It is located on the outskirts of Melide, at the western end, on the Jacobean route. Santa María de Melide and nine other places make up the parish of Santa María de Melide. Its history is linked to the nearby Melide and the Way of Saint James, in the past there was a leprosarium in the vicinity that was managed by the Order of Saint Lazarus, on the banks of the river Catasol were located mills. In the Pazo de Santa María de Melide, which was rebuilt in the 17th century, lived who was the author of several books about Melide, the historian Fernando Somoza.
On the edge of the Way is the church of Santa María de Melide which, being a jewel of the Melidense Romanesque, is catalogued as a National Monument. Built in the 12th century, its interior houses true artistic treasures, 16th century wall paintings, an iron grille forged in the 13th century which at the time closed the triumphal arch and a polychrome Romanesque altar which is one of the few Galicians still preserved. .
Santa María de Melide celebrates its patron saint, Santa María de las Nieves, on the 5th of August.
Close to Santa María de Melide is A Ponte da Penas, a curious bridge made of large stones, sorrows in Galician, which helps to save the Catasol stream in its course of about fifteen kilometers, in search of pouring its waters into the river Furelos, all wrapped in a bucolic landscape.
To get to Santa María Melide we can do it following the N-547 that joins Santiago de Compostela and Lugo, at the entrance of this road in Melide as we arrive from Santiago de Compostela we will find the detour that will bring us closer to Santa María de Melide through the CP-4603 road. This same local road joins the town with the nearby villages of A Madorra or Catasol among others.
The nearest bus stop to Santa María de Melide is in the town of Melide.
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