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Arribada 2023 How to enjoy it by boat?

The Arribada 2023 is coming! On March 3, 4 and 5 is celebrated the big festival of the Pontevedra municipality of Baiona commemorates the return to this town of Martin Alonso Pinzon, on March 1, 1493, after the Discovery of America. The Arribada is celebrated in Baiona every year, during the first weekend of March.

Arribada 2023, official poster for Baiona's big festival
Arribada 2023, official poster for Baiona’s big festival

The Arribada has been declared a Festival of National Tourist Interest. It was the second Galician festival to obtain such recognition. A year earlier, the Cocido de Lalín festival was recognized as the first Galician celebration of tourist interest.


Arrival, when Europe learned of the discovery of America

Martín Alonso Pinzón sailed alongside Christopher Columbus in one of the greatest adventures in history, as captain of La Pinta.

His arrival at the helm of La Pinta in Baiona anticipated that of Columbus himself on his arrival in Lisbon. Therefore, it was in Baiona when it was first known in Europe that the expedition had reached the New World. (Whatsapp coverage was scarce at the time ;-).

In this event has therefore, its origin this baionesa festivity of La Arribada.

Learn more about the adventurous life of the captain of La Pinta, Martín Alonso Pinzón, co-discoverer of America.

Arribada 2023, a video presentation of the spectacular party and digital news

The Concello de Baiona has made a spectacular video presentation of the XXVII Fiesta de la Arribada 2023, made by Marta González Pérez.

The video shows images of the village and of last year’s edition, the first one held without restrictions after the pandemic.

The Arribada 2023 party will also be the most digital in history.

The Concellería de Turismo of this town has launched an innovative initiative so that the festival can be followed virtually from anywhere in the world. On the website of the Concello de Baiona you can get more information about this curious initiative.

For those of us lucky enough to be able to attend in a “real” way, here below are the schedules of the boat transportation services.


Schedules for boat transportation from Nabia to Arribada 2023

The Pirates of Nabia ships will conduct outings on the following days March 4 and 5 in the ports of Vigo, Cangas, Moaña and Moaña.The new bus will also stop in Paxón to pick up passengers, in order to bring visitors who want to enjoy the Arribada Festival without worrying about traffic jams or finding parking, improving the enjoyment for everyone in a Baiona with fewer private vehicles.

In addition, travelers who choose Piratas de Nabia to travel to Baiona, will arrive to the town as the captain of La Pinta, Martín Alonso Pinzón, did more than five centuries ago, by boat.

Arrival 2023, schedules for Saturday, March 4

  • Departures from Vigo: 10:30, 12:00, 15:30, 20:00* and 23:30
  • Departures from Cangas: 10:00*, 11:30*, 15:00*, 20:30 and 23:00*.
  • Departures from Moaña: 10:00**, 11:00**, and 15:00**.
  • Returns from Baiona: 13:45, 18:45, 21:45*** and 01:15***.

*Passage with port of call in another port. **Transfer in Vigo. Free travel on the Moaña-Vigo line. ***Only return to Cangas and Vigo.

  • Travel Panxón – Baiona: 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 18:30, 19:30, 20:30, 21:30, 22:30, 23:30, 00:30 y 01:30
  • Trips Baiona – Panxón: 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00, 22:00, 23:00, 00:00 y 01:00

Arrival 2023, schedules for Sunday, March 5:

  • Departures from Vigo: 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Departures from Cangas: 10:30* and 15:00
  • Return from Baiona: 13:45, 18:45 and 21:30

*Passage with port of call in another port.

  • Trips Panxón – Baiona: 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 18:30, 19:30 and 20:30
  • Trips Baiona – Panxón: 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00 y 20:00


Arrival of the “golfa” hour with Pirates of Nabia

As a novelty this year, Piratas de Nabia will return on Saturday (in the early hours of Sunday morning actually) at 01:30 (only to Vigo and Cangas), being the last shipping company to cast off from the port of Baiona and return to the capital of Vigo and Morrazo.

In this way the most festive and party people will be able to enjoy all the daytime activities, performances, stalls, stores, and also dine at one of the countless stalls set in the late Middle Ages (although with food and drinks for all ages and palates).

To purchase tickets without waiting until the last minute, it is best to access the ticket reservation link. You can also call 986 322 00 48, our reservation center.

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