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Camino Primitivo
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Camino de Santiago from Lugo in 7 days

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Difficulty
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104 km
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5 steps
7 days
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265 €

Doing the Way of St. James from Lugo allows you to cover the last 100 km of the Primitive Way, the route that follows in the footsteps of Alfonso II, the pilgrim king who reached the tomb of St. James when neither the city nor the cathedral still existed. This route, which starts in Lugo, offers you the best of inland Galicia: landscape, gastronomy, intangible culture, Roman and medieval remains, etc. A quieter route than the more famous French Way - with which it will eventually converge - but which grows year by year in number of pilgrims due to its enormous symbolic value.
Walk the last 100 km of the Primitive Way
Discover the Way that forged the legend of the Pilgrim King
Enjoy the green interior of Galicia
Camino Primitivo
PR02

Camino de Santiago from Lugo in 7 days

Distance
Difficulty
Stages
Duration
104 km
●●○○○
5 steps
7 days
Walk the last 100 km of the Primitive Way
Discover the Way that forged the legend of the Pilgrim King
Enjoy the green interior of Galicia
from 265 €
Doing the Way of St. James from Lugo allows you to cover the last 100 km of the Primitive Way, the route that follows in the footsteps of Alfonso II, the pilgrim king who reached the tomb of St. James when neither the city nor the cathedral still existed. This route, which starts in Lugo, offers you the best of inland Galicia: landscape, gastronomy, intangible culture, Roman and medieval remains, etc. A quieter route than the more famous French Way - with which it will eventually converge - but which grows year by year in number of pilgrims due to its enormous symbolic value.

The recipe for great journeys

Natural, historical and ethnographic heritage, spectacular gastronomy, good company, slow pace and time for time. These are the ingredients with which we design trips in Viando. Are you staying at home? 

Is this trip for me?

Type of trip: Half distance
Journeys to savour slowly, with the best of each space and that indescribable sensation of overcoming your own limits.
Type of services: Configurable
You choose your category of accommodation, if you want breakfast or not, if you want us to carry your luggage, etc. You decide and we will make sure everything runs smoothly.
Travel style: On your own
Programmes designed so that you can travel the route on your own, at the pace set by your steps. Full autonomy and the peace of mind of knowing that we are with you if you need us.
Physical demands: Hiking
Routes of small or medium physical demand, of medium distance (20-30 km / day) and surfaces that facilitate walking, and that can be covered autonomously.

Services included

Accommodation
monitored

Full documentation

Pilgrim's badge

24h travel assistance

Advanced travel insurance

VAT and taxes

And also...

Luggage transport
Private transfers
Breakfast
Half board (dinners)
Cancellation insurance

Free if you book through our website

Luggage transport
Private transfers
Reinforced breakfasts
Half board (dinners)
Cancellation insurance

Itinerary

Day 1. Starting the Way of Saint James from Lugo

On the first day of the Camino de Santiago from Lugo you will have to get to the starting point, either on your own, or through some of the transfer services that we offer as optional. Our recommendation is that you get to the city as soon as possible, to make the most of the time and get to know it, if you have not already done so. Or to revisit it.

The impressive Roman wall, a World Heritage Site, contains Roman remains dating back two thousand years, as well as interesting medieval and Baroque monuments, such as its impressive cathedral. Without a doubt, you will have at your disposal a good number of attractions to occupy the hours before the start of your pilgrimage.

Hostel: Hostel Viatori or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel Darío or similar
Charming accommodation: Hotel East West or similar

Day 2. Stage Lugo - A Ponte Ferreira

Distance: 29.1 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
AccommodationA Ponte Ferreira

The first day of this Camino de Santiago from Lugo will take you from the great Roman city to the tiny village of A Ponte Ferreira, a perfect place to regain strength after the first stage. You will leave Lugo through the Porta de Santiago, which thousands of pilgrims have crossed over the centuries, to meet the river Miño and continue your journey. You will walk along secondary roads and paths in the middle of the characteristic rural landscape of inland Galicia.

Hostel: Hostel A Nave de Ferreira or similar
Standard accommodation: O Lar do Alecrín or similar
Charming accommodation: Casa da Ponte Ferreira or similar

Day 3. Stage A Ponte Ferreira - Melide

Distance: 21.3 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Melide

This second stage of this section of the Camino de Santiago will take you to Melide, the point where the Primitive Way joins the French Way to continue towards Compostela. But not before enjoying this small village in the interior of Galicia, which hides its crossroads oldest. From there you will notice a clear increase in the number of pilgrims, so we recommend you make the most of the last kilometres of this primitive route, much quieter and solitary. If you're interested in gastronomy, in Melide you can't miss the octopus. á feira - which has a long tradition here - and melindres: the typical local dessert.

Hostel: San Antón Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: La Esquina Guesthouse or similar
Charming accommodation: Hotel Lux Melide or similar

Day 4. Stage Melide - Arzúa

Distance: 15.2 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Arzúa

A short stage awaits you on the fourth day. Less than 15 km to adapt your pace to that of the French Way, which traditionally stops in Arzúa. This stage may be hard for walkers coming from Palas de Rei, but those coming from Lugo on the Camino de Santiago are already used to the continuous changes in level. In any case, the day promises paths among centenary trees and beautiful spots, such as Ribadiso: the anteroom of Arzúa.

Hostel: San Francisco Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Casa Elena Guesthouse or similar
Charming accommodation: La Casona de Nené or similar

Day 5. Stage Arzúa - O Pedrouzo

Distance: 21 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
AccommodationO Pedrouzo

Another day of this Camino de Santiago from Lugo, marked by the presence of wonderful landscapes between forests and meadows that will accompany you during today's stage. You will notice that you will pass through villages much more frequently than in previous stages. It is not for nothing that you are approaching Compostela. At the end of the stage, you will find yourself in O Pedrouzo, a modern town, which has grown in recent years, and which offers a special hospitality to walkers.

Hostel: O Burgo Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Pension Lo or similar
Charming accommodation: O Muíño da Pena Guesthouse or similar

Day 6. Stage O Pedrouzo - Santiago de Compostela

Distance: 19.1 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
AccommodationSantiago de Compostela

Finally, the last stage of the Camino de Santiago from Lugo! This stage takes you to the Plaza del Obradoiro from where you can contemplate the impressive cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Many end their journey here, while others continue on to Fisterra to contemplate the end of the world. Whatever your case, we are sure that this last stage will not leave you indifferent. You will feel the first stirring of the heart on your arrival at Monte do Gozo, from where you will be able to contemplate the towers of the cathedral just 5 km away.

It doesn't matter where you are from and how far you have walked, or how many times you have walked the path: it continues to impress and create a mood of joy that will accompany you until you arrive at the apostle's tomb.

Hostel: The Last Stamp Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Deniké Guesthouse or similar
Charming accommodation: Hotel Costa Vella or similar

Day 7. Discover Compostela

The seventh day is a tribute to your efforts. After a well-deserved rest, you will have the whole day free to explore the Holy City: its Cathedral and the rest of its monuments. If you wish, we can also help you with this. And, if you have time, we have some complementary activities that may be of interest. Ask us about them.

Gain free cancellation
when booking on the website

Frequently asked questions

What to expect from this tour?
The Primitive Way is one of the most popular routes of the Camino de Santiago. This section starts in Lugo and joins the French Way in Melide. From this point, you will notice a clear increase in the number of walkers. You can expect stages with different gradients, although in general they are very easy. Most of the route runs on different surfaces, alternating dirt, gravel and asphalt roads. This route is for you if you are looking for an alternative to the French Way, you want to finish in Santiago de Compostela and you don't have more than a week.
The Primitive Way between Lugo and Santiago de Compostela is open all year round. Although it can be done in the middle of winter, taking into account a series of technical conditions (more information here), the most advisable time is usually the first half of autumn, when the weather is milder. It can also be done in summer, because temperatures are usually mild, but in this case you should expect more people on the Camino and there may be a certain saturation in the last stages.
All the stages of this route can be completed on foot, so there is no need for additional transfers. If you need transport to get to Lugo from Santiago airport or any other airport, or if you want to hire a transfer from Santiago to the airport for your return home, we can include them as an optional service.
Accommodation in the following categories is available on this route: hostels, standard accommodation and charming accommodation. You can see more information about the categories of accommodation we use in Viando. in this link.

By default and compulsory, all our programmes include travel insurance with specific coverage for the Camino de Santiago. You can see the details in the section Insurance of our website. 

All our programmes include a 24-hour telephone support service, should you need help at any time during your experience. This means that you can also contact us outside office hours (when you are on pilgrimage). 

If you want to book this programme, you have the following options available a form where you can indicate the starting date, the type of accommodation and a series of optional services. The price will be updated according to the options you choose, so you have full control. Once you have configured your trip, click on "Book" to make the payment.

Once we receive your request, you will automatically receive a proof of purchase and within 48 working hours we will contact you to confirm the details of your booking and provide you with the documentation. 

In Viando we also work with tailor-made programmes (short stages, intermediate rest days, itineraries different from those proposed, etc.). If you are looking for a Camino that meets your needs/preferences, you can ask us for a quote. here.