Walk the Camino Primitivo, from Oviedo to Lugo
Camino Primitivo 1/2 – From Oviedo to Lugo – The Camino of the First Kings
This Walking Holiday explores the first section of the Camino Primitivo / Original Way, following the iconic Camino de Santiago de Compostela; the famous Way of Saint James.
This camino was used in the 9th Century by the first devout pilgrims from the kingdom of Asturias. This is the most beautiful section of the Camino, starting in medieval Oviedo.
Every day, during the walk, you are guaranteed a high level of comfort and fine food. This section requires a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding walk that includes numerous cultural highlights.
You will be booked into a hotel in the heart of the town of Oviedo. The rooms are en-suite.
From Oviedo to Grado (25km, 6h15)
Our day begins at the Cathedral of El Salvador and, after leaving the town of Oviedo, we head west. We arrive at the chapel of El Carmen in Lampajúa (Llampaxuga) and from here we descend toward Ponte de Gallegos. The Camino then follows a beautiful trail along the river Nora to finish in a steep ascent to the lovely village of Escamplero. As we get closer to the river Nalón, we cross the N-634, and the river.
From Grado to Salas (22km, 5h30)
We begin this day with a tough start, climbing up for 5 kilometres to Alto del Fresnu. You will then enjoy a gentle downhill walk through hilly farmlands and hamlets until you reach Cornellana. Here we recommend a visit to the monastery (monasterio) of El Salvador. From here to Salas, the Camino follows an upwards trajectory through more farmland and typical Asturias granaries (horreos). Finally, we approach Salas on more gentle terrain.
From Salas to Tineo (19km, 5h)
This is a tough stage of the Camino, not because of its length (it’s actually shorter), but because it is ascending constantly. There is practically no break in the climb of almost eight hundred metres. Fortunately, most of the climb is concentrated at the beginning. Following the national road for a short while, the Camino continues on a quieter, paved path that leads us to La Espina. Here we quit the ‘Camino Norte’ that continues North West. We now enter an area with strong regional character and traditions.
From Tineo to Pola Allende (29km, 9h)
This is another challenging stage of the Camino, with ups and downs throughout the day. After following the road for a short time, the Camino comes to a path descending through woodlands. Then it passes the small villages of Vega el Rey, Berrugoso and Campiello. We finish the day with a steep descent of about three hundred meters to arrive in Pola de Allande.
From Pola Allende to Berducedo (17km, 5h)
Today is another challenging day, beginning with an ascent of almost 600m, reaching the summit of Puerto del Palo. Here, your climb will be rewarded with amazing views of the Cantabrian Mountains. This is followed by a drop of 250m on what is called the “Camino de los Hospitales”, so be prepared and be careful! Finally, passing through some woods, we arrive in Berducedo.
From Berducedo to Grandas de Salime (23km, 5h45)
This is the most rewarding part of the Camino Primitivo, but also one of the hardest. We start by climbing to Aerogenedores at 1100m above sea level, where you will get spectacular views of the Embalse de Salime (artificial lake), the River Navia below and of course the mountains surrounding us! Then it is a steep descent of 900m in just 7km. Finally, passing the dam, the Camino make its way up to Grandas Salime after a more gentle 350m ascent.
From Grandas de Salime to A Fonsagrada (25km, 6h15)
Today the Camino starts with a steep ascent to El Acebo (1050m) for some fine views of the Cantabrian Mountains. It is now time to bid our farewell to Asturias and to say hello to the land of the Celts – Galicia! After passing the mountain villages of Cabreria, Fonfría, and Barbeito we arrive in A Fonsagrada, for a well-deserved rest! In the town centre stands the Fons Sacra. This town bore witness to one of the miracles of the apostle Saint James, who, after being attended to by an impoverished widow, turned the water from this fountain into fresh milk for her children.
From A Fonsagrada to O Cadavo Baleira (24km, 7h)
After leaving A Fonsagrada, the Camino passes through A Pobra de Buron. This Camino has been referred to as the “Camino de Oviedo”. Coming to Hospital de Montouto, we can see the actual hospital sitting on a hilltop. It is now in ruins, but was one of the last to close, and was probably the most important on all the mountain Caminos of Galicia. There is also a magnificent dolmen in the vicinity of the hospital. The Camino then makes its way to the town of O Cadavo, passing quaint villages such as Calzada, Degolada and A Fontaneira. O Cadavo is the second most important town that the pilgrims on the Camino Primitivo will pass on their way to Santiago. According to local history, Alphonse II the Chaste fought the Moorish Army nearby.
From O Cadavo Baleira to Lugo (31km, 8h)
The Camino continues through lands famous for their slate mines as far as Paradavela. This attractive village, which retains much of its original character, ishome to a number of “Pallozas” (primitive thatched dwellings) and other buildings of interest. Then, passing by the convent of San Francisco de Vilabade we arrive later in the pleasant town of Castroverde. After Castroverde, the Camino passes the abandoned village of Soutomerille, nestled in a landscape of great beauty. Finally, crossing farmland, the Way arrives in “Lucus Augusti”, or Lugo, by the Gate of Saint Peter. Lugo is the oldest town in Galicia! Take some time to explore it.
Lugo. End of the Camino
After breakfast we bid you farewell
- Great mix of comfortable accommodation in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
- Bed & Breakfast
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack
- 24/7 Customer Service
- Great dinners with local food
- Extra nights
- Upgrade to authentic & luxury accommodation
- Airport transfers
Option 1 – Santiago
Santiago de Compostela airport with Aerlingus or Ryanair (can book return flights).
Option 2 Oviedo
Acoruna airport with Vueling.
From Lugo to Santiago airport there are several buses every day, costing about €15pp.