5.70km → Melide on the Camino Primitivo → 5.80km → Boente
To Santiago: 
52.70
Altitude: 
455

Although it has been on the menu as far back as O Cebreiro, pulpo (octopus) doesn’t seem to garnish much attention until Melide. Despite its apparent disconnect with the sea, Melide’s thriving Thursday market meant that shipping pulpo was a profitable enterprise. It is served today as it was then: on a wooden plate, garnished only with a healthy drizzle of olive oil and a shake of paprika. It is eaten with a rather crude looking toothpick, alongside heavy Galician bread and a bowl of the local Ribeiro wine. One of the better places to try it is Pulpería a Garnacha, the last door on your left before you get to the main road in Melide.

Melide, long the crossroads between territories, is also the meeting point of the various camino routes which come from the north, including the part of the Camino del Norte and the Camino Primitivo. Because of this, and the proximity to Santiago, the road become a great deal more congested. The melindre is another of Melide’s favorite foods. It resembles a glazed donut and is sold from dozens of identical booths during festivals.

History: 

Melide is an ancient settlement and despite its importance as a natural crossroad since Neolithic times, it has never been protected by a wall. In Medieval times the overwhelming bulk of the town industries were tied to the camino.

The Road: 

The traffic through Melide can be dangerous, particularly on market days when booths line the crowded streets and the arrows through town become difficult to spot. Arrows direct you towards a small side street through the old part of town that parallels the main road. There are many other yellow arrows that direct you towards the many albergues in town, they are often attached to adverts or are painted alongside a simple ‘A’. These can be ignored.

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Services
ATM: 
Yes
Bar: 
Yes
Grocery: 
Yes
Pharmacy: 
Yes
Medical Center: 
Yes
Correos: 
Obispo Varela 20, 15800, Mon-Fri: 0830-1430 & Sat: 0930-1300, 981 505 866
Bus: 
Yes

Accommodation in Melide on the Camino Primitivo

Xunta

1

Albergue de Melide
Xunta
8€
156
Private

2

Albergue San Antón
Private
10-12€
36
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue San Antón

3

Albergue Pereiro
Private
6/10€
40
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Pereiro

4

Albergue O Candil
Private
15*€
12
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue O Candil

5

Albergue O Cruceiro
Private
10€
72
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue O Cruceiro

6

Albergue Melide
Private
10€
57
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Melide

7

Albergue Alfonso II
Private
10€
34
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Alfonso II

8

Albergue O Apalpador II
Private
10€
32
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue O Apalpador II

9

Albergue Arraigos
Private
10€
20
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10

Albergue Vilela
Private
10€
28
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Photo in Albergue Vilela on the Camino de Santiago

11

Albergue O Apalpador
Private
10€
30
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue O Apalpador

12

Albergue Montoto
Private
12€
50
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Montoto
Casa Rural

13

B&B A Lúa do Camiño
Casa Rural
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: B&B A Lúa do Camiño