Embalse de Portomarín
Portomarín and its surroundings

A history marked by the Miño

There are two Portomaríns, one is more than  a thousand years old, today it is sunken under the Miño waters, and it can only  be seen every now and then from the banks of the river. The other Portomarín is a village that is very much alive and through which the Pilgrimage route to Santiago crosses.

A young village

The contemporary village has 50 years of history, but it hides a past full of stories and legends.


The traditional Portomarín cake, aguardiente (liquor), and eel are only some of the most renowned dishes from the Portomarín cuisine. You have to try them when you come to Portomarín!

A history very connected to the Camino  (the Pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela)

Portomarín is an exceptional settlement; the beauty of its scenery, its river and all its surroundings are some of the reasons why a Portomarín stopover while doing the Pilgrimage to Santiago is a must!

From its origins…

The village gains importance in the Middle Ages as a pilgrimage route to Santiago. In the 12th century, the Knights from the San Juan Order in Jerusalem come to the village to take over the hospital and to start the construction of the Church of San Juan, that now dominates the town square.

…until now

After the construction of the Belesar reservoir, they had to move both the Romanesque church of San Juan and the church of San Pedro to the new site in Portomarín.

Middle Age feeling

Even after being moved due to the construction of the dam, the village kept that Middle Age feeling to it. With its stone streets, and its houses that still have the traditional portico.

A glance to the past

When the Belesar recervoir’s waters run low, you get to see the old bridge that crosses the river, and the foundations of the old Portomarín, from where numerous legends come from.


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