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Soutomaior is a municipality in Galicia, Spain in the province of Pontevedra.

Coordinates: 42°19′59″N 8°34′01″W / 42.333°N 8.567°W

  1. ^ "Municipal Register of Spain 2018". National Statistics Institute. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
Concello de Soutomaior
Official seal of Concello de Soutomaior

 • Alcalde (Mayor)Agustín Reguera Ocampo
 • Total7,305
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CET)
Baiona, Pontevedra

Baiona is a municipality in Galicia, in the province of Pontevedra.

Baiona is a tourist town with a medieval historical center situated by the outlet of the Vigo Bay. Its population of just over 11,000 rises to around 45,000 in the summer, if one includes tourists. Since it is on the Portuguese Way path of the Camino de Santiago 30,000 hikers also visit every year. Other than tourism the major economic activities revolve around fishing.

Castle of Soutomaior

Soutomaior Castle (Galician: Castelo de Soutomaior, Spanish: Castillo de Soutomayor) is a medieval castle located in the municipality of the same name in Galicia, Spain. It is situated about 119 metres above sea level on the top of Mount Viso.

Built in the 12th century by Pedro Álvarez de Soutomaior it is one of the most important castles in Southern Galicia

Garcí Méndez II de Sotomayor

García Méndez de Sotomayor or Garcí Méndez II de Sotomayor, the second of his name (b. 1280 - d. ?) was a Castilian noble and head of the Méndez branch of the House of Sotomayor who founded the Señorio del Castillo de Carpio.

House of Méndez de Sotomayor

The House of Méndez de Sotomayor is a branch of the House of Sotomayor that rose to prominence during King Ferdinand III of Castile's reign and went on to found the Señorio del Castillo de Carpio. The house was known for its service to both the Kingdom of Castile and the Kingdom of Spain.

Kingdom of Galicia

The Kingdom of Galicia (Galician: Reino de Galicia, or Galiza; Spanish: Reino de Galicia; Portuguese: Reino da Galiza; Latin: Galliciense Regnum) was a political entity located in southwestern Europe, which at its territorial zenith occupied the entire northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. Founded by Suebic king Hermeric in 409, the Galician capital was established in Braga, being the first kingdom which adopted Catholicism officially and minted its own currency (year 449). It was part of the Kingdom of the Spanish Visigothic monarchs from 585 to 711. In the 8th century Galicia became a part of the newly founded Christian kingdoms of the Northwest of the peninsula, Asturias and León, while occasionally achieving independence under the authority of its own kings. Compostela became capital of Galicia in the 11th century, while the independence of Portugal (1128) determined its southern boundary. The accession of Castilian King Ferdinand III to the Leonese kingdom in 1230 brought Galicia under the control of the Crown of Castile, the kingdom of Galicia becoming a political division within the larger realm.

Galicia resisted central control, supporting a series of alternative claimants, including John of León, Galicia and Seville (1296), Ferdinand I of Portugal (1369) and John of Gaunt (1386), and was not brought firmly into submission until the Catholic Monarchs imposed the Santa Hermandad in Galicia. The kingdom of Galicia was then administered within the Crown of Castile (1490–1715) and later the Crown of Spain (1715–1833) by an Audiencia Real directed by a Governor which hold also the office of Captain General and President. The representative assembly of the Kingdom was then the Junta or Cortes of the Kingdom of Galicia, which briefly declared itself sovereign when Galicia alone remained free of Napoleonic occupation (1808–1809). The kingdom and its Junta were dissolved by Maria Cristina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Regent of Spain, in 1834.

List of Bienes de Interés Cultural in the Province of Pontevedra

This is a list of Bien de Interés Cultural landmarks in the Province of Pontevedra, Spain.

Castle of Soutomaior

Castro of Santa Trega

Convento e Iglesia de San Francisco (Pontevedra)

Monastery of Santa María de Aciveiro

Monastery of Carboeiro

Mosteiro Beneditino de San Bieito de Lérez

Royal Monastery of Santa María de Oia

Ruínas del Convento de Santo Domingo

Torres de Oeste

Tui Cathedral

List of municipalities in Pontevedra

This is a list of the 61 municipalities in the province of Pontevedra in the autonomous community of Galicia, Spain.

The Galician name is the sole official form of the name;

older or informal texts may use Castillan forms or spellings.

Pedro Gomes de Abreu

Pedro Gomes de Abreu (c.1390-1453) was a Portuguese nobleman, Lord of Regalados. and Alcaide mor de Lapela.

Pedro Madruga

Pedro Álvarez de Soutomaior (or Sotomayor), popularly known as Pedro Madruga (c. 1430 – 1486), was the Count of Caminha and an example of the typical European feudal knight. He gained his nickname, "Madruga" because he was an "early riser" (Spanish: madrugar). He was a major political player in the Kingdom of Galicia, as well as spending time in the courts of Castile and Portugal. He was one of the leading figures who suppressed the Irmandiño peasant revolt in Galicia in the 1460s, and he was also involved in the War of the Castilian Succession after the death of Henry IV in 1474.

Ponte Caldelas

Ponte Caldelas is a municipality in Galicia, Spain in the province of Pontevedra. It takes its name from an ancient bridge over the Río Caldelas.


Pontevedra (Galician: [ˌpontɪˈβɛðɾɐ], Spanish: [ponteˈβeðɾa]) is a Spanish city in the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula. It is the capital of both the Comarca (County) and Province of Pontevedra, and of the Rias Baixas in Galicia. It is also the capital of its own municipality which is, in fact, often considered as an extension of the actual city.

In 1999, Pontevedra pedestrianized its 300,000 square meter medieval center by banning all but the essential automobile traffic. Pontevedra's car free center helped transform it into one of the most accessible cities, leading to awards for its urban quality: the international European prize, "Intermodes" in Brussels in 2013, the United Nations Habitat prize in Dubai in 2014 and the "Excellence Prize" of the Center for Active Design in New York City in 2015.Surrounded by hills, the city is located on the edge of an estuary at the mouth of the river Lérez by the sea, at the bottom of the Ría de Pontevedra, in the heart of the Rías Baixas. An economic centre and tourist destination, with a population of 82,946, it is at the head of an urban area around its Ria of more than 200,000 inhabitants comprising the municipalities of Poio, Marín, Sanxenxo, Bueu, Vilaboa, Cotobade, Ponte Caldelas, Barro and Soutomaior.

Pontevedra is the second city in Galicia for its rich heritage, only after Santiago de Compostela. A city of art and history, the city is known as "The Good City" or "The City of the Lérez". Pontevedra is the seat of the General provincial Council and the provincial district court as well as the provincial police station and the provincial administrative offices. The city is an important stopover on the Portuguese Way path of the Camino de Santiago that bears witness to the circular church of the Pilgrim's Virgin with a floor plan in the shape of a scallop shell.

Ria de Vigo

Vigo Ria (Spanish: Ría de Vigo) is an estuary in Galicia, Spain. It is the southernmost ria of the Rías Baixas. It is located south of the province of Pontevedra, and extends in a northeast direction over a distance of 35 kilometres (22 mi) from its mouth at Cape Silleiro to the deepest point in Arcade, with a maximum width of 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) and is narrowest in the Strait of Rande, at 700 metres (2,300 ft). Its western entrance is protected by the Cies Islands, which are part of the National Park of the Atlantic Islands, within the islands of Toralla and San Simon. Its borders the north with Morrazo Peninsula. In the extreme south lies the Bay of Baiona. Its easy access, deep draft and calm waters make the Vigo estuary an ideal retreat for sailing and water sports.

From the environmental point of view, it is a bay with a biologically richness because of its crop water currents and deep cold waters from the north, carrying large quantities of nutrients. Historically, the Vigo estuary area has been good for fishing and shell fishing, although current conditions are not ideal due to high human and industrial pressure on the coastal waterfront.

On its banks stands the city of Vigo. The municipalities of Baiona, Nigrán, Redondela, Soutomaior, Vilaboa, Moaña and Cangas do Morrazo are also situated here. It has a total population of about 420,000 inhabitants.

The Battle of Rande was fought here on October 23, 1702, more precisely at the end of the estuary, in the Ensenada de San Simón. The following German U-Boats are reported to have been sunk somewhere in the ria: German submarine U-523, sunk August 25, 1943 (17 dead and 37 survivors), and U-506, sunk at 15:50 on July 12, 1943 (48 dead and six survivors).

Rías Baixas (DO)

Rías Baixas is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) (Denominación de Orixe in Galician) for wines located in the province of Pontevedra and the south of the province of Corunna in the autonomous community of Galicia, Spain. It is renowned for its white wines made from the Albariño grape variety. Its headquarters is located in the city of Pontevedra.

(In Galicia Rias Baixas is pronounced Ree-ass By-shass).

Sobroso Castle

Sobroso Castle (Spanish: Castillo de Sobroso, Galician: Castelo de Sobroso) is a medieval castle in the village of Vilasobroso in Galicia, Spain.


Sotomayor is a Galician surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court justice

Sueiro Gomes de Soutomaior

Sueiro Gomes de Soutomaior (1417 - ca.1490) was an important aristocrat in the kingdom of Galicia during the 15th century, heir to a lineage dating back at least to his great-grandmother, the great admiral and Galician earl Pai Gomes Charinho. He lived a hard time with serious tensions between nobles and peasants, was lord of Lantañón, Rianxo, Insua and Vea, bearing the title of marshal.

Tebra castle

Tebra Castle is a castle located in Pontevedra province, Galicia, Spain.

The Tebra Castle is sited in the Tomiño valley. The river Tebra, tributary of the Miño, flows through this valley. Alonso Gómez Churruchao was the owner in 1345, but Pedro Álvarez de Soutomaior took possession of the Castle in 1468. Between 1481 and 1486, Don Fernando de Acuña, on behalf of the Catholic Monarchs, (Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile), destroyed the castle and later it belonged to Alvaro Suarez de Deza. The Queen Juana la Loca authorized the rebuilding of the castle and it was owned by the Count of Camiña one year later.

The battlements, the sentry box and the cornice are specially beautiful. But, undoubtedly, the Renaissance tower is the most outstanding element of the Castle. After the Catholic Monarchs ordered the destruction of this tower, Alvaro Suarez Deza rebuilt it in 1532. The two sides of the Tower have an extraordinary dimension of approximately 26 feet (8m) wide.

The Castle of Tebra has four floors: the ground floor and other three floors. The most remarkable parts of the Castle are its wide viewpoint, a gallery with semicircular arches, a large tower and a chapel.

The Castle is in good condition and it is in the municipality of O Seixo, Tomiño. Nowadays the castle is a residence of private property but visitors can have free access to the outdoor part of the castle.

Vigo metropolitan area

Vigo Metropolitan Area located in Galicia (Spain) is formed by the city of Vigo and the surrounding municipalities of Baiona, Cangas, Fornelos de Montes, Gondomar, Moaña, Mos, Nigrán, O Porriño, Pazos de Borbén, Redondela, Salceda de Caselas, Salvaterra de Miño and Soutomaior.

The population of the entire area is estimated in 479,256 inhabitants.


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