The Primitive Way (also known as Camino Primitivo or Original way) was the route chosen by the very first pilgrim who walked the Camino de Santiago.
The Camino Primitivo is the most ancient route of the Camino (that is the reason for its denomination); and one of the most important ones during the first years of Jacobean pilgrimage. In fact, there is no information about any other older route.
The origin of this walk goes back to the IX, when the King Alfonso II of Asturias decided to take on this pilgrimage. The remains of Saint James the Apostle had just been discovered, and the King walked from Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela to visit de tomb.
The route passes through Asturias and Galicia, through the rural areas of these regions. The walk is mainly through unpaved paths, that is why it is strongly recommended for those who love walking. However, for this reason and for the irregular terrain (with many ups and downs) it is not the best route for cyclists. But the trail is considered to be very special. It has been preserved almost the same way as in the Middle Ages, with very few modern changes.
The landscape of the Primitive Way is mostly green, full of charm. Also, those pilgrims choosing this route will be able to discover three really nice cities, with a clear pilgrim tradition: Oviedo, Lugo and Santiago de Compostela.
In Oviedo, we strongly recommend to visit the old quarter of the city, particularly the cathedral. In Lugo, there is the Roman wall, which is really well preserved. Our recommendation: contemplate the skyline of the city from the top of the wall. Finally, Santiago de Compostela, where you will be able to visit the tomb of Saint James the Apostle, attend the Pilgrim Mass, visit the Pilgrimage Museum and talk with other pilgrims about your experiences on the way.
Even if the Camino Primitivo is a relatively short walk (comparted to other Camino de Santiago routes), you can choose to walk about 300 km from Oviedo, or just the last 100 km (from Lugo to Santiago de Compostela). If you choose this last stretch, we recommend to taste the Galician gastronomy. Do not hesitate to try the octopus in Melide, or the popular local cheese in Arzúa (Queso de Arzúa).
Here you have both options, the full Primitive Way or just its last 100 km. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. A member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.