The route leaves the fishing village of Oia behind and continues along the foot of the cliffs. The next destination is Baiona, a medieval town closely linked to the discovery of America.
Length 13.8 Km
Estimated Duration 2h 45min
The route leaves the fishing village of Oia behind and continues along the foot of the cliffs. It passes near the lighthouse at Cape Silleiro (opened in 1866), on the south side of the Ria of Vigo, the main navigational landmark used by ships sailing these waters.
The route climbs up to Baredo along the old ‘royal path’. After a few kilometres, it reaches Monterreal Castle, now the Parador Nacional de Turismo de Baiona, part of the state-owned hotel chain. Its powerful defensive walls once repelled the attack of the English corsair Sir Francis Drake, who disembarked here in 1585. Today it is possible to circle the castle on a lovely seaside path.
Behind the castle lies Baiona. On 1 March 1493, the city was the first port in Europe to receive the news of the discovery of America, brought by the caravel La Pinta, captained by Martín Alonso Pinzón. This town has retained all the splendour of its historic past.
Baiona lies at the mouth of the Ria of Vigo, protected by the Cíes Islands, which are the heart of Illas Atlánticas National Park. The islands can be reached by boat from here.