SeThe Camellia Route will help us to get to know Galicia from north to south, through 12 pazos and gardens, of public and private ownership, in which this mysterious flower, on which numerous legends fall, will be the true protagonist.
In our journey through beautiful gardens linked to the historical heritage of the Galician land, we will see almost 8,000 varieties of camellia, we will go into pazos with tradition and history and we will delight, not only with the botany of this tree, but also with the splendor and charm they give to the corners in which they are settled.

When do we do the Camellia Route?

Almost any time of the year is good, as camellias have the extraordinary ability to flower in different seasons of the year. Spring, autumn and winter are the seasons in which we will find camellias in them, although their ‘official’ flowering time is winter.
We recommend that you choose this time of the year to make this peculiar route because of the charm of seeing such colorful flowers in the cold season.
 

Where do we start the route?

 
Mapa ruta de las Camelias
 
The pazos and gardens that form part of the Camellia Route are located in the provinces of A Coruña and Pontevedra, so we can either start from the north, in the town of Bergondo (A Coruña) and end in Vigo, or make the route from the south, depending on the itinerary that we have marked.
Most of the pazos and gardens are no more than 25 kilometers away from each other so we can visit several in one day.
 

What peace and gardens am I going to find?

1. Pazo de Mariñán

Located in Bergondo (A Coruña), the garden of this legendary pazo, that which begins with an inscription, “La nada, aquí”, on a marble tombstone of the pier, is divided into two parts. In order to arrive and discover this pier we will cross a labyrinth of boxwoods with varied pruning in the form of stars, circles, flowers, shields, yews, strawberry trees, bananas, horse chestnuts, laurels, roses, azaleas, ivy will accompany us on our way in which the Japanese camellias, placed in an atypical 8+1 formation, are silent protagonists of the history of this house with mystery.

2. Alameda de Santiago

The ´pulmón´ of Santiago de Compostela, after visiting the Saint in the cathedral, is an obligatory place of pilgrimage for visitors. 85,000 square meters of garden, in which many of the trees are within the Catalogue of Singular Trees of Galicia, others, such as a Normandy fir, known as ‘La Perona’, as it was planted in 1947 to remember the visit of Evita Perón, have a story behind them.
And always the camellias, with more than 65 specimens of the japonica variety, with some centenarians, planted in 1858 for the Agricultural, Artistic and Industrial Exhibition, eclipse the rest.
Alameda de Santiago

3.Santa Cruz de Ribadulla Manor House

The garden of this pazo is considered, for its botanical value, landscape and its diversity in decorative vegetation, as the most fascinating of the Galician land. It was in the nineteenth century, when Uncle Ivan, who was none other than Ivan Armada and Fernandez de Cordoba, considerably expanded the presence of camellias in this house.
Walking among the imposing camellias, huge magnolias, olive trees, ombú, Australian ferns, Washingtonia palms, or the pyramidal oak is a real pleasure for the senses.

4. Oca Manor House

Located in A Estrada, it is owned by the Duke and Duchess of Medinaceli and is declared a Site of Cultural Interest, among other things by the spectacular garden, which occupies 8 hectares, and is known as the ‘Galician Versailles’ or the ‘Generalife del Norte’.
We are welcomed by a parterre surrounded by perfectly pruned boxwood paths that will lead us to find camellias of more than eight meters, azaleas, rhododrendos, palms, oaks, walnuts, chestnuts and birches.
It is worth to call the attention on a stone boat placed in the center of one of the ponds of this pazo in which two sailors with cannons watch the majestic hydrangeas accommodated in their bed.
Pazo de Oca

5. Rosalía de Castro House Museum

In Padrón, the former home of the Galician writer Rosalía de Castro, we find a small but resultant garden, with the stone as the protagonist, the green of the meadow is the best contrast to appreciate the rugs of camellias reticulata hybrid red and pink form around the tree when you fall.
In the centre, the grapevine under which Rosalía de Castro wrote the poems collected in Cantares Gallegos, Follas novas and En las orillas del Sar. A garden in which culture and nature form a perfect tandem.
Casa Museo Rosalía de Castro

6. Rubianes Manor House

In Vilagarcía de Arousa we find this Garden of International Excellence which has more than 4,500 specimens of camellias of 800 different varieties. Not to mention the other botanical species that are present in this imposing garden that has been cared for with the utmost care since the 17th century.
An obligatory visit to this Pazo de Rubianes that in the 19th century had the gardener of the Campo del Moro of the Royal Palace of Madrid, François Viet, for its enlargement and that in 2006 suffered the scourge of the fires that devastated Galicia, reborn in all its splendour.

7. Pazo of Quinteiro da Cruz

In Ribadumia we find this haven of peace in which, in addition to tasting a good Albariño wine made in the house, we will see more than 5,000 camellias of 1,500 different varieties bloom.
Four varieties stand out over the rest, the japonica, the reticulata and the fig (the latter being awarded the Golden Camellia in the International Competition dedicated to this tree) and the sinensis, with which tea is made.

8. Pazo da Saleta

In the town of Meis in Pontevedra we find another Garden of International Excellence thanks to its camellias. It was designed by the landscape architect Brenda Colvin, after Robert and Margaret Gimson arrived in Galicia in 1968 in search of a place to practice gardening, their great passion.
Red, white, reticulata, violet camellias… give life to this garden that in winter, the time of flowering of the tree, is an authentic spectacle.

9. Lourizán Manor House

Its 54 hectares of grove, estate and garden, make this place overwhelms the visitor. The pazo, whose imperial façade and staircase is a veritable marvel, was originally a farm from which a dovecote is preserved.
At our feet a multicoloured carpet of this legendary Asian flower and looking around we will discover more than 2,000 varieties of trees from the world geography, many of them included in the Catalogue of Singular Trees.

10. Castle of Soutomaior

In Pontevedra, located at the origin of the Vigo estuary, we find this imposing 12th-century castle and its 25-hectare garden with more than a hundred varieties of camellias, ancient chestnut trees and trees from all continents.
Roses and camellias compete in beauty… and color. Red, white, pink… form a spectacle for the sight and the indescribable sense of smell, making the imposing view of the castle that houses them small.
 

11.Lourizán Manor House

Its 54 hectares of grove, estate and garden, make this place overwhelms the visitor. The pazo, whose imperial façade and staircase is a veritable marvel, was originally a farm from which a dovecote is preserved.
At our feet a multicoloured carpet of this legendary Asian flower and looking around we will discover more than 2,000 varieties of trees from the world geography, many of them included in the Catalogue of Singular Trees.

12. Castle of Soutomaior

In Pontevedra, located at the origin of the Vigo estuary, we find this imposing 12th-century castle and its 25-hectare garden with more than a hundred varieties of camellias, ancient chestnut trees and trees from all continents.
Roses and camellias compete in beauty… and color. Red, white, pink… form a spectacle for the sight and the indescribable sense of smell, making the imposing view of the castle that houses them small.

Timetables and prices

Mariñán Manor House

Winter, from October to June, Monday to Sunday from 11am to 2pm and from 4pm to 7pm, from 6.30pm access is no longer allowed.
Summer, from July to September, Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 9 pm.
The visit to the pazo and the garden is free of charge.

Alameda de Santiago

Open 24 hours. Free entrance.

Santa Cruz de Ribadulla Manor House

In winter the opening hours are from 10 to 13 and from 15 to 18 and in summer from 10 to 13 and from 16 to 20 hours, Sundays and holidays only in the afternoon.
Admission is free on Mondays from 10 am to 1 pm. The ticket costs 5 euros and for ñps groups of more than 20 people 3.5 euros. We can request guided tours up to 25 people for 50 euros; more than 25 people, 2.5 euros/person. If we want to take a souvenir, for 125 euros, we will have a professional photographic report.

Oca Manor House

Free visit from November to March from 9 am to 6.30 pm. From April to October the timetable is from Monday to Sunday from 9 to 20:30, the guided visit inside the individual pazo is on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11 o’clock, and for groups it is necessary to consult.
Free visit to the gardens: groups of less than 15 people, 6 euros; more than 15 people, 4 euros.
Free visit to the gardens and guided tour inside the pazo: Less than 15 people, 15 euros; more than 15 people, 13 euros.

Rosalía de Castro Museum Manor House

In winter from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 to 13:30 and from 16 to 19 hours. Sundays from 10:00 to 13:30.
In summer from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 8 pm and on Sundays from 10 am to 1.30 pm.
The price of the ticket is 2 euros.
For groups of more than 20 people 1.5 euros, schools 1 euros and children under 6 years free entry.

Rubianes Manor House

Non-guided visits: the timetable in summer and autumn is from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 2 pm and the rest of the year from 9 am to 6 pm.
Guided tours for individuals or small groups: Monday to Friday from 11 am to 4.30 pm; Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays at 11.30 am.
The price of the non-guided visit is 7 euros and does not include the entrance to the interior of the pazo. The guided tour includes a visit to the interior of the pazo, the gardens and the tasting of the Albariño wine produced on the estate.

Pazo of Quinteiro da Cruz

Open every day of the year by appointment. The price per person is 8 euros and for groups of more than 20 people, 6 euros.
There are three options to visit:
Visit and tasting of Albariño Quinteiro da Cruz, 10 euros.
Second option: Visit, tasting and tapa, 15 euros.
And one last option: Visit, green tea tasting and petit four, 15 euros.

Pazo da Saleta

Open to the public by prior reservation in the mornings at 9:45 and at 12:30 from Monday to Sunday.
Adults pay 20 euros and children up to 4 years old free of charge.
Groups from 2 to 15 people, 12 euros.
Children from 5 to 12 years old, 5 euros and from 13 years old 12 euros.
More than 16 people 12 euros per person

Lourizán Manor House

From Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. vehicle access is permitted. In the afternoons and weekends access without vehicle. Free entrance.

Castle of Soutomaior

Free visits from Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 9 pm from May to September, in winters from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm.
Guided tours start on 15 June and last until 14 October.
The entrance fee is 2 euros and one euro for children, the disabled and the unemployed.

Castro Park

Open all day and free entrance.
The castro is open from October to April from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 6 pm.
From May to September from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 to 13 and from 17 to 19 hours

Quiñones de León Museum Manor House

Admission is free. Closed on Mondays, 25 December and 1 January.
It is necessary to be aware that there are no official acts of the city council, in that case it could be closed.
The timetable is from 10 to 14 from Tuesday to Friday; from 17 to 20 on Saturdays; and from 11 to 14 on Sundays and public holidays.

Recommendations for the Camellia Route

Plan the visit in advance, some pazos need to be warned 24 hours in advance.
Enjoy the gastronomy of the villages in which they are found.
Winter is the best time to visit the pazos.
Find out about the opening and closing days of the pazos and gardens.
Visit the pazos websites to find out about the special offers and packages they offer.
Divide the Camellia Route into two or three stages to recreate the beauty of the gardens.
He wears comfortable shoes and clothes, as well as a raincoat, some visits can last up to two hours.
Enjoy the Albariño wines created in the pazos you visit.
More information about the Camelia route HERE.