Marín, Pontevedra

Marín is a town and municipality in Galicia, Spain in the province of Pontevedra. This town is where the Spanish Navy was settled. It was established as the Escuela Naval Militar de Oficiales (Naval Academy for Officers). It is located on the southern shore of the estuary of Pontevedra, in the comarca of O Morrazo.

Marin Vista Xeral desde monte.jpg
Flag of Marín
Coat of arms of Marín
Location of Marín within Galicia
Location of Marín within Galicia
Marín is located in Spain
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 42°23′36″N 8°42′0″W / 42.39333°N 8.70000°W / 42.39333; -8.70000Coordinates: 42°23′36″N 8°42′0″W / 42.39333°N 8.70000°W / 42.39333; -8.70000
Country Spain
Autonomous community Galicia
ComarcaO Morrazo
ParroquiasArdán, O Campo, Marín, Mogor, San Tomé de Piñeiro, San Xulián and Seixo
 • TypeMayor-council government
 • BodyConcello de Marín
 • Alcaldesa (Mayor)María Ramallo Vázquez (PP)
 • Total36.83 km2 (14.22 sq mi)
 • Total24,362
 • Density660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
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Formerly named San Xiao Ancorados by ships anchored nearby, but it is a popular distortion of "Encoirados," meaning leather tanneries, as they were in the Lameira river which flows into the urban center of the village. Father Sarmiento says his name comes from the Latin word mare, meaning sea, but it is now known to be derived from the name of a former possessor of this land named Marinus. Marín derives from Marini, "property of Marinus." Both references to the sea are, therefore, pure coincidences.[2]


Population growth.[3]

  • 2018: 24,362
  • 2007: 25,885
  • 2006: 26.190
  • 2005: 26.103
  • 2003: 24.825

Immigration to MarinEdit

As of 2006, the migrant group is 3.49% of the total municipality population. 32% are from the same province of Galicia, the second are foreign-born groups at 30%. 35.9% of the foreign born population are from South America. Then sub-Saharan Africa (mainly from Ghana, then Sierra Leone and Nigeria). In the central Urban population foreign-born populations constitute 9.07% of the total in 2006.[4]

Population Median age % Men % Women % Younger than 20 years % from 20 to 64 years % 65 or above
2004 39.4 37.7 41.1 20.3 64.3 15.4

Signs of identityEdit

Marín is home to the Naval Academy, the only facility of its kind in Spain, which was moved from San Fernando (Cádiz) in 1943. The King of Spain, or the Prince of Asturias (both studied at the Naval Academy), visit the school each Day of Carmen (July 16) to preside over the ceremony of the Pledge of Allegiance and Delivery Offices. With the abolition of compulsory military service in 1996, under then Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, the use of these facilities compared to previous years at that time is much inferior.

Its beaches receive thousands of visitors each year and are the main attraction of the municipality. The main beaches are Portocelo, Mogor, Aguete, Loire, O Santo and Lapamán. In 2006, the beaches of Portocelo, Mogor, Aguete and Loire were added as Blue Flag beaches and in 2007.

Marín is also home to the Palace of Cadro oldest pazo (fortress) in Galicia and the family seat of the House of Romay.


Since 2013, the town's professional basketball team CB Peixefresco plays in the LEB Oro.

See alsoEdit

Panoramic view of Marín


  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  2. ^ Rivas Quintas, Eligio. VERBA Anuario Galego de Filoloxía. Universidade de Santiago de Compostela.
  3. ^ "Population of Marín" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2009-09-21.
  4. ^ "Population of Marín" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2009-09-21.

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