Day 1: Oviedo. You will be booked into a hotel in the heart of the town of Oviedo. The rooms are en-suite. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 3* hotel in the historical part of the town, en-suite. Includes: (B).
Day 2: From Oviedo to Grado (30 km, 8 h). Our day begins at the Cathedral of El Salvador and, after leaving the town of Oviedo, we head west. We arrive at the chapel of El Carmen in Lampajúa (Llampaxuga) and from here we descend toward Ponte de Gallegos. The Camino then follows a beautiful trail along the river Nora to finish in a steep ascent to the lovely village of Escamplero. As we get closer to the river Nalón, we cross the N-634, and the river. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 1* hotel, en suite. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 3: From Grado to Salas (18 km, 4.5 h). We begin this day with a tough enough start, climbing up for 5 kilometers up to Alto del Fresnu. You will then enjoy a gentle downhill walk through hilly farmlands and hamlets until you reach Cornellana. Here we recommend a visit to the monastery (monasterio) of El Salvador. From here and up to Salas, the Camino mainly goes uphill through more farmlands and their typical Asturias granaries (“horreos”). Finally, we approach Salas on more gentle terrain. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 2* hotel, en-suite. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 4: From Salas to Tineo (19 km, 5 h). This is a tough stage of the Camino, not because of its length (its actually shorter), but because it is ascending constantly. There is practically no break in the climb for almost eight hundred meters. Fortunately, most of the climb is concentrated at the beginning. Following the national road for a short while, the Camino continues on a quieter, paved path that leads us to La Espina. Here we quit the “Camino Norte” that continues North West. We now enter an area with strong regional character and traditions. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 2* hotel, en-suite, close to the Albergue. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 5: From Tineo to Pola Allende (28 km, 8.5 h). This is another challenging stage of the Camino, with ups and downs throughout the day. After following the road for a short time, the Camino comes to a path descending through woodlands. Then it passes the small villages of Vega el Rey, Berrugoso and Campiello, where time seems to have stopped. We finish the day with a steep descent of about three hundred meters to arrive in Pola de Allande. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 2* hotel, en-suite. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 6: From Pola Allende to Berducedo (17 km, 5 h). Today is another challenging day, beginning with an ascent of almost 600 m, reaching the summit of Puerto del Palo. Here, your climb will be rewarded with amazing views of the Cantabrian mountain chain and its 2500 m + summits. This is followed by a drop of 250 m on what is called the “Camino de los Hospitales", so be prepared and be careful! Finally, passing through woods, we arrive in Berducedo. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 1* family-run hotel, Casa Rural, en-suite. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 7: From Berducedo to Grandas de Salime (16 km, 4.5 h). This is the most rewarding part of the Camino Primitivo, but also one of the hardest. Some pilgrims have difficulty ascending, others with descending and those who have not had any difficulties in the past may do so today! We start by climbing to Aerogenedores at 1100 m above sea level, where you will get spectacular views of the Embalse de Salime (artificial lake), the River Navia below and of course the mountains surrounding us! Then it is a steep descent of 900 m in just 7 km. Finally, passing the dam, the Camino make its way up to Grandas Salime after a more gentle 350 m ascent. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 2* hotel, en-suite. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 8: From Grandas de Salime to A Fonsagrada (26 km, 7 h). Today the Camino starts with a steep ascent to El Acebo (1050 m) for other fine views of the Cantabrian Mountains. It is now time to bid our farewell to Asturias and to say hello to the land of the Celts: Galicia! After passing the mountain villages of Cabreria, Fonfría, and Barbeito we arrive in A Fonsagrada, for well deserved rest!
In the town center stands the Fons Sacra, from which it takes its name. This town bore witness to one of the miracles of the apostle Saint James, who after being attended to by an impoverished widow, turned the water from this fountain into fresh milk for her children. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 1* hotel, en-suite. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 9: From A Fonsagrada to O Cadavo Baleira (23 km, 7 h). After leaving A Fonsagrada, the Camino passes through A Pobra de Buron, where there have been records of pilgrims passing this ancient village since the 12th Century. This camino has been referred to as the "Camino de Oviedo". Coming to Hospital de Montouto, we can see the actual hospital sitting on a hilltop. It is now in ruins, but was one of the last to close, and was probably the most important on all the mountain caminos of Galicia. There is also a magnificent dolmen in the vicinity of the hospital. The Camino then makes its way to the town of O Cadavo, passing quaint villages such as Calzada, Degolada and A Fontaneira. O Cadavo is the second most important town that the pilgrims on the Camino Primitivo will pass on their way to Santiago. According to local history, Alphonse II the Chaste fought the Islamic Army nearby. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 2* hotel with a great bar, very atmospheric, en-suite. Meal: Half board.
Day 10: From O Cadavo Baleira to Lugo (30 km, 8 h). The Camino continues through lands famous for their slate mines as far as Paradavela. This attractive village, which retains much of its original character, is home to a number of "Pallozas" (primitive thatched dwellings) and other buildings of interest. Then, passing by the convent of San Francisco de Vilabade we arrive later in the pleasant town of Castroverde. After Castroverde, the Camino passes the eery, abandoned village of Soutomerille; nestled in a landscape of great beauty. Finally, crossing farmlands, the Way arrives in "Lucus Augusti", or Lugo, by the Gate of Saint Peter. Lugo is a large town of Roman origin, whose origins date back more than 2000 years - making it the oldest town in Galicia! Take some time to explore it. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 3* hotel, en-suite. Includes: (B).
Day 11: Lugo. After breakfast we bid you farewell. Includes: (B).
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