The Original Way of the Camino de Santiago or Camino Primitivo #caminoprimitivo is the oldest Camino route, first used by devout pilgrims from Asturias in the 9th Century, including King Alfonso II. The Original Way starts in the elegant city of Oviedo, home of El Salvador Cathedral, an important pilgrimage destination for many centuries. Across the mountains of Asturias, the trail takes pilgrims along peaceful tracks, mountain passes with magnificent views and quaint mountain villages. The first half of this Camino route can be challenging but the views are definitely worth the effort! The city of Lugo marks the half-way point of the Camino Primitivo. The city famous for its impressive UNESCO-listed Roman wall, and for being one of the best places to eat in Galicia. After Lugo, the Camino Primitivo takes pilgrims on an old Roman paved road, crossing quiet hamlets, woodland and unique medieval bridges. The Original Way joins the most famous Camino route, the Camino Francés, in the lively market town of Melide.
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Visit Oviedo's Cathedral, Spain's first pilgrimage site
Follow peaceful paths across the mountains of Asturias
Witness 2000 years of history in Lugo's walled city
Get your Compostela pilgrim certificate in Santiago
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How to Get There
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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.
Santander Airport 190km: There are three bus connections between Santander airport and Oviedo each day (taking 2h30-3h30 approx.). See: www.movelia.es.
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.
Transfers to and from Airport
How to get to Oviedo:
From: Asturias airport (50km)
The journey from/to the airport takes 45 min. Alsa offers buses between Oviedo (starting point: bus station – Estación de Autobuses de Oviedo) and the airport every hour. Seewww.alsa.es.
From: Santander airport (190km)
There are 3 bus connections between Oviedo and Santander airport each day (taking 2h30-3h30). See: www.movelia.es.
How to get back from Santiago:
Best Option: Santiago de Compostela airport (12km)
There is a shuttle bus from/to the airport in Santiago, departing every 30min. Bus stops are. e.g., the bus station (Estación de Autobuses), the train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) or the city centre (Plaza de Galicia). See www.empresafreire.com.
Alternative Option: 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).
Alternative Option: Porto airport (210km)
There is a direct bus connection between Santiago (Estacion De Autobuses) and Porto airport once or twice a day (taking 4h or 6h resp.). See www.alsa.es.