Belonging to the municipality of Santiago de Compostela, located in the center-south of the province of A Coruña, is a town in the parish of San Paio de Sabugueira. On the Way of Saint James and before reaching Lavacolla is San Paio and to reach Vilamaior must leave behind Lavacolla. The three entities, together with other population centres, make up the aforementioned parish. The history of the place cannot be other than that of the environment that circumscribes it, in addition to being intimately linked to the Jacobean Route.
In the village of San Paio stands out its medieval structure grouped around its chapel, and a few meters a fountain. In Lavacolla, the church dedicated to San Paio, built in the 19th century and with a skylight above the main door, is preceded by a beautiful staircase and a granite transept. Not so important but equally beautiful is the place where is located the chapel of San Roque, renowned saint Jacobean. An example of the stately architecture of the area in the 18th century is the pazo de San Xordo. Very close to the church of Lavacolla is the place of As Pontes, of great Jacobean tradition, and a few hundred meters and after crossing a bridge over the stream Lavacolla, leaves the pass of the walker Vilamaior with his Castro de Mendes that is privately owned and in the middle of the village, in a natural spot, a source barely visible. All this in the middle of an exceptional and beautiful landscape.
In Lavacolla and the villages that make up the parish, is celebrated at the end of May to San Paio. On June 24 the feast is for San Juan. On July 25 Santiago Apostle and in August is the Virgen del Carmen who is honored.
Tradition has it that in Lavacolla, in the place known as As Pontes, in the stream that forms the confluence of two brooks, pilgrims would stop to take a bath and wash their clothes before entering the city of the Apostle, and that is where the name of the locality comes from.
There are other less romantic theories about the origin of the name Lavacolla and they are based on the fact that it would come from lava, which is low grass, plus colla which means hill. Lavacolla, low hill grass.
Lavacolla is located on the N-634 that connects Santiago de Compostela with its airport. Also in this road, in Lavacolla, we will find the access that will take us until Vilamaior and in the link that joins it with the A-54, to the height of the airport, we will have the one that will take us until San Paio.
Lavacolla has a metropolitan bus service every day of the week that connects it with nearby towns and Santiago. Also the regular transport service that covers the route Santiago-Lugo every day of the week and in different schedules, has stop in the locality.
The nearest train station is Santiago de Compostela.
The airport of Santiago de Compostela is located in Lavacolla.
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