After breakfast, we lace up our boots and get ready for another day of walking on the Camino de Santiago. In order to reach Portomarín we must cross the Ponte de Miño bridge, which offers beautiful views of the valley and reservoir. If the water is low, typically in autumn, you may see some remains of the old town.
Upon arrival, one of the first things we notice about Portomarín is its unique location on the banks of the Miño River. Notable landmarks include the single nave Church of San Nicolás y San Juan, strategically designed by the local religious militia and authorities to appear as a military keep. You will learn more about the fascinating history of this structure from our Fresco Tours guides. The west door depicts the Last Judgement, a favorite image amongst medieval sculptors, as this is the door the locals would have come through on their way to Mass.
The central square of Portomarín is a lively gathering place. Full of cafes, restaurants, and shops, where we can relax, enjoy a snack, and even purchase souvenirs. We then continue our Camino uphill to the village of Gónzar where we regroup at the handy cafeteria that sits right beside the trail.