The pazo de Meirás is located in the municipality of Sada, in the north of the province of A Coruña. It is a stately building of a very interesting construction within the artistic style in which it is framed. It was built by the writer and poet Emilia Pardo Bazán, and it seems that it was built under the artistic canons of the Romantic movement in the 19th century.
In this post we want to bring you closer to the history of this singular construction that is part of the group of Cultural Heritage of our country, since 2008.
The architecture of the Romantic movement
The pazo of Meirás was built in 1893 by the Galician writer Emilia Pardo Bazán. Emilia had the pazo built in Romantic style, an architectural style that emerged with the Romanticism at the end of the 18th century, to develop strongly in the 19th century. This style was born from the ideas of the Enlightenment, as a reaction movement against neoclassicism. It is based on the opposition to the rationalist laws of architecture, to defend a greater creative freedom that allows the return of some characteristics of medieval buildings. Thus, the so-called picturesque architectures appear, which seem to be taken from a fairy tale, such as the stately house of the Pazo de Meirás.
What to see and do in the Pazo de Meirás?
The house is also known as the Torres de Meirás, because of the two towers that flank the entrance on its façade, which are reminiscent of the old medieval Romanesque fortresses and castles. Physically, the pazo is located in a valley, within an extensive estate.
On the one hand, you can enjoy the civil architecture of the building itself. It has three square towers in neo-Romanesque style. Two of the towers flank the chapel and the remaining one flanks the entrance façade of the building. It is worth noting the elegant execution of the windows, balustrades and balconies, as well as the ornaments that make them up. The building material used was granite.
Inside the house and the chapel, a large number of heritage elements and pieces of singular value are treasured, such as the baroque altarpiece that is preserved in the chapel. Unfortunately, at the moment we cannot know when it will be possible to enter and visit it, nor how much the entrance will cost. This is due to the fact that it is relatively recent that the pazo has gone from belonging to the Franco family to being part of the state-owned property. However, we hope to be able to find out this information soon so that we can share it with you.
You can take advantage of it to know Oleiros and Sada, and the wonderful Costa do Dexo. Of course, if you have never been to A Coruña, we recommend visiting the city 100%. In Oleiros you can’t miss the castle of Santa Cruz.
Where to sleep near the Pazo de Meirás?
The pazo of Meirás is located in the municipality of Sada, in the province of A Coruña. However, it is halfway between the centre of Oleiros and the centre of Sada, so the options for sleeping are many and varied. If you choose Oleiros, you will be able to enjoy the walks and beaches of this town, which is part of the metropolitan area of A Coruña. In fact, from Santa Cristina you can go to know the city of A Coruña by intercity bus for about 2 Euros. Oleiros is a fairly touristy town, so you’ll have plenty of accommodation to choose from, from very comfortable and cheap hotels such as the Alda Santa Cristina Hotel, to others of a higher category such as the Noa Boutique Hotel, which will leave you with your mouth watering.
Where to eat near the Pazo de Meirás?
As in any part of Galicia, you will find places to eat very well. Also, bear in mind that the pazo is very close to coastal towns, so a good fish or seafood is guaranteed. In Sada two good places are the restaurant Miramar or A nosa terra. On the other hand, if you prefer Oleiros, you can choose the Refugio restaurant if you like innovative cuisine (its price is a bit high). Other good options are, for example, the tapería O Muíño, or “Comei e bebei”. Also, keep in mind that you can always go to the nearby centre of A Coruña and enjoy some tapas and wines at very affordable prices in the streets of the centre.
How to get to the Pazo de Meirás
As we have pointed out before, the pazo is located in an inland area of the municipality of Sada. For these reasons, there is no option to reach it by public transport. So to get there you will have to use a private vehicle.