Due to its monarchical tradition and feudal past, Spain treasures a very interesting heritage of castles and palaces. For having, we even have a type of old and stately construction specifically characteristic of Galicia, normally located in the countryside. These are the pazos, built with high ceilings; spacious bedrooms; large halls and an essential common element: stone. Its walls are always stone. In this Spanish region there are cataloged about 900 country houses although none as mysterious as the Casa Torre de Aldán.
Located in the parish of Aldán (San Cibrán, Pontevedra), the place is also known as Finca de Frendoal and is popularly called “the Enchanted Forest”. And it is that this small abandoned castle has ended up integrating itself into its surroundings in a way that seems to have been engulfed by the forest, which gives it a gloomy appearance. The walls are completely invaded by moss and climbing plantsas well as the benches in the garden.
In addition, there are no posters or information about it in the environment, only an imposing door and a dilapidated wall announce the arrival at the place. However, it should be noted that another aspect that gives the complex a halo of mystery is that, when the PO-315 road was built, the plot was divided in two.
the manor is medieval styledespite the fact that it was ordered to be built by the Counts of Canalejas in the 60s of the 20th century. It was destined to be a place for resting and hunting, attended by their family and friends. However, currently, it belongs to the municipality of Cangas.
To get there we can guide ourselves along the banks of the Orxas River, from where you can see the mediaeval bridge which gives access to the Enchanted Forest. Crossing an old washing place and following the course of the river, we will arrive at the gate of the farm.
The castle once had a drawbridge and preserves its grave. You can also see what was once a croquet field and a tower and some of the outbuildings that were not finished have remained standing to this day. However, it must be taken into account that its condition is not the best and it is necessary to visit the surroundings with care and caution.
Following the trail you will also reach an aqueduct that supplied water to the pazo. Its origin is Roman and it is believed that it was the favorite corner of the Countess of Canalejas, who baptized it as the Arch of the Countess. Originally it had two but only one of the arches is preserved and it is also one of the most Instagrammable spots in the place.
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