A Fonsagrada

A Fonsagrada

Welcome to a place where nature is the protagonist, antagonist and stage. A place that seems to have been paralyzed in time, where you will be able to observe the most authentic and real Galicia.

Enjoy the surroundings and don’t forget to try Butelo, a typical dish of this town hall.


Visit the chapel of Santa Maria where there was a fountain, whose name (Fontem Sacra) could be the origin of the toponym “Fonsagrada”.

Enjoy the way through this Town Hall, as the unique nature of the surroundings will give you more than one joy.

If you like nature, remember to visit the natural area of Carballido, it is a privilege to walk through its forests. We recommend a guided tour.

Nearby places:

Viladonga Castro (40 Kms, we recommend car)

Natural area Carballido (13.2Kms, 2 hours 45 minutes walking)

Semieira de Vilagocende Falls (6.6 kms; 1 hour 20 minutes)

Castle of the Fortress – Burón Tower (3.4 kms, 280 metres of negative slope; 42 minutes walking) Cannot be visited

Veiga de Arroxo, singular village and chapel of A Veiga (43°02’48.5″N 7°01’55.0″W)

Nearby QRs:


Oak groves


More information in:

Tourist office (A Fonsagrada)

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More information:

In A Fonsagrada there are prehistoric sites such as mámoas, a Neolithic dolmen and numerous castreño settlements. In Roman times, it could have been found as a station between Asturias and Lugo.

The toponym “Fonsagrada” could come from a fountain (Fontem Sacra) that was next to a pilgrims’ hostel, next to the chapel of Santa María. As a mark of this hostel, A Fonsagrada has always been closely linked to the Primitive Way of Saint James, in fact, in the village of Paradavella a pilgrims’ hospital was built in the village of Montouto in the mid-14th century: the Real Hospital de Santiago de Montouto.

In the middle of the 14th century, Fonsagrada was dominated by Counts of Trastámara, and then passed into the hands of the Count of Altamira. Throughout history, the Buronese waged a great fight against the burdens and tributes they had to pay, but the feudal lords appeased the irmandiñas revolts and were victorious.

From the 18th century onwards, this locality was separated from the Galician-Asturian Royal Road and suffered a loss of entity that had a positive influence on the development of A Fonsagrada, which would become the municipal capital, which had repercussions on the number of travellers who in successive periods made pilgrimages through this nucleus of population.

During the 19th century, the history of A Fonsagrada is linked to the War of Independence and the Carlist Wars of 1833 and 1847.

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