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History

The history of Meira goes back in time. Some sources suggest that there was in this place a community of Benedictine hermits ruled by Abbot Giraldo, back in the year 995.
The truth is that Meira is linked to the Cistercian Monastery of Santa María de Meira. Twelve French monks from Clairvaux, went to these lands thanks to King Alfonso VII, and to found a monastic community in 1143.
Meira had the Colegio Mayor de Filosofía since the 16th century, considered a very important study center. It was occupied by Napoleonic troops and abandoned because of the Mendizábal Confiscation, which gave rise to the current town of Meira.

Demographic data

The Concello de Meira has a population of 1,731 people.

Data from 1/1/2021.

Men

Women

Parishes

Meira is located at an altitude of 486 meters and is located in the northeast of the province of Lugo. An area of 46.9 square kilometers spread over 38 villages and neighborhoods on both sides of the mountain range that bears his name, which form the parishes of Seixosmil and Meira. Both parishes belong to the archpriesthood of Fonsagrada – Luaces – Bolaño.

The city council limits to the north with A Pastoriza and Riotorto, to the south with Pol and Ribeira de Piquín, to the east with A Pontenova and Ribeira de Piquín and to the west with Pol and A Pastoriza

Its highest point is in O Pico do Forno de Martín, where one of the geodesic vertices is located.

The Nacional 640 (Barres-Vilagarcía de Arousa) crosses the town from north to south, although it can also be accessed by the LU-750 from the exit of the A6 motorway in Baralla, by the LU-120 from Vilalba (where it connects with the A8) and the LU-122 from A Mariña (Mondoñedo and Lourenzá) where you can also access the A8.

The economic profile of our municipality is based on industry, agriculture, commerce and services, being the head of the region of the same name and that we make up four municipalities in total: Meira, Pol, Ribeira de Piquín and Riotorto.
Faith of this are the biweekly fairs or markets that gather hundreds of people in the town’s squares to buy-sell products of all kinds: food, crafts, clothing and footwear, small domestic animals, etc.

The festivities are undoubtedly one of the references of this enclave: Candelas, Carnival, Corpus Christi, the Santa María, San Roque and the Country Tour in Meira, San Isidro Labrador in Paredes, San Pedro in Vilardemouros, Las Mercedes in O Estreito , and the Festa da Malla of tourist interest in Galicia.