Soutomaior Castle

Soutomaior, Spain

Built in the 12th century by Pedro Álvarez de Soutomaior it is one of the most important castles in Southern Galicia. Its origins can be traced back to the reign of Alfonso VII, when a military construction was built in a strategic location in the town of Soutomaior. On a hill at 119 metres above sea level at the bottom of the Ría de Vigo, the castle was near the coast but protected against the sea incursions of the Normans, the Turkish or pirates. It also controlled the communications from north to south, and dominated the valley of the Verdugo River, from its confluence with the Oitavén River to its mouth.

In the 15th century, the defensive tower was turned into a two-walled complex. At that time, the castle was closely linked to Pedro Álvarez de Sotomayor, popularly known as Pedro Madruga, who held the title of Count of Camiña, Viscount of Tui, and Mariscal of Baiona. There seems to be evidence that Cristopher Columbus and Pedro Madruga were the same person, since they had friends and rivals in common, and about one hundred places discovered in the New World were renamed with place names from As Rías Baixas.

Over history, Soutomaior was the centre of feudal power, the setting of many battles, and the summer residence of the noble families. Today, it is a historic site open to the public with a garden recognised as an International Garden of Excellence. The current magnificence of the building has been the result of several renovations and alterations.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Victoria Gamboa (11 months ago)
Is a beautiful castle and well kept with beautiful flowers and friendly staff.
Rishika Sharma (12 months ago)
Super interesting - highly recommended! The castle's heritage is made relatable to those visitors whom don't have a background in Galician history with interactive presentations. The gardens and grounds are also beautiful
Werner Van der Straten (12 months ago)
Wow. This place has a history! Very well maintained Castle and grounds. For kids there is a little search.
kevin crow (15 months ago)
Excellent visit - fascinating and beautiful!
Juancho (2 years ago)
A place to visit, excellent conservation, full of history. Gardens, forests, vineyards, all in one place
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