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Primitive Way of St. James. Answers to All Your Questions

Discover on our blog all the essential information about the Primitive Way of St. James


In our blog, we guide you through everything about the Camino Primitivo: from the type of terrain you will encounter, the climate you will experience, to the services you will find along your journey. We share insights about the total distance, the challenges each stage presents, and offer practical tips to make your pilgrimage a unique and memorable experience. We're here to assist you in preparing for your exciting journey to Santiago de Compostela.

This segment of the Camino de Santiago, known as the Camino Primitivo, combines the grandeur of Northern Spain's landscape with physical challenges, offering pilgrims a distinctive experience in each of its demanding stages.


Distance and Difficulty of the Camino Primitivo

Spanning approximately 315 km from Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela, the Camino Primitivo poses a difficulty level of 4 out of 5. This challenge is attributed to the varied terrain, especially in the mountainous section between Grado and Salime, near Pola de Allande. Learn more about each stage, including terrain details and photographs, in the 'Detailed Itinerary' section of our website, where you can click for specific information.

The Camino Primitivo is characterized by its varied terrain. The more challenging and mountainous stages are shorter, while the easier and flatter ones are longer. The ascents, consisting of rolling hills, lead to long and challenging stages. As you approach Lugo, the path becomes smoother, facilitating the walk.


Scenic Beauty on the Camino Primitivo

From Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela, the Camino Primitivo unfolds stunning scenic beauty, immersing pilgrims in the heart of Asturias and Galicia. This route takes you through green mountains, ancient forests, and rushing rivers, to charming villages and rich cultural landscapes, offering a journey that is both physically challenging and culturally enriching.


Services Along the Camino Primitivo

Although services on the Camino Primitivo are good, they are less frequent than on other more popular routes, which is why we include a picnic in the stages from Oviedo to Ferreira. Each night, you will find restaurants near your accommodation and pass through towns with all necessary services.


Climate on the Camino Primitivo

The climate on the Camino Primitivo, stretching from Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela, is notably variable due to its diverse geography. In the mountains of Asturias, pilgrims often encounter a cool and wet climate with frequent rains, while in Galicia, the climate remains humid but slightly milder. Although summers are usually warmer and drier, ideal for walking, unexpected rains are not uncommon. Winters can be cold, especially in mountainous areas. Therefore, it's essential for pilgrims to prepare for this climatic variability by carrying adaptable clothing and rain protection, and staying informed about local weather forecasts to plan their stages.


Planning and Division of Stages

Dividing stages is only possible in some cases. For specific details on how to divide your journey, it's advisable to check the detailed description of each stage here.