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Walk the Camino Primitivo, from Lugo to Santiago de Compostela

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Camino Primitivo 2/2 – From Lugo to Santiago de Compostela

This Walking Holiday explores the second section of the Camino Primitivo / Original Way, from Lugo to Santiago de Compostela 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.

Trip Stats

100km

distance to walk

5

days of walking

difficulty level

Itinerary

Day 1

Lugo
(Arrival)

You will be booked into a hotel in the heart of the town of Lugo. The rooms are en-suite.

Day 2
19km

Lugo
to
San Romao de Retorta

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.

Day 3
31km

San Romao de Retorta
to
Melide

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”.

Day 4
15km

Melide
to
Arzua

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.

Day 5
19km

Arzua
to
Rua

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.

Day 6
20km

Rua
to
Santiago de Compostela

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.

Day 7

Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast we bid you farewell

Section 1

Lugo
to
San Romao de Retorta

You will be booked into a hotel in the heart of the town of Lugo. The rooms are en-suite.

Section 2

San Romao de Retorta
to
Melide

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.

Section 3

Melide
to
Arzua

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”.

Section 4

Arzua
to
Rua

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.

Section 5

Rua
to
Santiago de Compostela

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.

Map

Camino Primitivo, from Lugo to Santiago de Compostela

How to get there

Fly In

Option 1 – Santiago
Santiago de Compostela airport with Aerlingus or Ryanair (can book return flights).

Option 2 Oviedo
Acoruna airport with Vueling.



Starting Point

1- Santiago airport to Lugo, there are several buses every day, costing about €15pp.



Getting Home

Regular shuttle bus from Santiago city centre to Santiago Airport, takes 45mins.



What you get with us

Included

  • Great mix of comfortable stay in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Dinners
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack

Not Included

  • Flights/train
  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch

Add-On Options

Airport Private Pick Up

Airport Pick-up

Upgrade to 4 star hotel

Premium Accommodation

Achievement

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Earn Certificate of Completion upon reaching Santiago de Compostela

Package Details

Active

from €639

For active walkers of a reasonable fitness level who want a more challenging walk

20km

per day (average)

7 days

(6 nights/5 walking days)

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