The Primitive Way from Oviedo in 14 stages

One of the most authentic experiences of the routes that lead to Santiago: walking the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo, in its entirety, to finish in Santiago. The name "primitive" is due to the fact that it was born of one of the first pilgrimages to the recently discovered tomb of the apostle St. James the Greater. It was in the 9th century when King Alfonso II and his retinue left the capital of Oviedo to travel to Compostela, thus defining a route that coincides almost 100% with the current one and which perfectly combines services and tranquillity.

Itinerary

Primitive Way from Oviedo
Primitive Way from Oviedo

Day 1. Welcome to Oviedo, where the Way of St. James begins

Welcome to the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo to Santiago. On this first day you should arrive in the Asturian capital from your place of origin. We recommend you do it as soon as possible to enjoy the city or, if it is not possible, book an extra night to get to know it at your leisure. It deserves no less.

Oviedo - in Asturian Uviéu - is one of the most impressive cities in the north of the Iberian Peninsula, and it is also a perfect place from which to visit some of the nearby points of interest, such as the temples of Naranco and Lillo or the mythical sanctuary of Covadonga.

Day 2. Stage Oviedo - Grado

Distance: 27 km.
Duration: 6:30 hours
Accommodation: Grade

Oviedo was the capital of the only Christian kingdom on the peninsula that was not conquered by the Arab expansion that gave rise to the Umayyad Caliphate, and from there, in the 9th century, King Alfonso II set out for Compostela when he received news from the bishop of Iria Flavia of the discovery of the tomb of the favourite of the apostles. That journey made him the first known pilgrim, and the route he followed is what is known today as the Primitive Way.

The destination of the day, which runs through the impressive central Asturian landscape, is Grado - a small town that is a crossroads and also a crossroads of medieval and Indian architectural references.

Day 3. Stage Grado - Salas

Distance: 21 km.
Duration: 5 hours
Accommodation: Chambers

The third day of your adventure on the Primitive Way from Oviedo takes you through Cornellana, home to the magnificent monastery of San Salvador. From there, along the valley of the river Nonaya and between small villages, you will reach the beautiful historic centre of Salas, where you will find remains that bear witness to the great importance of this town in the past: the Santa María la Mayor Collegiate Church, the Tower and the Palace of Valdés. Be sure to visit the Pre-Romanesque Museum.

Day 4. Stage Salas - Tineo

Distance: 22.3 km.
Duration: 5:30 a.m.
Accommodation: Tineo

A day to ascend towards La Espina, between meadows and forests of oak and chestnut trees which, on this route, will become your most faithful fellows. You can also enjoy the rural architecture through examples such as the church of Santa María and its transept in Porciles, or the chapel of Cristo de los Afligidos (Christ of the Sorrowful ones) at La Espina. The end of the stage at Tineo (in Asturian, Tinéu) will not disappoint you.

Day 5. Stage Tineo - Pola de Allande

Distance30.2 km.
Duration7:30 a.m.
Accommodation: Pola de Allande

As the walker enters the western region of Asturias, he will notice how the ecological and scenic richness that characterises this Primitive Way increases. The day will end in the charming village of Pola de Allande (La Puela), the perfect place for a well-deserved rest after one of the hardest days on this route, with many slopes and changes in level.

Day 6. Stage Pola de Allande - Berducedo

Distance: 20.5 km.
Duration: 5 hours
AccommodationBerducedo

Another day on this Primitive Way through the impressive mountains of western Asturias. It will be time to climb the Palo pass (1,147 metres above sea level), from where you can enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding area.

The day ends in Berducedo, the perfect place to try its famous corn "tortos" and, of course, to continue enjoying the unbeatable Asturian gastronomy.

Day 7. Stage Berducedo - Grandas de Salime

Distance: 22 km.
Duration: 5:30 a.m.
AccommodationGrandas de Salime

The last fully Asturian stage of this Primitive Way from Oviedo, which will take you from Berducedo to Grandas de Salime, bordering the beautiful reservoir of this town. The views from the Ballena viewpoint are simply unforgettable. And in Grandas be sure to visit some of its interesting monuments, such as the collegiate church of El Salvador.

Day 8. Stage Grandes de Salime - A Fonsagrada

Distance: 27.4 km.
Duration: 6:30 hours
Accommodation: A Fonsagrada

On this day you will cross the official border between Asturias and Galicia to realize how few — very few — things change. The route will take you to the O Acebo pass, in Os Ancares mountain range, more than 1,110 metres above sea level. Small churches, hermitages and chapels dot the route, arranging the territory covered with small villages dedicated to agriculture and livestock farming.

Day 9. Stage A Fonsagrada - O Cádabo

Distance: 25.1 km.
Duration: 6 hours
Accommodation: O Cádavo

Penultimate day before reaching the other big city on the Camino de Santiago: Lugo. Today you will reach O Cádavo, a small village that is the capital of the municipality of Baleira. The route passes by the ruins of the Hospital de Montouto, founded in the 14th century to provide shelter for pilgrims making the journey in those days. Next to it, the prehistoric remains of Pedras Dereitas travel much further back in time and allow us to imagine other cultures and religiosities.

Day 10. Stage O Cádavo - Lugo

Distance: 31.3 km.
Duration7:30 a.m.
Accommodation: Lugo

Last stage of your adventure on the Primitive Way from Oviedo before reaching Lugo, in which you will cover the distance from O Cádavo to the capital of Lugo, the first city on the Camino de Santiago since it began in Asturias. Another day of rural scenery that becomes more densely populated as you approach Lugo, one of the great historic cities of Galicia since Roman times.

Day 11. Stage Lugo - A Ponte Ferreira

Distance: 29.1 km.
Duration: 6:30 hours
AccommodationA Ponte Ferreira

You will leave Lugo through the Porta de Santiago, which thousands of pilgrims have crossed over the centuries, to meet the river Miño and continue your journey towards the tiny village of A Ponte Ferreira, the perfect place to regain your strength and spend the night.

You will walk along secondary roads and trails amidst the characteristic rural landscape of inland Galicia.

Day 12. Stage A Ponte Ferreira - Melide

Distance: 21.3 km.
Duration: 5 hours.
Accommodation: Melide

The last stage of the Primitive Way from Oviedo before joining the French Way. The junction takes place in Melide, a village with an undoubtedly Camino flavour. From there you will notice a clear increase in the number of pilgrims, so we recommend you make the most of the last kilometres of this primitive route, much quieter and more solitary. And speaking of "flavour", if you are interested in gastronomy, in Melide you can't miss the octopus. á feira - which has a long tradition here - and melindres: the typical local dessert.

Day 13. Stage Melide - Arzúa

Distance: 15.2 km.
Duration: 4 hours.
Accommodation: Arzúa

A short stage awaits you on the thirteenth day. Less than 15 km to adapt your pace to that of the French Way, which traditionally stops in Arzúa. This stage may be hard for walkers coming from Palas de Rei on the French Way, but those coming on the Primitive Way from Lugo or Oviedo are already used to the continuous changes in level. In any case, the day promises paths among centenary trees and beautiful spots, such as Ribadiso: the anteroom to Arzúa.

Day 14. Stage Arzúa - O Pedrouzo

Distance: 21 km.
Duration: 5 hours.
Accommodation: O Pedrouzo

Another day of this Primitive Way from Oviedo marked by the presence of wonderful landscapes between forests and meadows that will accompany you during today's stage. You will notice that you will pass through villages much more frequently than in previous stages. It is not for nothing that you are approaching Compostela. At the end of the stage, you will find yourself in O Pedrouzo, a modern town, which has grown in recent years, and which offers a special hospitality to walkers.

Day 15. Stage O Pedrouzo - Santiago de Compostela

Distance: 18 km.
Duration: 4:30 hours.
Accommodation: Santiago de Compostela

Finally, the last stage! This stage takes you to the Plaza del Obradoiro from where you will be able to contemplate the impressive cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Many finish their journey here, while others will continue on to Fisterra to contemplate the end of the world. Whatever your case, we are sure that this last stage will not leave you indifferent. You will feel the first stirring of the heart on your arrival at Monte do Gozo, from where you will be able to contemplate the towers of the cathedral just 5 km away.

It doesn't matter where you are from and how far you have walked, or how many times you have walked the path: it continues to impress and create a mood of jubilation that will accompany you until you arrive at the apostle's tomb.

Day 16. Discover Compostela

The seventh day is a tribute to your efforts. You have arrived in Santiago after walking the Primitive Way from Oviedo, and after a well-deserved and refreshing rest, you will have the whole day free to get to know the Holy City: its Cathedral and the rest of its monuments. If you want, we can also help you with this. And, if you have time, we have some complementary activities that may be of interest. Ask us about them.

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