Camino Primitivo from Oviedo
The Camino de Santiago Primitivo is famously difficult, but we assure you it's worth doing it just for the landscapes you'll discover along the route, which will take your breath away!
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Night at Oviedo
The capital of Asturias, Oviedo, is a city with excellent university life.
We recommend the city's main landmarks, such as the Cathedral of El Salvador (an architectural jewel from the 12th century) or the Monastery of San Vicente, owner of one of the most important museums in Spain.
From Oviedo to Grado
Night at Grado
We’ll start our Camino at the Cathedral of El Salvador in Oviedo town centre heading East out of the city. Then we’ll pass through the Carmina en Lampajúa Hermitage and continue to the Bridge of Gallegos (Ponte de Gallegos).
From Grado to Salas
Night at Salas
In the morning we will climb 5 km before reaching the Alto del Fresno. The next few kilometres during this stage are the easiest, since we’ll descend through small hamlets and farmland. We will also pass by the San Salvador monastery.
From Salas to Tineo
Night at Tineo
This is one of the shortest stages of the Camino Primitivo, but also one of the most difficult because there are a lot of ascents.
These ascents are mainly at the start, so you can focus on enjoying the scenery for the rest of the route.
From Tineo to Pola de Allende
Night at Pola de Allande
On this stage we will go through two types of terrain.
We’ll start in the mountains and gradually reach a more forest-like landscape. The last part of this stage is the important descent to Pola de Allende.
From Pola de Allende to Berducedo
Night at Berducedo
We’ll start this stage with a 600m ascent to the summit of Puerto del Palo.
When we reach the Puerto del Palo, our efforts will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Cantabrian Mountains.
We then descend along a 250 metre path called 'Camino de los Hospitales' and go through some forest areas. We’ll finally arrive at Berducedo.
From Berducedo to Grandas de Salime
Night at Grandas de Salime
The Salime reservoir is probably the hardest part of the Camino Primitivo, but also the most rewarding. After this stage, you'll enjoy magnificent views over the Navia River and the surrounding mountains.
We will then descend 900 metres in 9 kilometres, and when we reach the Salime reservoir we will ascend until we reach Grandas de Salime.
From Grandas de Salime to A Fonsagrada
Night at Fonsagrada
We will start with another tough ascent to El Acebo, with an altitude of 1.050 metres, and we will enter Galicia from Asturias.
The next destination is Fonsagrada, which we will reach after going through Fonfría and Barbeitos.
A Fonsagrada is rumoured to be the birthplace of the miracle of Saint Sebastian. As he walked by a fountain in the city, he came across an impoverished woman. St. Sebastian then turned the water into milk for her hungry son.
From A Fonsagrada to O Cadavo Baleira
Night at Cadavo Baleira
The Camino from Fonsagrada takes you to Pobre de Burón, first going through an old mountain hospital called A Montouto, which used to be one of the most important in Galicia.
Then we will continue on our way, passing through villages such as Calzada, A Lastra and A Fontaneira until we reach O Cadavo Baleira.
From O Cadavo Baleira to Lugo
Night at Lugo
We will walk from O Cadavo de Baleira to Lugo and on the Camino we will pass the convent of San Francisco de Vilabade on the way to Castroverde.
We will then continue walking through fields and farmland until we reach the city of Lugo, famous for its rich heritage and city walls.
From Lugo to Ferreira
Night at Ferreira
Leave Lugo through the oldest gate in the City Walls, head towards the San Lázaro neighbourhood until you cross the old Roman bridge.
Then continue to San Roman de Retortas through some farmlands and leafy forests.
From Ferreira to Melide
Night at Melide
On this stage you will continue through Toques and end up in the A Coruña town of Melide, where the Camino Primitivo joins the Camino Francés.
At this point, we recommend stopping to try the "pulpo a feira" (Galician octopus) that can be found in the famous "pulperías" (small grocery stores) very typical of the area.
From Melide to O Pino
Night at O Pino
During this stage we will enjoy some of the charming villages on the Camino such as Boente and Castañeda before arriving at Arzúa. Famous for its cheese and gives its name to the Arzúa Ulloa Protected Designation of Origin. This stage of the route begins with a descent through an idyllic landscape of magical forests and streams. This is a simple stretch where you can visit Santa Irena chapel or the Santa Eulalia de O Pedrouzo church.
From O Pino to Santiago De Compostela
Night at Santiago de Compostela
When you leave O Pino, you will head towards the end of your journey via Lavacolla. You will then journey to Monte do Gozo, where you will be able to glimpse the towers of the cathedral on the horizon. You will arrive in Santiago through the neighbourhood of San Lázaro, winding down towards the historic city centre, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, until you reach Plaza Obradoiro, where you will finally see the Cathedral of Santiago from up close. If you like and managed to get an early start, you can attend the pilgrim's mass, celebrated at 12 noon.