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Pazo de Galegos Hotel

Through this land runs the penultimate stage of the Via de la Plata or Camino Real, before its entry into Santiago de Compostela. This town hall is marked by the Ulla River, which flows through a great part of its geography. Noteworthy Recreation Areas are A Ferreira and the Pereiro waterfalls, Cubelas, Coto de Ximonde and Agronovo. For viewpoints you should not miss Pazo de Cova and Gundián.

There are good examples of architecture, civil and religious. In the Pazo de Ortigueira you can visit their gardens considered one of the major botanical areas of Galicia. Pazo de Ximonde, Pazo de Vista Alegre, the Pazo de Guimaráns or da Costa, are clear examples of Galician manor houses where important families resided. Vedra has 12 parishes each with examples of religious architecture, parish churches of medieval origin and some small chapels as the Santiaguiño eighteenth century (about 800 meters from Pazo Galegos) with great historical weight, by its side a baroque fountain moved here in 1724, has an inscription on the transfer of the body of St. James and the legend of the dragon and Queen Lupa. According to some authors the two images representing St.James' disciples, Athanasius and Theodore, come from ancient Romanesque choir of the Cathedral of Santiago, work of Maestro Mateo.

Those who like to enjoy nature will find several hiking trails, as already discussed the Via de la Plata is here with its penultimate stage, bordering the chapel of Santiaguiño, near our hotel. You can also see water mills along the route do Pereiro, with its waterfall and Busacos Bridge, and on the watermill route of the Merin River, where we also see well-preserved water mills, walking among rocks, vegetation and waterfalls. Another route is the beautiful view of San Xoán da Cova, which leads from the viewpoint of Gundián until Cubelas recreation area through the passage of Cova, Coto de Ximonde. For more information visit the website of the municipality, www.concellodevedra.com.

Pico Sacro is one of the most legendary and well-known mountains of Galicia. From the silver way, the peak is the first place from which you can see the towers of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, fulfilling a role similar to the Monte do Gozo. Source of countless legends, this mountain was revered by the inhabitants of the region before and after Christianity, fulfilling an essential role in the myth of transporting the body of St. James. According to the legend recorded in the Codex Calixtino, which narrates the arrival of the body of the Apostle in Galicia, in the Pico Sacro reigned Raiña Lupa (Queen Lupa) ally of the Romans.
The disciples of the apostle appealed to her to provide them a cart and oxen to transport the body to the Campo das Estrelas (Compostela). Legend has it that Queen Lupa sent them to the Pico Sacro, with the hope that the dragon and the oxen, actually wild bulls, which lived there, would kill them. The disciples close to death made the sign of the cross before the dragon leading to its death and the taming of the bulls. This led to the conversion of the queen and her subjects to the new Christian religion.