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Camino Primitivo: Stage 1

11 Days & 10 Nights 4.7 Read 28 reviews
  • The original pilgrims trail to Santiago
  • Discovering the authentic towns and villages that form the backbone of the route.
  • Enjoying the fine flavours of the regional food and drink.
  • Warm and welcoming locals and the friendships made along the Way.
Walk the first section of the original pilgrims trail from Oviedo to Lugo. This first stage of the Camino Primitivo is challenging and fairly arduous, representing the most courageous character of pilgrims, however the reward at the end is well worth the effort. Starting off in the vibrant medieval city of Oviedo where the streets are littered with restaurants and small chigres (cider bars) enjoy your first slice of authentic Spanish hospitality. From here you will continue your walk westwards uncovering the beautiful Cantabrian Mountains and Asturian countryside.

What To Expect

The Camino Primitivo is perfect for those wishing a more challenging alternative to the popular Camino Frances. A journey through quiet unspoilt landscapes and charming medieval villages providing a truly authentic Spanish experience.

Trip Type:

Pilgrimages | For those looking to follow a path of self-discovery. Our Pilgrimage and Camino routes take you on a journey through diverse landscapes and local flavours, while meeting like-minded adventurers along the way.


Inn to Inn Walking | Walk from place-to-place changing accommodations each night. Generally staying in B&B’s, inns, and guesthouses.

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Long-Distance Trails

Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate to strenuous overall and includes daily walks of between 16 and 30km. You can expect to walk for between five and eight hours each day and there are some steep ascents and descents. The Camino Primitivo follows a mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths.


The route is marked with yellow painted arrows but please take care at intersections. A detailed information pack including route notes, local information and maps will be waiting for you at your first accommodation.

Accommodation Information

The accommodation is a mixture of small family-run hotels, pensions and larger hotels in the big cities. All with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms and all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We do recommend that you book this trip early as the area is always popular and the hotels and inns do fill up early.

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

The Camino is available to solo walkers at a supplement. Single rooms are available although a single supplement is payable.


A local breakfast is included each morning which usually consists of a coffee and bread with jams. Lunch and dinner are not included as standard so you are free to choose from the available options.

Additional Nights

There is so much to see and do along the route that many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the walk either as a rest day or simply to do some extra sightseeing. If you are walking the whole route solo try not to add too many extra nights along the way as you will lose touch with those you have met. We would definitely recommend an extra night or 2 in Santiago to attend Pilgrims Mass and walk about this beautiful city.

Fewer Nights

It is possible to walk the Camino in less time but we would not recommend this.

  • Accommodation in small rural hotels and guest houses with en-suite W/C.
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Baggage Transfers
  • Transfers as per itinerary.
  • A detailed information pack for the group leader including route notes, maps, and local information.
  • Camino guide book.
  • Emergency support from our local and UK offices in the event of a problem.
  • Return travel to Spain.
  • Lunches, dinners (optional), snacks or drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.
  • Additional nights accommodation along the way.

When To Go

When to Go

This trip is available to start on any day from the beginning of March to the end of October. Option & extension prices will be displayed as part of the booking process.

Time of Year

The Camino Primitivo is best enjoyed from March to October.  The summer months of July and August can be very hot and there are some sections with limited shade cover so please keep this in mind if you are walking at this time of year and start your walking days early to avoid the hottest part of the day. 

The North of Spain is the wettest part of the country, so you can expect rain at any point, though during the summer months it doesn’t tend to hang around for too long. However, we recommend always carrying a light waterproof, just to be on the safe side.

Getting to the Start

By Air: Oviedo — Oviedo airport is located 47km northwest of Oviedo. Oviedo is easily reached from the UK by Easyjet who operate a regular direct service. If you are coming from Europe then please check out Oviedo (Asturia) Airport website and check what airline suits best.

If you are coming from overseas, you have a few options here. You can fly into London and catch an Easyjet flight to Oviedo Alternatively you can fly into Madrid and catch an internal flight or a train from here will take approx 7-8 hrs. You can catch internal flights with either Ryanair, Iberia Vueling airlines to the main hubs of Madrid and Barcelona if you are flying here from overseas.

Buses run every 2 to 3 hours during the daytime from the airport to Oviedo (approximately 5 euros). Timetables can be viewed at Alsa. Alternatively, a taxi would cost roughly 40 euros.

Getting from the End

Santiago de Compostela Airport is situated 134Km outside of Lugo. There is a bus connection from the city centre, operated by Freire S.L, the journey time is one hour 30 minutes and a ticket costs €15.00.

Santiago de Compostela is the nearest airport to Lugo. Ryanair operate a direct flight to the UK from here. If you are coming from Europe then please look at the Santiago Airport website and check what airlines suit you best. You can catch internal flights with either Ryanair or Vueling airlines to the main hubs of Madrid and Barcelona if you are flying here from overseas.

Baggage Transfer

Baggage transfers are included (max 20kg per person). Your main bag will be transferred each day between your overnight accommodation so that you only need to walk with a day pack.

General Information

Pilgrim's Passport

The Pilgrim's Passport is available in any church/pilgrim office on the route and these are clearly marked in your guidebook.   You need to get the passport stamped in churches, restaurants and hotels along the way.  At the end of the walk, in Santiago, you can obtain your Compostela Certificate (only if you have walked the last 100km). For the other sections of the trail, the passport is used as a souvenir with all the colourful stamps you will receive. Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Restoratiom.

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Restoration

Please Note - Due to restoration works on the interior of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, the Pilgrim Mass has been moved to an alternate location until further notice. Unfortunately, during the restoration of the Cathedral the Botafumeiro will not take place.


Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, lightweight clothes, waterproofs and a day pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Day 1 Arrive Oviedo and overnight Day 2 Oviedo to Grado and transfer to Sama de Grado 17.4 miles / 28 km Day 3 Transfer to Grado and walk to Salas 14.3 miles / 23 km Day 4 Salas to Tineo 13.7 miles / 22 km Day 5 Tineo to Borres and transfer to Tineo 13.7 miles / 22 km Day 6 Transfer to Borres, walk to Beducedo and tranfer to Pola de Allande 14.9 miles / 24 km Day 7 Transfer to Beducedo and walk to Grandas de Salime 15.8 miles / 25.5 km Day 8 Grandas de Salime to A Fonsagrada 17.4 miles / 28 km Day 9 A Fonsagrada to O Cádavo 16.1 miles / 26 km Day 10 O Cádavo to Lugo 19.9 miles / 32 km Day 11 Onward Travel

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