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Original Way – Oviedo to Lugo 1/2

Walking Section 1 of 2

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The Original Way or Camino Primitivo #caminoprimitivo is the oldest Camino route,  first used by devout pilgrims from Asturias, including King Alfonso II in the 9th Century and has been in constant use ever since. This was the most popular route until the 10th century, hence its name.This section first section of the Camino Primitivo route is one of the most beautiful but also challenging, as it travels from Oviedo to Lugo crossing the mountains of Asturias into Galicia. The mountain views and peaceful rural settings will be worth the effort however!

This section of the Original Way finishes in the fantastic city of Lugo, famous for its impressive UNESCO-listed Roman wall wrapped around the old town. Take some time to explore Lugo’s magnificent Roman heritage, archaeology and taste authentic Galician cuisine at its best. If you travel to Lugo in October, don’t miss the unique San Froilán festival.

Trip highlights

  • Visit Oviedo's cathedral, Spain's first pilgrimage site
  • Taste Asturias famously refreshing cider
  • Hike the stunning Cantabrian mountains and Grandas de Salime's lake
  • Witness 2000 years of history in Lugo's walled city

1 Oviedo

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Explore the delightful city of Oviedo, capital of Asturias, and a traditional pilgrimage destination for centuries. Oviedo is also a busy and lively University town. Make sure to visit some of the city’s many monuments, including the elegant El Salvador cathedral, 9th century San Miguel de Lillo, the church of San Tirso and the Monastery of San Vicente, home to the Archaeology Museum of Asturias.

2 Oviedo to Grado - 25km

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8h | +483m / -649m
Your Camino Primitivo starts from the Cathedral of El Salvador in Oviedo city and takes you west out of town. After passing the chapel of El Carmen in Lampajúa (Llampaxuga) the trail takes you downhill to Ponte de Gallegos. The Camino trail from here follows the wonderful Nora river before making a steep climb to picturesque village of Escamplero. You will cross the river Nalón on your way to the village of Grado.

3 Grado to Salas - 22km

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4h30 | +662m / -488m
Today’s stage on the Camino Primitivo starts with a relatively tough 5 kilometres climb to Alto del Fresnu. The next part of the stage will be much easier walking, heading back down past small villages and hilly farmland. You will be also passing the San Salvador Monastery, which is well worth a visit. After Cornellana there is some more climbing to do, passing many square-shaped ‘hórreos’, the traditional granaries in the Asturias region, before a gentle approach to Salas.

4 Salas to Tineo - 19km

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5h | +765m / -343m
Although this is a relatively short stage of the Camino, it is also quite a tough one due to the elevation. However most of the climbing will be done in the first part of the day, so the afternoon should prove a bit easier. After a short walk on a national road, the Camino Primitivo moves on to a more peaceful path taking pilgrims up La Espina. Here you will split from the Northern Way – Camino del Norte, heading North West and head into an area that is very rich in regional traditions and has plenty of charm and character.

5 Tineo to Pola de Allande - 28km

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8h30 | +957m / -1029m
Today’s stage on the Camino Primitivo takes you through some more challenging, hilly terrain. The route takes you across lovely peaceful forests as well as the village of Vega de Rey. The final part of today’s section to Pola de Allande involves a sharp 300m descent.

6 Pola de Allande to Berducedo - 17km

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5h | +943m / -670m
After Pola de Allande, the Camino has another relatively tough 600m climb in store for pilgrims, heading up to Puerto del Palo summit. However your efforts will be rewarded with magnificent views of the Cantabrian Mountains. From here, you will take a 250m descent following a trail known as ‘Camino de los Hospitales’, with some technical sections. You will pass beautiful, tranquil forests as you make your way to Berducedo, your stop for the night.

7 Berducedo to Grandas de Salime - 20km

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4h30 | +674m / -1043m
Today is probably the toughest section of the whole Original Way but also the most rewarding. From Berducedo you will climb to Aerogenedores at an altitude of 1100m. From here you should be able to admire the magnificent views over the river Navia and Embalse de Salime, a reservoir surrounded by mountains. After this, you will drop 900m in just 7km to the Embalse de Salime dam. After this sharp descent, the Camino follows a gentle climb to Grandas de Salime.

8 Grandas de Salime to A Fonsagrada - 26km

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7h | +902m / -500m
You will begin today’s day on the Camino with another sharp climb to El Acebo, at 1050m. From Acebo you will enjoy spectacular views of the Cantabrian Mountains and move from Asturias into Galicia which is known as the land of the Celts. Today’s destination is A Fonsagrada, after passing the villages of Fonfría and Barbeitos first. A Fonsagrada is reputed to have been the site of one St James’ miracles. It is said that after being approached by an impoverished woman, he turned the water from the fountain in the centre of the town (Fons Secra) into milk for her children.

9 A Fonsagrada to O Cadavo Baleira - 23km

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7h | +880m / -1116m
From A Fonsagrada the trail takes you to A Pobra de Burón on what is known as the Camino de Oviedo. You will see the ruins of Hospital de Montouto on a hilltop, which was once the most important of the mountain pilgrim hospitals in Galicia. The Camino then follows a path through the villages of Calzada, A Lastra and A Fontaneira on the way to the town of O Cadavo – Baleira. It is said that Alfonso II the Chaste fought the Moors in battle nearby.

10 O Cadavo Baleira to Lugo - 30km

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8h | +532m / -786m
On the way to Pradeda, is a lovely old village, you will pass some of the region’s famous slate quarries. The village itself is home to a number of old thatched dwellings known in Galicia as ‘pallozas’. You will pass by the convent of San Francisco de Vilabade on the way to Castroverde, and then the abandoned village of Soutomerille in a beautiful setting. After passing though more farmland the Camino enters the city of Lugo, with its rich Roman heritage and impressive UNESCO-listed Roman wall.

11 Lugo

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Lugo is home to the best preserved Roman wall in Europe, stretching over 2km wrapped around the city’s old town. Explore the gorgeous town centre, go for a stroll on the wall to get a different perspective of the city and taste delicious (generally free) ‘pinchos’ in the bars and restaurants near Praza de Santa María before you head back home or continue your Camino to Santiago. If you are travelling in October, don’t miss the traditional San Froilán festivities.

Hotels and country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food and hospitality. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard, comfort and price. Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.

Oviedo - Standard / Superior

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses and relaxing country homes.

Grado - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Salas - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Tineo - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Pola Allende - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Berducedo - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Grandas de Salime - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

A Fonsagrada - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

O Cadavo Baleira - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Lugo - Standard / Superior

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses and relaxing country homes.

Oviedo Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Lugo Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Oviedo:
Best Option: Asturias airport (50km)
EasyJet flies directly to Asturias airport from London (Stansted) and Lisbon. Vueling Airlines connects Paris (Orly) with Asturias. There are many domestic flights from Madrid or Barcelona. See www.skyscanner.com.
Alternative Option: Santander airport (190km)
Ryanair flies to Santander from London (Stansted), Dublin, Edinburgh, Frankfurt (Hahn), Paris (Beauvais), Milan (Ciampino) and Dusseldorf (Weeze). See www.skyscanner.com.

How to get back from Lugo:
Best Option: Santiago de Compostela airport (85km)
Aer Lingus serves flights from/ to Dublin; Ryanair from/ to London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo) and Frankfurt (Hahn), Vueling from/ to London Gatwick, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Munich, Dusseldorf, Rome and Zurich; Easyjet from Geneva, London (Gatwick), Rome and Basel; Swiss to Zurich; Turkish Airlines to Istambul. Santiago de Compostela Lavacolla airport also has many flights to Spanish cities; with many daily flights to Madrid and Barcelona. See www.skyscanner.com.
Alternative Option: Vigo airport (190km)
Direct flights from Dublin, Edinburgh (Ryanair), London-Luton (Air Nostrum), Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Lisbon, Rome and Paris. See: www.skyscanner.com.
Alternative Option:
Madrid Barajas airport (500km)
Madrid is the biggest international airport in Spain, with flights to all over Europe and the world. All main airlines have from Madrid. See www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers TO and FROM Airport

How to get to Oviedo:
From: Asturias airport (50km)
You can take the Alsa bus from Asturias airport to Oviedo Bus Station, departing every hour. The journey takes 45 min approx. See www.alsa.es.
From: Santander airport (190km)
There are three bus connections between Santander airport and Oviedo each day (taking 2h30-3h30 approx.). See: www.movelia.es.

 

How to get back from Lugo:
To: Santiago de Compostela airport (85km)
There is a direct bus from Lugo city to Santiago de Compostela (5 times/ day, 2h30). See: www.movelia.es. Empresa Freire buses from Lugo also stop at Santiago airport www.empresafreire.com.
To: Vigo airport (190km)
There are direct buses from Lugo city to Santiago  See: www.empresafreire.com. From Santiago you can take the train or bus to Vigo city and then the local bus from Travesia de Vigo to Vigo airport.
To:
Madrid (Barajas) airport (500km)
There is a bus between Lugo city and Madrid airport, three times a day (taking 6h30-7h30 approx.). See: www.movelia.es.

Please select from our available tours below and proceed to booking. Contact the team if you have any special requests.


Select your trip

1. Tour options - Select your trip type

  • Stay in our hand-picked accommodation. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €1344
    Double/Twin Room
    €1088

2. Select Date

3. No. of rooms

  • Single (1 bed)
  • Twin Rooms (2 beds)
  • Double (1 large bed for 2)

What's Included

  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Rooms en-suite
  • Half Board
  • inc. notes & map(s) & pilgrim passport, what to bring, useful information

We also offer

  • Airport Transfers, Hotel Upgrades (where available)