25 April 2018

An exceptional Parador and another Roman Bridge

One day left of our stay close to the border with Northern Portugal.
Quite warm with an exciting drive to Baiona along hilltops within sight of the Atlantic. There is another beautiful Roman bridge, the Ponte da Ramallosa to cross as well at this historic port founded in 140 B.C.
The Parador of Baiona Pontevedra is one of  many such Paradores in Spain (hotels with a historical and architectural value), a well-preserved ashlar building. Finely cut granite, tall interior and an elegant balustraded stairway of granite. Surrounded by a  castellated stone wall, sitting on a peninsula promentary that commands views out across open ocean, the old hotel and restaurant also overlooks the Rias Baixas and the Cies Islands. Here may be sampled the exemplary opulence and outstanding service. The coffee and croissants are good too.

Historic Roman bridge

Parador Hotel

The harbourfront

Built in the twelfth centuary

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