Walking among gardens: discover the route of the camellias (5th part)

From Villagarcía de Arousa we will arrive to Cambados. In this seaside village we can visit the gardens and the Pazo de Fefiñáns, in the central square that bears his name, where also stands the Church of San Benito, a viewpoint and a baroque arched bridge.

The interior of the pazo houses one of the oldest wineries in the area, built in 1904. It produces three different varieties of albariños and brandies.

We can tour its extensive vineyards and, if scheduled in advance, see the different fermentation, aging and bottling rooms, guided by an oenologist who will explain the particularities of this grape. Afterwards, we will be accompanied to a tasting where we will be able to identify the symphony of aromas and flavors that overflow in our glass and remind us of tropical fruits, wild rose and lemon.

Next, we head towards Pontevedra following the road to Marín. Our next destination is the Pazo de Lourizán; 54 hectares of great botanical value, today converted into a Forestry Research Center.

It is one of the best Galician gardens, with exotic and centenary species such as oaks, chestnut trees, cedars, cypresses, araucarias, magnolias and camellias.

The spectacular building was built at the end of the 19th century by order of the politician Montero Ríos. It has a romantic and modernist style. Its imperial style staircase stands out, elevated on profuse columns and with a balustrade guarded by statues.

Montero Ríos acquired more adjoining properties and ordered the construction of an iron fence that surrounds this part of the complex. He named this park the “Parque de las Rías”.

He also ordered the construction of the “Iglesia de los Placeres” in 1888, where he and his wife are buried; and at the end he built the guest pavilion, today converted into the Colegio Sagrado Corazón de Jesús (Sacred Heart of Jesus School).

In addition, Pazo de Lourizán has a modernist greenhouse from the early twentieth century, and several fountains from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (A Cuncha, Os Tres Canos, do Patio and A Gruta dos Espellos).

The Environmental and Forestry Research Center of Pazo de Lourizán aims to conserve and improve the forest heritage of Galicia.

We recommend ending the day with an exquisite dinner or lunch in the best inns and restaurants in the historic center of Pontevedra.

To finish this tour, we recommend a last visit to the Sotomayor Castle, just over half an hour away by car. Its gardens were the first in Spain to obtain the recognition of “International Garden of Excellence” awarded by the International Camelia Society at a congress held in 2012.

In this botanical garden there are 400 varieties of camellia, some of them centuries old. One of its camellia specimens has 18 trunks and a crown diameter of 17 meters, making it the largest in Galicia.

In its 35 hectares of land, coexist other plantations such as palm trees, eucalyptus, oak, magnolia, etc..

In the center stands its medieval castle, whose original construction dates from the twelfth century and received several reforms throughout the fifteenth century after the struggles against the peasant revolts.

We can access the fortress by crossing an elevated bridge. Above the door we can see the coat of arms of the Marquises of Mos. Inside, we can admire the fully restored rooms or stop at the viewpoint overlooking the parade ground.

Our special tour “route of the camellias” is a fantastic opportunity to get to know some of the most spectacular landscapes of Galicia. Alone or in a group, we are sure you will enjoy this experience.

For more information, please contact Pambre Tours.

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