Green is the new destination
Our journey towards sustainability
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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
The contract for the modernization of the public lighting system in Baião is underway, through the placement of 7,452 luminaires with LED technology. This investment allows two major advantages. First, a 60 percent reduction in energy consumption is expected, which will reduce CO2 emissions to the environment from Baião. Another...Read More
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...Read More
On 17 and 18 September, services of the City Council of Baião carried out a major cleaning action in various parts of the municipality, collecting 6.2 tonnes of waste. In all, 2000 kg of construction and demolition waste were collected, 2000 kg of wood and dry tree shavings, 1500 kg...Read More
Municipality of Baião
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