Start: Oviedo Finish: Lugo
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****.
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, 22 km; 250m ascent, 375 m descent.
Villages along the way: Oviedo, Premoñu, Peñaflor, Sama de Langreo
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, 240 m ascent/descent.
Villages along the way: La Espina, Tineo
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, 500,m ascent, 300 m descent.
Villages along the way: Tineo, Obona, Campiello
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, 615 m ascent and 450 m descent OR 520 m ascent and 450 m descent.
Villages along the way: La Mortera, Puerto del Palo, Berducedo
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, 330 m ascent, 970 m descent.
Villages along the way: Berducedo, Grandas de Salime
Today you begin with a 30min 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 Poboa and takes you past the old pilgrims’ hospital at Montouto, to Paradavella. Short transfer to a simple, traditional pilgrims’ hostel.
Challenge: 4,5 hrs, 14,5 km, 400 m ascent, 650 m descent.
Villages along the way: Montouto
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”. From Gondar you take a short taxi ride to your modern hotel*** in Lugo’s historic town centre, just 100m from its splendid Roman walls, a UNESCO World heritage site.
Challenge: 4,5-5 hrs, 18 km, 200 m ascent, 400 m descent.
Villages along the way: Castroverde, Lugo
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.
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 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.
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.
Rural hotel located in Campiello (Tineo), in a crossroads that used to be a very important meeting point for farmers (vaqueiros) trasders, scribes and pilgrims. This hotel has every kind of amenities and the hospitality of the staff will make you fell at home.
This hotel is located in the small town of Berducedo. It has 6 spacious and bright rooms, decorated in a basic but very colourful way.
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.
Restored old manor house in which the traditional architecture has been very well preserved, with a property of 70,000 m2 and surrounded by native trees. It has 10 beautiful rooms decorated in atraditional style and some common areas such as several lounges, outdoor terraces and a dinning room
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.
NOTE: This tour will NOT entitle you to the Compostelana, since the official pilgrimage certificate requires pilgrims to complete the last 100km on foot (or 200km 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 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.
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. You can also book your bus tickets in advance through S-cape Travel.
Departure from Lugo
Your pilgrimage comes to end in Lugo.
If you’re travelling back from 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 or through your agent, S-cape Travel.
Direct taxi transfers can be booked in advance through S-cape Travel. Prices on request.
GPS tracks are available on request.
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!"