Galicia has the perfect characteristics for the cultivation of the camellia, both for its climate and for the fertile and acid soils that favour its growth and its variety, as it treasures almost 8000 different varieties, which attracts experts from all over the world. Camellias arrived in Galicia at the end of the 18th century, coming from Asian countries such as China and Japan. Several camellia tourist routes have been created, visiting some pazos and gardens, both public and private, especially in the provinces of Pontevedra and A Coruña, which allow you to enjoy the flowering of this beautiful plant during the winter.
In several streets and gardens of Pontevedra we can find numerous camellias and enjoy the spectacle of its flowering from October to April, depending on the variety.
Main Entrance to the Lourizán Pazo
Very close to the city, just 3.5km away,you’ll find the Lourizán Pazo and gardens. In its gardens, estate and grove of 54 hectares, we can discover about 700 plant species from all continents, one of the most important collections in Galicia. In addition, every winter, in its gardens bloom an important collection of camellias, among which the Alba Plena variety stands out.
Not only does the natural importance of the gardens of this manor house fascinate visitors, but also the exterior of the manor house, the greenhouse, as well as other elements built by Montero Ríos between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. Admission to the site is free and guided tours are sometimes organised for groups and schoolchildren.
In the surroundings of Pontevedra several pazos and their gardens are included in the itinerary of the Camellia Route, such as the pazo of La Saleta, in Meis, or the Pazo Quinteiro da Cruz, in Ribadumia. Also the gardens of the castle of Soutomaior have an important collection of camellias that fill the fortress with charm.
Panoramic view of the Lourizán Pazo
How to get there
If you arrive by car from Pontevedra, you can take the motorway to Marín PO-546 and you’ll find the pazo about 3.5km from the city. In the mornings, access by car to the pazo is allowed, while in the afternoons access can only be pedestrianized. Another option to visit the pazo from Pontevedra is to take the bus that leaves from the Plaza de Galicia in the direction of Marín, and which has a stop near the entrance to the grounds.