The Primitive Way

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The oldest route in the Camino de Santiago is now considered by many to be the one of greatest beauty, of challenging layout, yet not too crowded, it follows the footsteps of the first pilgrims.

Las ruinas del Hospital de Montouto, A Fonsagrada | C. Rodríguez

Las ruinas del Hospital de Montouto, A Fonsagrada | C. Rodríguez

In the historic centre of Santiago, very close to the university faculty of History and, to Abastos Square, there is an imposing statue of a Medieval king, that of Alfonso II, nicknamed Casto (the pure), he was king at the beginning of the IX century over a large territory that now comprises of the autonomous regions of Galicia, Asturias and Leon: the ancient Gallaecia.

A fundamental monarch to the development of Compostela and to the current world famous Jacobean phenomenon, he was considered the first ever pilgrim. In 813 when they discovered the alleged remains of the Apostle, the bishop of the neighbouring Iria Flavia travelled to Oviedo to inform the King of the discovery. He did not miss the opportunity to morally and ideologically rearm the Christian part of Roman Hispania, bordered in the north of the peninsular by the overwhelming Muslim rule.

Alfonso II embarked on his journey crossing the mountain that separates Asturias of Galicia from Os Ancares, passing the walled city of Lugo and continuing the Camino west to the place where, according to legend Paio the hermit saw the heavenly signs that enabled him to find the tomb of the Apostle. The king ordered the construction of a church in the place where, in the year 2012, more than two hundred thousand people did the pilgrimage. Several thousand did so in the footsteps of king Alfonso, completing the oldest pilgrimage route to Santiago: the Primitive Way.

The Primitive way, also known as Ovedo way or the way of the North-Interior

Also known as the Camino of Ovedo or the North-Interior way was one of the most important in the early years of the Jacobean cult. This route also received the nickname of “the French”, however, this became lost for political reasons linked to the historical phenomenon known as the Reconquista. At the end of the X century the central powers of the Galician-Asturian monarchy moved south to León as did the majority of pilgrims. The Primitive Way however survived.

A demanding journey through landscapes of great beauty The Primitive way travels through very sparsely populated mountainous areas through the lesser-known areas of Galicia and Asturias, almost devoid of basic services such as accommodation, food and medical supplies. In exchange pilgrims can enjoy areas and landscapes of great beauty without the hassle of crowds or rushing. Travellers will see three monumental cities that deserve a lengthy visit (Oviedo, Lugo and of course Santiago).

This journey involves hardly any asphalt and is recommended to all level of walkers (the route however can be somewhat more complicated depending on the weather, particularly when it snows or rains), inhabited by hospitable residents and following problems at some stages of the journey it now has a sufficient number of public and private hostels. It is perhaps one of the most attractive of all the Jacobean routes as a result of its scenic splendour, for its ethnographic wealth, its history and because pilgrims can walk calmly. The Primitive way is difficult but pleasant and is not well signposted.

A Camino of 170 km in Galicia

The Primitive Way, one of the most emblematic routes of the Camino Santiago, begins at the foot of the cathedral of Oviedo. From there it runs through the western half of interior Asturias. It enters Galicia via the peak of Acebo (1.130 meters high), reaching Lugo, 100 km from Santiago (the minimum distance required to receive the Compostela, the popular pilgrim certificate).

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Ramón Fernández Fernández
Ramón Fernández Fernández 14/10/16 16:59:47
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Camino Primitivo, Ruta de los Hospitales.

Camino Primitivo, Ruta de los Hospitales.

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JUAN ANDRES
JUAN ANDRES 14/10/16 11:05:08
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Del 1 al 13 de octubre he realizado el Camino Primitivo desde Oviedo a Santiago y ha sido una de mis mejores experiencias. Espectacular en todos los sentidos.
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Pepe AM
Pepe AM 14/10/2016 15:17:01
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Y seeguro que en el Camino Francés la experiencia no hubiera sido ni la mitad de satisfactoria.
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JUAN ANDRES
JUAN ANDRES 14/10/16 11:02:47
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Capilla de Buspol

Capilla de Buspol

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JUAN ANDRES
JUAN ANDRES 14/10/16 10:49:53
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Se toca el cielo con las manos, camino de Salime

Se toca el cielo con las manos, camino de Salime

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JUAN ANDRES
JUAN ANDRES 14/10/16 10:48:21
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La impresionante Iglesia de Vilabade

La impresionante Iglesia de Vilabade

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JUAN ANDRES
JUAN ANDRES 14/10/16 10:47:02
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Por encima de las nubes

Por encima de las nubes

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JUAN ANDRES
JUAN ANDRES 14/10/16 10:44:58
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Vista desde el Albergue de San Juan de Villapañada

Vista desde el Albergue de San Juan de Villapañada

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JUAN ANDRES
JUAN ANDRES 14/10/16 10:42:13
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El Camino Primitivo tiene una belleza difícil de describir, gozas de unas vistas espectaculares y es un reto, por la dureza del trazado,que te deja más que satisfecho al llegar a Santiago.
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Fer de Argentina
Fer de Argentina 14/10/2016 19:28:59
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Hermosas vistas hay en todas tus fotos, Juan Andrés!
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Tadeusz Piotr Wegrzynaski 06/10/16 15:48:19
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LOS HOSPITALES

LOS HOSPITALES

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Alejandro Ruiz
Alejandro Ruiz 06/10/2016 18:59:36
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Sensacional captura, sí señor!
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Pedro Gómez
Pedro Gómez 06/10/2016 15:56:24
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Bonita foto!!
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FL Candeias
FL Candeias 24/07/16 17:39:49
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Oviedo

Oviedo

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Alejandro Ruiz
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Alejandro Ruiz 28/06/16 14:59:17
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Dicen que el Primitivo es el más bonito y desde luego razones tiene. ¿Mejor que el Camino del Norte?
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Hedisa 17/07/2016 03:13:44
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Yo voy con el del Norte😃
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correjaco
correjaco 29/06/2016 17:45:55
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de acuerdo en todo con ArnauRG pero en mi caso, jubilado, económicamente el primitivo es más asequible
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lagar3s 10/06/16 12:43:57
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Hola estoy buscando sitios de interés en el camino Primitivo, como sitios donde parar, que ver, bares de tapas, donde comer barato. Salimos de Oviedo - Salas - Polas de Allende - A Fonsagrada - Lugo - Arzua - Santiago. Muchas gracias de antemano
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Almi Freytes 29/08/2016 15:53:07
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Hola Lagar, ya has hecho el camino primitivo? que tal ha sido? cuéntame?
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dulio 26/05/16 04:15:54
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En abril del 2016 hice 7 etapas del Camino Primitivo : OVIEDO - BERDUCELO. Duro y fascinante . Saludos desde General alvear. Mendoza. Argentina.-
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BrunoRuiz555
BrunoRuiz555 24/05/16 18:01:38
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Da un poco de respeto plantearse hacer esta ruta si hay esos problemas con la señalización, la verdad
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tapi 05/06/2016 08:28:58
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en el camino primitivo el año pasado no abia ningún problema con la señalizacion vi mucha gente sola y en ningun momento se perdio nadie
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ArnauRG
ArnauRG 26/05/2016 14:10:17
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Con ir bien prevenido y siempre en grupo no debería de haber problemas, tiene muy buena pinta.
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didacbaez
didacbaez 12/05/16 19:33:27
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Un camino muy duro, el que más de todos los que he hecho, pero para ello recibes como recompensa el disfrutar de los lugares y parajes más bellos de todos los caminos en mi humilde oponión.
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Almi Freytes 29/08/2016 15:52:15
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Hola DidacBaez, porque es el mas duro, cual es la dificultad que encuentras? cuales otros has hecho?
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