Camino Primitivo

Camino Primitivo from Lugo to Santiago Last 100km

Price: 6 nights from €557
  • Activity Walking or Cycling
  • Distance 97 km
  • Duration 6 Nights
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Tour Type Self-Guided Caminos
  • Time To Go April to October

Camino Primitivo from Lugo to Santiago Last 100km

The Camino Primitivo from Lugo to Santiago Last 100km, the last stretch of the Original Way or Camino Primitivo from Lugo, is much easier than the first half, from Oviedo.

This part of the Camino trail takes 6 nights to complete, walking just over 97km. This stage starts in the fantastic city of Lugo, home to the best-preserved Roman wall in Europe (Read more about Lugo and the Romans), 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.

The Camino Primitivo from Lugo to Santiago Last 100km, continues towards Santiago de Compostela across peaceful forests and farmland, following old Roman paved roads and over pretty medieval bridges. For any history buffs, this is the perfect Camino route as it is not only filled with historical points of interest, but it is also one of the oldest Camino routes (if not the oldest).

This section joins the final stretch of the Camino Frances, the most popular Camino route, in the lively town of Melide where you should try Galicia’s most classic dish: octopus. If you are traveling in October, make sure you catch the traditional San Froilán festival in Lugo.

The Camino Primitivo from Lugo to Santiago is perfect for pilgrims looking for a quieter, more rural experience on the Camino. There will be long interrupted stretches of this Camino with just yourself and your thoughts! If this sounds like the ideal Camino journey to you then the Camino Primitivo is for you.

If you complete the Camino Primitivo last 100km by foot, you will be eligible to get your Compostela Certificate.

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Map of the Camino Primitivo from Lugo to Santiago Last 100km

Itinerary For The Camino Primitivo From Lugo To Santiago Last 100km


Stage: Lugo

You arrive in Lugo.

26 km


Stage: Ferreira

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.

21 km


Stage: Melide

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.

13 km


Stage: Arzúa

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.

18 km


Stage: Pedrouzo

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 town of Pedrouzo where you can spot a few traditional ‘hórreos’ (granaries) and granite farmhouses.

19 km

Santiago de Compostela

Stage: Santiago de Compostela

This is the final walking day of your Camino journey to Santiago de Compostela. From Pedrouzo the route takes you to Amenal and on to Lavacolla. Lavacolla name comes from the fact that pilgrims used to wash 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!

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.


Standard Hotels

We have hand-picked hotels and guesthouses along the Camino for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to your Camino trail. All rooms are en-suite with bathroom. For our family packages, we have hand-picked establishments with outdoor space and swimming pools where possible. Where accommodation with private outdoor space is not available, we have selected comfortable hotels with spacious common areas as well as a convenient location close to recreational areas and sights. As your comfort is our priority, we try to book hotels located within walking distance of the Camino. Despite our effort, on rare occasions your accommodation can be located a few kilometers away from the trail, so we organise transportation to/from your accommodation.

Standard Hotel & Guesthouse


How to Get There

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


Santiago de Compostela Airport 85km: There is a direct bus from Santiago de Compostela airport to Lugo bus station (5 times/ day, 2h30). See: This bus line, see, 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: (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:

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

Vigo Airport 90km: From Santiago you can take a train to Vigo Guixar (see 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

Whats Included

  • Included: Selected accommodation with private bathrooms, Holiday Pack on your mobile phone (Route ebook and Google Maps) and a 24/7 support number providing assistance during your trip, for instance organising a support vehicle if needed.
  • Not included: Flights, drinks, city tax, Travel Insurance (Recommended)
  • Optional: Luggage transfers (On by default. One bag up to 20kg per person), dinners (On by default, where available), bike rental (On by default) and airport transfers, etc…


Note on Accommodation: We aim to book you into each of the towns listed on the itinerary, however in case of low availability we may book you 2 nights in the same town with provided transfers. If you are booking Superior collection or Country cottages, please note it is subject to availability and therefore cannot be guaranteed. Superior/Country cottage accommodation may be away from the route with included transfers. More details.

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