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Pontevedra (province)


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Coordinates: 42°30′N 8°30′W / 42.500°N 8.500°W / 42.500; -8.500Coordinates: 42°30′N 8°30′W / 42.500°N 8.500°W / 42.500; -8.500

Country Spain
Region Galicia
Counties O Baixo Miño, Caldas, O Condado, O Deza, O Morrazo, A Paradanta, Pontevedra, O Salnes, Tabeirós – Terra de Montes, Vigo
 • Body Deputacion Provincial de Pontevedra
 • President Rafael Louzán Abal (People's Party of Galicia)
 • Total 4,495 km2 (1,736 sq mi)
Area rank 45th
 • Total 943,117
 • Rank 13th
 • Density 210/km2 (540/sq mi)
Demonym pontevedrés (m), pontevedresa (f)
ISO 3166 code ES-PO

Pontevedra is a province of Spain along the country's Atlantic coast in southwestern Europe. The province forms the southwestern part of the autonomous community of Galicia. It is bordered by the provinces of A Coruña, Lugo, and Ourense, the country of Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean. The official languages of the Pontevedra province are Spanish and Galician.[1]

There is a public institution called the Provincial of Pontevedra that provides direct services to citizens such as technical, financial and technological support to the councils of the 62 municipalities of the province of Pontevedra.

The population of the province is 943,117 (2006), of which no more than 8% live in the capital, the city of Pontevedra.


Pontevedra is cut in two parts by the Lérez River. Most of the major tourist attractions in Pontevedra are to the south of the river. Pontevedra features many historical buildings, monuments, and churches.

Much of the Rías Baixas Denominación de Origen (DO) is located in the province. The province similarly shares the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park with neighbouring A Coruña province. This region contains the Galician islands of Cies, Ons, Sálvora and Cortegada.


The province's capital is not its largest city, the largest city is Vigo with a population of 300,000. In addition, there are 62 municipalities in the province. Other relevant municipalities, based on their populations, are Vilagarcía de Arousa, Redondela, Nigrán, Porrino and Marín.


  • O Baixo Miño county
  • Caldas county
  • O Condado county
  • Deza county
  • O Morrazo county
  • Paradanta county
  • Pontevedra county
  • Salnés county
  • Tabeirós - Tierra de Montes county
  • Vigo county

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