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Flag of Sanxenxo
Coat of arms of Sanxenxo
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Location of Sanxenxo
Location of Sanxenxo
Sanxenxo is located in Spain
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 42°24.1′N 8°48.4′W / 42.4017°N 8.8067°W / 42.4017; -8.8067Coordinates: 42°24.1′N 8°48.4′W / 42.4017°N 8.8067°W / 42.4017; -8.8067
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Galicia
Province Pontevedra
Comarca O Salnés
Founded The oldest remains date from 4000 BC-Neolithic
 • Alcaldesa Catalina González Bea (2007) (PPdeG)
 • Total 44 km2 (17 sq mi)
Elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 17,315
 • Density 390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Lilaino, -na
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 36960
Official language(s) Galician
Website Official website

Sanxenxo (Galician pronunciation: [sanˈʃɛnʃo̝]) is a municipality in Galicia, Spain in the province of Pontevedra. It is situated in the southern part of the O Salnés region. It is bathed by the Atlantic Ocean in the estuaries of Pontevedra and Arousa, which lie in its western areas. The municipality has a population of 17,077 inhabitants (INE 2007).

It is a popular tourism destination. Sanxenxo is widely regarded as the best and certainly the most exclusive beach resort in Galicia. Sanxenxo is a favorite resort for Spanish public figures such as Mariano Rajoy (Prime Minister of Spain) and Amancio Ortega (Co-Founder of the Inditex group).

Sanxenxo welcomed the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 started on November 12, 2005 from Vigo. The race organisation and the competing teams chose Sanxenxo as their base in Spain. An In Port race took place in Sanxenxo on November 5. It gave spectators a chance to see the race boats at close quarters.

The 2013 edition of the Tour of Spain was held in the Rias Baixas, Galicia (Spain), between August 24 to September 14. Sanxenxo was the goal in the first stage of La Vuelta 2013 that began in Vilanova de Arousa in a Batea, a wooden platform out in the water used for farming of mussels, oysters and scallops.


The municipality borders the other municipalities of O Grove and Meaño in the region of Salnés and Poio in the region of Pontevedra.

View of Palacios, Sanxenxo


In Galician, San Xenxo means Saint Genesius, patron saint of the town (along with Santa Rosalia). The exonym in Castilian, Sangenjo was dismissed as an official place name officer by the Board of Galicia under the Law of Linguistic Normalization of June 15, 1983, so that since then the official place name is Sanxenxo.


  • A Lanzada: gravel beach for surfers in great demand because it faces the open sea and has good surf all year round because it is not protected by the island of Ons as are the others. Sanxenxo shares this beach with the town of O Grove.
  • Silgar: the most famous beach is also the representative of the municipality. Silgar fills every summer of Spanish and foreign tourists seeking relaxation on the beach of Galician estuaries. The Madame is the famous statue that is in a rock that lies midway between the shore and the buoy and that is emblematic of Sanxenxo.
  • Baltar: Also known as Portonovo beach, separated from the beach at the tip of Sigar Vicano is a wonderful beach with a large green area behind, pursued its course in two walks, one of wood, and small and unusual dunes near the village. This, together with Canelas and Caneliñas conform Portonovo beaches.
  • Caneliñas: small beach, a refuge for those seeking a fine white sand and a comfortable place between buildings Portonovo. It is usual to see young people enjoying the Covas, a strait of water between two rocks on one edge of the beach and is completely empty when the low tide.
  • Canelas: Caneliñas and after leaving the tip of Seam, we consider this beach dunes and small size, place of young people in the summer Portonovo.
  • Paxariñas: hidden and nestled among the rocks we find this small beach accessible by a drop enabled by the council.
  • Montalvo: giving to the island of Ons and back to a notorious forest, the beach is between two separate campsites.
  • Areas: a beautiful beach which usually come from tourism and the nearby municipalities of Pontevedra and Poio.
  • Bascuas: small and quiet nude beach, the only such Sanxenxo around. Little or nothing visible from the main road Bascuas takes refuge from the wind through the rocks surrounding it.
  • Lapa: situated in the parish of Noalla between Area Gorda beach, separated only by the island's physician, and A Lanzada, presents a half-shell.
  • A Nosa Señora: small cove situated at the foot of the shrine of A Lanzada, between beaches and Foxos Area Gorda. Presents an area of fine white sand and sand with fatter where the rocks are frequent and large boulders.
  • Areas Gordas: Semi beach noted for the quality of its waters, its white and fine sand, although it appears by name, and the beauty of its surroundings.
  • Panadeira: small and not very deep sea has been at the center of the coastline of the village. Attached to a playground, is heavily used by local people.
  • Lavapanos: Small beach, situated in the centre of Sanxenxo. Is too quiet, perfect for stay you only.
  • Other major blue flag beaches are: Maxor, Nanín, Pragueira, or Foxos Santa Mariña; as well as other small Carabuxeira, Two Boats, Agra, A Granxa, Fontela, etc. complete the list.

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