor is Juan de Oliveira Viéitez.
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