Galician Palace Gardens
ABOVE: A statue guards a boatlike island in
the Pazo de Oca's pond.
In the Spanish
region of Galicia, a pazo is a privately-owned palace with three essential elements:
In the countryside around
Santiago de Compostela, two such pazos are open to visitors: the
Pazo de Oca near Ourense, and the
Pazo Santa Cruz de Rivadulla
close by. Both are worth seeing if you're a gardening enthusiast, and one--the
Pazo de Oca--deserves a visit even if your hobbies don't include horticulture.
Pazo de Oca