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Searching the highest waterfall in Galicia

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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 .

Toxa Waterfall

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.

Hiking route

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.

 

Cinematic scenario

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.

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5 Curiosities of the Santiago Way

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“I can not change the direction of the wind but I can adjust the sails to reach my destination”Tours DMC Bosques de Galicia

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Organized Saint James Way

History facts

The tradition of the English Way goes back to the Middle Ages, when the departmental city of Ferrol began to position itself on the world map given its strategic position. With a safe harbor, protected by the shelter of the estuary, sailors and pilgrims, especially from northern Europe, disembarked on this corner of the Atlantic. That is the reason why today it is known by this name, since mainly the most assiduous to this landing were the inhabitants of Britain.

 

The dark side of the Way

After the rise of the Way in the fifteenth and sixteenth century were many who tried to take advantage of this pull. On one side, there were the thieves specialized in confusing the pilgrim and lead him to small trafficked roads and thus commit the theft. Also began to be very common deception by owners of pubs, charging exorbitant prices to foreigners. This situation worsened in such a way that Felipe II himself and his court, alarmed by the picaresque of some, decided to apply harsh sanctions to those who tried to take advantage of the pilgrims.

 

The Original One

Despite what many may think, the first documented Jacobean route is the Primitive Way. Specifically, this is one of the first most illustrious pilgrimages: the King Alfonso II the Chaste walked from Oviedo to visit the newly discovered Apostle’s burial. It is one of the hardest, since it has numerous slopes, joining the French route in the last kilometers.

 

Beware of the signs

In addition to the already famous yellow arrows, another of the distinctive elements of the Camino are the landmarks or milestones, representing a shell or scallop that indicates the correct direction. Outside the Galician community, you should follow the direction where the lines meet, theoretically representing this point the city of Compostela and the lines of the different roads. In contrast, in Galicia presents the opposite form, we must follow the direction with the most spaced lines.

Devotion to Father Valiña

Besides the Saint, the pilgrims should owe devotion to Father Valiña, promoter and propagator of the Jacobean culture since the 20th century. Specifically, between the 70s and 80s he fullfiled the task of loading his small car with yellow paint cans and proceeded to signaling the main routes. In addition, he was the promoter of Friends of the Way Associations and to incentivate the Jacobeo year of 1993, a key year since the numbers of pilgrims have not stopped increasing exponentially.