Vilachá → 2.00km → Portomarín → 7.50km → Gonzar
To Santiago: 
91.70
Altitude: 
388

Portomarín holds the distinction of being the newest oldest town along the camino. The Portomarín we see today is a transplanted version of the original town that originally settled in the valley below. Most of the town is new construction, but the church and a few smaller buildings were relocated stone by stone. Close inspection of the Iglesia de San Juan shows that the stones were numbered to avoid head scratching later.

The río Miño was dammed in 1956, forming the Embalse de Belasar which sits beneath the bridge. The water level varies by season, and when it is at its lowest it is possible to walk among the piles of stone that were once the original town.

The Iglesia of San Juan (also known as the Iglesia of San Nicolás) is an imposing fortress in the center of town. It is the largest single-nave Romanesque church in Galicia. The Ayuntamiento building in the main square was once the Casa del Conde from the 16th century. The Iglesia de Santa María (also known as La Virgen de las Nieves) is the chapel that you passed under at the top of the stairs going into town; the local people believe that it will protect them from drowning.

Notice: 

Be aware of high-speed traffic as you are required to cross back and forth across the main road. 

History: 

Portomarín gets its name from ‘porto’ or river crossing, and ‘marín’, a reference to the Sanctuary of St. Marina that was located here in the Middle Ages. It enjoyed its peak of prosperity in the 15th and 16th centuries when several of the Catholic Monarchs slept here. The nearby capital of Lugo, also a Roman settlement, grew at a greater pace and Portomarín was quickly forgotten. As recently as 1919 the town was still not connected by a single road that could accommodate wheeled traffic. That has changed, and the prosperity of the town can now be attributed to the reservoir and the camino.

The Road: 

From the square simply head downhill along the colonnaded street and stick to it until you arrive at the main road. DO NOT keep going straight. Rather turn left and head back in the direction of the bridge into town. Before you get there arrows will direct you onto a different bridge over a small river that feeds the reservoir.

At the end of the bridge are two options: TURN RIGHT.

From here it is a steadily uphill march all the way to Gonzar, passing Toxibo with its hórreo along the way. After passing through a stretch of forest the camino returns to the main road and parallels it on a gravel track. This track crosses back and forth over the main road on several occasions. Be mindful of traffic here, particularly during the morning hours when the area can be thick with fog.

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Services
ATM: 
Yes
Bar: 
Yes
Grocery: 
Yes
Pharmacy: 
Yes
Medical Center: 
Yes
Bus: 
Yes
Photo of Portomarín on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Portomarín on the Camino de Santiago

Accommodation in Portomarín

Xunta

1

Albergue de Portomarín
Xunta
8€
110
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de Portomarín
Private

2

Albergue PortoSantiago
Private
10€
14
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue PortoSantiago

3

Albergue Pasiño a Pasiño
Private
10€
30

4

Albergue Folgueira
Private
10€
32
Booking.com

5

Albergue O Mirador
Private
10€
29
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue O Mirador

6

Albergue A Fontana de Luxo
Private
15€
10
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue A Fontana de Luxo

7

Albergue Casa do Marabillas
Private
15*€
20
Booking.com

8

Albergue Manuel
Private
10€
16
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Manuel

9

Albergue Casona da Ponte
Private
15€
10
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Casona da Ponte

10

Albergue Aqua Portomarín
Private
10€
16
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Aqua Portomarín

11

Albergue Casa Cruz
Private
10€
16
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Casa Cruz

12

Albergue Ultreia Portomarin
Private
10€
26
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Ultreia Portomarin

13

Albergue Ferramenteiro
Private
10€
130
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Ferramenteiro

14

Albergue Pons Minea
Private
10€
36
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Pons Minea

15

Novo Porto
Private
10€
22

16

Albergue El Caminante
Private
10€
46

17

Albergue Villamartín
Private
10€
20

Comments

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

Little log bungalows, modern and on the river