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Camino Primitivo cycling trip
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Camino Primitivo cycling trip

Camino Primitivo cycling trip

The authentic Camino de Santiago

  • Moderate to challenging cycling through the gorgeous landscapes of Green Spain
  • Peaceful villages, friendly locals and traditional architecture
  • Pleasantly welcoming accommodation in rural surroundings or historical settings
  • Delicious regional gastronomy - locally-produced artisan cheeses and fresh garden produce and free-range meats
  • Green pastures, cool woodlands, rolling hills and some challenging colls
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Start: Oviedo        Finish: Santiago de Compostela

Day 1: Arrival in Oviedo
Day 2: From Oviedo to Grado (25 km / 15,5 mi)
Day 3: From Grado to Tineo (45 km / 28 mi)
Day 4: From Tineo to Pola de Allande (28 - 32 km / 17,5 - 20 mi)
Day 5: From Pola de Allande to Grandas de Salime (39 km / 24 mi)
Day 6: From Grandas de Salime to Fonsagrada (32 km / 20 mi)
Day 7: From Fonsagrada to Lugo (60 km / 37 mi)
Day 8: From Lugo to Palas de Rei (43 km / 27 mi)
Day 9: From Palas de Rei to Arzúa (29 km / 18 mi)
Day 10: From Arzúa to Santiago de Compostela (40 km / 25 mi)
Day 11: Departure from Santiago de Compostela

Day 1:    Arrival in Oviedo

Visit the Gothic Cathedral devoted to San Salvador, an important Saint to whom many pilgrims express devotion. Enjoy the lively atmosphere of Oviedo’s charming historical centre, with plenty of cafés, restaurants, bodegas and cider bars. Accommodation in modern Hotel near the main train- & bus station and 10 min walk from historical centre.

Day 2:    From Oviedo to Grado (25 km / 15,5 mi)

In the morning you start cycling at San Salvador's Cathedral in Oviedo following the Jacobean copper shells through narrow lanes in the city centre, then out into the green Asturian countryside. Tarmac lanes, old footpaths and country roads take us past quiet villages and through hilly countryside If you have rented a bike, it will be delivered to your hotel in Oviedo

Challenge: 25 km / 15,5 mi, 630 m ascent.

Villages along the way: Oviedo, Escamplero, Peñaflor, Grado

Day 3:    From Grado to Tineo (45 km / 28 mi)

Today's route begins with a challenge: 350 m ascent to get our of Grado and another 200 m before you arrive in Cornellana and San Salvador Monastery (11th century). From here you follow a more doable route along tarmac roads and narrow interior lanes (with a gradual  ascend). On the way is welcoming Salas, where you can visit the Museum of Prerromanic Art located in the old castle. Both tracks end in Tineo, a historically significant town on the Camino. Accommodation at a 4-star historical hotel in the centre of town. 

Challenge: 45 km / 28 mi, 1450 m ascent.

Villages along the way: Grado, Cornellana, Salas, Tineo

Day 4:    From Tineo to Pola de Allande (28 - 32 km / 17,5 - 20 mi)

Today you first visit the Romanesque church and Monastery of Obona. These monuments, partly in ruins, formed part of an important cultural and intellectual centre for centuries. From here a succession of small churches and chapels leads you up to Lavadoiro Pass (812 m), before you descend to Pola de Allande, a lovely little town with Asturian flavour. Accommodation at a good hotel** famous for its regional cuisine.

Challenge: 28 - 32 km / 17,5 - 20 mi, 765 / 945 m ascent.

Villages along the way: Obona, Lavadoiro Pass, Pola de Allande

Day 5:    From Pola de Allande to Grandas de Salime (39 km / 24 mi)

A tough day, since you have to climb 625 m this morning to reach Puerto del Palo. This pass, at 1146 m, divides the green, wooded area of Allande from the vast, more barren mountains to the south. Of course, you always have the option of walking your bike and enjoying the scenery! You then literally sail down 35 km to Lake Grandas, only to find that your destination is still 4 km further ahead… at the top of a hill! Grandas is a pleasant town with a Romanesque church and interesting ethnographic museum. Lodging in recently renovated 2-star hotel with a good regional fare.

Challenge: 39 km / 24 mi, 1423 m ascent 

Villages along the way: Grandas de Salime

Day 6:    From Grandas de Salime to Fonsagrada (32 km / 20 mi)

Again you start the day in ascent, up to Alto del Acebo Pass (1030 m, 475 m up). Then you glide down into Fonsagrada. Optional detour to the intriguingly beautiful villages of San Martin and Santa Eulalia de Oscos, famous for their traditional architecture in dark slate. Once you cycle into Galicia, you leave the steep ascents and mountainous areas behind, moving into a gentle rural landscape, dotted with picturesque hamlets. Lodging at a cosy hotel * in the centre of this small mining town.

Challenge: 32 km / 20 mi, 1282 m ascent.

Villages along the way: Alto del Acebo, (San Martín and Santa Eulalia de Oscos), Fonsagrada

Day 7:    From Fonsagrada to Lugo (60 km / 37 mi)

A relatively long tour today, with lots of prolonged downhill sections and some short ascents. The easy riding allows you to truly enjoy the Galician countryside, with exquisite traditional architecture such as the ‘Pazos’ and ‘Casas Grandes’, well-preserved country homes on large estates, all impressive buildings in stone and wood. At the end of the day, you reach Lugo, where the town centre was declared a National Historical Monument in 1973, mostly due to the impressive 3rd century walls which merit a place on UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage List. There are several interesting buildings to be visited, including the Romanesque-Gothic cathedral and Baroque town hall and Palace. Outside the walls, there are Roman baths at the naturalhot springs on the banks of the River Miño. Accommodation at a 3-star hotel in historical centre of Lugo.

Challenge: 60 km / 37 mi, 1220 m ascent.

Villages along the way: Lugo

Day 8:    From Lugo to Palas de Rei (43 km / 27 mi)

This morning you have time to visit the major monuments in Lugo, and maybe do some shopping, before you get back on your bike for a relatively short ride. From Lugo onward, the Camino Primitivo merges with the more recent, but more popular French Route, somewhere between Palas de Rei and Melide. There are several routes to choose to reach Palas de Rei (32 km to 51 km). Accommodation with traditional Galician hospitality at a charming ‘casa grande’ in the country.

Challenge: 43 km / 27 mi, 940 m ascent. 

Villages along the way: Lugo, Palas de Rei

Day 9:    From Palas de Rei to Arzúa (29 km / 18 mi)

In the morning you can take your time, because today's route is short. You first take a short-cut to the Camino, past the Castle of Pambre. Then, in Coto, you suddenly find yourself joining many other pilgrims along the route, as everyone begins to feel the excitement as they near Santiago. Accommodation near the village of Arzúa, at one of these typical Pazos.

Challenge: 29 / 18 mi, 568 m ascent.

Villages along the way: Arzúa

Day 10:    From Arzúa to Santiago de Compostela (40 km / 25 mi)

On your last day you share the route, scenery and atmosphere with other pilgrims as you approach the Monte do Gozo (where pilgrims catch their first glimpse of Santiago) and then downhill to the St James Cathedral. Accommodation at a charming hotel in the centre. The afternoon is free to spend exploring Santiago.

Challenge: 40 km / 25 mi, 714 m ascent.

Villages along the way: Santiago de Compostela

Day 11:    Departure from Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast your cycling trip comes to an end.


All hotels of this trip are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
You can find the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked.

Extra overnight:
You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

Hotel Fruela-Oviedo
Hotel Fruela (Oviedo)

Located in one of the most central streets of the city of Oviedo, Fruela Street, this hotel is as an excellent point from which to discover all the corners, the gastronomy and the people of Oviedo.

Hotel Fruela

Albergue la Quintana (Grado)
Albergue La Quintana (Grado)

La Quintana is a traditional Colonial House from 1900 restored and converted into a Pilgrim's Hostel-Hotel, surrounded by a garden and with all the comforts for a comfortable rest.

Albergue la Quintana

Hotel Palacio de Meras-Tineo
Hotel Palacio de Meras (Tineo)

Located in the centre of the town of Tineo, this hotel is in the former Palace of Merás (from 1525)  and is one of the architectonical examples of the civil palace architecture from the 16th century in Asturias. With spacious rooms in which every detail has been taken care of. 


Hotel Nueva Allandesa-Pola de Allande
Hotel Nueva Allandesa (Pola de Allande)

This hotel was founded in 1953 and still preserves the traditional taste and the friendly tratment without forgetting comfort. The highlight is their famous restaurant which offers traditional homemade cuisine and attracts visitors from the whole region.


Hotel Las Grandas-Grandas de Salime
Hotel Las Grandas (Grandas de Salime)

Magical place for its location, a place to enjoy the natural surroundings and the lake views. With comfortable and spacious rooms. It also has a nice restaurant that offers local dishes and a terrace overlooking the lake. 


Hostal Cantábrico-Fonsagrada
Hostal Cantábrico (Fonsagrada)

Strategically located in the centre of A Fonsagrada, near the church and the Sacred Fountain. The basic services in town are quite close; restaurants, bars, supermarkets, pharmacy,  taxi, etc...


Hotel Pazo de Orbán (Lugo)
Hotel Pazo de Orbán (Lugo)

This Monumental Hotel offers the quietness and tranquility of an 18th century baroque palace, combining the initmate style and the traditional decoration with the services and amenities of a 4 star modern hotel.


A Parada das Bestas-Pidre
A Parada Das Bestas (Pidre)

A charming rural accommodation that offers a quiet envirnoment completely  immersed in nature. Tradition and signature cuisine are combined in the kitchens of  “A Parada das Bestas” to offer the best local seasonal products and a prime quality.  


Pazo de Santa María-Arzúa
Pazo de Santa María (Arzúa)

A historical hotel created in the mid-18th century (founded in 1742). An oasis of tranquility and a welcoming place, ideal to enjoy some relax with family or friends. From here, charged with energy, we can step out to walk the last stages of the Camino de Santiago.


Hotel Bonaval (Santiago de Compostela)
Hotel Bonaval (Santiago de Compostela)

Modern and elegant hotel overlooking the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and next to the Bonaval park. It is located in a very quiet area and a step away from the historic center and the area with atmosphere and a wide range of restaurants.

Hotel Alda Bonaval


You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April and October.

Nearest airports are Asturias airport (OVD)Santander (SDR) or Bilbao (BIO)

Arrival in Oviedo

  • If you are flying to Asturias airport OVD, there’s a regular shuttle bus service to Oviedo city centre. Departures every hour on the hour. Travel time is 45min and a single ticket costs approx 8,00€.
  • If you are flying to another airport (Santander SDR or Bilbao BIO), there are good bus connections to Oviedo from those cities. For timetables and reservations, go to www.alsa.es
  • Direct taxi transfers can be booked in advance through S-cape Travel. Prices on request. 

Departure from Santiago de Compostela

  • If you’re travelling back to Asturias airport OVDSantander SDR or Bilbao BIO there’s a morning bus from Santiago that takes you to Oviedo, Santander or Bilbao. The trip to Oviedo takes about 8h30min, to Santander 9h30min and to Bilbao 11h30min.
  • Bus tickets can be booked online at www.alsa.es 


  • Modelos: Cube Aim Race Allroad
  • Tipo de bicicleta: Híbridas/trekking 
  • Cuadro: Aluminio
  • Velocidades: 2x8
  • Suspensión: Suntour de 100 mm (con bloqueo)


  • Bike model: MMR KUMA 29
  • Bike type: MBT
  • Frame: Aluminium 6061-T6 double hydroformed crowned 
  • Brakes: Shimano MT-200 Hydraulic 
  • Tires: Hutchinson Python 2


                           MMR KUMA 29


  • Rental bicycles ALWAYS include: repair kit, pump and lock.
  • Depending on the type of bicycle you can add (for free, but on request): map holder, 1 front pannier or 1 rear pannier
  • Helmet available (on request),  free for children


Possibility of renting bicycle accessories for children

Fun-Trailer/add on bike                                Child seat   




  • Bike model:        Kalkhoff Endeavour MOVE B9 Trapez
  • Bike Type:          Electric
  • Motor:                 Bosch Performance Cruise, 250 W
  • Frame:                28 '' Aluminum Wave
  • Battery:              500 Wh
  • Autonomy:        180 km
  • Technology:       Shift-sensor technology for smooth shifting 
  • Wheels:              Schwalbe Marathon Plus  
  • Sizes:                  S, M & L (Unisex)


                         Kalkhoff Endeavour MOVE B9 Trapez

GPS tracks are available on request.



  • 10 nights' accommodation with breakfasts
  • Luggage transport according to program* (1 piece per person, max. 18 kg)
  • Digital detailed route notes in English
  • Access to the trip on GUIBO
  • Pilgrim passport
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

*During high season, it must be left everyday by 8:00 hrs although you leave later

Not included

  • Lunches and dinners
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist Tax
  • Trasfers by public transportation
  • Transfer to first/ from last accommodation
  • Bicycle hire or helmet
  • Personal expenses, such as drinks, phone calls, tips, extra transfers, etc
  • Solo traveller supplement for bike rental (if booked through S-Cape), to be applied separately


  • Extra nights at any of the hotels along the way
  • Extra nights may be booked separately at a hotel on the lovely Cantabrian coast or in the cities of Oviedo, Gijón or Bilbao
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Transfers to and from airport / train station / bus station
  • Bike rental

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Our fourth trip with S-Cape and it would have been more if Covid hadn't limited travel in the last couple of years. What sets S-Cape apart is the quality of the accommodation, all the hotels had bags of character, were spotless and some were really quite special, and more often than not you get one of the better rooms.  Having cycled the Camino Frances (with a competitor) a few years ago, the Primitivo was next, there are tougher climbs, but the distances and days are shorter, views are spectacular and the route is much quieter with fewer perigrinos  and the accommodation was much better. Baggage transfers were seamless and the Active Nav route map a real bonus to keep you on track. 


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