Pilgrim's Guide for the French Way across Melide
Km. 8,5. O Coto (Bar-Shop)
Leaving O Coto, we leave the road on our left to go down towards Leboreiro, defined as Campus Leporarius (or land of hares) in ancient times. Here we will see a Cabazo: a sort of giant hamper which was used to keep corn, as in the case of raised granaries. Just behind this cabazo, we can find the interesting Santa María church, which was made in Romanesque style, in transition to Gothic.
Km. 9,2. Leboreiro
We leave Leboreiro and cross Seco river along a Medieval bridge (Km. 9,5). Milestone 56 gives way to Disicabo and, afterwards, to a tiresome stretch next to the road N-547 and the Industrial Park of Melide, also called Madanela Industrial Park (Km. 11). One kilometre later, landscape changes and we go down towards Furelos river shore crossing a more beautiful environment. Crossing this tributary of Ulla along the Medieval bridge, we reach the parish of Saint John of Furelos. It is the precursor of Melide, the capital of the council.
Km. 13. Saint John of Furelos (Bar)
We reach Lugo Avenue and we pass Saint Roque Chapel and its transept dated from the 14th century. Going towards the public hostel and, in order to take a shortcut, we can continue across St. Peter Street, although the route is also signed towards Convento Street and until Convento Square.
Km. 14,8 Melide (All services)
Here we can see the ancient pilgrims' hospital, which is nowadays the Terra de Melide Museum; Sancti Spiritus convent and its church; the town hall, dated from the 18th century, and St. Anthony chapel, next to which we leave the square in order to continue along St. Anthony Street. After bordering the public hostel, we leave Melide across Principal Street. With valley views, we go down until the N-547 and we cross it in order to follow another road, the CP-4603, in direction of San Martiño. When we reach as far as a restaurant-grill, we have to turn right in order to visit St. Mary of Melide Church, placed in the parish under the same name (Km. 15,6). The temple is Romanesque in style, dated from the end of the 12th century, it only has a semicircular nave and it hosts the sole Romanesque bars in Galicia. After passing by houses of Carballal, we see ourselves surrounded by eucalyptus, decidious tree species, and by fields until the paving path of Catasol river, a tributary of Furelos river (Km. 17,2). Here, the way offers a real postcard landscape. Along a beautiful environment we walk towards Raido, just next to the N-547. We quickly leave it in order to continue until Parabispo, place belonging to Arzúa council (Km. 18,7). Under a forest of eucalyptus, we overcome Valverde stream, we cross Peroxa, where we can find milestone 45,5 and we enter Boente parish, splitted into two parts by the N-547.
Km. 20,5. Boente (Hostels-Bar)
After Santiago Church, we turn right and we go down the road until Boente river and the place called Punta Brea, just after crossing the N-547 through a tunnel. After bordering some fields, we have to face a hard slope which goes up just next to the N-547, and close to it, we reach some places belonging to Figueroa and Castañeda parishes. Furnaces of lime, where pilgrims left the stone that they brought from Triacastela, were placed here.
Pilgrim's Guide for the Primitive Way across Toques-Melide
Hospital das Seixas (km 37,4). Vilouriz (Km 40,4) - Vilamor (km 42,6) - Melide (km 49,2).