The Original way ,Primitive way or Camino Primitivo is the oldest route of the Camino de Santiago, from Oviedo (North Spain) to Santiago de Compostela. Total distance: 313km
The Original way ,Primitive way or Camino Primitivo is the oldest route of the Camino de Santiago, from Oviedo (North Spain) to Santiago de Compostela.
Total distance: 313km
- Summer – very warm (between 23° to 27° June-Aug)
- Fall – warm and rainy (between 20° to 25° Sep-Nov)
- Winter – cool (average 14°)
- Spring – rainy (average 17° to 20° March-May)
Suitable for cyclists: The Camino primitivo is not suitable for cycling the whole route, there are constant ups and down hills.
History of the Camino Primitivo
In 813, just after finding St James grave, Alfonso II King of Gallaecia walked to Galicia starting his way in Asturias. He went through some Asturian villages before getting to Lugo, then he continued to Santiago. When arriving in Santiago, he ordered to build a church to house St James´ mortal remains, known today as the famous Santiago´s Cathedral or Catedral de Santiago. Alfonso´s steps were followed by many people. The Primitive Way is the first pilgrimage route.
About the Primitive route
It is one of the hardest Caminos as the path goes through hardly populated mountain passes and rainy stretches that make barely touched green landscapes. The main issue with his way is the small amount of pilgrim hostels (albergues). Although there is a great amount of private accommodation, it doesn’t have too many specialized services.
The Camino primitivo starts in Oviedo and crosses Western Asturias to get to Galicia through Lugo. From Melide it follows the same route as the French Way. The Way goes through mountainous areas hardly populated, beautiful landscapes and paths. We have to highlight Oviedo, Lugo and also Santiago de Compostela. It is a hard Way because of a number of rises that it has such as the Palo mountain pass (before Grandas and Salime). Some stretches are complicated when it rains. Asturias is better indicated than Galicia but it is easy to walk through the Way.
The Primitive Way is 321 kilometers long (199.5 miles), 170 kilometers (105.6 miles) go through Galicia after entering in Lugo through A Fonsagrada. Normally, there are 13 or 14 stages that have between 20 and 30 kilometers (12.5 and 18.6 miles) each one. The biggest problem with this route is that offers a small amount of public accommodation.
Why choosing the Primitive or Original Pilgrim Way
The Primitive Way is great to discover the Camino´s true roots. If you enjoy peaceful walks surrounded by green mountains, and you don´t mind getting a bit wet, this way is for you. It is a hard route, but it is really lovely. It goes through two of the most striking autonomous communities in Spain. This region is famous because it rains a lot but it doesn’t matter when you are enjoying of one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, following the steps of King Alfonso II the Chaste.
Stages of the Camino Primitivo
San Miguel de Lillo
Visigothic temple of century IX, is one of the most outstanding exemplars of pre-Romanesque Asturian.
Monastery of Santa María de la Real
Cistercian monastery whose Romanesque church has its origins in the 13th century.
Palace built in the town of Salas between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries, with an impressive defensive tower.
It begins to build in the year 1129 but is reformed successively, showing a great variety of architectural styles.
Walking: 11 Stages / 313 km
CONTINUATION BY THE FRENCH WAY
Cycling: 7 Stages / 322 km
|Stage 1||Oviedo - Salas||50|
|Stage 2||Salas - Pola de Allande||48|
|Stage 3||Pola de Allande - Grandas de Salime||37|
|Stage 4||Grandas de Salime - O Cádavo||53|
|Stage 5||O Cádavo - San Romao da Retorta||51|
|Stage 6||San Romao da Retorta - Arzúa||44|
|Stage 7||Arzúa - Santiago de Compostela||39|