On July 16, Melide celebrates the feast of El Carmen with a lot of emotion and devotion for the Saint, even though it is not a coastal town.
Throughout this month, the chapel of El Carmen becomes a real pilgrimage site for Melide’s residents. The festival is organised by the Guild of El Carmen, which is in charge of looking after the chapel and collecting the funds required to hold the fiesta. Hundreds of barefooted people participate in the procession on this day, in honour of Our Lady of El Carmen. During the festive days, religious services are held, as well as traditional open-air dances accompanied by popular orchestras.