Sobroso Castle

A Pena, Spain

Due to its strategic position, the Sobroso castle was known as 'the key of the Kingdom of Galicia'. The name of the Castle, and the village itself, comes from the Latin SUBEROSUM, in reference to the 'sobreiras', Quercus suber or cork trees that once surrounded it.

The oldest reference to Sobroso Castle dates back to 1096. The castle that stands today dates back to the 14th or 15th century construction consisting of 2 enclosures. The outer one is irregular and the entrance is made through a drawbridge, and the inner one is rectangular with its keep on its weakest side.

In the 15th century, Sobroso Castle saw the fight between the Sarmientos and Pedro Madruga, but after that the castle wasn't much active.

The castle was restored from its ruinous state thanks to the efforts of local journalist Alejo Carrera Muñoz, who in 1923 bought the ruins of the castle from the Count of Torre Cedeira. He carried out the restoration work single-handedly, without any help from local authorities, until his death in 1967. In 1981, the neighbouring municipality of Ponteareas purchased the castle from Carrera's only child, Zita Teresa Carrera Ferreira, for 30 million pesetas. From 1995 onwards, the local council began their own restoration work on the castle.

The castle currently houses a cultural and ethnographic museum.



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Camiño Pena 1, A Pena, Spain
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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain


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Jose Lopez (2 years ago)
Beautifully place
Mark Auchincloss (2 years ago)
This is one of most beautiful castles in Galicia dating back to early 12th Century & is situated on Landín Hill 334 m above sea level overlooking Condado valley & River Tea close to Portuguese border in dense 30 hectares of woodland ( with over 40 different species of trees). You can see over 100 villages from top !! It's named after the cork trees which once stood here. It's in Ponteareas Council area. The scene of alot of conflicts between those trying to gain control of it.
Anton frolov (2 years ago)
Small castle in perfect condition and with magnificent views from the tower. Has a small exhibition inside. 30 minutes will be enough for the visit. Definitely " vale a pena" PS Be aware of siesta hours !)
Santiago Reynal O'Connor (2 years ago)
Galicia is just a magical beautiful place
J P (3 years ago)
Situado en una zona bonita. Situated in a nice little mountain. Nice on the outside. Did not go inside so I can't say much.
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