The Camino Francés, or French Way, may be the most popular Camino route however, it is not the original path to Santiago de Compostela. In fact, there is an even older Camino de Santiago trail.
Known as the Camino Primitivo, or the Original Way, the route is the first and oldest Camino and was followed by Alfonso II, King of Asturias, in the 9th century.
Following Alfonso’s lead, many pilgrims also wanted to experience this pilgrimage, however, in the 10th century, the Camino Francés began to rise in popularity and over the years, took over as the safest and busiest Camino route for medieval pilgrims.
Today, the 290-km long Original Way is considered to be one of the most challenging Camino routes but it is also extremely rewarding thanks to the breath taking mountain scenery and incredible historical sites along the way.
Walk the last 100km of the Camino Primitivo and discover the original Camino Route:
Start your 6 night walk in the beautiful city of Lugo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While here, you will get to visit the finest and best preserved Roman wall in the world, stroll its gorgeous old town and taste some of Galicia’s best food.
If you are visiting Lugo between the 13th -15th of June, you will be able to experience what life was like during the 3rd century as the city transforms itself into the former Roman city of Lucus Augsti. During the festival, known as Arde Lucus, emperors, gladiators and all kinds of Roman activities take over the city’s old town resulting in some excellent and colourful fun.
From Lugo, the Original Way route then passes through lush green farmlands and tranquil forests before joining the final stretch of the French Way in the lively town of Melide.
While in Melide, you should take the opportunity to taste one of the classic local delicacies, octopus; as well as socialise with the pilgrims who are following the French Way.
For more information about the Original Way or to book your Camino de Santiago trip, contact our Camino travel specialists