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    Walk the full Primitive Way (or Camino Primitivo)

    The Primitive Way (or Original Way), Camino Primitivo in Spanish, is considered to be the first Jacobean route leading to Santiago de Compostela; the origin of the Camino de Santiago. The route starts in Oviedo, and joins together with the French Way in Melide (the last walking days, the path is the same).

    It was walked by medieval kings and knights, but it was set aside during the Reconquest due to the rise of the French Way.

    If you want to walk the full Primitive Way, you will need at least 2 weeks to do so (more than 300 km separate Oviedo and Santiago). To get the Pilgrim Certificate (Compotelana) you will only need to walk 100 km, that is, from Lugo to Santiago de Compostela.

    All those pilgrims looking for solitude, peace and silence, will enjoy the beauty of the Primitive Way.

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    Day 1:

    Arrival in Oviedo, starting point of the Primitive Way.

    Day 2: Oviedo – Grado (26 km)

    We strongly recommend you to visit Oviedo before starting the walk (the Cathedral, its squares… and taste the lovely cider).

    Grado is a picturesque village, with an typical architecture from South America (this a typical thing as in many regions from Northern Spain there were a lot emigrants who travelled to South America).

    Day 3: Grado – Salas (23 km)

    Today you will be able to visit the Palace of La Doriga (property of cultural interest).

    You will walk through green areas, such as the natural park of the Narcea River.

    Day 4: Salas – Tineo (20 km)

    The path will take you to natural areas full of oaks and chestnuts.

    Tineo is a rural village, that is still has this rancher atmosphere.

    Day 5: Tineo – Pola Allande (28 km)

    If the weather is good enough, you may be able to see the Cantabrian sea.

    In Pola Allande you will also see many examples of this architecture typical from South America.

    Day 6: Pola Allande – Berducedo (19 km)

    Today is one of the most scenic days of the Primitive Way, but remember, there is a big ascent towards Puerto de El Palu.

    Day 7: Berducedo – Grandas de Salime (21 km)

    This is a quiet walking day, through small rural areas, with a mix of paved roads and unpaved rural paths.

    Day 8: Grandas de Salime – A Fonsagrada (28 km)

    Today you will finally reach Galicia region, after a couple of days in Asturias.

    The ascent towards Alto del Acebo can be quite demanding, you can stop there to get some rest before continuing to A Fonsagrada.

    Day 9: A Fonsagrada – O Cadavo Baleira (25 km)

    When leaving A Fonsagrada, you will see the remains of an old hospital for Pilgrims.

    The last kilometres towards O Cadavo, are downhill.

    Day 10: O Cadavo Baleira – Lugo (31 km)

    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.

    Day 11: 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).

    Day 12: Ferreira – Melide (20 km)

    Last walking day before the itinerary joins together with the French Way, in Melide.

    After a couple of days of solitude, you will see that number of pilgrims will increase, and the route will become more sociable.

    Day 13: Melide – Arzúa (13 km)

    Today we will see one of the most interesting points of the route: Ribadiso, a medieval town just before Arzúa. Once there, we recommend you to try the local cheese, a delicacy!

    Day 14: Arzúa – O Pedrouzo (18 km)

    The walk will take you through eucalyptus forests, charming villages and across small rivers. We strongly recommend you visit the Chapel of Santa Irene, which is a very common stop among pilgrims.

    Pedrouzo is quite small and during high season most of the accommodation can be fully booked. But do not worry, we have many different options in the area, which are also very popular.

    Day 15: O Pedrouzo – Santiago (15 km)

    Finally, we get to the last walking day of the Camino. You will be able to observe from the top of the hill, “Monte do Gozo”, the lovely city of Santiago de Compostela, and its beautiful cathedral, your ultimate goal.

    Many pilgrims stop there just before descending, recalling the best moments of an adventure that is about to finish.

    When you get to Santiago do not forget to go to the Pilgrim’s Office with your Pilgrim Passport if you want to get your “Compostela” (Pilgrim Certificate).

    If you still have some energy left, we recommend you continue your route to Muxía – have a look to the Camino Finisterre- Muxía.

    Day 16:

    Check Out Santiago.


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