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Illa de Arousa

Coordinates: 42°33′16″N 8°51′50″W / 42.55444°N 8.86389°W / 42.55444; -8.86389
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A Illa de Arousa
Isla de Arosa
A Illa de Arousa
Town Hall
Town Hall
Flag of A Illa de Arousa
Coat of arms of A Illa de Arousa
A Illa de Arousa is located in Spain
A Illa de Arousa
A Illa de Arousa
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 42°33′16″N 8°51′50″W / 42.55444°N 8.86389°W / 42.55444; -8.86389
Country Spain
Autonomous community Galicia
 • AlcaldeLuis Arosa García (Socialists' Party of Galicia ; government alliance with Galician Nationalist Bloc)
 • Total7 km2 (3 sq mi)
9 m (30 ft)
 • Total4,958
 • Density710/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Arousán, á
Time zoneUTC+1
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code

Arousa Island, officially in Galician A Illa de Arousa or Illa de Arousa (Spanish: La isla de Arosa) is the only island municipality in Galicia, Spain in the province of Pontevedra. It is in the heart of the Ria de Arousa. According to 2011 INE the island's population was 5,020 inhabitants. The population is divided into several neighborhoods, and places of interest are the lighthouse's environment, Areoso islet (close to the Illa de Arousa)[2] and Carreirón Natural Park, which is listed as a special protection zone for heron birds populations among other birds that inhabit the island.[3]

O Santo (The Holy) viewpoint is the highest point on the island. "San Xulián da Illa de Arousa" is the only parish in this island. Some of its beaches are the following ones: A Area da Secada, A Lavanqueira, O Vao, Camaxe, Carreirón, Espiñeiro and O Cabodeiro.

A Illa de Arousa has five ports. Xufre is the most important and the other important docks include O Campo, Chazo and Cabodeiro.

Educational centres on the island[change | change source]

There are two kindergartens (Galescola - A Galiña Azul [4] and Escola infantil 'Sorrisos e lágrimas' [5]), one public and one semi-arranged; a primary education center (CEIP "Torre-Illa"[6]), a secondary education institute (IES da Illa de Arousa [7]), a municipal music education center [8] and the Galician Institute of Aquaculture Training.[9]

There is also an Interpretation Center for Canned Seafood and Fishing, which acts as a museum and receives educational visits from other schools in Galicia.


Etymology[change | change source]

According to E. Bascuas, "Arousa", registered as insulam Arauza in 899, would belong to the old European hydronymy, and is derived from the Indoeuropean root *er- 'flow, move'.

According to M. Santalha, its origin is Arautia or Arautsia. In any case, both have their origin in the Celtic Arausiu.

There are speculations that relate the place name to a Roman altar (Ara; Ara Augusta)

Scholars say that in "Ara" means "source of the head", and in Gaelic "Before the ear" (in toponymy refers to a coastal outcrop). Arautia also adds the ending "aunt" of participle, meaning "the one before the ear" (and the "ear" turns out to be the Barbanza Peninsula). In this way, Arautia would mean: "before the ear - Barbanza" or "east of Barbanza".[11]

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References[change | change source]

  1. Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  2. "Islet O Areoso - Mancomunidad de O Salnés - Rías Baixas - Galicia". www.osalnes.com. Retrieved 2022-02-25.
  3. "Point Carreirón - Mancomunidad de O Salnés - Rías Baixas - Galicia". www.osalnes.com. Retrieved 2022-02-25.
  4. "A nosa escola | Escola Infantil de A Illa de Arousa". www.escolasinfantisdegalicia.es. Archived from the original on 2022-02-25. Retrieved 2022-02-25.
  5. "Escola Infantil "Sonrisas y Lágrimas"". escolainfantilsonrisasylagrimas.blogspot.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2022-02-25.
  6. "CEIP Torre-Illa". www.edu.xunta.gal. Retrieved 2022-02-25.
  7. "IES da Illa de Arousa |". www.edu.xunta.gal. Retrieved 2022-02-25.
  8. "A Illa de Arousa | FORMACION ESCOLA DE MUSICA A ILLA". www.ailladearousa.es. Retrieved 2022-02-25.
  9. "Aula Virtual IGAFA". www.edu.xunta.gal. Retrieved 2022-02-25.
  10. Turismo, Turgalicia/Axencia Galega de (2015-05-04). "INTERPRETATION CENTRES CENTRO DE INTERPRETACIÓN DA CONSERVA IN A ILLA DE AROUSA PONTEVEDRA". Turgalicia. Retrieved 2022-02-25.
  11. "Historia e historias da Arousa: Máis sobre o topónimo "Arousa"". Historia e historias da Arousa. Retrieved 2022-02-25.

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