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Camino Primitivo 'challenge'
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Camino Primitivo 'challenge'

Camino Primitivo 'challenge'

Cycle the original Camino following mountain trails

  • Challenging cycling through the gorgeous landscapes of Asturias and Galicia
  • Old trails, Medieval villages and traditional architecture
  • Welcoming locals and excellent gastronomy
  • Charming accommodations in rural areas or historical settings
  • Mountainous terrain, dense forests, green pastures and exciting mountain passes
  • Oviedo, Lugo and Santiago; three cities with a great historical legacy
  • Option of renting electric bikes: MTB or hybrid!
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Start: Oviedo                         End: Santiago de Compostela

Day 1: Arrival in Oviedo
Day 2: From Oviedo to Salas (48 km / 30 mi)
Day 3: From Salas to Pola de Allande (58 km - 39 km / 36 - 24 mi)
Day 4: From Pola de Allande to Fonsagrada (67 - 71 km / 42 - 44 mi)
Day 5: From Fonsagrada to Lugo (54 - 60 km / 33,5 - 37,5 mi)
Day 6: From Lugo to Melide (46 - 58 km / 28,5 - 36 mi )
Day 7: From Melide to Santiago de Compostela (54 km / 33,5 mi)
Day 8: End of program

Day 1:    Arrival in Oviedo

If you arrive in Oviedo with some time, we recommend visiting the old town and, of course, the Gothic Cathedral, the starting point for pilgrims to Santiago. Do not miss the lively atmosphere in this historical city centre, with plenty of cafés, restaurants and cider houses. 

Challenge: Arrival in Asturias

Villages along the way: Oviedo

Day 2:    From Oviedo to Salas (48 km / 30 mi)

We start our pilgrimage 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. We go past Cornellana Monastery. Founded in 1024, this centre was of great religious and political importance throughout the early history of the Christian kingdom in Asturias. After this stop to rest, the last part of the route will follow some ascents and descents unitl we arrive at Salas. The Hotel*** in Salas is located in the historical town centre, inside a former castle and with a museum of Pre-Romanesque architecture beside it.

Challenge: MTB: 48 km / 30 mi, 1460 m ascent

                      Trekking Bike: 48 km / 30 mi, 1400 m ascent

Villages along the way: Oviedo, Cornellana, Salas

Day 3:    From Salas to Pola de Allande (58 km - 39 km / 36 - 24 mi)

As you start you head south, via Soto de los Infantes, through the beautiful Narcea River Valley before you ascend to Tineo, a historically significant town on the Camino. As you continue 'en route' you will pass by 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 will lead 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: MTB: 58 km / 36 mi, 2200 m ascent

                      Trekking Bike: 39 km / 24 mi, 770 m ascent

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

Day 4:    From Pola de Allande to Fonsagrada (67 - 71 km / 42 - 44 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. But then, the 1st reward: you will be able to 'sail down' the 35 km left to Lake Grandas, only 4 km before the ascent to Grandas de Salime, located at the top of a hill! Grandas is a pleasant town with a Romanesque church and interesting ethnographic museum. Another steep ascent still awaits: Alto del Acebo Pass (1030 m, 475 m up), before you glide down into Fonsagrada, where your next accommodation is.

Note: if you want to shorten the stage, you can ask for an extra night in Grandas de Salime, after 40 km / 25 mi.

Challenge: MTB: 71 km / 42 - 44 mi, 2700 m ascent

                  Hybrid: 71 km, 1800 m ascent

Villages along the way: Berducedo, Grandas de Salime, Fonsagrada

Day 5:    From Fonsagrada to Lugo (54 - 60 km / 33,5 - 37,5 mi)

Once you cycle into Galicia, you leave the steep ascents and mountainous areas behind, moving into a gentle rural landscape, dotted with picturesque hamlets. This easier riding will allow 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, Lugo awaits with its Roman walls (3rd century) and many interesting buildings to be visited in the old town secluded inside these walls. Outside the walls, there are Roman baths at the natural hot springs on the banks of the River Miño. Accommodation at a 3-star hotel in historical centre of Lugo.

Note: if you want to shorten the stage, you can ask for an extra night in O Cádavo, after 28 km and 1400 m ascent. The next day the route is only 30 km (between Cádavo and Lugo) so you have more time to visit Lugo in the afternoon.

Challenge: MTB: 54 km / 33,5 mi, 1150 m ascent

                      Trekking Bike: 60 km / 37,5 mi, 650 m ascent

Villages along the way: Fonsagrada, Lugo

Day 6:    From Lugo to Melide (46 - 58 km / 28,5 - 36 mi )

You might have some time to visit the major monuments in Lugo, and maybe do some shopping, before you get back on your bike today. From Lugo onward, the Camino Primitivo merges with the more recent, but more popular French Route, somewhere between Palas de Rei and Melide, the quiet lanes and path get busier and you will feel a stronger "pilgrim atmosphere" from here.

ChallengeMTB: 46 km / 28,5 mi, 1150 m ascent

                      Trekking Bike: 58 km / 36 mi, 820 m ascent

Villages: Lugo, Melide

Day 7:    From Melide to Santiago de Compostela (54 km / 33,5 mi)

On your last day you will feel how everyone around starts to feel to excitement of a close arrival to the final goal. You will share the route, scenery and atmosphere with other pilgrims as you approach the Monte del Gozo (where pilgrims catch their first glimpse of Santiago de Compostela) 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: MTB: 53 km / 33 mi, 1140 m ascent

                      Trekking: 54 km / 33,5 mi, 1010 m ascent

Villages along the way: Arzúa, Lavacolla, Santiago de Compostela

Day 8:    End of program

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 Oviedo, Fruela street, this hotel is an excellent place from which to discover all the corners, the gastronomy and the people of Oviedo, one of the pleasures of your stay.


Hotel Casa Sueño (Salas)
Hotel Casa Sueño (Salas)

We are Patri and Xavi, two pilgrims who one day joined our steps, fell in love, and decided to live our dream in the Primitive Way of St James, in the very heart of Asturias.


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 treatment without forgetting comfort. The highlight is their famous restaurant which offers traditional homemade cuisine and attracts visitors from the whole region.


Hostal Cantábrico-Fonsagrada
Hostal Cantábrico (Fontsagrada)

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 Méndez Núñez (Lugo)
Hotel Méndez Núñez (Lugo)

Unbeatable location in the historical town of Lugo, inside the Roman walls and surrounded by the monumental quarter. The cultural, commercial and leisure area is also here. With modern and functional rooms, offering its guests every amenity.


Hotel A Lúa do Camiño (Melide)
A Lúa do Camiño (Melide)

Right on the Camino. Featuring a seasonal outdoor pool, A Lúa do Camiño offers a welcoming accomodation in Melide. The rooms have a nice and bright decoration, some feature views of the pool or garden, and there is a shared lounge at the property.


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.

Arrival in Oviedo

If you are flying to Asturias airport-Ranon (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, Bilbao-BIO or Valladolid-VLL), 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 (OVD), Santander (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 


Hybrid bikes, 21-speed, lock, pump, repair kit, map holder
Children's bikes, carts and trailer bikes also available

  • Model: Cube Aim Race Allroad
  • Type of bicycle: Híbrids/trekking 
  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Speeds: 2x8
  • Suspension: Suntour de 100 mm (with lockout)


  • 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); € 5/adults, free for children


Possibility of renting bicycle accessories for children

Fun-Trailer/add on bike                                Child seat   




The rental e-bikes include rear bags and front bag and roadside assistance insurance.

MMR Kore

  • Brand: MMR
  • Model: Kore
  • Type: electric bike MTB
  • Battery: Shimano 630 Kw
  • Engine: Shimano Steps DU-EP800
  • Suspension: front


 Movelo Kalkhoff

  • Bike model: Movelo Kalkhoff
  • Bike type: Hybrid E-bike
  • Brakes: Shimano M396 180 mm
  • Gear switch: Shimano SLX
  • Tyres: Schwalbe marathon GT tour 28 pulgadas
  • Battery: Bosch PowerPack 500
  • Engine: Bosch  Performance CX (75Nm) Cruise (250Watt)
  • Weight: 26,1 kg

ESSB013 - Movelo Kalkhoff E-bike

GPS tracks are available upon request



  • 7 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
  • Transport to first and from last accommodation
  • Bicycle hire: MTB or hybrid


  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Bicycle hire
  • Transfers to and from airport / train station / bus station
  • Bus or train tickets
  • 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
  • Shipment of printed documents to the first accommodation

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