Arcade Portuguese Way

Information about Arcade

Arcade is a parish of the municipality of Soutomaior in Pontevedra, which is part of the metropolitan area of Vigo.

Undoubtedly, the most representative of Arcade is the production and exquisite preparation of oysters, which has earned it the nickname of “oyster capital“. And they say that the biological characteristics of this place, make the oysters that are raised here have a special flavor.

The history of the surroundings of Arcade is linked to the castle of Soutomaior. The exact origin of this castle is unknown, but we do know that since the beginning of the 12th century it has been linked to Don Pax Méndez Sorrede, the first to use the surname Soutomaior. This family of nobles would be one of the most important families during the late Middle Ages, participating in the Irmandiña revolt and in the succession problems of Henry IV.

What to see and do in Arcade

Arcade promenade

It has a route of 1,700 m next to the mouth of the Verdugo River. It is illuminated in its entirety and has wooden walkways that pass under the bridges of the Verdugo River.

Pontesampaio Bridge

If we follow the promenade that goes along the seashore, towards the river Verdugo, we will arrive at the beautiful medieval bridge, of Roman origin, of Ponte Sampaio. This place was the scene of a historic battle to liberate Spain from French occupation in 1809 during the War of Independence. It is also an obligatory stop for pilgrims on the Portuguese Way.

Pontesampaio Arcade

Castle of Soutomaior

The original construction dates back to the 12th century, although it was with Pedro Álvarez de Sotomayor, known by the nickname of Pedro Madruga, that it reached its maximum splendour, as it became the epicentre of political activity in the south of Galicia during the 15th century. In its extensive gardens it houses one of the most important camellia routes in Galicia. To get there we have to take a detour several kilometres off the Camino, but it will be worth the effort.

Castle Soutomaior Arcade

Beach of Muxeira

Next to the port of Arcade we find a small beach very sheltered and calm waters, perfect to go with children. It is a semi-urban beach that in high season is usually very crowded.

Mapa de Arcade