This morning, our journey begins in Melide, home to Galicia’s oldest 14th-century cruceiro,
still remarkably intact. Among Melide’s landmarks stands the renowned church of Sancti
Spiritus, affectionately dubbed “la iglesia” by locals. Tradition holds that this church, once
part of a larger 14th-century convent complex, was founded by Saint Francis of Assisi during
his return from his pilgrimage to Santiago.
En route, we encounter Sanctus Iacobus de Boento, a former important pilgrim stop
mentioned by Aymeric Picaurd in his Códex Calixtinus. Though the original church is gone, a
charming 19th-century church now stands in its place, featuring an altar honoring an iconic
Santiago pilgrim. Amidst rolling hills and quaint hamlets, we pause for a picnic, soaking in the
serene surroundings and giving our legs a well-deserved rest.
Before concluding our day’s journey, we cross our last Medieval/Roman bridge on our journey
at Ribadiso da Baixo. The tranquil view across the Iso River captivates with its peacefulness,
and has become a cherished spot for present-day pilgrims.
Our day ends upon reaching Arzúa, a town with roots tracing back to Roman times, but truly
gaining prominence in the 11th century thanks to the pilgrims and the local hospitality at
Ribadiso da Baixo.
As we plan for the day ahead, we will enjoy some local cuisine and Spanish wine, and
hopefully learn more about the fellow pilgrims on our journey. Finally, we retire to our
accommodations, ready to rest and rest for tomorrow’s adventures!