Camino Primitivo

The Camino Primitivo is the oldest Camino de Santiago route of all, despite not being as well known today. This is a challenging trail but the scenery is out of this world.

King Alfonso II The Chaste was officially the very first Camino de Santiago pilgrim, walking the 320kms from Oviedo to Santiago in the 9th century to visit the tomb of St James that had just been discovered. It was King Alfonso who, having reached Santiago, requested that a church would be built to host the remains of St James for future pilgrims to pay their respects. That would be the first temple and origins of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

The trail takes pilgrims to two wonderful historic cities such as Oviedo, in Asturias, and Lugo, in Galicia. But beside those two cities, this is a mainly rural and off the beaten track Camino route, particularly the first section from Oviedo.

The stage from Oviedo and across the mountains rewards pilgrims with stunningly rugged scenery, windswept mountain landscapes and superb forest trails connecting tiny little mountain villages and towns. We highly recommend the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo to experienced walkers up for a memorable challenge and pilgrims looking for a real Camino adventure.

The second section of the Camino Primitivo from Lugo, however is manageable for walkers of all levels. The Old Town in Lugo and its UNESCO listed Roman Wall, is an absolute must-see on this Camino route.

After Lugo, pilgrims enjoy quiet country trails through farmland and woodland dotted with Romanesque churches and bridges until reaching the market town of Melide, where the route joins the famous Camino Frances. From Melide it is only 50kms more to go to Santiago de Compostela where you will celebrate your achievement with pilgrims from all over the world at the Praza do Obradoiro. Talk to our travel experts and start planning your Camino trip.

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Suggested Tours


There are many great things to do, see and taste on the Camino Primitivo, these are some of our tips:

  • Visit Oviedo’s Cathedral of San Salvador
  • Take a break to admire the stunning mountain landscapes
  • Enjoy peaceful forest tracks
  • Go for a walk on Lugo’s UNESCO Roman Wall
  • Try Asturias’ famous cider and Galician octopus in Melide
  • Get your Compostela certificate in Santiago

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Whether you choose to take a couple of weeks to walk the full Camino Primitivo route from Oviedo or you are starting your journey from Lugo over a week, the Camino de Santiago will be an unforgettable experience.

The first section from Oviedo to Lugo is stunningly beautiful and remote so we highly recommend it for experienced walkers looking for a challenge. The terrain of the trail from Lugo is easy and manageable for walkers of all levels.

At JWT we have a couple of suggested tours for you to consider but we can also create an itinerary just for you, so it is a perfect Camino experience. Talk to our travel experts and start planning your Camino trip.

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