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Camino Primitivo

Primitive Way | Last 100 km

Tour Description

Walk the last 100 km of the Primitive Way, from Lugo to Santiago

For those who don’t have enough time to walk the full Primitive Way, from Oviedo to Santiago, it is possible to start in Lugo and walk its last 100 km.

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Experience details

Included Services

Lodging in private room with private bathroom
Luggage transfer between stages
Half board: breakfast and dinner
Travel insurance
Walking notes
Pilgrim passport
24/7 telephone assistance

Check in Lugo

Arrival in Lugo. Lugo is one of the main cities of Galicia region, we recommend you to add an extra night here to visit the Roman Walls, the Cathedral of Santa María, or the historical quarter. 

Lugo – Ferreira (27 km)

Today we start the last section of the Primitive Way. A lot of pilgrims start the walk in Lugo, since it is the minimum required to get the certificate once in Santiago de Compostela (100 km). Lugo- Ferreira 27 km Lugo, besides being the starting point of the last 100 km of the Primitive Way, is a beautiful city of Roman origin, whose original name was Lucus Augusti. Founded by Paulo Fabio Máximo in the year 25 BC, this city has as a great protagonist its Roman Wall declared a World Heritage Site in 2000. Pilgrims who visit it and climb it (as it is possible to walk along it completely), are left breathless when they contemplate this millenary monument still in a perfect state of conservation. It is more than 2 kilometres long and has 5 gates that lead to the historic centre. Lugo was one of the most important places for pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela in the Middle Ages and the Cathedral, built in the 13th century, still represents this connection with the past. Among the most interesting points of interest are the Plaza Mayor, where the Town Hall is located, also known as “Plaza de España”, the Roman Bridge, the Church of San Francisco. Tourists love to simply wander through the streets of the centre, where they can enjoy some tapas in one of the many bars in the old town. Primitive way from Lugo Galiwonders Leaving the city of Lugo behind, you will enter more and more into a rural environment, characterized by its farms. There you will come across many animals along the way. On this stage you can visit the church of Santa Eulalia de Bóveda, about 14 kilometres from Lugo, after a brief detour from the main route. This late Roman sanctuary from the 3rd century was originally dedicated to the goddess Cybele and was later converted to the cult of Santa Eulalia. You will finish the stage in Ponte Ferreira, whose Roman bridge and charming natural surroundings are its main attraction.Leaving the city of Lugo behind, you will enter more and more into a rural environment, characterized by its farms. There you will come across many animals along the way. On this stage you can visit the church of Santa Eulalia de Bóveda, about 14 kilometres from Lugo, after a brief detour from the main route. This late Roman sanctuary from the 3rd century was originally dedicated to the goddess Cybele and was later converted to the cult of Santa Eulalia. You will finish the stage in Ponte Ferreira, whose Roman bridge and charming natural surroundings are its main attraction.

Ferreira – Melide (20 km)

Today’s stage has a medium-low level of difficulty. You will cross rural landscapes, passing through small dirt tracks and, above all, on asphalt. The gradients are generally moderate and you will be able to rest throughout the day in the small villages you will cross. This is the stage where the Primitive Way and the French Way meet, as it ends in Melide. From here onwards your chances of meeting other pilgrims from all over the world will increase. If you like Galician food, you can not miss the pulpo (octopus) a feira, one of the typical dishes of this town, a real treat! You can also visit the oldest cruceiro in Galicia and also the Museo da Terra de Melide, a former pilgrims’ hospital whose foundation dates back to 1502.

Melide – Arzúa (13 km)

This stage is short but has a few moderately steep climbs. Leaving Melide behind, you can immerse yourself in the fullest nature and in the enchanting forests that await you along this route. Arriving at the picturesque village of Ribadiso de Abaixo, pilgrims seem to enter another world. This small village presents a medieval bridge, some traditional houses, an old hospital for pilgrims (today a hostel of the Xunta) and the beautiful river Iso. In the river, weather permitting, you can refresh yourself before arriving in Arzúa.

Arzúa – O Pedrouzo (18 km)

Ready for the penultimate stage of the Camino from Lugo? You’re almost there! Your final destination is getting closer and the excitement will grow with every step. Today you will be able to walk a fairly easy path with few slopes, crossing forests and meadows. Once you arrive at O Pedrouzo you will be a good distance away to be able to reach Santiago the following morning. At Galiwonders we advise you to leave early in the morning, to discover the historic centre of Santiago de Compostela, declared World Heritage Site by Unesco.

O Pedrouzo – Santiago (20 km)

At last, the final stage of this beautiful Camino has arrived, although todays route will be the least beautiful, as it has urban and industrial sections, airport, motorways… With no relevant slopes, a moderately steep climb to Monte do Gozo awaits you, from where you will be able to see the Cathedral for the first time. Many pilgrims cry when they reach the Obradoiro square because the emotion of achieving the goal and the beauty of the Cathedral overcomes them. Enjoy this unique and magical moment together with many other pilgrims who share your same feelings… you will never forget it! A beautiful day awaits you in Santiago de Compostela so don’t miss the Abastos market, a good meal, a stroll through the narrow streets of the old town and a visit inside the recently restored Cathedral.

Standard Category Accommodations on Camino Primitivo

1* and 2* hotels

These hotels offer private rooms with private bathrooms as well as other additional services that may vary depending on the type of category: restaurant service, television, room service, dry cleaning, ironing service, etc. It is common to stay in this type of hotels in the cities along the Camino.

Hostels and pensions

These accommodations have the necessary services to cover the basic needs of cleanliness and rest at a more moderate price than the hotels . Officially, hostels and guesthouses are 1-star accommodations. However, this rating should not be taken into account when evaluating the level of comfort and quality of their services.

Trip cancellation insurance
Upgrade to superior room
Extra night at the beginning of the tour
Extra night at the end of the tour
Private transfer airport-starting location
Private transfer Santiago-Airport
Other private transfers
Organized visits and excursions
Pilgrim massage

Route map

Touristic information

The Primitive Way from Lugo is one of the caminos that is most growing among pilgrims in recent years. This itinerary represents an incredible opportunity for those who decide to walk it.  In fact, the pilgrim will not only walk a very beautiful route, passing through  woods and natural landscapes. Also he/she can discover the incredible Roman Wall of Lugo, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and we can’t forget that Lugo offers one of the best gastronomies of the whole Peninsula.

The Primitive Way from Lugo

The Primitive Way, as you can guess from its name, represents the original way, that is to say, the first of all the caminos that led to Santiago de Compostela. More than a thousand years ago, in fact, it was walked by King Alfonso II the Chaste, who is considered to be the first pilgrim. This route, which requires a good physical preparation, is one of the most spiritual of all the Xacobean routes and at Galiwonders we recommend it to pilgrims who want to undertake a more inward-looking path away from the crowds. The full itinerary starts in Oviedo but if you don’t have the two weeks needed to walk the Complete Camino Primitivo, you can choose the shorter version, from Lugo.

Lugo Camino Primitive Galiwonders

The Primitive Way from Lugo will allow you to learn more about the Roman past of this city. You can walk along its Roman wall (which is still in a perfect state of preservation), visit the archaeological museum and stroll through the streets of its picturesque old town. In addition, by walking this route you will have the opportunity to experience a less crowded camino compared to other more popular routes such as the French Way from Sarria.

roman wall in lugo galiwonders
Primitive way Lugo- Santiago galiwonders

Frequent questions

From Santiago de Compostela Airport

  • Car or cab: It is 100km with an estimated duration of 1h and 20 minutes.
  • Bus: Take the bus (LINE 6A) from Santiago de Compostela airport to the station stop. Frequency every 15′ and with an approximate duration of 45′. Another option is to take a cab to the station, with an estimated duration of 15′. Once there, transfer to the bus (ALSA) to Lugo, a 2 hour trip. For schedules and more information visit: https://tussa.org/ and www.alsa.es

From A Coruña Airport

  • Car or cab: 96km with an estimated duration of 1h.
  • Bus: Take a bus (LÍNEA A4), 20′ to the Alfonso Molina bus stop. Once there, go to the bus station and transfer to the bus (ARRIVA) to Lugo, journey time 1h and 25 minutes. Another option is to take a train (RENFE) at the train station, 2h trip. For schedules and more information visit: www.alsa.es, www.renfe.com and https://arriva.es/es/galicia

From Vigo Airport

  • Car or cab: 190km with an estimated duration of 2h.
  • Bus: Take the bus (LINE A) from Vigo Airport to the Urzaiz stop (Estación / Cotomondongo wall). 30′ journey and frequency every 30′. Another option is to take a cab to the station (10 minutes). Take a bus (MONBUS) to Pontevedra station (20 minutes). Once there, transfer to the bus (MONBUS) to Lugo (2 hours and 30 minutes). www.vitrasa.es and www.monbus.es

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TOUR SUMMARY

DISTANCE: 100 Km
STAGES: 5 Stages
DURATION: 6 Nights
DIFICULTy: 3/5
START: Lugo
PRICE: desde 580€

Why book with Galiwonders?

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We will design an itinerary tailored to your needs, preferences and budget and book all services for you. You enjoy the road.

We are on the Camino

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We are also travellers

We speak several languages, have lived abroad and have years of experience organizing trips for people from all over the world.

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Hundreds of pilgrims repeat year after year the experience of traveling with us. We want you to be one of them. And that is why we will strive to make your trip unique and unforgettable.

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