Hotel Conde de Gondomar
From its situation on top of a rocky promontory, there are magnificent
views of Baiona, the Isles de Cies and the "Ria" leading into the busy
port of Vigo.
The fort was built to protect (not always successfully) the port of Baiona from enemies and pirates.
Nestling below the Parador is the marina full of yachts from all over the world. It is a favourite landfall for yachts crossing the Atlantic and also for those going from northern Europe to the south Atlantic, the Mediterranean or crossing the Atlantic to the Caribbean Islands.
It was here that the first ships arrived in Europe to tell the Europeans of the discovery of America across the ocean. A replica of this ship, Pinta, which was part of the fleet of Columbus, has her permanent home in the harbour.
It is the focus point of a medieval carnival held every March to commemorate her arrival on 7 March 1493. Not many modern yachtsmen would like to cross the Atlantic on this small vessel!
During the War of the Spanish Succession, the combined English and Dutch
fleets sailed through these waters to the battle of Vigo in October 1702.
It is believed that there is still a treasure ship on the bottom which
was sunk while trying to escape from "fire ships" trying to set them ablaze.
The public rooms reflect the theme of the large old fort being of grand proportions with the walls decorated with memorabilia.
The Baiona Parador has regal and elegant common rooms in which decorative elements from other times are in abundance. Stately living rooms and spacious bedrooms, many with views of the sea, make up a grandiose interior in which a focal point is the splendid stone staircase in the entrance hall.
This Parador has one hundred and two twin bedded rooms, thirteen double bedded rooms, five suites and two easy access bedrooms. Many of the bedrooms have a view of the sea.
In the rooms you will find a private bathroom, a telephone, cable television, safe and a mini bar.
The building is air conditioned and has central heating, restaurant, bar, gift shop, free internet access in communal areas, currency exchange, lift, satellite television, parking facilities (without security and limited places), garage and there are conference facilities. Facilities for the disabled are available.
There is an outdoor terrace looking over the bay for drinks or light
meals or alternatively a pleasant interior courtyard. The Parador Baiona has a seasonal
swimming pool, tennis court, garden, gymnasium, Jacuzzi, sauna and children's playground.
The restaurant has a special glutin free menu but if you have this allergy it is worth checking that the various starters offered are also gluten free.
While in Baiona, walk through the old parts of the town. see the Monte Boi wall, the Collegial church, and the ”Cruceiro” (stone cross) of Santisima Trinidad.
A ferry boat runs across the Ria to the Isle de Cies where there are restaurants for lunch. The islands are a bird sanctuary with excellent sandy beaches. Though some will visit to look at the 'birds' on the discreet sandy beach behind the ferry terminal who have discarded all plumage.
Activities in the area include diving, fishing, golf, horse riding, sailing, trekking and paragliding.
A drive along the coastal road south of the Parador is spectacular. Visit the fishing harbour of A Guarda and the Celtic settlement on the top of Santa Tecla mountain. Return along the Mino valley where the Albarinho wine is produced. Cross into Portugal for tea in the 'forteleza' at Valenca before returning by the motorway.
You will find differences of spelling of place names in the area since both Spanish and the old language of Galego are spoken in the region.
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Rates in Euros
|Standard||Double w/ view||Superior w/ facilities for disabled persons||Twin Plus||Double w/ living room|
|Breakfast included in room rate Lunch or Dinner 34 per person per day|
|PROMOTIONS IN STANDARD ROOMS * (Subject to availability)|
|2013 Rates in Euros||Golden Days||Young Persons||5 Night Card||2 Night Special|
|All Year||174.30||174.30||108.00||238.10 per night|
Rates are per day for 2 persons sharing a double room and include tax
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|Golden Days||30% discount for guests 55 years or over in a standard room with breakfast|
|Young Persons||Discounted rates for guests from 18 to 35 years old in a standard room with breakfast|
|5 Night Card||Discounted rates for 5 nights in a standard room exc. breakfast|
|2 Night Special||20% discount for 2 consecutive nights or more with half board|
36300 Baiona, Pontevedra
Latitude: 42° 7' 32.109" N (42.12564527873224)
Longitude: 8° 50' 58.7724" W (-8.850109577178955)
|Information on Baiona||Wikipedia's article on Baiona||Wikipedia's article on the Cies Islands|
|Paradors front page||FAQ's|
|Comment posted by Bestfriendintheworld|
|October 2012: Beautiful hotel with a historic atmosphere. Amazing location and views! Can only recommend.|
|Comment posted by Stewart Young|
|Stayed at the Baiona Parador the second week of July.Two adults and a three year old. We were a bit worried by our late arrival (2145) but we found the local town was still buzzing and had no issue with finding a meal. Our room had a bay view which was very nice.(102) Good sized room ,very clean with a set of patio type doors which opened onto the gardens. Wonderful public rooms in the hotel ,well worth exploring for an hour or so.Excellent swimming pool. The beach is supurb and rivals anything we have come across. Also make sure you walk the battlements ,amazing views . All the food at the hotel is of a very good standard and the bar area is very pleasant and the service is excellent. Prices are higher than in the town but not outlandishly so. Baiona town is a five minute walk away.Loads of restaurents all at very reasonable prices .Usually paid about £60-£70 for a meal with wine. We travelled about a bit ,the local buses are good. Overall we had a great time. We are 100% going back next year. Cannot fault it.|
|Comment posted by David Lincoln Ross|
|My wife and I stayed at Baiona in late April and early May, while we had requested a large room in advance, we were taken to a tiny room. The Parador had no record of all the emails I sent. Eventually, we were directed to a lovely suite, and all was well. While we very much enjoyed the stay, I would say I was quite shocked that no one at the desk was able to fluently talk in English, either when we check in on a weekday afternoon, before 5pm, or at night. Everywhere at other Paradors, restaurants, etc, there was someone who could speak in English. While I am embarrassed to admit not being able to speak Spanish, for a top tourist destination in Baiona, the fact that senior staff could not converse in English was a disappointment. Beside this impediment, the staff could not have been nicer or more professional. David Lincoln Ross|
|Comment posted by Brian Smith|
|THhs is one of the finest Paradors that we have stayed in. The setting is truly wonderful as is the parador itself.When we arrived, the allocated room did not have a sea view, this was soon dealt with courteously and efficiently(at additional cost). The evening meal in the restaurant was also magnificent. This Parador has just about everything including a lovely town within walking distance.|
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Luxury Parador hotel in the old walled fort protecting (not always successfully!) the Port of Baiona.