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Camino primitivo walking
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17 days
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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ESSW013
Pilgrimage Walking
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Camino primitivo walking

Camino primitivo walking

De Oviedo a Santiago de Compostela

  • The original trail between Oviedo and Santiago de Compostela
  • Get the real pilgrim feeling completely off the beaten track
  • Authentic villages with intimate testimonies of true devotion
  • Vast and impressive landscapes, green and lush throughout the year
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Route

Start: Oviedo         Finish: Santiago de Compostela

Day 1: Arrival in Oviedo
Day 2: From Oviedo to Grado to Sama de Grado
Day 3: From Grado to Salas
Day 4: From Salas to Tineo
Day 5: From Tineo to Campiello
Day 6: From Borres to Berducedo
Day 7: From Berducedo to Grandas de Salime
Day 8: Rest day or Grandas - Castro to Hotel Grandas
Day 9: From Grandas de Salime to Castro – Fonsagrada
Day 10: From Fonsagrada to Paradavella & transfer to Fonsagrada
Day 11: From Paradavella to Castroverde
Day 12: From Castroverde to Lugo
Day 13: From Lugo to Burgo to Mélide
Day 14: From Mélide to Arzua
Day 15: From Arzúa to A Rua
Day 16: From A Rua to Santiago de Compostela
Day 17: End of your trip or Extra nights in Santiago

Day 1:    Arrival in Oviedo

Visit of the Gothic Cathedral devoted to San Salvador, an important Saint for pilgrims going to Santiago. Enjoy the lively atmosphere in the old town centre with plenty of cafés, restaurants, bodegas and cider houses, just around the corner from your comfortable city hotel****.

Day 2:    From Oviedo to Grado to Sama de Grado

We follow the Jacobean copper shells through narrow lanes in the city centre, then out into the green Asturian countryside. Tarmac lanes and old footpaths take us past quiet villages, some of which still have pilgrims’ hostels and historic inns. From Puerma we continue along the main road, to Grado. From there, short transfer to our charming rural hotel*** in Sama de Grado.

Challenge: 6,5hrs, 23,5km 250m ascent & 375m descent

Day 3:    From Grado to Salas

The first part of the route from Grado to Salas follows narrow trails and country roads through hilly countryside directly to Cornellana Monastery. Founded in 1024, this centre was of great religious and political importance throughout the early history of the Christian kingdom in Asturias. For the second part of today’s route, from Cornellana to Salas, we’ll have to take a few detours, as the motorway is still under construction here. Your Hotel*** in Salas is located in the historical town centre, right next to the castle and museum for Pre-Romanesque architecture.

Challenge: 6hrs, 21,4km, 425m ascent and 350m descent

Day 4:    From Salas to Tineo

After a short ascent through beautiful terrain in the fields outside Salas, you again follow the main road for about 5km (in ascent) then definitely leave it behind in La Espina. The next section on the way to Tineo takes you through quiet woodlands and fields, with very little tarmac just quiet country tracks! In Tineo’s historical centre you will find your accommodation 

Challenge: 6 hrs, 19,8km, 575m ascent and 300m descent

Day 5:    From Tineo to Campiello

After a hearty breakfast in Tineo you will walk through woodlands to reach the peaceful setting at Obona, with its historic Monasterio de Santa María la Real. Then you continue on to Campiello and your next accommodation

Challenge: 5h-5,5hrs, 14km, 500m ascent and 500m descent

Day 6:    From Borres to Berducedo

The taxi driver will take you to Borres to begin your walk along the original high route, or “ruta de los hospitales”, crossing steep slopes to reach Puerto el Palo. Several pilgrims’ hospitals were built here centuries ago - on either side of the mountain pass - due to the extreme weather conditions in winter. You will enjoy superb views on your way up to the highest point, the pass called “Puerto El Palo”. From there you’ll continue for another 9,5km - mainly on the road - to reach your hostel in Berducedo.

Challenge: 7,5hrs, 23km, 520m ascent and 450m descent

Day 7:    From Berducedo to Grandas de Salime

From the tiny village of Berducedo, the Camino first makes an ascent up to the windmills above La Mesa , then it does a steep descent down to Lake Salime. You’ll enjoy superb views for the first 5km, then the lovely shade of chestnut trees as you walk down to meet the road. The last 2,5km follow the tarmac road across the dam and up to your hotel in Grandas de Salime

Challenge: 4,5hrs, 15,6km, 250m ascent and 800m descent

Day 8:    Rest day or Grandas - Castro to Hotel Grandas

After your first week on the pilgrimage, you might want to take a day off and relax. You could also walk to the village of Grandas de Salime (5,5km, 300m ascent) to visit the ethnographic museum or take a dive in the local swimming pool. Or maybe you prefer to continue for another 5,5km along the Camino, to reach the village of Castro with its interesting archeological site of mixed Celtic and Roman origin, taxi transfer back to the hotel.

Challenge: 5,5km, 300m ascent 

Day 9:    From Grandas de Salime to Castro – Fonsagrada

The taxi drops you of at Castro to continue your pilgrims’ tour with a section which more or less follows the main road to Puerto El Acebo (1165m), gateway to the province of Galicia. You walk mostly on the main road, taking frequent shortcuts, especially on the descent down into Galicia. At the end, there’s one more short ascent to reach the town of Fonsagrada, not a very pretty village but friendly in its own way, with all the major services a pilgrim requires.

Challenge: 6hrs, 20,5km, 530m ascent and 225m descent

Day 10:    From Fonsagrada to Paradavella & transfer to Fonsagrada

From Fonsagrada we first descend to the village of Póboa de Burón, to pick up the oldest Camino Primitivo trail, a high route across green pastures and fields of heather on the way to the ruins at Hospital de Montouto (another pilgrims’ hospital of ancient origin). After an easy descent to Paradavella, a taxi drives you back to Fonsagrada, as there is no other suitable accommodation nearby.

Challenge: 5hrs, 14,5km, 450m ascent and 675m descent

Day 11:    From Paradavella to Castroverde

After a taxi transfer to Paradavella (or a bit further), today’s route mainly follows rural tracks through wooded areas and open fields, with some short sections on the main road. After O Cádavo, you walk through Villabade (interesting church) before finally reaching Castroverde. 

Challenge: 6hrs, 20,3km, 400m ascent and 475m descent

Day 12:    From Castroverde to Lugo

Today, we really enjoy the beauty of Galician countryside, as we walk on quiet tarmac lanes and dirt tracks from one hamlet to the next, passing gorgeous examples of traditional architecture until you walk directly up to your modern hotel*** in the heart of Lugo’s historical centre, just 100m from the splendid Roman walls, a UNESCO World heritage site.

Challenge: 6hrs, 22km, 150m ascent and 250m descent

Day 13:    From Lugo to Burgo to Mélide

On our last day of walking on the ‘original trail’ there are several Caminos and they all mainly follow tarmac roads. We have chosen the least travelled, quieter version via San Roman de Retorta to Palas de Rei. In the morning, you ride part-way with the luggage - to O Burgo - avoiding 8km of unattractive countryside outside Lugo. 

Challenge: maximum 8hr, 37,5km, 200m ascent and descent

Day 14:    From Mélide to Arzua

You have now joined the French Route, or Camino Francés, the most popular of all the Caminos to Santiago. Suddenly you find yourself among a multitude of pilgrims from all over the world, as you follow trails, country roads and footpaths parallel to the main road. 

Challenge: max. 7 hrs, 30km, 300m ascent and 400m descent

Day 15:    From Arzúa to A Rua

This section of the Camino is one of the least interesting, as it basically parallels the main road, but there are lots of new friends to make. The excitement shared with fellow pilgrims grows, combined with a weary feeling of having to soon face the end of your pilgrimage! Overnight stay at the best available hotel** with friendly owners.

Challenge: 5hrs, 19,4km, 200m ascent and 225m descent

Day 16:    From A Rua to Santiago de Compostela

The last section of your pilgrimage brings you back to modern life as you pass the regional airport, cross the highway, railway track and ring-road around Santiago. Nevertheless, it’s still easy to imagine the sheer joy ancient pilgrims felt when they caught a first glimpse of Santiago and the spires off in the distance. From Monte del Gozo, pilgrims historically make one last stop at the spring in Lavacolla, to wash face and feet before presenting themselves before the Saint at the Cathedral on Plaza Obradoiro. Your hotel*** is located in the old town centre.

Challenge: 5hrs, 19,8km, 175m ascent and descent

Day 17:    End of your trip or Extra nights in Santiago

 

 

accommodation

A selection of different accommodations, ranging from traditional village hotels (2 nights), rural guesthouses (2 nights), charming and comfortable rural hotels (7 nights) to 3- and 4-star city hotels (5 nights), rooms with en-suite bathroom

Hotel Campoamor-Oviedo eu
Hotel Campoamor (Oviedo)
Hotel Rural Casa de la Veiga-Sama de Grado
Hotel Rural Casa de la Veiga (Sama de Grado)
Hotel Castillo Valdés-Salas
Hotel Castillo Valdés (Salas)
Hotel Palacio de Meras-Tineo
Hotel Palacio de Meras (Tineo)
Casa Rural Camín Antiguo-Berducedo
Casa Rural Camín Antiguo (Berducedo)
Hotel  Las Grandas-Grandas de Salime
Hotel Las Grandas (Grandas de Salime)
Hostal Cantábrico-Fonsagrada
Hostal Cantábrico (Fontsagrada)
Casa Rural La Longarela-Castroverde
Casa Rural La Longarela (Castroverde)
Hotel Méndez Núñez- Lugo
Hotel Méndez Núñez (Lugo)
Pazo de Santa María-Arzúa
Pazo de Santa María (Arzúa)
Hotel O Pino-A Rua
Hotel O Pino (A Rua)
Hospedería San Martín Pinario-Santiago
A Tafona do Peregrino (Santiago de Compostela)
practical info

This trip can also be split into 2:

  • From Oviedo to Fonsagrada (9 days)

  • From Fonsagrada to Santiago de Compostela (9 days)

 

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-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 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 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.

included

Included

  • Breakfast for 16 days, 11 dinners, luggage transport, transfers as described in programme (except optional taxi on day 8), road book with logistic information and description of routes.

Not included

  • 5 dinners, pack lunches, optional taxi transfer on day 8, transfers at the beginning and end of the tour to/from first and last accommodation.

Extras

  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Extra nights can be booked in every accommodation included in the trip. We recommend the rural hotels in Sama de Grado, Tineo, Castroverde, Palas del Rei and Arzúa.
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