We present you the map of the original Way, the one made by Alfonso II on his pilgrimage to Santiago to see the recently discovered tomb of St. James the Apostle, the Primitive Way. A route of 268 kmswhere you can experience a Camino in the original style, intimate and secluded while enjoying the great quality of the landscape.

How can I interpret this map of the Primitive Way?

On this map you can see the 11 stages of the Primitive Way. Crossing the Asturian mountains to enter Galicia through its mountains and valleys, you will visit 2 Autonomous Communities and 3 Provinces: Asturias y Galicia (provinces of Lugo and A Coruña)

Between deep forests and plains, you will pass through only 36 only 36 villages with services but Calm down! This means that you will find places to stock up approximately every 7 kms, and they are perfectly distributed.

Sections where there is a shortage of services o Please note!

As we said before, there is nothing to worry about, you just have to be foresighted in four stages and stock up on water and food to get your strength back if you need it. Here we tell you the four stages of the Primitive Way that you should mark on your map: de Ferreiría to Melide (from San Román da Retorta); de O Cádavo to Lugo (from Castroverde) and from La Mesa to Grandas de Salime (without villages, there’s really nothing) and from Pola de Allende to La Mesa (up to Lago).

Pola de Allande reservoir

Another peculiarity of the Primitive Way is the variant of the Route of the Hospitales between Borres and Puerto de Palo25 kms of real solitude in the middle of the mountain (no villages, no services and no water sources), so we recommend you to mark the detour on your map because if you are not very prepared it is a complicated variant despite its scenic beauty.

But… From where do I start the Camino?

The original starting point of the Primitive Way is in Oviedo. A place you should mark on your map if you want to follow in the footsteps of Alfonso II the Chaste on the first documented pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. If you can’t afford so many days of adventure, you can start the Camino Primitivo from Lugo and you will also meet all the requirements to obtain your Compostela. On the other hand, if you are a fond of cycling as we are, we strongly recommend you to take the pleasure to do this Cycling route from Oviedo. We can assure you that through these mountains you will discover the great scenic beauty of the North and you will remember it for the rest of your life.

Lugo's contryside

It is important to remember that this Camino is one of the most intimate and secluded you can do, one of the few that still keeps the introspective the introspective essence of the pilgrimage.. In addition to the loneliness you will have to face a significant accumulated unevenness but we know that you are capable of anything and we are sure that this challenge will mark a before and after. Prepare yourself well and start the challenge!