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Pazo de Oca

THE ROUTE OF THE CAMELLIA

Pazo de Oca

Silver and Stone. A white camellia served on a silver platter laid on a cloth...

Pazo de Rubiáns

THE ROUTE OF THE CAMELLIA

Pazo de Rubiáns

A journey through time. The camellias in the pazo of Rubiáns live in a garden pervaded by medieval shadows...

The Route of the Camellia

Camellias: accommodation in… Pazos

Padrón is the starting point for this route that takes us to Santiago de Compostela and the most characteristics pazos as far as Pontevedra and Soutomaior. In addition to their gardens, we’ll enjoy their history and cuisine.

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  • Start: Padrón
  • End: Soutomaior
  • Days: 4
The prominence of the camellia – one of the most iconic flowers in Galicia’s stately gardens – lends them beauty and a distinct character

We’re suggesting a getaway in contact with the noblest stone in Galicia – the stone of its pazos – and an entire plant universe concentrated in its forests and gardens.
In them, native and exotic species share spaces among ponds, springs and waterfalls.
And they play in geometric compositions – in the French style – or wrap themselves in a rugged, more English, appearance.

More information...
- Pazo de Lestrove. www.pazodelestrove.com
- Pazo de San Lourenzo. www.pazodesanlorenzo.com
- Pazo de Santa Cruz de Ribadulla. Tel: 981 512 011
- Pazo de Oca. Tel: 986 587 435
- Pazo de Rubiáns: www.pazoderubianes.com
- A Saleta estate. Tel: 986 872 323
- Pazo de Lourizán. Tel: 986 805 000
- Soutomaior Castle: www.hotelpousadadelcastillo.com

 

Route - Day 1º

The gardens of Padrón

 

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Galicia’s noble gardens are spaces that lend themselves to sedately strolling and chatting.

We can start our tour in Padrón, a town with a Jacobean and literary resonance within the region of Sar, south of the province of A Coruña. In order to peacefully enjoy these settings, we suggest you arrive early in the afternoon and look for accommodation in the town or its surroundings, which offers hotels, guesthouses, country homes and pazos converted into tourist accommodation.

Three hundred different species share space in the botanical and artistic garden

Once you’ve arranged accommodation, you can head to the Artistic/Botanical Garden, declared a Heritage Element of Cultural Interest in 1946 in the category of Historic Garden. It is located on Avenida de Compostela at the foot of the national motorway where it passes through Padrón.

Its design is reminiscent of the French style, which was incorporated into the characteristics of Galician pazos. It is surrounded by a nineteenth-century-style wrought iron gate whose luxuriance increases its romantic air. The entrance leads to the main corridor of banana trees, which helps distribute the paths and different areas into which the garden is divided.

The garden has a coast redwood,
a Judas tree and
a Senegal date palm

Here, three hundred species – many of which are rare and some of which are unique in Spain –share space in barely one hectare of land. Of note are the coast redwood, which represents the green roof of the garden, next to the statue of the mediaeval troubadour Macías o Namorado; the Judas tree, whose thorny branches become entangled, forming the crown of Christ; and the Senegal date palm, which provides palm branches for Palm Sunday. If we visit in winter, we’ll enjoy the colourfulness of the camellias and if we come during early summer, the fragrance of the gardenias.

The Pazo de Lestrove has five hectares of landscaped grounds

Very near the village centre, following the Rúa do Carme and after crossing the bridge over the River Sar, there is another destination that is of interest due to its architecture and natural areas, which extend across five hectares of landscaped grounds. This is the Pazo de Lestrove, a building that dates back to the 16th century that once served as a mansion for recreational getaways for the archbishops of Santiago; today, it is a four-star monument/hotel.
It is also known as Pazo Anxo da Garda (Guardian Angel Pazo) due to its chapel’s dedication. We suggest that you go inside so you can see an impressive life-size carving of the Virgin of Sorrows by the sculptor Ferreiro. Another of the more charming elements is a three-tier stone fountain crowned with Saint James depicted as a pilgrim who welcomes us from the courtyard entrance.

The renowned Padrón peppers

After the tour, you can dine in the pazo’s restaurant or choose to eat in Padrón. The Old Town’s restaurants, tapas restaurants, octopus restaurants and traditional taverns have no lack of typically Galician foodstuffs. Here, the star of the show are the Padrón peppers with the PDO “Pemento de Herbón”, which this locality is known by as its accompanying tasting: “Some are hot and some are not”.
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