Camino Primitivo: Stage 27 Days & 6 Nights 4.6 Read 23 reviews
- The original pilgrims trail to Santiago
- Discovering the authentic towns and villages that form the backbone of the route.
- Completing a unique and rewarding journey and gaining your Compostela in Santiago.
- Enjoying the fine flavours of the regional food and drink.
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.
Pilgrim Trail | You will follow a historic pilgrimage trail, in the footsteps of generations of travelers
This trip is suitable for:
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Spiritual Journeys
- Personal Growth
- Historical Journeys
Activity Level & Terrain
This walk is graded moderate to Strenuous and includes daily walks of 15-31km. On the Camino, you will follow a mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths.
The route is marked with yellow painted arrows but please take care at intersections. There will always be other walkers around in case you are looking for help. A detailed information pack including route notes, local information and maps will be waiting for you at your first accommodation.
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.
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.
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
- 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
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 weather in Northern Spain is very varied, during the winter months (Nov – Feb) some sections of the Camino can be covered in Snow and the path might be harder to follow, we usually recommend walking between March and October the best walking season. July and August can be extremely busy on the Camino and very hot so we tend to tell people to avoid these months.
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
Santiago de Compostela Airport is situated 134Km outside of Lugo. There is a bus connection to 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 and is easily reached from the UK by Ryanair who operate a regular direct service. If you are coming from Europe then please look at the Santiago Airport website and check what airlines suit you best.
If you are coming from overseas you have a few options here. You can fly into London and catch a Ryanair flight to Santiago but remember they don’t have much weight allowance. 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 or Vueling airlines to the main hubs of Madrid and Barcelona if you are flying here from overseas.
Getting from the End
From Santiago City Centre to the Airport
From Santiago, you can arrange a private transfer through Macs Adventure, to ensure a smooth end to your Camino. Alternatively, a bus runs between the airport and Plaza de Galicia in Santiago, stopping at different points in the city (Pazo de Congresos, Capilla San Lázaro, the bus station, the railway station, Rúa da Rosa, and others). From the airport, the bus departs from 00:00 to 23:30, every half hour (duration 20 mins). Please see the Santiago Airport website for current timetables.
From Santiago to Madrid by train
If you would prefer to travel by rail, you can take a train (fast trains are available, 6h30 duration approx.) from Santiago to Madrid with RENFE.
By Bus within Spain
There are good bus connections from Santiago to other cities within Spain – see http://www.alsa.es for bus schedules.
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.
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.
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.
The average daily distance of our Camino tours are between 20 and 25 kilometers and you can expect to walk for between five and eight hours each day. You should do as much walking as possible prior to your walk as this will simply add to your enjoyment. That said if you are not at peak fitness you will find you will soon walk yourself fit.
A mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths. The route is marked with yellow painted arrows but please take care at intersections. There will always be other walkers around incase you are looking for help.
We suggest you book as far in advance as possible as the Camino is extremely popular. Numbers can rise by up to 100, 000 people. We will always try and accommodate late bookings but realistically you need to book at least 6 weeks prior to departure.
Yes, some people prefer to walk carrying their own bags as a true pilgrim would have. You can select the option for removing the baggage transfers in Step 2 of the Booking Engine.
I would recommend April/May when the spring flowers are at there best and September/October when the colours are just lovely. June, July and August can be very hot if you are not used to walking in the heat while the temperatures can fall sharply in the winter with some accommodation closing down for the end of season.
Public transport and taxis are available, if you are need of support our local partner in Spain will be more that happy to help.
Unfortunately we are unable to change your accommodation bookings and itinerary once you start walking as alternative accommodation is generally not available at such short notice.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive in Lugo and overnight
Enjoy a night in Lugo, a walled city dating back to Roman times.
The 18th century Pazo de Orbán sits in a fabulous location right next to the famous Roman wall of Lugo. Featuring elegant rooms with wooden floors and traditional décor, as well as a charming terrace and tavern, this lovely boutique hotel is a real hidden gem!
The delightful hotel is situated just outside the ancient Roman walls of the old city and the Camino Primitivo passes right by the front door.
Since its birth (1861) several alterations in structure and design have been made, the most recent in 2010 but it still retains many original features. It offers every comfort with its modern and functional facilities.
A long day following flat, peaceful country roads—a bit of a relief after the all your previous ascents!
This charming Casa Rural is a welcome stop in the town of Ferreira.
The route joins the Camino Frances today as you head towards Melide. Walk through eucalyptus groves and then prepare for the route becoming busier as you join other pilgrims on the Camino Frances.
Das Hotel Carlos 96 in Melide bietet komfortbale Zimmer direkt am Jakobsweg an.
This two-star guesthouse has been recently opened, offering 12 rooms with private bathrooms and fully equipped with TV, WIFI and air conditioning (hot and cold).
Die Zimmer in der Pension Esquina sind gemütlich und modern eingerichtet.
Leaving Melide behind today’s walk takes you to the “cheese town” of Arzúa.
The majority of walking is gentle ascents and descents with the exception of the steep incline into Arzua from Ribadiso. Relax on the river banks before ascending to Arzúa.
Entdecken Sie ein völlig neues 2-Sterne Hotel in Arzúa direkt am Jakobsweg. Neu eröffnet mit allem Komfort, um sich nach einer langen Pilgerreise auszuruhen.
The Pazo Santa Maria is a real oasis on the trail. A historical manor house dating back to the 18th century, the hotel offers a massage service for those weary legs, a fantastic restaurant serving fine Galician cuisine and tranquil gardens in which to relax.
Leaving the old quarter of Arzua the Camino leads past sturdy oak trees, which give way to lush meadows. Visit the medieval shrine at Santa Irene, dedicated to a martyr saint from Portugal and the Baroque fountain of healing waters.
This property offers comfortable cottages with 3 double bedrooms and 1 single, all with private bathroom and TV, living room with gallery. There are also 3 tourist apartments for 2-4 persons, each consisting of 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, living room with fireplace and terrace. Dining is available. It has swimming pool and garden to relax into the summer.
The rural and rustic hotel provides 15 comfortable, well-tended and handsome decorated rooms each with its own indoor furnishing and special ambience. The Hotel offers its pilgrims a pleasant nights stay before the final section of their walk to Santiago de Compostela.
Today you can look forward to a fabulous day walking to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Tall eucalyptus trees sway in the wind as you make your way to the ‘Mount of Joy’ of Monte del Gozo (368m). From here, catch sight of your goal—the impressive spires of Santiago de Compostela’s cathedral.
Only 25m from the traditional market, this house retains its natural charm of stone, wood and light, combined with modern materials. There is an elevator, WIFI throughout the hotel, LCD TV, room service, hair dryer, reading room and lounge.
Es handelt sich um eine moderne Unterkunft, die 2013 komplett renoviert wurde. Das Hotel ist etwas größer und bietet komplett ausgestattete Zimmer auf 8 Etagen.
In the heart of Santiago de Compostela, this hotel combines modernity with tradition, offering a cozy and comfortable stay. Hotel rooms are equipped with every comfort: free WIFI, TV, private bathroom ... The hotel also offers a 24-hour coffee shop.
Check out of your hotel and make your way to the airport or train station for your onward travel.
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