At the end of the Ferrol estuary we find the charming village of Neda, one of the most beautiful municipalities in this northern area and part of two important pilgrimage routes: The English Way and the Way to San Andrés de Teixido.
For centuries, the development of the village revolved around the river Belelle. On its banks not only the evolution of the town’s society took place, but also an important industry around the bread thanks to the large number of mills in the area.
What to see and do in Neda
Bread is so important in Neda that it deserves to be marked as a monument. The tradition of the baker’s village goes back a long way. In the 16th century, Philip II chose Neda to settle the so-called “Casas Reales”, biscuit factories and provision furnaces due to the excellent communication of the town with the port of Ferrol and the excellent waters of the river Belelle for the bleaching of yarns. In this way, for a century, biscuits and cakes were made for the armies of the Kings of Spain.
Some time later, in 1917, a study was published which analysed the water of the Belelle River, concluding that it was extremely pure and that the flours made with this water had excellent qualities of whiteness and substance. This is how Neda came to be considered the wheat capital of Galicia.
Nowadays the cereal is no longer ground with water mills, but there are still unbeatable resources that make the Neda Breadto be one of the most famous of all the Galician community.