Province of Pontevedra
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. There is a public institution called the Diputación Provincial of Pontevedra (Provincial Council), whose head office is in the city of the same name, 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.
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Location of the province of Pontevedra within Spain
|Coordinates: 42.37°N 8.40°W|
|• Body||Diputación de Pontevedra|
|• Total||4,495 km2 (1,736 sq mi)|
|• Density||213.56/km2 (553.1/sq mi)|
|Demonym(s)||Pontevedrés (m), Pontevedresa (f)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||ES-PO|
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 Ons, Cies, Sálvora and Cortegada.
The province has an oceanic climate with warm and relatively dry summers and cool and very wet winters.
The province's capital, Pontevedra, with a population of 82,946 (2014) is not the largest municipality of its province, the largest municipality is the industrial Vigo with a population of 292,817. In addition, there are 62 municipalities in the province. Other relevant municipalities, based on their populations, are Marín, Sanxenxo, Vilagarcía de Arousa, Redondela, Poio, Nigrán, Tui, and O Porriño.
|Population since 1900|
|Source: INE and IGE|