The Camellia Route will help us to know Galicia from north to south through 12 pazos and gardens. In all of them, this mysterious flower, which is the subject of numerous legends, will be the real protagonist.
On 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 be delighted, not only with the botany of this tree, but also with the splendour and charm that they give to the places where they are located.
When do we do the Camellia Route?
Almost any time of the year is good, as camellias have the extraordinary ability to bloom in different seasons. Spring, autumn and winter are the seasons when we will find camellias in them, although their ‘official’ flowering season is winter.
We recommend that, because of the charm of seeing such colourful flowers in the cold season, you choose this time of the year to do this peculiar route.
Where do we start the route?
The manor houses and gardens that are part of the Ruta de la Camelia are located in the provinces of A Coruña and Pontevedra, so it is very easy to get to the we can start from the north, in the town of Bergondo (A Coruña) and finish in Vigo, or do the route from the south, everything will depend on the itinerary that we have marked.
Most of the manors and gardens are located at a distance of no more than 25 kilometers from each other so we can visit several in a single day.
What manor houses and gardens will I find on the Camellia route?
1. Pazo de Mariñán
Located in Bergondo (A Coruña), the garden of this legendary pazo, the one that begins with an inscription, “La nada, aquí”, on a marble slab on the jetty, is divided into two parts. To reach and discover this jetty we will cross a labyrinth of boxwoods with varied pruning in the shape of stars, circles, flowers, shields, yews, strawberry trees, plane trees, horse chestnut trees, laurels, rose bushes, azaleas, ivy will accompany us on our way in which the japonica camellias, arranged in an atypical 8+1 formation, are the silent protagonists of the history of this mysterious house.
2. Alameda de Santiago
The ‘lung’ of Santiago de Compostela, after visiting the Saint in the cathedral, is an obligatory place of pilgrimage for visitors. 85,000 square metres of garden, in which many of the trees are included in the Catalogue of Singular Trees of Galicia, others, such as a Normandy fir tree, known as the La Perona’, since it was planted in 1947 to commemorate the visit of Evita Perón, has a story behind it.
And always the camellias, with more than 65 specimens of the japonica variety, some of them centuries old, planted in 1858 for the Agricultural, Artistic and Industrial Exhibition, overshadow the rest.