Sustainable Baião

Green is the new destination

Our journey towards sustainability

Our Commitment


The Municipality of Baião is committed to making our territory an environmentally sustainable destination.

Sustainable Baião

Environmental certification has proved to be an important instrument of environmental policy, given the necessary and urgent accountability for environmental problems and the search for solutions.

The municipality of Baião is committed to making our territory an environmentally sustainable destination.

This is where our journey begins. Embracing sustainability is a responsibility for all of us. Join us towards a greener and better future.

Vision Statement


Key Aspects

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.

Thus, the commitment to all is to transform the municipality of Baião into an environmentally responsible administrative space. Reducing the consumption of electricity, water, paper and plastic will be a priority in the coming years.

Expenses will be measured and reduction actions implemented, followed by consumption monitoring, with clearly defined objectives.

Simple but meaningful actions for the environment, such as switching to LED technology, water supply points, awareness of digital rather than paper, use of recycled paper and environmentally certified toners in printers or the progressive elimination of plastic are priorities.

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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.

But let us not forget the tour operators, especially those in the hotel business, who offer more than 500 beds to tourists from local accommodation to the five-star hotel, or the various restaurants serving excellent cuisine.

The sector needs to be boosted by providing conditions and incentives to align with the best practices in the world. In the coming years tour operators will be encouraged to make improvements that promote energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

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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.

Issues such as the use of plastic, global warming, deforestation, or (in)sustainability of natural resources are increasingly on the political agenda.

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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.

The aptitudes of the territory make Baião a destination for mountain biking, rally and motonáutica events, or for a unique gastronomy, watered by a unique wine and promoted by two reference events in the North of Portugal, Feira do Fumeiro, do Cozido à Portuguesa e dos Vinhos Baião and the Festival do Anho Assado e do Arroz do Forno.

Thus, the events are strategic for the development of the region. It is important to proceed with its certification, working with the municipality to make all its events as friendly to the environment, certifying them as “Environmentally Responsible” or “Green Event”.

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A Sustainable Tourist Destination

To affirm tourism as the axis for the economic, social, cultural and environmental development of the entire territory, positioning Baião as a competitive and 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

Frende's Baskets

Roasted "Anho" with Oven Rice

Smokehouse meats

Teixeira Biscuit

Citrus Fruit

Avesso Wine

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

Cultural &
Heritage Aspects

Land of Culture

Natural Life

Land of Flavours

Ancient Land

Magic Land

Land of Adventure

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.

Natural Life

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.

Ancient Land

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.

Magic Land

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

Two films show Aboboreira as never seen before

On September 22, the Municipal Auditorium of Baião hosted the presentation of two high-quality documentaries about Serra da Aboboreira: “Aboboreira – A Serra Viva” and “Aboboreira in 3D”, produced by the Association of Municipalities of Baixo Tâmega (AMBT). These audiovisual documentaries may assist in the objective of creating a “Regional...

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Entities Involved

Municipality of Baião

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