Camino de Santiago from Oviedo

The Camino de Santiago from Oviedo are the first stages of the Camino Primitivo. It is an ideal route for all those people who are looking for a route with some difficulty and who want to discover the north of Asturias and Galicia, on foot.

The tour begins in the beautiful city of Oviedo, from where King Alfonso II departed, known for being the first pilgrim. It is therefore a route full of tradition and history, which will lead you to discover the origins of pilgrim tradition.

This route crosses the Asturian mountains. Along forest trails and surrounded by magnificent views, the route will lead you to explore picturesque mountain villages. The Camino Primitivo is a demanding route, but its beauty more than makes up for the effort.

This stretch of the Camino Primitivo ends in Lugo, a city listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In its streets you will find a huge medieval wall, more than 2,000 years old.

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    Day 1
    Arrival in Oviedo
    Oviedo, the capital of Asturias, for many centuries has been, together with Santiago de Compostela, an important pilgrimage destination. In the city you will find the Cathedral of El Salvador, next to which the Camara Santa is located, considered the largest collection of religious relics in all of Spain.

    On the streets of Oviedo, you will find other places of interest such as the Church of San Isidro, the Casa de la Rua or the Palacio de Camposagrado. The city has an emblematic pedestrian street known as La Gascona, where it is common for locals and visitors to gather to drink some Asturian cider.

    The truth is that the capital of Asturias has a lot to offer its visitors. If you want to discover the city in full, we recommend that you add an additional night in Oviedo to your trip. Contact us for more information.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Oviedo.

    Day 2
    From Oviedo to Grado
    The first day of walking passes through rural environments and crosses forests and small villages such as San Lazaro de Paniceres, La Bolguina or Paladin. Today you will make the climb to Alto del Escamplero, on the descent you will find a detour that will allow you to visit the nearby thermal baths of Santa Eulalia de Valduno.

    The stage ends in the interesting locality of Grado. In its streets you can visit the Church of San Pedro, Los Dolores Chapel, Casa de los Fernando Miranda or Palacete Velázquez, among other places.

    Distance: 25 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Grado.

    Day 3
    From Grado to Salas
    Today the day begins with a long climb to Alto del Fresno, passing before the town of San Juan de Villapanada. Then, the route begins a descent that will take you to the bottom of the beautiful Narcea Valley, from where you can take a detour to visit the Monastery of San Salvador.

    Crossing small towns such as Llamas, Quintana and Casazorrina, you will finish the stage in Salas. In the afternoon you can dedicate it to visit the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria or the Palacio de Valdes, where you will find a pre-Romanesque museum.

    Distance: 22 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Salas.

    Day 4
    From Salas to Tineo
    This stage starts again with a climb. Afterwards, the route will give you a rest and for an almost flat terrain you can enjoy various rural villages that will come across your path.

    The day ends in the quiet village of Tineo. On its streets you can visit the Church of San Pedro, which houses a museum of sacred art, and the Palacio de Meras.

    Distance: 19 kilómetros.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Tineo.

    Day 5
    From Tineo to Pola de Allande
    Today’s day is quite challenging, as the stage runs mostly uphill. However, the effort will be worth it because the tour is made through bucolic valleys and lush forests.

    Again, on the tour you will have the opportunity to visit idyllic mountain villages, such as Piedratecha or Samblismo. The stage ends in Pola de Allande, where you can visit the El Toral Park or the Palacio de Cienfuegos.

    Distance: 28 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Pola de Allande.

    Day 6
    From Pola de Allande to Berducedo
    This stage faces the most demanding climb on the Camino Primitivo, the ascent to Puerto del Palo, but it is also one of the most beautiful stages of the entire route. From Puerto del Palo, located almost at 1,200 metres of altitude, you can enjoy magnificent views of the River Nison and the Lugo Mountains.

    After catching your breath, you will continue the journey through beautiful forests until you reach the end of the stage in Berducedo. There awaits you a quiet afternoon during which you can recover from the effort made throughout the day.

    Distance: 17 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Berducedo.

    Day 7
    From Berducedo to Grandas de Salime
    Today’s route runs almost completely downhill. The tour is made through a beautiful environment, in which the protagonists will be the River Navia and the Salime Reservoir.

    The stage ends in Grandas de Salime, the last Asturian municipality on the tour. In the town, you can visit the Colegiata del Salvador Church and an ethnographic museum.

    Distance: 20 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Grandas de Salime.

    Day 8
    From Grandas de Salime to A Fonsagrada
    The tour of this day begins with the climb to El Acebo, from where you will have the opportunity to say goodbye to the Asturian lands, because from this point you will enter Galicia, through the province of Lugo.

    Then, through rural and livestock environments you will cross various towns such as Venta del Acebo or Fonfria. The stage ends in Fonsagrada, where you can visit the Church of Santa Maria. We invite you to investigate the legend behind the fountain in the town and that gives the town its name.

    Distance: 26 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in A Fonsagrada

    Day 9
    From A Fonsagrada to O Cadavo Baleira
    This stage, which runs entirely through Galician lands, will take you through an environment of lush vegetation in which you will enjoy excellent views during most of the tour. Today you will have the opportunity to visit places such as Calzada, A Lastra or A Fontaneira.

    The day ends at O Cadavo Baleira, whose town centre will not appear before your eyes until you are practically there. In the recreational area of the town you will find a monument made by Gaudi.

    Distance: 23 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in O Cadavo Baleira.

    Day 10
    From O Cadavo Baleira to Lugo
    On the last day of this stretch of the Camino Primitivo you will find a detour that will allow you to visit Soutomerille, where the pre-Romanesque Church of San Salvador is located. Afterwards, you will continue the tour through various locations such as O Pondelo or Castelo.

    The tour ends in the city of Lugo, which you will access through the Puerta de San Pedro. In it there is an inscription that recalls the enormous importance of the route you have just completed: “This is where King Alfonso II the Casto entered in the 9th century, inaugurating the first Camino de Santiago”.

    Distance: 30 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Lugo.

    Day 11
    Lugo is the second most important city on the Camino Primitivo. In its streets you will find a rich medieval heritage, although the highlight of the city is its huge Roman wall of 2 km in length and with more than 2,000 years of history.

    The city also has a lively “pincho” atmosphere and is an excellent place to discover Galician wines. If you want to extend your trip, adding an additional night in Lugo, do not hesitate to contact us.


    Selection of hotels and cottages

    Our partner travel agencies only works with accommodation that have private bathrooms and that guarantee maximum comfort and convenience to those pilgrims who book with us.

    Since reservations are subject to availability, the name of the hotels and cottages you will stay in will be provided to you 1 month before you start your pilgrimage.

    Booking single rooms

    You can book your stay on the Camino de Santiago by staying in single rooms, which also include a private bathroom. Single rooms are subject to an additional charge for the selected route.

    Accommodation in single rooms is subject to availability in hotels and cottages as it is a highly sought-after service. Reservations must be made in advance.

    Commitment to quality

    To ensure the quality standards of the accommodation with which we collaborate, our partner travel agencies teams travels to each of them to check that their facilities and services, as well as the quality of their attention, are excellent. Only in this way, can we guarantee you the best rest and an unforgettable stay while you are on the Camino de Santiago.

    In addition, if due to the low capacity of some of the hotels or cottages with which we collaborate, there is no availability, we guarantee that they will offer you other accommodation of the same range or even of superior quality.

    Accommodation partners

    All hotels and cottages have been selected with the utmost care, to guarantee your rest and comfort on all stages of the Camino de Santiago

    • Staying in hotels and cottages.
    • Accommodation with a private bathroom in your room.
    • Detailed itinerary of the reserved route.
    • Selected meal plan.
    • Baggage transfer between stages.
    • Personal assistance 24/7, by phone, throughout the trip.
    • Emergency assistance car available
    • Information dossier for the Camino de Santiago from Oviedo.
    • Taxes included.
    • Booking of single rooms at an additional cost.
    • Picnics to go (includes sandwich, drink and dessert).
    • Additional night in Santiago de Compostela (breakfast included).
    • Transfers according to your needs.
    • Assistance insurance during the tour.
    • Travel cancellation insurance.
    Excellent and well organised walking
    We walked from Lugo to Santiago. All of the accommodation was very good, good meals and drink. All in all a very good holiday and walking experience. We’ve already booked to do another walk next year as they make it so easy to do.
    Well done!
    They arranged all accommodation and transport of luggage flawlessly. Not a single glitch was experienced. Well done!
    Camino Trail
    Amazing experience and I was very satisfied. I would highly recommend booking with this company as they were organized, helpful and I never had to worry about anything other than enjoy hiking the Camino.
    They really are excellent!
    The tour was really superb! We were impressed with all aspects of communications both during the booking and planning stage as well as during the trip. Transfers were flawless and the standard of accomodation excellent! Highly recommend… And will surely use them again!
    Fabulous experience
    Fabulous experience. Walks in Spain were a very good company to travel with. Highly recommend them. Accommodation was very good and food excellent.