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Camino Primitivo

Camino Primitivo

Highlights
  • Experience the original pilgrim's trail into Santiago
  • Enjoy a quieter and more challenging alternative to the more well-known Camino Frances
  • Follow ancient paths through the Cantabrian mountains
  • Explore the unspoiled regions of Asturias and Galicia
  • Savor locally sourced rustic gastronomy in this unique part of Spain
  • Complete a unique and rewarding journey and gain your Compostela Certificate in Santiago

Follow the original Camino de Santiago by walking the medieval Camino Primitivo. The Camino Primitivo offers tranquility and challenge as it travels along the rugged and diverse landscapes of Asturias in northern Spain en route to Santiago de Compostela. 

The Camino Primitivo tends to be walked by those who already have a Camino under their belt or are looking for a more challenging alternative to the Camino Frances, but it's a route rich in rewards. To start planning your next adventure on the Camino Primitivo, take a look through our available itineraries below.

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  • Hiking the Camino de Santiago

    Every year, thousands embark on various routes to hike to Santiago de Compostela. A deep spiritual sense accompanies this journey, whether you seek it or not. Meeting fellow pilgrims, listening to their stories, and sharing your experience alongside them makes a Camino tour a transformative event.

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  • Everything you need to know about the Camino

    Rachel and Ewan discuss the key aspects of hiking the Camino de Santiago. While there are more in-depth videos available on each of the topics, this is an excellent starting point of what it will be like to hike the Camino Frances.

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  • What to pack for the Camino?

    One of the crucial things people consider when hiking the Camino is what to pack. While there are some essential items, most people aim to minimize their load. At Macs we transfer your luggage for you which allows you to pack whatever you prefer!

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  • How to reach the Camino?

    How do you get to Sarria? How do you return from Leon? With numerous starting and ending points, we thought it would be useful to create a video that provides you with all these details. You no longer have to worry about transportation, it is all explained here.  

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  • How many hiking days do I need?

    With a trek that stretches the entire northern region of Spain, it's understandable to expect a variety of different itineraries on this route. In this video, we discuss the number of days it typically takes to hike the Camino. We also explore all the different ways you can divide the stages up. 

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