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    Melide is located in the region of Galicia in northwest Spain and is host to many pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago. The town receives a lot of Camino traffic because both the Original Way (Camino Primitivo) and the French Way pass through it. It is relatively small with a population of only 9000. The people are very friendly and well accustomed to meeting and helping Camino pilgrims as they pass through. Local restaurants, hostels and hotels play an important role in Melides' economy as they continue to provide accommodation and sustenance for travelers on the Camino de Santiago.

    What to do when you are in Melide 

    When visitors get to Melide they will probably notice the smell of baked goods in the air. Melide is famous for its fantastic pastries and cakes. We highly recommend treating yourself to one when passing through. Find a bakery and try melindres (sugar-topped pastries), amendoados (almond cakes), and ricos (butter-based pastry) which are exclusively made in town. If you are fortunate enough to stumble upon Melide on the second Sunday of May you will be in for a treat. The Sweet-Cake and Traditional Pastry-Making Festival occurs on that very Sunday and the day is devoted to traditional pastries made in Melide. Needless to say, it will be a mouthwatering affair.


    It is also highly recommended to try the octopus while in Melide. This is widely considered their best dish. Octopus and other seafood are staples for dinner in Melide.








    When in Melide, why not check out St. Anthony's Chapel, the Sancti Spiritus Church, and the Saint Roque Chapel. All of these buildings boast impressive architecture and are some of the best attractions to explore when in town. If you have some time on your hands, another great place to visit is the Terra de Melide Museum built in 1978. The museum has 8 floors all with different themes and of course, one floor has a section dedicated to the Camino de Santiago. 

    Take a look at our article on Tapas, Drinks and Gastronomy in Santiago de Compostela here

    If you have any questions about the Camino de Santiago tours, then please don't hesitate to contact us at


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