Spain’s largest labyrinth is open

by Lorraine Williamson
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PROVINCIA DE LUGO – Wandering through the greenery. In Spain, this has been possible since June 4 in the largest plant labyrinth in the country: the “Labirinto de Breoghán“. It covers an area of ​​​​more than 6,000 square metres and consists of 4,000 cypress trees. 

Together, the cypress trees form a Celtic cross. This huge maze can be found in the small village of Vilarmaior in the province of Lugo in Galicia. Moreover, these 4,000 trees are spread over a plot of 6,120 square metres. The maze was designed by Raún Castellar. 

Furthermore, it takes an average of 40 minutes to complete the 2.3-kilometre route of labyrinthine corridors. Even those with no orinentation skills can enter with peace of mind: there is an emergency phone number at the entrance. 

The unique maze was designed by Raúl Castellar – an associate of Adrian Fisher. “This is one of the most famous labyrinth designers in the world,” said José Luis Meitín, initiator of the project. 

Celtic culture and nature 

The agricultural engineer and draftsman had already started this adventure before the outbreak of the pandemic. Moreover, he chose Vilarmaior because of the high density of rock paintings. Consequently, these are the main attractions of this municipality, which a few years ago introduced special routes to explore the heritage. 

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“Being from the village, I wanted to do something related to the landscape. When I heard about the rock art in Vilarmaior, I thought it would be interesting to complete it,” explains Meitín. 

The lover of rock art, Celtic culture, and nature can see in the labyrinth a “return to the origin”, a place to get lost and rediscover a more lasting past. “Green leisure for everyone”, he calls it on his website. 

A watchtower follows 

Meitín has rented a plot of two and a half hectares for the construction of this green attraction. Furthermore, the site will be equipped with a kiosk, a picnic area, toilets, and parking spaces. The labyrinth itself has already been completed and will be complimented in the medium term with a “Breoghan Tower”. Moreover, this vantage point can be climbed via a spiral staircase from which you can see the Celtic cross from a bird’s eye view. 

Practical 

The new attraction is open from Tuesday to Sunday until October 12. Normal admission is €5, children from 7 to 12 years pay €3, and children under 7 can explore the maze for free. Furthermore, pets are also welcome in the Breoghán maze. 

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