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The second section of the Original Way or Camino Primitivo #caminoprimitivo is much easier than the first half, from Oviedo. This stage starts in the fantastic city of Lugo, home to the best preserved Roman wall in Europe, stretching over 2kms wrapped around the old town. Apart from its famous wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lugo is also known for its good food. Many bars in town will serve free ‘pinchos’ when you order a drink.

From Lugo, the Camino Primitivo continues towards Santiago de Compostela across peaceful forests and farmland, following old Roman paved roads and over pretty medieval bridges.This section joins the final stretch of the French Way, the most popular Camino route, in the lively town of Melide where you should try Galicia’s most classic dish: octopus. If you are travelling in October, make sure you catch the traditional San Froilán festival in Lugo.

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Trip highlights

  • Step back in time in Lugo: the only Roman walled city in Spain
  • Walk across Galicia's peaceful countryside
  • Taste octopus in Melide, Galicia's most traditional dish
  • Immerge yourself in the bohemian culture of Santiago

1 Lugo

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Lugo is home to the best preserved Roman wall in Europe, stretching over 2km around the city’s historic centre. Explore the gorgeous old town, go for a stroll on the wall to get a different perspective of the city and taste delicious ‘pinchos’ in the bars and restaurants near Praza de Santa María before you set off. If you are starting your Camino Primitivo from Lugo in October, you might catch its biggest festival: San Froilán.

2 Lugo to Ferreira - 26km

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6h | +540m / -462m
The Camino leaves Lugo by the Cathedral and through the oldest gate of the city wall which is called Porta Miñá (referring to the Miño River). From here you will walk to the quarter of San Lázaro and cross the old Roman Bridge. After a few kilometres you will pass a national monument and museum called Santa Eulalia de Bóveda, housing some of the most fascinating early medieval paintings of the entire Iberian Peninsula. The trail heads to San Román da Retorta through farms and woodland.

3 Ferreira to Melide - 21km

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8h30 | +385m / -466m
The Original Way follows ancient tracks still very much in use today, connecting many small country villages and hamlets in the area, such as Seixalvo, Xende, Ferreira and Merlán. The route continues through Toques and into the historic town of Melide in the province of A Coruña. This is where the Original Way or Camino Primitivo joins the French Way. You will notice the volume of pilgrims will be much higher from now on. You should take the opportunity to sample ‘pulpo’ (octopus) in one of the many ‘pulperías’ (octopus restaurants) in town and grab a few ‘melindres’, Melide’s traditional aniseed cakes.

4 Melide to Arzúa - 14km

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3h30 | +288m / -356m
As you leave Melide you will be now walking with other pilgrims on the Camino Francés (French Way), following forest tracks, crossing many pretty streams and meadows, on your way to the village of Boente where you will see the Santiago Church. You will pass the picturesque village of Ribadiso on your way to today’s destination, Arzúa. Arzúa is in the heart of dairy country, make sure you try some of the local cheese. Worth visiting the church of Santa María and the church of A Magdalena in town.

5 Arzúa to Rúa - 18km

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5h15 | +326m / -435m
Today’s Camino trail takes you mostly across peaceful forests and small hamlets. Along the way you will pass the chapel of Santa Irene, home to interesting St James statues. This stage of the Camino continues along serene country roads. Your stop for the night is the peaceful hamlet of Rúa where you can spot a few traditional ‘hórreos’ (granaries) and granite farm houses.

6 Rúa to Santiago de Compostela - 21km

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5h20 | +431m / -449m
This is the final walking day of your Camino journey to Santiago de Compostela. From Rúa the route takes you to Amenal and on to Lavacolla. Lavacolla name comes from the fact that pilgrims used to wash themselves in the river here before reaching Santiago. The trail to Monte do Gozo or ‘Mount of Joy’ is lined with ever-present eucalyptus trees. The hill itself is topped with an enormous sculpture commemorating the visit of John Paul II to Santiago. From here the Camino descends to Santiago de Compostela. You will enter Santiago by the bustling Rúa de San Pedro and into the old town by Porta do Camiño. You have arrived!

7 Santiago de Compostela

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You have arrived in Santiago de Compostela! After visiting the cathedral and recovering from your walk, take time to explore this gem of a city, small but vibrant. Santiago’s UNESCO listed old town will enchant you. Here you will find not only pilgrims but also locals and students, enjoying a few bites over a glass of wine in the many bars, restaurants and cosy cafes.

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.

Lugo - Standard / Superior

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.
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.

Ferreira - 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.

Melide - 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.

Arzúa - Standard / Country Cottage

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.
Country Cottage: ‘Casas Rurales’ are beautifully restored country homes and farmhouses in the heart of peaceful rural communities. Our Country Cottages are renowned for their exceptional food, unique settings and personal touch.

Rua - 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.

Santiago de Compostela - Standard / Superior / Parador

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.
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.
Parador: Full of history, classic ‘Paradors’ or heritage buildings will make your Camino experience extra special.

 

Lugo Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Santiago Average Temperature & Rainfall

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How to Get There

Live information on Rome2Rio. We can also arrange private transfers if you prefer, just ask us.

 

Lugo

Santiago de Compostela Airport 85km: There is a direct bus from Santiago de Compostela airport to Lugo bus station (5 times/ day, 2h30). See: www.movelia.es. This bus line, see www.empresafreire.com, also stops in Santiago city centre. Vigo airport (190km)

Vigo Airport 190km: From Vigo to Santiago you can take the train or bus and then from Santiago you can take a direct bus to Lugo city. See: www.empresafreire.com.Madrid (Barajas) airport (500km)

Madrid Barajas Airport 500km: There is a bus route from Madrid airport to Lugo, three times a day, taking 6h30-7h30. See: www.movelia.es.

 

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela Airport 12km: There is a shuttle bus from Santiago city centre to the airport, departing every 30min. Bus stops include the bus station (Estación de Autobuses), the train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) and the city centre (Plaza de Galicia). See www.empresafreire.com.

Vigo Airport 90km: From Santiago you can take a train to Vigo Guixar (see www.renfe.com) or a bus to Travesia de Vigo (every hour). You should then take a city bus from Travesia de Vigo to Vigo Airport (every 30 min).Porto airport (210km)

Porto Airport 210km: There is a direct bus connection between Santiago (Estación de Autobuses) and Porto airport once or twice a day (taking 4h or 6h). See www.alsa.es.