The Primitive Way starts in the Asturian capital of Oviedo and enters Galicia from the mountains of Lugo. This is the oldest route of the Camino de Santiago, which still retains the essence of the first pilgrimages. A solitary and extremely demanding journey due to its steep slopes, but which pleasantly rewards pilgrims with an endless number of silent landscapes rooted in the deepest rural traditions.


Travel Itinerary

The beautiful old town of Oviedo will transport you to the Asturian Middle Ages. It is a small city, designed for the enjoyment of the pedestrian, thanks to its pedestrian streets in which every corner holds a special charm. You can’t start your Primitive Way without visiting the Cathedral of San Salvador, the Fontán market and getting lost in its squares, tasting cider in its many tascas and chigres (cider bars).

Today you will take as a starting point the Cathedral of San Salvador de Oviedo to leave the city. The road runs through a typical rural landscape of Asturias along the river Nalon. Vegas, hills, streams, meadows, towns and villages where it seems that time has not passed. A perfect day to get to know the traditional rural life of the area.

In Grado, if you are lucky enough to visit the town on a Wednesday or Sunday, you can enjoy the great atmosphere of its famous market. In addition, its historic quarter contains important architectural constructions from the 18th and 19th centuries, and its characteristic Indian houses that bear witness to the emigrant past of the area.

It is an area of great Jacobean tradition as it is located at the crossroads of the inland route to the coast. In Freisnu you will find a sanctuary of great devotion in the region. During the stage you will be able to contemplate magnificent examples of Asturian mansions and palaces, as well as the typical hórreos (raised granaries) of the area. The small village of Salas, the end of the stage, stands out for having a very important monumental heritage where numerous remains of the Neolithic and Bronze Age burial mounds were found.

In this section the Primitive Way from Oviedo to Lugo enters a vaqueira area full of large houses, quintanas, water mills, crossroads and old hermitages that remind us of the religiosity of other times. The first part of the section is a continuous ascent to La Espina, where wooded areas predominate to give way, at the end, to spectacular views of the town of Tineo. The richness of this village is concentrated in its oak and beech forests, centenary trees, legends and paths that lead to Santiago are some of the jewels that the municipality preserves.

In this stage you will cross mountain ranges and foothills in a stretch full of ascents and descents in which you will enter the deepest Asturias. The tranquility and solitude of the Camino, together with the mid-mountain landscape full of farmhouses and villages will interrupt your walk and encourage you to stop and contemplate the surroundings.

This is the queen stage of the Primitive Way from Oviedo to Lugo as it is the one that requires the most physical effort, but everything will be rewarded as it is one of the most beautiful. The ascent to Puerto del Palo can be done by road or by a dirt road. After reaching the top you will reach the abandoned village of Montefurado, from where it is worth stopping to contemplate the scenic spectacle in front of you.

After yesterday’s tough stage, today a downhill ride to the Grandas de Salime reservoir awaits you. As for the obstacle of the reservoir, if you don’t have the chance to cross it by boat, you will have to turn off before the last stretch of the descent and head towards Murias along a track.

Once in Grandas, a visit to the ethnographic museum is a must, located in the old rectory house, of great interest and permanently evolving, and the church of San Salvador.

The stage begins in Grandas de Salime, the last stretch of the Primitive Way from Oviedo to Lugo, following the road all the time, which alternates with some paths and dirt tracks, all of them well signposted. On the way up to the Puerto del Acebo you will find the village of Bustelo del Camín, the last Asturian village before reaching the 1,300 metres of the pass. The Autonomous Community of Galicia begins just as you start to descend from the Alto de O Acevo. You will find yourself in the middle of a large wind farm after which a continuous and gentle descent awaits you. It will not be difficult to deduce that you are in front of pure and hard mountain in which the high landscape value and the small population centres stand out.

This stage is characterized by its toughness, but it will be greatly rewarded by the views and the paths surrounded by extensive centenary forests. The descent from the Hospital de Montouto will put our knees to the test, as well as the successive slides we will have to go through to reach O Cádavo, in the province of Lugo.

In spite of being a long stage, it becomes bearable when the slopes are finally finished. You will walk along wide paths that go in and out of dense forests with native Galician vegetation. At the gates of Lugo, you will come across the village of Nadela, which would go unnoticed if it weren’t for the interesting cross on the edge of the Camino, which tradition has made it a place for pilgrims to stop and take a photo.

And so much for your Camino Primitivo from Oviedo to Lugo! Remember that you can add as many extra nights as you wish to get to know the city of Lugo in depth. Are you still hungry for more? Only 5 stages separate you from Santiago de Compostela, it will be worth adding a few more days to your trip and live the experience of arriving at the Plaza del Obradoiro having completed the entire Primitive Way!

Map of the Way

Type of accommodation


Services included

11 days / 10 nights accommodation11 days / 10 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 Oviedo to LugoIn hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Oviedo to Lugo
BreakfastBreakfastConsult65€ per person
MP (Breakfast and dinner)MP (Breakfast and dinner)Consult195€ per person
Supplement for single roomSupplement for single roomConsult165€ per single room
Extra nightExtra night25€ per person55€ (sing. room) / 70€ (doub. room)
Breakfast Breakfast
In private hostels from Oviedo to Lugo Consult
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Oviedo to Lugo 65€ per person
MP (Breakfast and dinner) MP (Breakfast and dinner)
In private hostels from Oviedo to Lugo Consult
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Oviedo to Lugo 195€ per person
Supplement for single room Supplement for single room
In private hostels from Oviedo to Lugo Consult
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Oviedo to Lugo 165€ per single room
Extra night Extra night
In private hostels from Oviedo to Lugo 25€ per person
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Oviedo to Lugo 55€ (sing. room) / 70€ (doub. room)


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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