5.20km → Foncebadón → 2.30km → Cruz de Ferro
To Santiago: 

Various guidebooks (and a few novels) have given Foncebadón a reputation for being the home of rabid dogs eager for a tasty pilgrim snack. While this may once have been true, it no longer is.

In fact the mountain outpost has experienced something of a renaissance. In between utterly ruinous piles of stone are a smattering of lovingly restored old homes, most of them converted into accommodation for pilgrims.

This elevation is typically shrouded in fog or buried in deep snow; both have their charm.


Foncebadón is perhaps best known as the home of the hermit Guacelmo. He cared for pilgrims as they navigated their way over the often treacherous mountain pass and was protected by King Alfonso VI. This pass was, until the mid 18th century, the preferred route into Galicia and the townspeople of Foncebadon dedicated themselves to marking the way and serving as guides.

The Road: 

The Cruz de Fierro, or Iron Cross, is a steady climb ahead. If you stopped at the road-side bar be sure to get back to the camino and avoid following the cyclists as they take the road.


Photo of Foncebadón on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Foncebadón on the Camino de Santiago

Accommodation in Foncebadón



Albergue Parroquial Domus Dei
18 + 12
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Parroquial Domus Dei


Camino de Santi... (not verified) said:

There was not much else in Foncebadón than great views and great food. We had one of our best meals of the whole Camino at the pizzeria. Strongly recommended! It was run by a young Italian man who really seemed to enjoy what he was doing in foncebadon- meeting new people and serving them excellent pizzas.

The lunch at El Trasgu was also delicious!

Camino de Santi... (not verified) said:

Stopped in for pizza it was very good I thought it to be pricey ($22.00) for a pizza that two of us had no problem eating. But it was good.

Camino de Santi... (not verified) said:


Very worth stopping at El Trasgu de Foncebadón tienda/minimarket.
They have everything a pilgrim could ever want and all in miniature sizes!
Very lovely staff too.

Camino de Santi... (not verified) said:

What a lovely surprise. The walk to the village was a welcome uphill. Once there we found all the shops open - ie. no siesta closing- well stocked and the restaurants had a more varied menu. The La Posada del Druida was clean and comfortable and we were welcomed. Our washing was taken away and returned dried. All in all, somewhere recommended

Camino de Santi... (not verified) said:

There is a wonderful new pizzeria on the right as you go up the town, a little before the Domis Dei albergue. It is the dream of a young Italian guy, who walked the Camino a few years ago and fell in love with Foncebadon. Amazing range of delicious pizzas, tiramisu etc., and such a good attitude, friendliness etc. We had lunch there, and he gave us tickets for money off dinner, if we wanted to come back. We came back for tiramisu, and the place was full of energy - people laughing, eating, drinking, enjoying themselves. Highly recommend this place!