Pilgrims on the Camino

Camino Primitivo

Camino Primitivo is the original pilgrim's trail to Santiago and a quieter and more challenging alternative to the more well-known Camino Frances. Its distinct characteristics paint a perfect picture of authentic Spanish culture. Starting in Oviedo, the former medieval capital of Asturia, your journey stretches across the unspoilt regions of Asturia and Galicia. Follow ancient paths through the Galician mountains and lush green valleys, and pass through traditional villages and market towns. We offer the Camino Primitivo in two sections. You can choose to walk just one or combine them to complete the original way to Santiago.
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Hiking route · Spain
Walk to Grado
Difficulty
Distance 25.2 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 347 m
Descent 513 m

Set off on your first day, and enjoy easy walking into the hills.

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Difficulty
Distance 21.7 km
Duration 6:15 h
Ascent 608 m
Descent 446 m

Walk through the Cordillera Cantabrica before descending into Salas

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Spain
Walk to Tineo
Difficulty
Distance 20.1 km
Duration 5:55 h
Ascent 700 m
Descent 278 m

A relatively tough day with about 800m of ascent before walking along the road to La Espina and then on to Tineo.

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Difficulty
Distance 16 km
Duration 4:40 h
Ascent 348 m
Descent 383 m

Start today with a climb before heading along the side of Pico Navariego, high above the valley. You will finally drop down to Obona and then it is ...

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Difficulty
Distance 24.6 km
Duration 7:35 h
Ascent 884 m
Descent 619 m

The route splits here and you continue on the beautiful Hospitales route to Beducedo through the mountains. This is a long day with nowhere really ...

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Difficulty
Distance 20.2 km
Duration 6:55 h
Ascent 662 m
Descent 990 m

Transfer back to La Mesa this morning, where you can enjoy panoramic views from a windmill-lined ridge of the Rio Navia. A gentle climb takes you ...

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Spain
Walk to A Fonsagrada
Difficulty
Distance 25.4 km
Duration 7:25 h
Ascent 819 m
Descent 428 m

Another sharp climb to hill-top windmills today as you head into the region of Galicia. A Fonsagrada is said to have been the site of one of the ...

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Spain
Walk to O Cádavo
Difficulty
Distance 24.5 km
Duration 7:25 h
Ascent 618 m
Descent 842 m

Walk through rural Galician mountain villages and hardwood forests to Montouto, an amazing place which seems to have been carved out of the ...

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Spain
Walk to Lugo
Difficulty
Distance 30.8 km
Duration 8:20 h
Ascent 427 m
Descent 690 m

A brief climb is followed by a welcome descent to Lugo. This beautiful city features impressive city walls surrounding the historic centre, Roman ...

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Spain
Walk to A Ponte Ferreira
Difficulty
Distance 26.1 km
Duration 6:55 h
Ascent 492 m
Descent 429 m

A long day following flat, peaceful country roads—a bit of a relief after the all your previous ascents!

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Spain
Walk to Melide
Difficulty
Distance 20.9 km
Duration 5:35 h
Ascent 293 m
Descent 366 m

The route joins the Camino Frances today as you head towards Melide. Walk through eucalyptus groves and then prepare for the route becoming busier ...

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Pilgrim Walk · Spain
Walk to Arzua
Difficulty
Distance 14.4 km
Duration 3:54 h
Ascent 284 m
Descent 353 m

Leave Melide behind today’s walk takes you to the “cheese town” of Arzúa.The majority of walking is gentle ascents and descents with the exception ...

from Mary Zonca,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Spain
Arzúa to Rúa
Difficulty moderate
Distance 18.8 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 263 m
Descent 390 m

from Heleen Bosch,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Spain
Rúa to Santiago de Compostela
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 20.8 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 328 m
Descent 342 m

The last stretch to Santiago de Compostela, the final destination of the Camino del Norte.

from Heleen Bosch,   Macs Adventure