Fonfría derives its name from the fresh spring that feeds water to the fountain here and which was the catalyst for the construction of a pilgrims hospital in the late Middle Age. From time to time one of the villagers opens up her kitchen to invite pilgrims in for a coffee.
Standing directly between Fonfría and Barbeitos is a small hill. The road goes around it to the north and the camino goes around it to the south. The two meet in Barbeitos.