The Camino Primitivo is perfect for those wanting a more challenging alternative to the popular Camino Frances. A walk through rural landscapes encapturing the true Camino of the original pilgrims.
Why you should choose the Camino Primitivo
Friendship, fun and the satisfaction of completing this challenge
Enjoying the original pilgrim trail to Santiago
Panoramic views and mountain walks
A more rural and authentic route following through old traditional villages
Tasting the real culture of Galicia; enjoying delicious food and wine
A much quieter route than the Camino Francais ..time out for yourself
Walking the original pilgrims trail from Oviedo to Lugo.
Distance Approx 208 kms
‘This stage of the Camino Primitivo is challenging and fairly arduous, representing the most courageous character of pilgrims, however the reward at the end is well worth the effort and the views along the Way even more so…’
Please note: Daily mileage/kms is approximate due to the nature of the walk. .Also due to the lack of accommodation in some areas we may walk past towns and get a taxi to our accommodation for the night and be collected in the morning to take us back to the same spot to ensure we complete the entire route and also spread the distance. This is quite normal for Pilgrims taking this route and is included in the tour.
Day 1: Arrive Oviedo
Oviedo is the capital of Asturias and a delightful university town. After a freshen up we can enjoy a wander through its many monuments and churches, before enjoying dinner in one of the town’s lovely restaurants – a big one to prepare us for the morning walk. Oviedo is a mediaeval city with lots of small bars so we get to say ‘Ola’ to the locals and maybe a few other pilgrims who are daring to take on this delightful but challenging route. We’ll be keen to find some yellow arrows for the start of the route tomorrow…always a competition to find the first or a Camino shell.
Day 2: Oviedo to Sant Juan
An early start and departing Ovideo after breakfast*. We’lll walk westwards uncovering the beautiful Cantabrian Mountains and Asturian countryside. Starting from the Cathedral of El Salvador we’ll follow the yellow arrows and of course our walk leader; Harry, as this route is not as well signposted as many other Camino paths.
Overnight: Sant Juan- Walk Approx. 30.5 kms 7 – 8 hours inc breaks and refreshments
Day 3: Sant Juan to Salas 23 km and a bit further
Today we begin to climb up through the Cordillera Cantabrica, eventually reaching the monastery of San Salvador. A descent will then bring you down to Salas. This is lighter walk at: 23km approx. but we will be walking a little further at this stage to spread the distance for the following day. A taxi will take us to Tineo and return us back to the route where we left the next morning.
Overnight: Tineo. – Walk Approx 33 kms 8 – 9 hours
Day 4: The ‘bit further’ to Pola de Allande**
So returning to where we left yesterday via taxi we enjoy some mountain walking with about 800m of ascent before walking along the road to La Espina and then on to Tineo. We go through the town of Tineo and then walk further back into the rural mountainous area. Some challenging ascents today so please be prepared. We will be nicely paced and leave very early to spread out the day.
Overnight: Pola de Allande Walk: 38km 8 – 9 hours
Day 5: Pola de Allande to Grandas de Salime
We enjoy a mountain path to the summit of Puerto del Palo, rewarded by amazing scenes from the Cantabrian mountains before reaching La Mesa. Here we enjoy panoramic views from a windmill-lined ridge of the Rio Navia. A gentle climb takes us up to Grandes de Salime. I hope it is very gentle!!
Overnight: Grandas de Salime Walk 39 kms Approx 8 hours
Day 6: Grandas de Salime to A Fonsagrada
This is a tough walking day so I have kept the distance lower…Another sharp climb to hill-top windmills today as we head into the region of Galicia. A Fonsagrada is said to have been the site of one of the miracles of Apostle St James.
Overnight: A Fonsagrada Walk: 28km, 7hrs
Day 7: A Fonsagrada to O Cadavo A Fonsagrada to O Cadevo
We walk through rural Galician mountain villages and hardwood forests to Montouto, an amazing place which seems to have been carved out of the mountainside. We continue to O Cadavo…
Overnight: O Cadavo Walk: 23.4 kms, 5 – 6hrs
Day 8: O Cadavo to Lugo
A brief climb is followed by a welcome descent to Lugo. This beautiful city features impressive city walls surrounding the historic centre, Roman baths and other monuments.
Overnight Lugo Walk: 30km, 7-8hrs
Day 9 Lugo to Santiago
From Lugo we get the bus to Santiago staying at a delightful city hotel. Enjoy a visit to the Cathedral meeting so many pilgrims who have come from all over the world to walk their ‘Camino Way. Enjoy browsing the delightful shops in the tiny alleys and of course celebration time with your favourite beverage or too. The Spanish are generous with drink portions so be careful!
Day 10 Departure to the airport (If you wish to stay longer and visit Finisterre (the end of the world) or simply enjoy the cityI can arrange this for you and advise on costs.
*We will start the day at either 7 or 8 am after breakfast due to the climate and also to ensure a nicely paced walk. I suggest plenty water and a good picnic in your back pack as on the rural route there are not such regular bar as the commercial routes.
**The route has been spread out taking in mind the tougher walks and longer days BUT it is adaptable and you must be flexible. Taxis are available and it is quite easy to walk a bit further or a little less and return the next day. The accommodation is the main challenge due to the nature of the area but I have sourced some great pensions and small hotels. We do have one night in a hostel but we only share with our own group and no mixed rooms…
Transfer from Santiago to Oviedo
Full accommodation B & B
Luggage Transfer Daily 10 kg
Taxis as per route plan
I will be with you throughout the tour
Any optional taxis during the route
Picnic and dinner
So if you think you could make this your challenge for 2019 and want to join this great Camino walk why not email me at email@example.com and I can offer more information
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