Walk the Camino Primitivo, from Lugo to Santiago de Compostela
Camino Primitivo 2/2 – From Lugo to Santiago de Compostela
This Walking Holiday explores the second section of the Camino Primitivo / Original Way, following the iconic Camino de Santiago de Compostela the famous Way of Saint James.
Beginning in the walled city of Lugo, this walking holiday catches up with the Camino Frances in Melide and finishes in Santiago de Compostela. You will walk through heavily forested rural Galicia, witnessing the Roman influence on Spain’s roads and bridges.
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 Lugo. The rooms are en-suite.
From Lugo to San Romao de Retorta (19km, 5h45)
After leaving Lugo through the Porta Mina, the oldest gate of the wall, the Camino heads towards the old Roman Bridge and the quarter of San Lazaro. A couple of kilometres later, it passes Santa de Boveda; a national monument and a museum where the most interesting early medieval paintings of the Iberian Peninsula can be seen. The Camino continues through a mix of farmland and forest.
San Romao de Retorta to Melide (31km, 7h)
After a brief transfer back to San Romao de Retorta, we begin our walk again. On the road from the hamlet there is a Roman milestone, which would appear to indicate that the present-day Camino was laid out following an ancient Roman road. Further on, you will pass a 13th-century Romanesque church, one of the many which are characteristic of the area surrounding Santiago. The Camino Primitivo follows ancient paths that are still in use today and connects an endless number of small rural villages such as Seixalbo, Xende, Ferreira, and Merlan. Finally, the Camino enters the province of A Coruna through the borough of Toques to the historic pilgrimage town of Melide. Coming to Melide (454m), you can stop in one of the many restaurants to try the traditional octopus dish, “Pulpo a la Plancha”.
From Melide to Arzua (15km, 4h15)
The Camino follows a forest track and crosses several streams, bringing you to the village of Boente and its church of Santiago. The next stop is the medieval village of Ribadiso, and finally Arzua (389m). This small town has two churches that you can visit; Santa María and La Magdalena.
From Arzua to Rua (19km, 5h45)
This section of the Camino will pass through shaded woods, along streams and through sleepy villages. Take your time and visit the chapel of Santa Irena, with its unique statues of Santiago. The rest of the way to Rua/Opino is on a quiet country road. This will be your last night before Santiago. Rúa (310m) is certainly less crowded than other stops before Santiago. Enjoy a good night’s sleep, the last stretch is coming.
From Rua to Santiago de Compostela (20km, 6h)
You are nearly there! First, the Camino passes by Amenal. The next stage will be Lavacolla where pilgrims traditionally washed in the river before reaching Santiago de Compostela. The tall eucalyptus trees will line your route to Monte del Gozo (368m) with its huge modern sculpture, from here you can see the Cathedral of Santiago. You are on the “Mountof Joy” and can now start your final descent to Santiago de Compostela (264m, population 80,000). Take some time to visit the cathedral before settling down in your luxurious hotel for the last night of your walking holiday.
Santiago de Compostela. 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
To Lugo and from Santiago de Compostela: Santiago de Compostela airport with Aerlingus or Ryanair (can book return flights).
Second option to Lugo: Acoruna airport with Vueling.
It is best to fly to Santiago de Compostela
Ryanair and Iberia/BA fly direct to Santiago de Compostela from the UK. Ryanair fly from Stansted, Nottingham East Midlands and Liverpool. Aer Lingus operates from Dublin.
Many of the flights that arrive at the airport are from internal Spanish destinations. You can fly to and from Santiago De Compostela from: Frankfurt, Paris and Rome and Barcelona, Bilbao, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Palma, Seville, Tenerife and Valencia.
To begin your walking holiday: Lugo
From Santiago airport to Lugo there are several buses every day, costing about €15pp. See www.empresafreire.com
There are regular shuttle buses from Santiago city centre to the airport (20mins)
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