Primitive Way

11 Stages | 268 km

The essence of pilgrimage in its purest form

The Primitive Way is considered to be the most authentic and the most scenic of all the Pilgrims’ Routes to Santiago. It is a deeply intimate and solitary route that recovers the Jacobean spirit of the first pilgrimages. A journey to disconnect from the world and enter an endless number of silent landscapes rooted in the deepest rural traditions.

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The Primitive Way

The Primitive Way starts from the city of Oviedo and runs through the western interior of Asturias, one of the least known areas of the community, whose breathtaking beauty will not leave any walker indifferent. You will enter Galicia through the Alto do Acevo, at an altitude of over 1,000 metres, reaching the walled city of Lugo and continuing your route to Melide, where the Primitive Way joins the French Way, sharing three stages to Santiago de Compostela.

But be careful, if you are planning to do the Camino de Santiago in its primitive route you should know that it is not a walk. It has extremely demanding stages and steep slopes, with hardly any toilets to stock up on supplies. For this reason it is not recommended for beginners or people who are not in good physical shape. Its difficulty intensifies especially in the colder months, when the abundant rainfall turns some sections of the road into real muddy areas, so it is not too advisable to cycle.

The Primitive Way

Where to start the French route?

The Primitive Way begins in Oviedo, capital of the Principality of Asturias and, like almost all the Jacobean routes, has its goal in Santiago de Compostela. These two cities are separated by a total of 321 kilometres, of which just over half run through Galicia. It is generally divided into 14 stages of between 20 and 30 kilometres, and to cover it in its entirety you will need at least 15 days.

As we have pointed out above, this route has nothing to do with other roads. The Asturian stretch is especially hard and its steep slopes, we insist, will put more than one pilgrim to the test.

Although, as you may already know, it is not necessary to walk the entire primitive route. You can start from wherever you want depending on the days you have available and your physical capacity. If you decide not to do this entire route, the city of Lugo is the perfect place to start your route. From here, you will only have 102 kilometres to go to Santiago, divided into 5 comfortable stages without great difficulties, suitable for anyone.

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