Galicia, a land of camellias
Turismo de Galicia. Turgalicia
Gardens at the Pazo Rubiáns Manor House.
Turismo de Galicia. Turgalicia
Pazo Castrelos, Vigo
Pazo de Oca, Pontevedra
We invite you to discover 12 magical places in Galicia, where you'll find the best examples of this beautiful flower. Most of these places are pazos, the imposing manor houses which are typical of this part of Spain. You'll also find parks, castles, museums, and more, as you explore the delights of Galicia’s culture and nature.
Legend has it that Marco Polo brought camellias to Europe as a souvenir from China and the Silk Route. But it was actually the Portuguese who brought this beautiful flower to Galicia from the East. Thanks to this, today we can find more than 8,000 varieties of camellias in this area. Come and discover the places where you can find this plant, which was considered "the most beautiful flower under the heavens".Pazo de MariñánIn the Pazo de Mariñán manor house (Bergondo, A Coruña), on the seashore, the scent of camellias is in the air, and you’ll find pleasant surprises such as the Jardín de la Palabra - the Garden of Words. In this garden, each tree bears the message of the person who planted it. We can read José Hierro's cypress, Ian Gibson's rhododendron, Mario Benedetti's ceibo from Uruguay, and Camilo José Cela's box tree, which states: "Let's try to save ourselves by saving nature".Alameda de Santiago de CompostelaIf you want to take a relaxing walk, we recommend this park in the capital of Galicia. You'll be surrounded by a landscape of hundred-year-old oak trees, called "carballos" in Galician. And under the shade of lemon trees, banana trees and palm trees, you'll see fantastic camellias.Pazo de Santa Cruz de RibadullaMore than 200 varieties of camellias grow here (Vedra, A Coruña) every winter. This special collection dates back to the 19th century and can be considered the best in Galicia. A real forest of flowers (leading to an avenue with hundred-year-old olive trees, a waterfall and a row of box trees) will make you feel as if you were in a fairy tale.
Pazo de OcaA visit to this magnificent pazo (A Estrada, Pontevedra) is worth the journey in itself. In the gardens you'll find some of the oldest camellias in Spain, which flower until May, next to the hydrangeas.Rosalía de Castro Museum-HouseThe former home of one of the most famous Galician writers (in Padrón, A Coruña) preserves a small romantic garden, perfect for enjoying the camellias and the poetic atmosphere.Pazo de RubiánsThis is a medieval pazo (Vilagarcía de Arousa, Pontevedra) with hundred-year-old camellias - yellow, white, fuchsia and red. It boasts the famous variety "Eugenia de Montijo", named after the red-haired empress who was born in Granada.Pazo Quinteiro Da CruzThe camellias in the gardens of this pazo (Ribadumia, Pontevedra) bloom in February and put on a real show of colour. Being here inspires a feeling of well-being, as you hear the murmur of water on stone, surrounded by Albariño vineyards (one of Galicia’s most traditional wines).Pazo de A SaletaAn English couple planted many exotic specimens in the gardens of this pazo (Meis, Pontevedra), in 1968, including camellias. Since then, over 200 varieties have come to dominate this place.Pazo de LourizánThey say that in Lourizán (Pontevedra) life really is a bed of roses - or more accurately, of camellias. The gardens of this imposing pazo are full of camellias, as well as oak trees, chestnut trees, birch trees, cypresses, monkey-puzzle trees, cedar trees, magnolias, and more.Soutomaior CastleThe most striking feature of this place (in Pontevedra) is the contrast between the medieval fortress and the delicate garden, where camellias mingle with roses of all colours and sizes.O Castro ParkThis park in the city of Vigo (Pontevedra) is built on the site of an ancient Celtic fort or castro. We recommend climbing right to the top, not only to see the camellias, but to get a marvellous panoramic view of the estuary and the coming and going of the boats. When is the best time? At sunset.Pazo-Museo Quiñones de LeónThis house (also in Vigo) is well worth a visit, with the largest collection of Galician paintings, and magical gardens with a path lined with double rows of camellias, called Paseo de Odriozola, in honour of a well-known scholar and expert on the flower. A real beauty.Many of these gardens organise guided tours so that you can get to know all their secrets. And if you are in Galicia any time from December to March, you'll find that many towns (Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Domaio, Tomiño, Vedra, Lérez, A Guarda, Narón, Boiro, etc.) have special exhibitions and competitions related to camellias.All you have to do is follow the scent of this flower.You can find all the information on the official website of the Galicia Tourist Board.
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