El Camino Primitivo – The Original Pilgrim’s Way
A Guided Walking Trip – 10 Days & 9 Nights
This guided walking tour on the Camino Primitivo covers the last 300 km of the first and oldest pilgrimage route to Santiago, taking you to the most emblematic spots along the Way – true jewels of Spanish art, architecture, history and nature. After a first night in Oviedo, we head west into the depths of rural Asturias – Spain’s most mountainous region – to begin 3 days of walking the most attractive sections of the trail through remote landscapes as far as the historic walled Galician city of Lugo. From Lugo onwards, over the next 5 days, we’ll walk the entire way to Santiago, qualifying you to receive the Compostela – the official pilgrim’s certificate – on arrival at the cathedral.
Individual arrival to Oviedo. Explore on your own.
Overnight: in the old quarter of Oviedo.Day 2
Meet the rest of the group and guide for a morning tour of Oviedo’s market, Gothic cathedral and UNESCO World Heritage 8th C. pre-Romanesque sites. After a tapas lunch, we transfer west for our 1st walk on the Camino Primitivo, farm tracks and country lanes through beautifull rolling countryside into Tineo, one of the highest towns in Asturias and birthplace of Doña Isabel, first queen of Portugal and Doña Ximena, the wife of El Cid.
Overnight: TineoDay 3
Sierra De Fonfaraón
One of the most feared stages of the medieval Camino, even now this is one of Spain’s most uninhabited regions, home to wild horses and wolves. We revel in our solitude as our path climbs through heather and gorse past an abandoned medieval pilgrim’s hostel to the pass, where our efforts are rewarded with sweeping views…or swirling fog!… and further appreciation for the achievements of those early pilgrims.
Overnight: between Grandas de Salime and LugoDay 4
Today we finally cross the regional border into Galicia at the desolate windswept pass of El Acebo. Rolling rural terrain and sweeping views accompany our Way towards the historic city of Lugo, passing by the magical site of an ancient medieval pilgrim’s hospital and megalithic remains.
Overnight: near Lugo.Day 5
San Román de Retorta
Our day begins a visit to the Lugo’s impressive Gothic cathedral, and a walk atop the perfectly preserved 2nd C. Roman walls surrounding the old down town (UNESCO World Heritage). So it’s no surprise that the Camino Primitivo now follows an old Roman road all the way to Santiago, these days just quiet country lanes meandering through gentle green landscapes. Shortly after departing Lugo we pass the distance marker indicating just 100km to Santiago!
Overnight: Lugo.Day 6
San Salvador de Merlan
Our route wends through tiny hamlets scattered among lovely rolling green Galician countryside, and we enjoy our last complete day of relative solitude in the knowledge that tomorrow we’ll merge with the bustling flow of pilgrims on the busy French Way.
Overnight: Melide – Arzúa area.Day 7
Verdant hill and rural scenes accompany our steps towards Melide where we merge with the “Camino Frances”. The town is famed for its Pulpo a la Feira – tender morsels of boiled octopus drenched in virgin olive oil, sea salt and paprika, which we naturally taste for lunch. In the afternoon, an especially enchanting stretch of forest trail leads us to our lodgings.
Overnight: as on day 6Day 8
Rural paths and country lanes lead through vegetable patches, fields and oak groves, then pine and eucalyptus woods as we near Santiago.
Overnight: Pino areaDay 9
Arca to Santiago
Quiet lanes and forest paths lead up to the Monte del Gozo—“Mount of Joy”, soon followed by the magical moment of arrival at the cathedral in the Plaza del Obradoiro – Santiago’s grandiose central square. In the evening the group will enjoy a celebratory supper.
Overnight: in the old quarter of Santiago, near the magnificent Obradoiro squareDay 10
A morning guided tour of cathedral and surrounding area with local licensed guide, finishing in time to attend 12:00 noon pilgrim’s mass. If you’re flying out, it’s just a 15 minute transfer to the Santiago international airport. NOTE: If you aren’t in a hurry and want to see more of the area or another part of Spain, consider hiring a car and driving from Santiago along the coast to Bilbao, across the country to Madrid or Barcelona, Andalusia, etc. We can help you to plan your itinerary. Ask us!
Extra night prices include excellent buffet breakfast and taxes.
Single room Supplement: 250€
110€ per person (single room)