Land of ancient forests, monasteries and illustrious pazos
Weekend at the Deza
Where is it hidden?
The region of the Deza, in the province of Pontevedra, is very close to the zero kilometer of the Galician community, therefore it is bordering the provinces of A Coruña, Lugo and Ourense. Its homonymous river gives life to a multitude of natural spaces, being this the perfect refuge for one of its main tourist resources: the monastery of Carboeiro.
San Lorenzo de Carboeiro Monastery
Used for numerous times for films and documentaries, the Monastery of Carboeiro remains standing from the 10th century. At first it was a convent and the church was contracted two centuries later, standing out above the rest of the Romanesque buildings of the territory given its size and the care with which the main facade was elaborated. In this it was decided to highlight the elders of the Apocalypse, with certain touches of Gothic style, which was already breaking through the trends of the time.
As a curiosity, the legend says that here was “the thorn of the crown of the lord very well worked, made of a blade of spear”, presumably being stooled in the mid-sixteenth century .
Just a few kilometers away we can find a spectacle of nature: the Fervenza del Toxa River, considered the highest waterfall in Galicia. In an idyllic setting, the Atlantic forest predominates, with species such as oaks, maples, chestnuts, laurels, etc. All this place was declared a Site of Community Importance.
To conclude, there is a route of approximately 6 kilometers that joins both points: the monastery of Carboeiro and the Fervenza, being therefore the perfect way to enjoy all this dream environment. It is a well signposted path, with information of the route in different points, being able to begin it in any of the two places of interest and existing ample parking to leave our vehicles.
Pazo de Oca, the “Galician Versalles”
The Galician Versailles? In fact, this great baroque style “pazo” has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest. Its flowered gardens and ponds cover about 8 hectares, and can be visited throughout the year both these and the interior of the pazo with a specialized guide. At the moment it belongs to the house of the Medinaceli, sheltering two arboreal labyrinths and several species of camellias and lime trees.
Pedro Almodovar is not immune to the pazo’s charms, filming some of the scenes from the movie “La Piel que habito” in his gardens.