The city of Lugo is a real treat for lovers of history, archaeology and gastronomy. Its Roman Wall is the best witness of its evolution, remaining unbreakable throughout the centuries and becoming a symbol of this Galician capital.

If you decide to start the Primitive Way from Lugo, you can’t miss the chance to walk through its streets and discover all the wonders it hides. Bridges, thermal baths, archaeological museums and a beautiful Cathedral whose Virgin of Los Ojos Grandes will leave you impressed. In its old town you will find taverns and taverns that invite you to taste a good mencía wine accompanied by delicious pinchos and tapas. Lugo is the gastronomic capital par excellence of Galicia, which attracts thousands of visitors every year with its slogan “And to eat… Lugo”.

Once on the Camino, you will leave the walled city behind to enter an increasingly rural environment that hides treasures such as the Church of Santa Eulalia de Bóveda, an ancient Roman temple dedicated to the goddess Cybele.

The Primitive Way joins the French Way in Melide, a village famous for its delicious octopus á feira. At this point you will notice a considerable increase in the number of walkers who will accompany you for the next three stages to Santiago de Compostela.


Travel Itinerary

Lugo is probably the best example of a city of Roman foundation that we preserve in Galicia. Its impressive walls, built in the 3rd century AD, speak for themselves. In addition, the city has an infinite number of monumental attractions that will leave you open-mouthed. And how could it be otherwise, Lugo is a fantastic place to eat, so make the most of tasting its gastronomy!

You will start your Primitive Way from Lugo with a stage that continues to show us more about the legacy of the Roman Empire in the peninsula. The main landmark of this stage will be the church of Santa Eulalia de Bóveda. The origin of this church goes back and links to an ancient Roman temple dedicated to the goddess Cybele. To visit it we will have to deviate a few kilometers from the Camino, but we assure you that it will be well worth it.

Afterwards, the end of the stage will be in Ponte Ferreira, a village belonging to the municipality of Palas de Rei. The most characteristic feature of Ponte Ferreira is its Roman bridge and its idyllic natural environment. For Lord of the Rings fans, it’s almost, almost reminiscent of Hobbiton.

This stage will start as the previous one ended, with no gradients for several kilometres. When you reach the O Careón mountain range, you will have to climb a steep slope that will bring you close to numerous windmills. Then the Camino descends towards Melide along a dirt track with beautiful views and passes in front of an impressive hórreo (granary).

Melide, capital of the Galician octopus, is a great end of stage. In any of its many pulperías you will be able to taste some good portions of octopus, a delicacy of Galician gastronomy. You will also have the opportunity to see the oldest cruceiro in Galicia; and between one and a thousand heritage monuments, you can visit the Museo da Terra de Melide, whose building was an old pilgrims’ hospital founded in 1502.

From this stage the Primitive Way joins the French Way, so you will find a considerable increase in the number of pilgrims. Enjoy the last kilometers to Santiago de Compostela sharing experiences with other walkers.

Today you will say goodbye to Melide with a short stage ahead of you, although with some moderate slopes. However, we assure you that the effort will be worth it as you will find yourself surrounded by extraordinary Atlantic forests. And if the weather is good, you can’t forget your swimsuit. When you arrive at Ribadiso de Abaixo, you will have the opportunity to bathe in the river and enjoy the beautiful scenery and magical surroundings that accompany this small village.

Once in Arzúa you will have all the services to stock up and rest. Ah! And you cannot leave without tasting the typical cheese to which they give their name: Denomination of Origin Arzúa-Ulloa; accompanied by other typical products of the area.

Today begins the penultimate stage of your Camino Primitivo from Lugo. A pleasant walk through comfortable and flat terrain, with plenty of bars and restaurants that will encourage you to take it easy. Probably, as you walk, you will notice and realize that a kind of collective emotion begins to exist among the pilgrims. Do you feel it too?

The feeling of excitement, nerves and joy is the most characteristic of the end of the stage in O Pedrouzo. The advice, and you will see that everyone does the same, is to go to bed early to get up early the next day and start the stage very early. This way you will arrive earlier to Santiago and you will have more time in the city.

At last the last stage of your journey is here. As we said before, the sooner you start walking today the better, because the sooner you will get to Santiago de Compostela.

Once you arrive at Monte do Gozo, you will discover that pleasant sensation when you first see the towers of the cathedral. A perfect panoramic view before savouring your last kilometres and making the triumphal entrance to the Plaza del Obradoiro.

You are in Santiago! Feel happy and proud to have completed your Camino Primitivo. Now you just need to pick up your Compostela certificate and enjoy an incredible day getting to know the Galician capital.

Congratulations! You have completed your Camino Primitivo from Lugo. This last day you are in charge, you can go back home or enjoy one more day in Santiago. And how beautiful is Compostela.

Did you know that all roads end in Finisterre? If you have been left with the desire to walk and you have 5 days more, we encourage you to complete the 5 stages from Santiago to Finisterre. The most magical and spiritual route that hides real treasures such as Ponte Maceira, one of the most beautiful villages in Spain or the sunset of the Finisterre lighthouse, one of the most beautiful in the world.

Map of the Way

Type of accommodation


Services included

7 days / 6 nights accommodation7 days / 6 nights accommodation
Luggage transfer during the stagesLuggage transfer during the stages
Complete documentationComplete documentation
Pilgrim’s CredentialPilgrim’s Credential
24 hour emergency telephone assistance24 hour emergency telephone assistance
Travel insuranceTravel insurance

Optional Services

ServiceIn private hostels from LugoIn hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Lugo
BreakfastBreakfastConsult40€ per person
MP (Breakfast and dinner)MP (Breakfast and dinner)Consult125€ per person
Supplement for single roomSupplement for single roomConsult90€ per single room
Extra night in Santiago de CompostelaExtra night in Santiago de Compostela25€ per person55€ (sing. room) / 70€ (doub. room)
Transfer from Santiago to LugoTransfer from Santiago to Lugo105€ (4-seater vehicle)105€ (4-seater vehicle)
Breakfast Breakfast
In private hostels from Lugo Consult
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Lugo 40€ per person
MP (Breakfast and dinner) MP (Breakfast and dinner)
In private hostels from Lugo Consult
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Lugo 125€ per person
Supplement for single room Supplement for single room
In private hostels from Lugo Consult
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Lugo 90€ per single room
Extra night in Santiago de Compostela Extra night in Santiago de Compostela
In private hostels from Lugo 25€ per person
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Lugo 55€ (sing. room) / 70€ (doub. room)
Transfer from Santiago to Lugo Transfer from Santiago to Lugo
In private hostels from Lugo 105€ (4-seater vehicle)
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Lugo 105€ (4-seater vehicle)


Frequently Asked Questions

In this modality you will do the Camino de Santiago at your own pace and you will only have to worry about choosing the route you like the most, the type of accommodation and your departure date. If you choose this option you will travel alone or with the people that appear in your reservation, and you will have all the services included so that you only have to worry about walking and enjoying the experience.
The Way of Saint James on your own includes the following services
  • Accommodation
  • Luggage transport
  • Dossier with information about the stages
  • Pilgrim's credential
  • 24-hour helpline
  • Travel insurance
In addition, you can customize your trip by adding the following optional services
  • Breakfast or half board
  • Private transfers to the start of the stage from Santiago de Compostela or from the airport.
  • Extra night at the beginning or end of the stage
Unlike the group trips, no bus service, guide or support vehicle is included between stages. But you will have a 24-hour hotline where you can contact us in case of any problem or unforeseen event, which we will solve quickly.
Yes, you will have total freedom to choose your departure date. However, if you want to do your Camino de Santiago in the months of December, January and February, we recommend that you check availability before making your reservation. At this time of year most accommodation is closed and many services may not be available.
In your travel documents, you will find the names of the accommodations assigned to you, as well as their contact telephone number and location.   As a general rule, all accommodation is located in the centre of the different towns along the Pilgrims' Route to Santiago de Compostela, without the need to deviate too far from the route. But sometimes, due to lack of availability, it is possible that some accommodation may be a little far from the village or even in neighbouring towns.   For all the accommodations that are at a considerable distance from the route of the Camino, we will provide you with a free taxi service that you can use to get to your accommodation and return to the Camino the next morning.   In any case, these are exceptions that we will inform you at the time of booking.
Luggage transport service by default is included in all our trips and it is not necessary to request it. You will be able to do the Camino de Santiago without your luggage on your back with the peace of mind that your suitcase will be at your next accommodation on your arrival.   Along with your credential you will also receive stickers, which you must cover with the requested information and stick it in a visible place on your suitcase.   Once you have arrived at your accommodation, we recommend that you ask at reception where you can leave your luggage. You will have to leave your luggage at the indicated place first thing in the morning for our carrier to pick it up. This way, when you arrive at your next accommodation your luggage will already be there.
We have a taxi service that you can hire whenever you need it. You can hire it, for example, to go from the airport to the start of your Camino, or to go from Santiago to your starting point to pick up your car once you finish the stage.   The price of the transfers will depend on the distance from your point of origin to the destination. If you have any questions about this service do not hesitate to contact us.
We include a compulsory insurance with each trip that will cover you for any inconveniences that may arise during the Camino de Santiago. We will send you the insurance policy together with your travel documents.
The basic travel insurance included in our packages has a wide coverage against unforeseen events, with which you will also have guaranteed medical assistance and numerous benefits that you can consult in the General Conditions of Travel Insurance.
In your travel documents you will find an emergency telephone number where we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This way you will travel with peace of mind knowing that one of our companions will help you to quickly solve any problem, incident or doubt that you may have along your Camino de Santiago.
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