Melide - Arzúa

Melide - Arzúa, Spain
Mary Magdalen's Chapel
Mary Magdalen's Chapel

The chapel belonged to a convent founded by Agustinian friars in the 14th century (1344 - 1351) in Arzúa. It was restored by the city and conserves two baptismal piles and the sculpted tombs of the founders with their coat of arms.

Ribadiso bridge
Ribadiso bridge

The bridge, built in the late Gothic style, is the oldest in the Arzúa province dating from the 12th century. Its surface, originally made of slate has been reconstructed with granite. It leads us into the village of Ribadiso, near the end of the stage.

Profile Melide - Arzua
Stage Profile
  • 8.7 miles (14 km)
  • 3-4 hours

Short stage with demanding slopes towards the end. Goes through some of the most gorgeous landscapes in El Camino.

Description of the stage

Some pilgrims choose to complete the section between Palas de Rei - Arzua in one stage (for a total of 30Km) which will definitely take a toll on them because of the stages' steeper profile, which makes it difficult to get into your rhythm as you repeatedly go uphill and downhill. As we have divided this section into two walking days, it should be much more manageable for you.

The route is a mix of well conserved and repaired trails together with some more abrupt sections. As we near the end of the stage you will find several short, but demanding slopes. You will cross the Iso river and reach the village of Ribadiso while walking through some of the most spectacular scenery in el Camino. At the end of the day you will reach Arzúa, where you should take some time to try the renowned cheese varieties from this region (Arzúa-Ulloa). In March they hold a Cheese festival at the village dedicated to this local staple, famous enough to carry its own trademark. Have your passport stamped at the Church of Santiago de Arzúa.