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MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL ARRIBADA – BAIONA

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

IF YOU ARE GOING TO TRAVEL TO THE CÍES ISLANDS OR THE ONS ISLAND FROM MAY 15 (EXCEPT CAMPERS), before buying the ticket, you must obtain the authorization requested by La Xunta de Galicia, in which they will provide you with the pre code -reserve (necessary to acquire the boat ticket).

» Time travel

Mar de Ons offers you the chance to travel back in time, remembering the experience lived by the crew led by Martín Alonso Pinzón more than 500 years ago. They arrived in Baiona, on board of La Pinta caravel, in order to announce the news that they had discovered the New World.
Live an exclusive, different and unforgettable experience arriving in Baiona just like the crew on board La Pinta did 528 years ago in order to announce the New World’s discovery. Mar de Ons offers you a wide range of schedules, with the option to depart from Vigo, Cangas and Panxón and to return from Baiona in the morning, in the evening or at night, so that you can enjoy this special celebration to the fullest.
Come to Baiona with Mar de Ons and discover how its people lived back in 1493.
Lose yourself in its streets full of handicraft stands, popular games, jokers, gastronomy or workshops, and experience how the news of the discovery of America was received and how the course of the history of this fishing village changed.
Historical Re-Enactment

Every year, during the first weekend of March, Baiona holds these big medieval celebrations of International Tourism Value, in order to celebrate that this was the first European port to receive the news of the discovery of America. For two days, this event and the lives of the villagers in 1493 are re-enacted.

During the Arribada, both the old town of Baiona and its inhabitants are transformed, travelling back in time to 1493, to celebrate the anniversary of the disembarking of Martín Alonso Pinzón (the Spanish navigator and explorer who sailed with Christopher Columbus in his first travel to the New World, in 1492, as the captain of La Pinta). This disembarking, bringing the news that the New World had been discovered, is the most remarkable event in the history of Baiona and one of the most important events in the history of Spain.
Baiona was the first European port to receive the news about the discovery of America, and messengers departed from here in order to inform the Catholic Monarchs about the success of the mission by Christopher Columbus.

Medieval Street Market

During the two celebration days, the visitors will find a huge medieval street market with food and handmade products typical in that period. Buffoons, rogues, beggars, troubadours and other different characters fill this event with a medieval hustle and bustle that attracts tens of thousands of visitors from all the corners of the Iberian Peninsula every year.

Re-Enacting the Arrival of La Pinta Caravel

The main event of the festivities is the re-enactment of the arrival of La Pinta, which takes place on Ribeira beach late in the evening. Neighbours from the village recreate, with historical accuracy, how La Pinta arrived in Baiona and how the learnt of the existence of America for the first time.

This historical drama intends to make the audience relive the glorious moment when La Pinta returned to Baiona on 1st March 1493, following the greatest sailing feet of all times: the discovery of America.

Wide Range of Animations

During the two days of celebration, the streets of the old town are full of leisure activities, the most remarkable of which are the medieval Olympics, archery, the knights’ training and fencing.


Another famous attraction, receiving more and more people every year, is the medieval tournament in which the knights fight for the princess’ heart on Ribeira beach. You can watch a jousting tournament, dart-throwing and quintain knock-downs, with knights, squires and halberdiers demonstrating their skills.
The falconry exhibitions with prey birds as eagles are also remarkable.

Activities for the Children

The Arribada is a celebration for all audiences. Come with your children and enjoy the activities especially designed for them so that the whole family can enjoy this unique and unforgettable experience.


Children will make the most of this special celebration, with medieval activities in different places of the old town, including the medieval carousel, the shadow theatre, the rocking caravel or the medieval traditional games.

Navigation museum

The Arribada offers another point of interest for the visitor, the Museum of Navigation of Baiona, a space that shows the seafaring vocation of the town throughout history and in which you can contemplate very diverse material, from replicas of old ships to archeological pieces found in the bay during the expansion of the fishing port.

» Medieval festival

» Medieval Gastronomy

The wide variety of food products undoubtedly enhances this unforgettable experience to those who decide to live it.
In the Medieval Market, you will find a specific area where you can enjoy a wide range of traditional and handmade products with a great quality.
15th Century Delicacies
The Arribada Celebration is also a great food celebration, offering a wide range of handmade and natural products of the highest quality and receiving numerous visitors every year.


Certainly, the traditional sweets that you cannot miss are the famous Ñocos de Pinzón, a sweet similar to the melindres (sweet cake) and with a bit of cinnamon flavour. Other traditional sweets which you can taste are the filloas (crepes), bicas (cakes), almendrados (almond pastries), rosquillas (ring-shaped pastries), cañitas rellenas de crema (custard-filled cannoli), jams, leche frita (fried custard powdered with sugar and cinnamon), bizcochos (sponge cake) or roscones (ring-shaped cake)

Food Week
The Food Week takes place in Baiona at the same time as the Arribada. During this week, different catering establishments from the area prepare special menus with typical Galician dishes based on traditional and handmade recipes, with the prices varying from 15 to 25 Euros per person.
The Royal Village, faithful to its historical memory, offers an ambitious schedule with medieval resonances. The peak is reached with the re-enactment of the historical play of the Arribada in the exact same setting where this great event took place more than five centuries ago. The official schedule of the celebration includes a great number of activities for all audiences, from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm.
During the Arribada, there are a series of organised activities and events set in 1493, starting at 10 am. and ending around 11 pm every day.
Enjoy every moment

Discover the complete experience of the Medieval festival Arribada and arrive by boat in Baiona with Naviera Mar de Ons.
The Arribada is held every year on the first weekend in March, and on both Saturday and Sunday, a series of activities and animations set in the year 1493 are programmed – which begin at ten o’clock in the morning and end around eleven o’clock at night.

On the Saturday, around ten in the morning, the start of the Arribada Celebration is announced with the explosion of cannons, and the medieval market opening takes place, followed by a series of activities and entertainments throughout the morning.

Around four in the afternoon, the activities continue with the Knights’ Tournament celebration on the Ribeira beach, where you also can admire a great horse-riding falconry show.

This first day of celebration ends with the representation of the play Arribada de La Pinta Caravel, held on the Ribeira Beach at 8 pm. This is the main event in the Arribada Celebration. After the play, a firework display marks the end of the Saturday events.

On the Sunday, you can hear the cannons again at ten in the morning, marking the start of the second celebration day.
During the morning, the medieval Olympics take place, including archery, fencing and falconry. The events scheduled for the morning are topped with the medieval parade through the Arribada Royal Market.

In the afternoon, approximately from 4 pm onwards, the scheduled activities continue, including a medieval music concert and a fire show.
Finally, three Lombard shots announce the closure of the Royal Market and the shows and call upon the visitors to attend the next edition.

If you travel with Naviera Mar de Ons to 1493, in addition to traveling to the past, you can enjoy a discount on your second trip. These advantages are only for our customers! When you make your reservation, use that booking reference to get your discount on your next trip, and discover with us many more destinations. The Cíes Islands, the Ons Island and the San Simón Island are waiting for you!

» Activity program

» Schedule

Schedules between Cangas / Vigo and Panxón – Festa da Arribada in Baiona
SATURDAY, MARCH 2

Cangas – Vigo – Baiona

DEPATURES FROM CANGAS
10:15 h.
11:45 h.
15:00 h.
DEPATURES FROM VIGO
10:45 h.
12:15 h.
15:30 h.
DEPATURES FROM BAIONA
19:45 h.
22:15 h.
00:30 h.

Panxon – baiona

DEPATURES FROM PANXÓN
12:00
13:00
14:00
15:00
16:00
17:00
18:00
19:00
20:00
21:00
22:00
23:00
DEPATURES FROM CANGAS
12:30
13:30
14:30
15:30
16:30
17:30
18:30
19:30
20:30
21:30
22:30
23:30
SATURDAY, MARCH 7

Cangas – Vigo – Baiona

DEPATURES FROM CANGAS
10:15 h.
11:45 h.
15:00 h.
DEPATURES FROM VIGO
10:45 h.
12:15 h.
15:30 h.
DEPATURES FROM BAIONA
18:45 h.
21:30 h.
 

Panxon – baiona

DEPATURES FROM PANXÓN
12:00
13:00
14:00
15:00
16:00
17:00
18:00
19:00
20:00
DEPATURES FROM CANGAS
12:30
13:30
14:30
15:30
16:30
17:30
18:30
19:30
20:30
For more information you can send us an email to info@mardeons.com or call us at (+34) 986225272.

Boat Ticket Rates Festa da Arribada Baiona

ROUND TRIP FROM CANGAS AND VIGO

Adults: 6,00€
4 to 18 years old: 6,00€
Limited places


ROUND TRIP FROM PANXÓN

Adults: 4,00€
4 to 18 years old: 4,00€
Limited places

» Prices

» Departure ports

Departure ports of the  Festa da Arribada Baiona

PORT OF VIGO
      INFORMATION ABOUT TICKET OFFICE THE PORT OF VIGO
Estación Marítima de Vigo
C/ Cánovas del Castillo, 26
36201 Vigo
Tel. 986 22 52 72
info@mardeons.com
Opening hours:
from Monday to Sunday
from 09:00 to 21:00 h..

PORT OF CANGAS
      INFORMATION ABOUT TICKET OFFICE THE PORT OF CANGAS
Estación Marítima de Cangas
Avda. de Montero Rios, 14
36940 Cangas
Tel. 986 22 52 72
info@mardeons.com
Opening hours:
from Monday to Sunday
from 09:00 to 21:00 h.

Port of baiona
      INFORMATION ABOUT TICKET OFFICE THE PORT OF BAIONA
Estación Marítima América
Rúa Alférez José Barreiro, 5
36300 Baiona
Tel. 986 22 52 72
info@mardeons.com
Opening hours:
from Monday to Sunday
from 09:00 to 21:00 h.

PORT OF PANXÓN
       INFORMATION ABOUT TICKET OFFICE THE PORT OF PANXÓN
“Puerto Panxon
Praza José Mogimes
36340 Nigrán
Tel. 986 22 52 72
info@mardeons.com”
Opening hours:
from Monday to Sunday
from 09:00 to 21:00 h.

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