Discover with Spain Incoming one of the best Rias Baixas secret: the beauty of camellia flower in the gardens of Galician palaces.
In this post we propose you the Camellia Route, an interesting tour through the Galician heritage; travel around most emblematic palaces and its gardens, vineyards and wineries.
Camellias: history, elegance and incomparable natural beauty!
This flower arrived in Galicia from China and Japan in the 18th century to give color to the Nobilty’ gardens. The climatology, humidity and acidity of the Rías Baixas land made it the ideal place for the Camellias growth, being winter and spring its best season.
The Camellia flower has a special beauty, the places where it grows are immerse in a magical essence. We propose you an awesome route along the stunning gardens full of colors as well as exceptional and beautiful palaces of Galicia and its vineyards.
Pazos: charm and colorful gardens
Pazo de Rubianes
Our route starts in Vilagarcia de Arousa, at Pazo Rubianes. This palace has high cultural value, it has a unique architecture as well as a great history and more than 3000 specimens of camellias in its gardens. The name was given in the 18th century by the Lord D. Jacobo Ozores.
In addition, you will be impressed by the beauty of the camellias gardens and vineyards of Albariño grapes, with Designation of Origin Rías Baixas.
Pazo Quinteiro da Cruz
A few kilometers away from Vilagarcia de Arousa, you will discover the Pazo Quinteiro da Cruz. The neoclassical architecture of this palace and the garden plenty of pink and purple camellias give us a perfect environment to walk around and to observe the different types of flora.
Moreover, the Pazo Quinteiro da Cruz hosts a wine cellar, ideal to end your visit with a wine tasting.
Pazo da Saleta
Continuing towards Meis, we will visit the Pazo da Saleta. This palace or manor house has one of the most important private gardens of Spain. The beauty of the palace and gardens as well as its chapel and environment will fascinate you.
Pazo de Lourizán
Then, you will discover the Pazo de Lourizan, a romantic palace of the 15th century.
Nowadays, the building is the Forestry Research Center of Lourizán. This palace has a magnificent garden where you can find both native and foreign species of flora as well as the beautiful White Camellia.
Castelo de Soutomaior
The next visit will be the Castelo de Soutomaior, a palace resembling a castle where you will discover the largest garden of Galicia. Apart from having Camellias, this garden hosts species from the five continents.
Pazo Museo de Quiñones de León
To end of the Camellia route, you will travel to the city of Vigo. One of the places to visit is the museum and palace of Quiñones de León where you will observe the most ancient species of Camellia in Galicia.
O Castro Park
Next to the Pazo Museo de Quiñones de León and in the city center there is this beautiful park called O Castro. Here, you will discover a botanical garden with an important collection of camellias, mostly of Portuguese origin.
In addition to enjoying the architecture and the beauty of Camellia gardens, you will have the chance of discover wonderful places of the Rias Baixas.
Thus, from Spain Incoming as your incoming agency travel, we design a personalized route and create your own trip plan.