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Sobroso Castle, Mondariz

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Sobroso Castle is a medieval castle in the village of Vilasobroso in Galicia, Spain.LocationThe castle is located in Vilasobroso, a village in the municipality of Mondariz, belonging to the comarca of O Condado. It sits on Landín Hill, overlooking the Condado valley, right up to the Portuguese border. Due to its strategic position, the castle was known as "the key of the Kingdom of Galicia".EtymologyThe name of the Castle, and the village itself, comes from the Latin SUBEROSUM, in reference to the 'sobreiras', Quercus suber or cork trees that once surrounded it.HistoryThe castle was restored from its ruinous state thanks to the efforts of local journalist Alejo Carrera Muñoz, who in 1923 bought the ruins of the castle from the Count of Torre Cedeira for the sum of 5,000 pesetas. He carried out the restoration work single-handedly, without any help from local authorities, until his death in 1967. In 1981, the neighbouring municipality of Ponteareas purchased the castle from Carrera's only child, Zita Teresa Carrera Ferreira, for 30 million pesetas. From 1995 onwards, the local council began their own restoration work on the castle.The castle currently houses a cultural and ethnographic museum.
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  • Absolutely loved visiting this restored castle on the outskirts of Mondariz. What’s more, I got to hear a bit about its history from the owner of the B&B I was staying in. In the time of her...  more »
  • The castle was a Strong Hold, it was never defeated in Attack, Only once were they were tricked to open the Draw Bridge, Great Castle, Great Location, Great view , this place is very Historic , walk.....  more »
  • Small castle in perfect condition and with magnificent views from the tower. Has a small exhibition inside. 30 minutes will be enough for the visit. Definitely " vale a pena" PS Be aware of siesta hours !)
  • This is one of most beautiful castles in Galicia dating back to early 12th Century & is situated on Landín Hill 334 m above sea level overlooking Condado valley & River Tea close to Portuguese border in dense 30 hectares of woodland ( with over 40 different species of trees). You can see over 100 villages from top !! It's named after the cork trees which once stood here. It's in Ponteareas Council area. The scene of alot of conflicts between those trying to gain control of it.
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