Pontevedra is a province of Spain along the
coast in southwestern Europe. The province forms the southwestern part of
community of Galicia.
bordered by the provinces of A
Coruña, Lugo, and
Ourense, and the country of Portugal.
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
is located in the province. The province similarly
shares the Parque Nacional das Illas Atlánticas de Galicia national
park with neighbouring A Coruña
province's capital is not its largest city, which is instead the
port of Vigo with a
population of 300,000.
In addition, there are 62
municipalities in the province.
Population since 1900