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With 30,000 inhabitants, Redondela is the town with the second largest population in the Greater Metropolitan Area after the city of Vigo. This was not the case in the Middle Ages when the town had more inhabitants and was more influential than its neighbouring city to the South. The town has an area of 52 km2 and its territory is divided into 14 parishes: Redondela, Cabeiro, Cedeira, Cesantes, Chapela, Negros, Quintela, Reboreda, Saxamonde, Trasmañó, Ventosela, Vilar de Infesta, Vilavella and O Viso. Despite the population being dispersed all over its territory, most inhabitants live in the parishes of Redondela and Chapela.

The geographical relief of Redondela is conditioned by mountains such as Galleiro and Suído, and the valleys of the rivers Maceiras and Alvedosa, which are the main freshwater flows in its territory that discharge into Vigo Bay. The climate is mild and humid and promotes agricultural development in the low lands and forestry and timber on the rugged mountainous slopes that make up its relief. Redondela

The coastline in Redondela extends along 18.7 kilometers. The Rande Straits, the San Simón inlet and the archipelago with the same name make up its most significant elements. The capital of the municipality grew along the banks of the channel and the estuary of the river Alvedosa. The main sandy beaches are Arealonga, Rande and Cesantes; this last beach is one of the longest in Vigo Bay and is more than 2 km long.

This is a coastal region with calm waters, several coves and sheltered regions for vessels. There is abundance of freshwater inflow and small streams, fertile shores and hills that protect the low lands from the dominant winds. These are the elements that define a territory that has been adequate for human settlement since prehistoric times. The archaeological remains at Ventosela, Negros and other parishes are proof of early human activity in the area. Settlements increased with the advent of the Romans and the Middle Ages. Agriculture and fishing were the historical production activities from early times. Río LouroTimber, fish salting, food processing were the first steps towards industrialization, which increased upon the arrival of the railways during the decade of 1880, thereby connecting the town and its neighboring areas with Vigo, Pontevedra and Santiago, and also with the rest of Spain through posterior railway expansion in its territory. The Madrid viaduct and the Pontevedra viaduct were the two outstanding engineering works of this town in the area of Vigo Bay for an entire century. This leading role of the railway was surpassed during the decade of 1980, when the Rande Bridge was brought into service. The viaducts and the bridge are symbols from two epochs namely; railways and roadways.

The importance of industry increased considerably in Redondela during the second half of the 20th century. The textile sector has one of the emblematic companies not only of Galicia but of Spain, located in Regojo. The food industry was born in this town with the incorporation of Pescanova, which is a leader in the field of fisheries and precooked foods.

The rise of tourism along the coast did not affect Redondela, who managed to keep its identity despite constant pressure from “development”, unlike the other towns along the coast. Redondela, the fishing town, the worker town and also the town with artistic and historic heritage, are proof of a glorious past. Most parish churches are Romanesque in origin. The town was also an obligatory stopping point for pilgrims walking the Portuguese Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago de Compostela. Religious architecture increased over centuries in line with this religious fervor that came from the South. The fertile lands and resources from the sea meant that the Lords from this land lived a life of opulence and built stately houses like the ones seen at Pousadouro, Torre Cedeira, Torres Agrelo, Casa Grande de Reboreda, Petán… , these are some of such big houses with coats of arms, which are situated in Redondela, a city without any complexes which lies next to a big city to which it offers some benefits and derives other benefits from it.

Natural heritage is yet another asset that attracts visitors. There are paths that pass through the highlands, such as Camiño da Auga (water paths); scenic viewpoints at Monte Penide, Trasmañó and Peneda, which are a natural boundary between Redondela and Soutomaior. RedondelaThere are coves of extraordinary beauty along the coastline for resting, for fishing, for strolling and for enjoying the view of the inlet, which is a refuge for migratory birds, and where one can see the autochthonous dolphins, entering the Bay in pods in pursuit of shoals of sardines and little fish on which they feed or sometimes accompanying the fishing vessels on their way home to their berth in Cesantes.

The island of San Simón is a symbol by itself. It has been unoccupied for over forty years now and this island, which in reality is comprised of two islands, was a lazaretto where ships berthed to complete their quarantine period. It was also home to monks and served as a refuge for seafarers besides also being an orphanage. But it was, above all, an inspiration for the most important troubadours of medieval Galician-Portuguese lyric, such as Martín Codax, Mendiño and Xohán de Cangas. San Simón had a large and honorable history but it also had some black chapters like the time when it was a concentration camp during the Spanish Civil War and during the first years of General Franco’s dictatorship.

Gastronomy and traditional festivities

Although Redondela is the “town of viaducts” to many people because of the stamp created by both railway bridges on the profile of the town, it is also called the “town of cuttlefish”, (choco in the Galician language) because of the importance of this cephalopod in the gastronomic offer here. The name of the residents from Redondela is sometimes replaced by the form of address “choqueiro”. EnsenadaThis is so embedded that the local football team is called Club Deportivo Choco. In the first fortnight of May and generally on the second Sunday of the month, Redondela rises up to the occasion to demonstrate why it is so called. The choco festival is an entire gastronomic affair where professional cooks and amateurs demonstrate their experience and creativity with new culinary dishes with choco as the principal protagonist. Although this is the most important gastronomic festivity in Redondela, it is not the only one. Chapela pays homage to mussels, which are omnipresent both in the cooking and the landscape. Cedeira pays homage to pork’s ear while Negros hosts the apple festival. Both land and sea have blessed these festivities and generously provide this town’s markets with top quality food products. The gastronomic offer is wide and there are numerous restaurants, taverns, eating houses, cheap bars, etc. where the visitor can try out fish, shellfish, tapas and the typical dishes of the area.

The Redondela festive tradition is complemented by two important dates when the town puts on its best. The Festa da Coca is an ethnographic manifestation by itself with its penlas and sword dances and with the sea monster that comes out to chase maidens. On the religious note, Redondela celebrates the feast of Corpus Christi, when the main streets of the town are covered with petals in floral designs. The May Festivity, os Maios, which is linked to the annual cycle, celebrates the rebirth of vegetation with a mixture of artistic and cultural manifestations.


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 Rande Beach Rande Beach

Council: Redondela
Localization: Between Cabanas (Trasmañó) and Rande (Cedeira), on the eastern face of the Rande bridge. Access from the N552 road is very near the petrol station.
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A ChabolaA Chabola

Council: Redondela
Localization: Praia de Arealonga, Chapela. Telephone: 986 453 148
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Abra de MeuAbra de Meu

Council: Redondela
Localization: Paseo do doutor Jesús Durán Troncoso, 5. Praia de Arealonga, Chapela. Telephone: 986 458 047
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Antolín HostelAntolín Hostel

Council: Redondela
Localization: Cesantes beach, Cesantes
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Apple festivalApple festival

Date: First Sunday in October
Council: Redondela
Localization: Parish of St. Estevo de Negros, on the N555 road that links Redondela with Peinador airport.
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Arealonga BeachArealonga Beach

Council: Redondela
Localization: In the parish of Chapela, near the Carmona jetty.
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Bar Casa ConsejoBar Casa Consejo

Council: Redondela
Localization: Estrada de Negros, 26. Santo Estevo de Negros. Telephone: 986 401 194
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Cabanas BeachCabanas Beach

Council: Redondela
Localization: Parish of Trasmañó, on the western side of Rande bridge.
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Casa  Cándido (House of Candido)Casa Cándido (House of Candido)

Council: Redondela
Localization: José Fernández López, 1 Barrio de Angorén, Chapela. Telephone: 986 452 760
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Casa Catalina (House of Catalina)Casa Catalina (House of Catalina)

Council: Redondela
Localization: Saramagoso, 22. O Viso. Telephone: 986 495 788
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