Camellia is considered the Flower of Galicia.
They arrived by sea three centuries ago and they became the most representative flower in Galicia.
They are unique exhibits in a green museum, alive and thriving, that´s constantly expanding its collections, shapes and colors.
In this tour we will visit some of the best gardens of camellias in the south of Galicia.
After Breakfast we will drive to Rias Baixas to visit the Pazo da Saleta. In 1968, Robert Gimson, a British citizen, arrived in Galicia looking for a place to enjoy his great passion: gardening. With the help of his wife Margaret, he gradually turned the estate into an extraordinary botanical garden.
Then we will visit another Pazo and its extensive garden of Camellia trees, Pazo Quinteiro da Cruz.
Finally, we will continue southward towards the Castle of Soutomaior and its surrounding park. This castle dates from XII and it was the seat of the political activity in the south of Galicia during XV century. Nowadays the castle area is 25 hectares of fenced-in land which, in addition to the park containing some older specimens of camellia japonica from the region, also has a forest and a fruit and vegetable cultivation area used to preserve autochthonous varieties, mainly vines, apple trees and chestnut trees.
Outstanding visits: Pazo da Saleta, Pazo Quinteiro da Cruz and Soutomaior Castle.
Rate valid for 1, 2 or 3 people.
Includes car with driver and official guide from Galicia.
Does not include tickets or lunch.