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