“Galician manor house, especially in the countryside”, is how the RAE explains what a manor is. Sharpening that description, the peaces They are great houses austere but refined, with a bucolic and romantic air. Many of them can be visited and they are not exactly located in remote locations. Just 12 kilometers from Santiago de Compostela is located the Faramello Manorone of the most famous.

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300 years of history

“There are many mansions, Faramello’s is unique,” stated Emilia Pardo Bazán. The Pazo de Faramello was founded beginning of the 18th century by the Genoese noble Marquis of Piombino, which is why it has perceptible Italian influences. He places himself in what was the Royal Faramello Paper Factorythe first paper factory in Galicia from which old mills and their tools still remain.

Stone terrace with pruned trees in front of the entrance to the Pazo de Faramello with its stone balconies and wooden windows
Stone terrace with pruned trees in front of the entrance to the Pazo de Faramello

The Pazo did not go unnoticed in the History of Spain. Its stables housed a arsenal of the War of Independencethe king Alfonso XIII He spent the summer there several times and Infant Ludwig of Bavaria He used it as a residence on his visits to Santiago. Since 1815 the Lord of Faramello have the right to enter the cathedral of Santiago on horseback, but so far that right has not been exercised.

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Idyllic setting

The manor invites anyone who sees it to enter. The Compostela balconies stand out as if they wanted to greet the visitor and there is no stone that is not swallowed by the lush nature. Apart from its regal interior and its 19th-century French garden, the manor has a stone chapel consecrated in 1727 whose interior houses a altarpiece wooden made by one of the baroque sculptors of the Santiago cathedral, José Gambino.

Pazo de Faramello, in the Coruña municipality of Rois.
Pazo de Faramello, in the Coruña municipality of Rois.

The manor also enjoys a natural environment that, upon seeing it, makes it clear that King Alfonso XIII made it his summer residence. Built on terraces Above the canyon of a river, water is part of the manor materialized in canals, ponds, natural pools and fountains. Vineyards, fruit trees and the lush forest that embraces the building give the place a rich biodiversityis home to otters, squirrels, foxes, ducks, gray herons and owls.

How to visit the Pazo de Faramello

The Pazo de Faramello is private property, but its owner carries out guided tours for 12 euros: one at 12:00 p.m. every day except Monday and another at 5:00 p.m. every day. There is also the option of a guided tour in English for 18 euros every day at 12:00 pm.

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The Pazo de Faramello is located 12 kilometers from Santiago de Compostela. By car it is a journey of 18 minutes along the SC-20 and N-550 roads, although you can get there by bus from the Galician capital with the line XG817041 to Faramello and walk a few minutes to the Pazo. You can even walk because many pilgrims in your last stage of the Portuguese Way They cross the Pazo de Faramello.

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