CAMINO PRIMITIVO - The Original route
8 - 24 September 2020 €1495 (sharing)
Single supplement to be advised ± €185
From OVIEDO to LUGO
1 El Escamplero 13
2 Grado 13,1
3 Cornellana 12,1
4 Salas 14,3
5 El Pedregal 12.8
6 La Guardia 12.8
7 Colinas 14,3
8 Puentes Rio Nison 12,9
9 La Mesa 16,4
10 Desvio por Senda 14,5
11 Peñafonte 12,4
12 A Fonsagrada 16,2
13 A Degolada 15,2
14 O Cadavo 10
15 Vilar de Cas 15
16 Lugo 15,5
The easiest days are:
Fresno to Salas
Castro to Tineo
Castroverde to Lugo
The difficult days are:
The climb out of Grado,
the worst is from Pola de Allande to Bercedo,
and it is uphill all the way from Embalse de Salime (nice hotel there) to Grandas de Salime.
Be warned : the first 6 kms out of Grado is steep – very steep. Thereafter you go downhill and the route is fairly easy towards Salas.
From Salas to Tineo there is a long uphill through a forest - it is pretty but needs a few rests. The second half is along a path quite high above the road with almost no places for getting down to it. Nice hotel in Tineo that also has a basement dormitory for pilgrims. It has an excellent pilgrims' menu in the dining room for 10 euros. I think that it is called the Palacio. Tineo is quite a big town but I've never see anything open. To my mind, it is quite uninteresting although the scenery as you approach it is spectacular
Tineo is one of the larger towns but fairly dead. The Hotel Palacio de Meras has a good pilgrim’s meal.
From Tineo to Campiello, there is nothing. Pity that there is only pilgrim accommodation at Campiello as it is a nice place to stop - good bar for coffee and a meal.
Campiello to Borres is easy – bar etc at Borres. From Borres to Pollo Allande there is nothing. You pass through a village, but no shops or anything to see.
Pola de Allande is an interesting town with a few facilities. La Gaurdia and Puentes Rio Nison are merely names on the map and you would not even know that you walked through them.
We walked from Borres through to Polo de Allande and all the way through to Berducedo. There is nothing in between Borres and Polo de Allande – just one village with no facilities.
From Polo de Allande to Montefurado it is uphill all the way with an extremely steep uphill where it joins the Hospitales route. It is very, very tough. This is the toughest part of the entire route.
The route from La Mesa is a long uphill and then downhill to Embalse de Salime but very steep and windy. Hotel is nice overlooking the enormous dam. Thereafter, it is uphill all the way to Grandes de Salime.
The walk to Fonsagrada is not difficult but there is a very steep climb up to Fonsagrada – very, very steep!.The pension at Fonsagrada is above the albergue. We stayed in the albergue but some of our fellow walkers stayed in the upstairs part.
Very easy walk from O Cadavor to Lugo.
NB: Unlike other routes of the Camino de Santiago,the Camino Primitivo does not have many alternatives.
The alternative to the Hospital route is the Santa Maria de Burón. This variant instead of passing through Fonsagrada, deviates shortly before in Paradanova and goes down to the Pueblo de Buron, a town that was the head of the Land of Burón until 1835, when the capital passed to Fonsagrada. In fact, this variant was the main one until the 18th century. In spite of running through lands of lower altitude than the current main route, it fell into disuse due to the importance Fonsagrada took as the main population center of the region.
Getting to the start
Trains: trains run from Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Valencia or León to Uviéu/Oviedo. You will find all details at Renfe.
By bus: The bus station of Uviéu/Oviedo is at Calle Pepe Comen, a central location close to the railway station. You can call +34 902 499 949 for more details. There are coaches arriving from different places in Spain with Alsa.
Fly: The closest airport to Uviéu/Oviedo is the Aeropuerto de Asturias, located in Castrillón, 47 kilometres away from the city. Airlines such as Iberia, Iberia Express, Air Europa, Air Nostrum, EasyJet, Evelop, TAP Portugal, Volotea and Vueling Airlines operate from this airport. There are regular buses from the airport to the city operated by Alsa.
What to see and do in this historic city
This is a more strenuous route than the Camino Frances and although we have reduced the daily stages (sometimes by half) there are many up and down hills as you cross the mountains of Asturias. We will walk for 16 days from Oviedo to Lugo. Daily stages will be ± 15 km per day. For much of the route the trail shadows the road and there are fairly regular buses between towns and taxis. (If you need to take a bus or taxi it will be for your own cost.)
On approximately 8 stages we will shuttle the group from the 15km mark back to (or forward) an overnight accommodation. The following day the taxi will return the group to that place so that you can continue walking. This is included in the package cost.
Private rooms in hotels, pensions and Casa Rural. Only a few single rooms will be available. Once these have been reserved, sharing will be in twin rooms.
Some places may offer Dinner, Bed and Breakfast. Lunches are for your own account.
Due to a scarcity of places that can accommodate groups we will only take 12 people in the Group.
What to see and do in Lugo. https://www.lonelyplanet.com/spain/lugo/top-things-to-do/a/poi/1004447 Let us know if you would like an extra night.
If you would like to continue your walk to Santiago, you could get a bus to Sarria and walk the last 5 days to Santiago. Or you could get a train to Ferrol and walk the Camino Ingles to Santiago (6 days).
GUIDE BOOKS AND APP
The Camino Primitivo - A Wise Pilgrim Guide to the Camino Primitivo AND app
The downloadable map in the Wise Pilgrim app with the purple icon plots your location with GPS. It works with your phone on airplane mode so not network or data is required.