The Soutomaior Castle is the gem of the fortified heritage in As Rías Baixas. It has witnessed battles, conspiracies, power struggles among noble families, and it was visited by prominent personalities. Over history, the castle has lived periods of splendour and decadence. Today, this majestic building, located on a hill at the bottom of the Ría de Vigo, is living its golden age, and it is on the way to become an international hallmark for tourism.
Surrounding this magnificent an outstanding building, you can find a beautiful garden, recognised as an International Garden of Excellence. It boasts hundred-year-old trees and a valuable collection of camellias. If you want to discover its plant diversity, a good option is to follow its signposted paths.
The fortress, dating back to the 12th century, with a neo-Gothic palace from the 19th century, is now living a new period of splendour. The museumisation of the inside of the castle will turn it into an even more appealing attraction, using technologies to display, in an entertaining and creative way, its main features: the life of the personalities linked to the castle or the importance of the building for the area.
This fortress, combining history and a beautiful landscape, was built on a hill at the bottom of the Ría de Vigo to avoid sea incursions
This building was the residence of historical figures, such as Pedro Madruga, who was involved in the most important events in Galicia during the 15th century, or the writer María Vinyals, who was a pioneer in promoting women’s rights, in a period, from the late 19th century to the early 20th century, when women were submissive.
Hidden at the bottom of the inlet to avoid sea incursions, and situated in a strategic location to control the communications between Galicia and Portugal, this fortress, which now belongs to the Deputación de Pontevedra, combines historical heritage and a beautiful landscape. We invite you to visit the castle and immerse yourself in the history of the province.