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.

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.