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Camino Primitivo: from Oviedo to Lugo
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Camino Primitivo: from Oviedo to Lugo

Camino Primitivo: from Oviedo to Lugo

Highlights of Camino de Santiago

  • Highlights of the Camino Primitivo, the original trail between Oviedo and Santiago de Compostela
  • 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
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Start: Oviedo        Finish: Lugo

Day 1: Arrival in Oviedo
Day 2: Oviedo-Grado & taxi transfer to Sama de Grado
Day 3: Taxi transfer from Grado & walk La Espina-Tineo
Day 4: Tineo-Campiello
Day 5: Taxi from Campiello & walk La Mortera-El Palo-Berducedo
Day 6: From Berducedo to Grandas de Salime
Day 7: Taxi to Fonsagrada & walk Poboa-Paradavella
Day 8: Castroverde-Gondar & taxi transfer to Lugo
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:    Oviedo-Grado & taxi transfer to Sama de Grado

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 hours; 22 km; 250m ascent and 375m descent

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

Day 3:    Taxi transfer from Grado & walk La Espina-Tineo

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 hours; 11 km; 240m ascent and 250m descent

Villages along the way: La Espina, Tineo 

Day 4:    Tineo-Campiello

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 hours; 18 km; 500m ascent and 300m descent

Villages along the way: Tineo, Obona, Campiello

Day 5:    Taxi from Campiello & walk La Mortera-El Palo-Berducedo

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: 7,5 hours; 22 km; 520m ascent and 450m descent

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

Day 6:    From Berducedo to Grandas de Salime

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 hotel*** over-looking the lake. 

Challenge: 6 hours; 15 km; 330m ascent and 970m descent

Villages along the way: Berducedo, Grandas de Salime

Day 7:    Taxi to Fonsagrada & walk Poboa-Paradavella

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: 5,5 hours; 14 km; 400m ascent and 650m descent

Villages along the way: Montouto

Day 8:    Castroverde-Gondar & taxi transfer to Lugo

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: 5,5 hours; 18 km; 200m ascent and 400m descent

Villages along the way: 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. Some of the hotels we work with appear here. 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)
Hotel Rural Casa de la Veiga
Hotel Rural Casa de la Veiga (Sama de Grado)
Hotel Palacio de Meras-Tineo
Hotel Palacio de Meras (Tineo)
Casa Herminia-Campiello
Casa Herminia (Campiello-Tineo)
Casa Rural Camín Antiguo-Berducedo
Casa Rural Camín Antiguo (Berducedo)
Hotel Las Grandas-Grandas de Salime
Hotel Las Grandas (Grandas de Salime)
Hotel Méndez Núñez- Lugo
Hotel Méndez Núñez (Lugo)
practical info

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.

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

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-SDRBilbao-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.



  • Accommodation for 8 nights (2 city hotels***; 3 village pensions*; 3 comfortable rural hotels***
  • Walkers breakfast every day
  • 6 dinners (day 2 t/m 7); in Oviedo and Lugo B &B
  • transfers according to program (days 2, 3,4,5,7 and 8)
  • luggage transport

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)
  • bus transfer Lugo – Santiago


  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • This trip can be extended with extra nights in Oviedo, Lugo and Santiago


"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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