Green is the new destination
Our journey towards sustainability
The Municipality of Baião is committed to making our territory a sustainable tourist destination, based on 4 fundamental pillars: Environmental, Cultural, Social and Economic and on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This is where our journey begins. Embracing sustainability is everyone’s responsibility. Join us towards a greener and better future.
The example comes from above
An environmentally friendly green municipality and a sustainable tourist destination is our ambition. But it is necessary to set an example for all stakeholders.
The key stakeholders
Tourism in Baião is growing. The material and intangible heritage that exists in Baião and the desire for the enjoyment of nature is responsible for the dynamism of the sector.
Green School, Green Future
There are numerous threats that imply the mobilization of society. Younger people will inherit a planet where human action on nature and climate will have a huge impact.
One of the structuring elements of the promotion of the territory and which brings thousands of visitors and tourists to Baião annually, are the events.
MUNICIPALITY OF BAIÃO
A Sustainable Tourist Destination
Marão, Aboboreira and Castelo Mountains
Douro, Ovil and Teixeira Rivers
Reixela Oak Forest
Megalitic heritage of Aboboreira Mountain
Santo André of Ancede Monastery
Eça de Queiroz Foundation
"Bengalas" of Gestaçô
Roasted "Anho" with Oven Rice
|Strategic Tourism Axes|
Nature and Adventure
|Destination Certification Pillars|
Green and/or Environment Responsable Events
City Hall Certification
Main Stakeholders Certification
Hotel/Accomodations and Tour Operators Certification
Youth and Schools engagement
Land of Culture
The county of Baião exhibits a richness of heritage values, striking panoramas, customs and traditions that enhance and make this region of the country unique.
Important Portuguese writers such as Camilo Castelo Branco, Alves Redol, Agustina Bessa-Luís, Eça de Queiroz and António Mota, often refer to this landscape in their works. The Eça de Queiroz Foundation, the dolmens of Serra da Aboboreira, the monastery of Saint Andrew of Ancede, the enormous religious heritage, the crafts, the small museums and exhibitions centres are important touristic attractions.
On the slopes that connect the peak of Marão to the river Douro, marked by “powerfully dug” valleys, where some water lines such as those of the Douro, Ovil and Teixeira meander, lies one of the greenest municipalities in the region (about 70% territory), with an important geological heritage, a diversity of fauna and flora and an ancient historical heritage.
Land of Flavours
The gastronomy of Baião is so special that some say that one of the most renowned Portuguese writers, Eça de Queiroz, did not only fall in love with the landscape of this land, but also with the flavours of its traditional dishes when he wrote his novel “The City and the Mountains” in which he makes reference to the magnificent local gastronomy, describing it in a colorful and tasty way. Nowadays, Baião is a gastronomic reference in the region by the quality and tradition of its endogenous gastronomic process and wine production.
The landscape of Baião is the result of the distinct way in which man occupied and transformed the territory over thousands of years, resulting in a landscape of great cultural value, with a strong historic heritage. The oldest occupation of this territory was in the central plateaus of the mountains of Aboboreira and Castle and date back to recent pre-historic times, which cover a long chronological period of four thousand years (5th to the 1st Millennium B.C.). But there are also historical testimonies from every historical period, form Roman occupation, to medieval times, the Baroque and French invasions.
In this territory of mountains and rivers – ripping the skies – a land of water, climatic phenomenons, full of life, sculptured into schist and granite, covered by the green of the forest, we walk through shades and haze, uncovering the mysteries hidden in the imagination of its people.
Land of Adventure
The natural features of Baião, the deep valleys, the slopes, rivers encourage us to embark on an adventure, with sites that inspire us, and challenge us. This is a territory with excellent conditions for the practice of sports and for the adventure.
Up to Date
Urban trees in Baião are being inventoried
The Councilor for the Environment, Henrique Gaspar Ribeiro, visited, on the 5th of May, the urban tree inventory work that is taking place in the municipality. Accompanied by technicians from the municipality during the visit, he said that “the ongoing survey is fundamental, which will allow us to control the...Read More
Green Team, the team responsible for certifying Baião as a Sustainable Tourist Destination, holds a new meeting
On the 8th of May, the third meeting of the “Green Team” was held, with the purpose of conducting the Baião: Sustainable Tourist Destination process and carrying out the necessary work to comply with the sustainability criteria of the certifying entity and the Global Tourism Council Sustainable. This meeting had...Read More
Municipal Youth Assembly promoted reflection on the present and future of Baião
Challenge youth to reflect, not only globally, but, in particular, on the municipality, presenting ideas and pointing out ways that lead to better development, with the implementation of policies that meet the needs of the population, especially the younger generations , was the purpose of the Municipal Assembly of Young...Read More
Municipality of Baião
GSTC certified body to accredit tourist destinations.