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It is a parish of Pedrafita do Cebreiro, through which passes the Way of Saint James, located in the mining region, on the way down to the River Navia. The old name, Fonfría do Camiño, is remembered as well as the pilgrims' hospital, that of Santa Catalina, which from 1535 to the 19th century was offering protection and shelter to the pilgrims who passed through here.

 

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To discover What to see in Fonfría (San Xoán)?

 

From the road you can see in Fonfría (San Xoán), as the village is now called, its church dedicated to San Juan, which was built in the 16th century and restored in 1964, retains its original appearance, although only the stones of the main door are those of the original construction. Its interior keeps a chalice with the inscription of the old hospital. The sacristy is joined to the church on one side and a simple belfry houses the bells.

 

Traditions

 

Tradition has it that pilgrims used to be given fire, salt, water and a bed with two blankets when they approached the hospital in Fonfría (San Xoán).​

 

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Church of San Juan in Fonfría (San Xoán)

Curiosities

 

Fonfría has a laundry room that is still used by some neighbours.

 

 


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Get to Fonfría (San Xoán) by car

 

Fonfría (San Xoán) can be reached via the LU-633 road, which follows the course of the Way of Saint James, joining Piedrafita do Cebreiro with Triacastela, Samos and Sarria, among other localities.

 

 

 


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List of Routes
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  • First name
  • Difficulty
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WAY OF SAINT JAMES
1
Difficulty-Moderate

6:10 h.24.6 km.

Stage 24b Triacastela-Sarria by Samos
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category, level 1. More demanding stages, either because they are longer, more uneven or have a specific difficulty.
WAY OF SAINT JAMES
0
Difficulty-Medium

4:25 h.18.1 km.

Stage 24 Triacastela-Sarria by San Xil
Difficulty-MediumGreen difficulty category, level 3. Stages of moderate distance and slope, not overcoming great distances or slopes.
WAY OF SAINT JAMES
0
Difficulty-Moderate

5:10 h.21 km.

Stage 23 O Cebreiro-Triacastela
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category, level 1. More demanding stages, either because they are longer, more uneven or have a specific difficulty.
WAY OF SAINT JAMES
2
Difficulty-High

8:05 h.28 km.

Stage 22 Villafranca del Bierzo-O Cebreiro
Difficulty-HighRed difficulty category, level 3. Mountain stages in not very steep terrain, in which there are no major technical difficulties. They need sufficient experience and training for this type of terrain. These are fairly "easy" itineraries with gentle slopes, for the usual mountain routes.
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