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Highlights of the Camino Primitivo
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Highlights of the Camino Primitivo

Highlights of the Camino Primitivo

The original Way of Saint James

  • Highlights of the Camino Primitivo, the original trail between Oviedo and Lugo
  • Get the real pilgrim feeling completely off the beaten track
  • Peaceful countryside, magical forests, friendly locals, pilgrims' hostels and historic inns and traditional architecture from village to village
  • Visit the UNESCO world-heritage Roman walls of Lugo
Map Camino de Santiago from Oviedo to Lugo
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Start: Oviedo        Finish: Lugo

Day 1: Arrival in Oviedo
Day 2: From Oviedo to Grado & transfer to Sama de Grado (26 km / 16 mi)
Day 3: From La Espina to Tineo (11 km / 7 mi)
Day 4: From Tineo to Campiello (18 km / 11 mi)
Day 5: From La Mortera through El Palo to Berducedo (18 - 22 km / 11 - 13,5 mi)
Day 6: From Berducedo to Grandas de Salime (15 km / 9,5 mi)
Day 7: From Proba de Burón to Paradavella (14.5 km / 9 mi)
Day 8: From Castroverde to Lugo (22 km / 13,5 mi)
Day 9: End of program

Day 1:    Arrival in Oviedo

Today you arrive in Asturias, in time to visit the Gothic Cathedral devoted to San Salvador, THE historic holy site where the Camino begins. This evening you’ll enjoy the city’s lively atmosphere, charming lanes in the old town and traditional cider houses around the corner from your comfortable city hotel****.

Day 2:    From Oviedo to Grado & transfer to Sama de Grado (26 km / 16 mi)

You start off at the cathedral, following brass Camino shells through the city centre and out into the green Asturian countryside. Quiet lanes and ancient footpaths take you past peaceful villages, some with historic pilgrims’ hostels and inns. From Puerma you follow the main road, to reach Grado. From there, it’s just a short transfer to your charming rural hotel***. 

Challenge: 6.5 hrs, 26 km / 16 mi, 250 m ascent, 375 m descent

Villages along the way: Oviedo, Premoñu, Peñaflor, Sama de Langreo

Day 3:    From La Espina to Tineo (11 km / 7 mi)

Today’s route starts with a transfer to La Espina to avoid road works on the most recent “Camino”, a new motorway! You do a short section on tarmac then move into more serene landscapes on the way to Tineo, capital of dairy production in Asturias. Your hotel**** is a 16th-century palace built in Renaissance style, but with elegant modern decoration. Indoor swimming pool and spa.

Challenge: 4 hrs, 11 km / 7 mi, 240 m ascent and descent

Villages along the way: La Espina, Tineo

Day 4:    From Tineo to Campiello (18 km / 11 mi)

From Tineo you traverse forested terrain to reach the monastery at Obona, the region’s first School of Latin and a retreat for scholars in the Middle Ages. From there, you follow woodland tracks and quiet tarmac lanes to reach the village of Campiello.

Challenge: 6 - 6.5 hrs, 18 km / 11 mi, 500 m ascent, 300 m descent

Villages along the way: Tineo, Obona, Campiello

Day 5:    From La Mortera through El Palo to Berducedo (18 - 22 km / 11 - 13,5 mi)

After a short drive to La Mortera, you begin a tough ascent on the High Route - “la Ruta de los Hospitales” - traversing steep slopes on barren mountainsides to reach the pass at Puerto del Palo. This section has always been one of the most treacherous, due to extreme winter weather, and you’ll see ruins of centuries-old pilgrims’ hospitals on either side of the pass. Superb views from the top before you start the last section, on tarmac, down to a comfortable rural guesthouse. 

Challenge: 7 / 8.5 hrs, 18 - 22 km / 11 - 13,5 mi, 520 / 620 m ascent and 450 m descent

Villages along the way: La Mortera, Puerto del Palo, Berducedo 

Day 6:    From Berducedo to Grandas de Salime (15 km / 9,5 mi)

After Berducedo the pilgrimage route makes a slight detour, to skirt a modern-day reservoir which effectively “erased” the historic Camino in the mid-20th century. You follow a steep path down through lovely woodlands, then cross the dam to reach your charming 3*hotel, overlooking the lake. 

Challenge: 6.5 hrs, 15 km / 9,5 mi, 330 m ascent, 970 m descent

Villages along the way: Berducedo, Grandas de Salime

Day 7:    From Proba de Burón to Paradavella (14.5 km / 9 mi)

Today you begin with a 30 min transfer to avoid a long section on tarmac. As you drive to Fonsagrada, you cross over the border and into Galicia. Your walking route starts in Proba de Burón and takes you past the old pilgrims’ hospital at Montouto, to Paradavella. Short transfer to a beautifully restored old manor house, outside Castroverde, surrounded by a huge garden. 

Challenge: 4.5 hrs, 14.5 km / 9 mi, 400 m ascent, 650 m descent

Villages along the way: Montouto, O Cádavo, Paradavella

Day 8:    From Castroverde to Lugo (22 km / 13,5 mi)

This walk is a celebration of quintessential Galician countryside, as you walk quiet country lanes and farming tracks from one hamlet to the next. Gorgeous examples of traditional architecture, from stone barns to historic “pazos”. If you don't fancy walking so much, your hosts can ride you furthern than Castroverde to make today's stage shorter! Your next boutique hotel**** is located in Lugo’s historic town centre, just 100 m from its splendid Roman walls, a UNESCO World heritage site. 

Challenge: 6 hrs, 22 km / 13,5 mi, 150 m ascent, 250 m descent

Villages along the way: Gondar, Castroverde, Lugo

Day 9:    End of program

Your arrangement comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Option of booking an extra night in Santiago de Compostela to walk the final section to the cathedral.


The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.  If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra nights:

Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.

Hotel Campoamor-Oviedo
Hotel Campoamor (Oviedo)

Recently renovated hotel, located in the very centre of Oviedo, in front of the Campoamor theatre and close to Gascona street, a very lively street with many typical cider houses. With comfortable, quiet and spacious rooms.

Hotel Rural Casa de la Veiga
Hotel Rural Casa de la Veiga (Sama de Grado)

Hotel built on the basis of a former Asturian manor house, preserving the landmarks and the traditional architecture from the area. Spacious and bright rooms, completely equipped and with wonderful views to the valley.


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. 


Casa Herminia-Campiello
Casa Herminia (Campiello)

Rural hotel located in Campiello (Tineo), in a crossroads that used to be a very important meeting point for farmers (vaqueiros) traders, scribes and pilgrims. Although not really 'select', this hotel does have every kind of amenities, a good restaurant and welcoming staff. And it surely is the best hotel in town! 


Casa de Aldea Araceli (Berducedo)
Casa de Aldea Araceli (Berducedo)

Old stone house renovated in 2019 maintaining its original structure, including the old oven where bread was baked, now converted into a bathroom in one of our rooms.


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. 


Casa Rural Longarela (Castroverde)
Casa Rural Longarela (Castroverde)

Restored old manor house with very well preserved traditional arquitecture, surrounded by a property of 70,000 m2  planted with native trees. It has 10 beautiful rooms decorated in traditional style and some common areas such as several lounges, outdoor terraces and a dinning room


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

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



NOTE: This tour won't entitle you to the Compostelana, since the official pilgrimage certificate requires pilgrims to complete the last 100 km on foot (or 200 km by bike). If you are intent on getting your certificate, you can extend the 9-day Camino Primitivo tour with a 4-day pilgrimage walk from Lugo to Santiago (no taxi transfers). Though your luggage will be transported separately, you yourself will have to walk from hotel to hotel and get your pilgrims’ passport stamped regularly.

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April 28th and October 31st.

Arrival in Oviedo
If you are flying to Oviedo - Asturias airport (OVD), there’s a regular shuttle bus service to Oviedo city centre. Departures every hour on the hour. Travel time is 45min.
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

Departure from Lugo

Your pilgrimage comes to end in Lugo.

If you’re travelling back from Oviedo - Asturias (OVD), Santander (SDR) or Bilbao (BIO) airports, 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 

Direct taxi transfers  can be booked in advance through S-cape Travel. Prices on request.

GPS tracks are available on request.



  • 8 nights' accommodation with breakfast 
  • 5 dinners: in Oviedo, Tineo and Lugo B & B
  • Transfers according to program (days 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8)
  • Luggage transport according to program* (1 piece per person, max. 18 kg)
  • Digital detailed route notes and maps 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 (provisions can be bought in many of the villages along the way)
  • Airport transfers at beginning / end of tour (Oviedo, Santiago, Bilbao, Madrid)
  • Optional transfers to shorten de stages not mentioned in the program
  • Bus transfer Lugo – Santiago


  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • This trip can be extended with extra nights in Oviedo, Lugo and Santiago
  • Shipment of printed documents to the first accommodation


"I can highly recommend this great tour to anyone!. S-Cape modified the original 9 day self-guided trip from Oviedo to Lugo to 6 walking days, as I have 3 children ages 14, 8 and 6. They managed to cut it down to 11-15km per day with few taxi trips from point to point. All in all, the trip was a huge success. The children thrived despite the long kilometres. Actually, we could have easily walked 2-3km more per day without any issues. S-Cape’s diligent planning, punctuality and seamless top-notch service was outstanding. The hotels, routes, planning material, guide notes were excellent. I can highly recommend this great tour to anyone!" 

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