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The Way of Saint James from Oviedo to Lugo in 9 stages

Distance
Difficulty
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Duration
225 km
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9 stages
11 days
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295 €

Grandas de Salime Reservoir, in the heart of the Primitive Way
Since you are thinking of doing the Primitive Way, why not start at the beginning? Discover the Way of St. James from Oviedo, the first pilgrimage route to Compostela along the paths that King Alfonso II walked in the 9th century: the first pilgrim to a Compostela that did not yet exist and that would come to be from the discovery of the apostolic sepulchre. One of the most authentic routes, completely surrounded by nature in the highlands of Asturias and Galicia. Shall we do the Way of St. James from Oviedo?
Discover the first half of the Primitive Way
It connects the historic cities of Oviedo and Lugo.
Travels through the green lands of Asturias and Galicia
Grandas de Salime Reservoir, in the heart of the Primitive Way
Camino Primitivo
PR01

The Way of Saint James from Oviedo to Lugo in 9 stages

Distance
Difficulty
Stages
Duration
225 km
●●●○○
9 stages
11 days
Discover the first half of the Primitive Way
It connects the historic cities of Oviedo and Lugo.
Travels through the green lands of Asturias and Galicia
from 295 €
Since you are thinking of doing the Primitive Way, why not start at the beginning? Discover the Way of St. James from Oviedo, the first pilgrimage route to Compostela along the paths that King Alfonso II walked in the 9th century: the first pilgrim to a Compostela that did not yet exist and that would come to be from the discovery of the apostolic sepulchre. One of the most authentic routes, completely surrounded by nature in the highlands of Asturias and Galicia. Shall we do the Way of St. James from Oviedo?

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? 

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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

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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. Welcome to Oviedo, the capital of Asturias

Welcome to our proposal to walk the Camino de Santiago from Oviedo to Lugo in 9 stages. On this first day you should arrive in Oviedo from your place of origin. We recommend you do it as soon as possible to enjoy the city or, if it is not possible, book an extra night to get to know it at your leisure. It deserves no less.

Oviedo - in Asturian Uviéu - is one of the most impressive cities in the north of the Iberian Peninsula, and it is also a perfect place from which to visit some of the nearby points of interest, such as the temples of Naranco and Lillo or the mythical sanctuary of Covadonga.

Hostel: HiHome Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel Fruela or similar
Charming accommodation: Hotel Zentral Oviedo or similar

Day 2. Stage Oviedo - Grado

Distance: 27 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
Accommodation: Bachelor's Degree / Grau

Oviedo was the capital of the only Christian kingdom on the peninsula that was not conquered by the Arab expansion that gave rise to the Umayyad Caliphate, and from there, in the 9th century, King Alfonso II set out for Compostela when he received the news from the bishop of Iria Flavia of the discovery of the tomb of the favourite of the apostles. That journey made him the first pilgrim, and the route he followed is what is known today as the Primitive Way. The destination of the journey, which runs through the impressive central Asturian landscape, is Grado - a small town that is a crossroads of roads and also of medieval and Indian architectural references.

Hostel: La Quintana Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel Areces or similar
Charming accommodation: The Lackey of Sestiello or similar

Day 3. Stage Grado - Salas

Distance: 21 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Chambers

The third day of your adventure on the Way of St. James from Oviedo to Lugo offers the passage through Cornellana, where the magnificent monastery of San Salvador is located. From there, through the valley of the river Nonaya and between small villages, you will reach the beautiful historic centre of Salas, where you will find remains that bear witness to the great importance of this town in the past: the Santa María la Mayor Collegiate Church, the Tower and the Palace of Valdés. Don't miss a visit to the Pre-Romanesque Museum.

Hostel: Nonaya Valley Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Dream House or similar
Charming accommodation: Hotel Castillo de Valdés or similar

Day 4. Stage Salas - Tineo

Distance: 22.3 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
Accommodation: Tineo / Tinéu

A day's ascent towards La Espina, between meadows and forests of oak and chestnut trees which, on this route, will become your most faithful companions. You can also enjoy the rural architecture through examples such as the church of Santa María and its transept in Porciles, or the chapel of Cristo de los Afligidos in La Espina. The end of the stage in Tineo (in Asturian, Tinéu) will not disappoint you.

Hostel: Merás Palace Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel Palacio de Merás or similar
Charming accommodation: Hotel Palacio de Merás or similar

Day 5. Stage Tineo - Pola de Allande

Distance: 30.2 km
Difficulty: ●●●●○
Accommodation: Pola de Allande / La Puela

As the walker enters the western part of Asturias, he will notice how the ecological and scenic richness that characterises this Primitive Way increases. The day will end in the charming village of Pola de Allande (La Puela), the perfect place for a well-deserved rest after one of the hardest days on this route, with many changes in level.

Hostel: La Casita de Aba Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel Lozano or similar
Charming accommodation: Hotel La Nueva Allandesa or similar

Day 6. Stage Pola de Allande - Berducedo

Distance: 20.5 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
AccommodationBerducedo

Another day of this Camino de Santiago from Oviedo to Lugo through the impressive mountains of western Asturias. It will be time to climb the Palo pass (1,147 metres above sea level), from where you can enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding area. The day ends in Berducedo, the perfect place to try its famous corn "tortos" and, of course, to continue enjoying the unbeatable Asturian gastronomy.

Hostel: N/A (night in private accommodation)
Charming accommodation: Araceli Village House or similar

Day 7. Stage Berducedo - Grandas de Salime

Distance: 22 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
AccommodationGrandas de Salime

The last fully Asturian stage of the Primitive Way, which will take you from Berducedo to Grandas de Salime, bordering the beautiful reservoir of this town. The views from the Ballena viewpoint are simply unforgettable. And in Grandas be sure to visit some of its interesting monuments, such as the collegiate church of El Salvador.

Hostel: Porta de Grandas Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel La Barra or similar
Charming accommodation: Hotel Las Grandas or similar

Day 8. Stage Grandes de Salime - A Fonsagrada

Distance: 27.4 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
Accommodation: A Fonsagrada

On this day you will cross the border between Asturias and Galicia to see how little - very little - changes. The route will take you to the O Acebo pass, in the Os Ancares mountain range, more than 1,110 metres above sea level. Small churches, hermitages and chapels dot the road, arranging the territory covered with small villages dedicated to agriculture and livestock farming.

Hostel: Cantábrico Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Pension Cantábrico or similar
Charming accommodation: Hotel Portico or similar

Day 9. Stage A Fonsagrada - O Cádavo

Distance: 25.1 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
Accommodation: O Cádavo

The penultimate day of this section between Oviedo and Lugo, which will take you to O Cádavo. The route passes by the ruins of the Hospital de Montouto, founded in the 14th century to provide shelter for the pilgrims who made the journey in those days. Next to it, the prehistoric remains of Pedras Dereitas travel much further back in time and allow us to imagine other cultures and religiosities.

Hostel: Porta Santa Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel Moneda or similar
Charming accommodation: Pension A Marronda or similar

Day 10. Stage O Cádavo - Lugo

Distance: 31.3 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
Accommodation: Lugo

Last stage of your adventure on the Camino de Santiago from Oviedo to Lugo, to arrive from O Cádavo to the capital of Lugo, the first city after leaving Oviedo. Another day of rural scenery that becomes more densely populated as you approach Lugo, one of the great historic cities of Galicia since Roman times.

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

Day 11. Discover Lugo

After breakfast, our services associated with this programme come to an end. But Lugo has a lot to offer. And you are going to love it. Whether your interest is more religious (its cathedral has the privilege of the permanent exhibition of the sacred form) or more historical (the abundant remains of the Roman Lucus Augusti and its imposing wall await you there), or more gastronomic. In Galicia, everyone knows: "to eat, Lugo".

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Frequently asked questions

What to expect from this tour?
The Primitive Way is a jewel for lovers of nature and open spaces. This section between Oviedo and Lugo crosses the western part of Asturias and the eastern part of Galicia, crossing the Ancares mountain range. You should expect a path of some complexity, with constant changes of level and some relatively lonely stretches (especially if you opt for the Hospitales variant). Even so, it is a route that can be walked by people who are in normal physical shape and have a certain habit of walking in open spaces.
The Primitive Way between Oviedo and Lugo 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) and the snows of Ancares, the most advisable time is usually the first half of autumn, when the weather is milder. Most people do it in summer, a time of mild temperatures and, in general, less rainy days.
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 Oviedo from Asturias airport or any other airport, or if you want to hire a transfer 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.