We are not exaggerating when we say that you are fortunate to be our guest. You are staying in one of Galicia’s most charming villages, San Xoán de Furelos, whose existence is documented as early as the 12th century. Moreover, it is located right on the crossroads of the French and Original Ways of St. James.
The medieval village where we are located stands out due to its stone-paved streets, stone houses and the continuous stream of pilgrims, which take you back to the past. The Furelos Bridge, mentioned in 12th-century documents kept in the Monastery of Sobrado dos Monxes, is perhaps the most representative along the Galician section of the Jacobean route.
The Furelos reacreational area, on the other side of the main road, is one of Galicia’s best riverside leisure spots. On the banks of the Furelos River you will find a river beach, swimming pools, picnic area and children’s playground. If you like outdoor activities, a trekking route starts here and ends in the municipal capital of Melide.
Take note of other places not to be missed in the municipal district of Melide:
- Santa María de Leboreiro. Leboreiro is another historical village at the foot of the Way. It was mentioned in the famous Codex Calixtinus; its Gothic church features an image of Our Lady from the 14th century. Do not forget to have a look at the cabazo or straw “hórreo” (granary) that you will find beside the church.
- Chapel of San Roque. Once inside the town of Melide, you will come across the Chapel of San Roque. Although it stands out due to its main façade from the early 14th century, it was actually built in 1949 with the remains of two demolished medieval churches. Do not overlook the Gothic stone cross beside the church, since it is believed to be the oldest in Galicia. Other notable buildings are the Church of Sancti Spiritus (Praza do Convento) and the Church of Santa María.
- “Terra de Melide” Ethnographic Musuem. Located in the centre of Melide in an old pilgrim hospital, this interesting, extensive museum takes us on a tour of Melide’s history and heritage from the times of the “castros” (Iron Age settlements). Its exhibits range from items from “Castro da Graña” or the Roman town of Piñeiros to traditional tools and toys.