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Pilgrims Walking the Camino

Camino Primitivo:

Self-Guided Tour 1

Oviedo ⇒ Lugo

Enjoy magnificent views into green valleys and pristine nature on this tour from Oviedo to Lugo. It is a special highlight for everybody loving the mountains and nature and for those looking for a physical challenge.

Tour Type: Self-Guided

Availability: April through October


Duration: 11 Days Total / 9 Days Walking

Total Distance: 207.3 km. (128.8 mi.)

Difficulty: challenging

Average distance: 23 km. (14.3 mi.) / Day

Prices (per person):

Double Room:
Starting from € 520

Single-Occupancy Room:
Starting from € 780

What’s Included:

10 nights in single / double room

En-suite facilities

English-speaking emergency assistance
Your full digital Travel Info Package
Details ⇒

We are proud to be working together with hand-picked, high quality and mostly locally owned and operated service providers.

Your journey will be booked through, and your Travel Package will include all the information you will need to access your lodging locations and to process your check-in.

Optional Add-ons:

Luggage transfer on walking days

Breakfasts (subject to availability)

Lodging for additional night(s) stays

Airport transfers (by taxi)
Details ⇒

If you wish to walk your Camino Stages with a light backpack, carrying only the basic necessities, we will be happy to arrange for your luggage to be forwarded from one hotel to the next on your walking days.

Breakfasts are not available everywhere, and they are often served late, starting around 8 am. However, if you wish to include brekfasts, we will be happy to do so, where possible.

Spending an extra night in a given town throughout your journey is often a good idea: you give your body a rest, relax and enjoy exploring the town. In Santiago, two nights are included in most of our Tours by default as we believe it’s the least a Pilgrim would need to enjoy the City; however, you have the option to opt out of it.

We will be happy to arrange for an airport shuttle transfer for you from your airport of arrival to the starting point of your journey. The same goes for the departure, unless you end your journey in Santiago and fly out of Santiago Airport. In that case, a taxi can be easily arranged for the time of your choice directly at the Reception Desk at your Hotel.

What’s not Included:


Travel Insurance

Tour guide

Details ⇒

We do not book flights, nor organize any rail or commercial bus-line travel. However, if you need assistance in deciding how to get to and back from your Camino Tour, we will be happy to assist you with tips and ideas!

We strongly recommend to all our travelers to get a Travel Insurance; however, we do not sell any such policies. For our international clients, it is best to get a policy in their country of residence, as some countries offer insurances only to their own residents.

This is a date-flexible tour; therefore, it is self-guided – no Tour Guide will be accompanying you. If you are interested in joining a Group Tour with a Tour Guide, please check our Guided Tours page. (Note: our Guided Tours take place on set dates that are planned ahead.)


The seclusion of many stages of the Camino Primitivo, its long history and natural beauty make it especially interesting for experienced pilgrims – those who have already walked on different Caminos to Santiago. At the same time, more and more first-time pilgrims choose this trail because of all the amazing aspects of a special, more nature-oriented and personal experience it has to offer, like no other Camino.

Impressions from the Camino


Day 1: Arrival in Oviedo

Your travels bring you, at last, to the beautiful City of Oviedo – the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Asturias. Check in at your hotel and spend the rest of the day and evening exploring the many amazing sites Oviedo has to offer, many dating back to the 8th and 9th centuries when Asturias was experiencing its heyday.

Day 1: Arrival in Oviedo

Your travels bring you, at last, to the beautiful City of Oviedo – the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Asturias. Check in at your hotel and spend the rest of the day and evening exploring the many amazing sites Oviedo has to offer, many dating back to the 8th and 9th centuries when Asturias was experiencing its heyday.

Day 2: Oviedo – Grado • 25.6 km. (15.9 mi.)

To leave this beautiful city, the pilgrim only needs about an hour. Even before the outskirts of the city there is the possibility of a short and highly-recommended detour of approx. 1 km. (0.6 mi.) to visit two impressive, pre-Romanesque churches: Santa Maria del Naranco and San Miguel de Lillo. Afterwards, passing a number of sleepy little villages and going up and down ever so slightly, the Camino eventually reaches Grado, the stage goal of this pilgrimage day.

Distance: 25.6 km. (15.9 mi.) | Difficulty: Easy

Day 3: Grado – Salas • 24.8 km. (15.4 mi.)

Today, the Camino will gradually become increasingly hillier; however, except for a few short steeper climbs, the path is still quite easy to walk. At noon you can stop in The charming small town of Cornellana is an inviting mid-day stop for lunch and some rest. From there, the Camino leads on to today’s destination town of Salas. The historic center of Salas, with its fortified church and the fortress tower, are absolutely awe-inspiring.

Distance: 24.8 km. (15.4 mi.) | Difficulty: Easy

Day 4: Salas – Tineo • 19.5 km. (12.1 mi.)

Leaving Salas behind, the Way follows the beautiful forest paths, leading steadily but moderately on up the mountain to the village of Bodenaya. Upon reaching the summit, the Camino then continues along the slope. The view to the left opens up time and time again, rendering magnificent panoramas of the mountain world of Asturias.

Distance: 19.5 km. (12.1 mi.) | Difficulty: Moderate

Day 5: Tineo – Campiello • 13 km. (8.1 mi.)

In the morning, the Camino leaves Tineo on a steadily ascending, picturesque path along the mountain slope. Enjoy the spectacular views of the green mountains of Asturias! During a short detour, you can visit the ruins of the Santa Maria Real Monastery in Obona.

Distance: 13 km. (8.1 mi.) | Difficulty: Moderate

Day 6: Campiello – Berducedo • 27 km. (17 mi.)

On this day’s journey, the absolute highlight of the Camino Primitivo awaits the pilgrim. Along the medieval path over the heights (Ruta de los Hospitales) and past the ruins of the old pilgrim hospices, you will cross the bare mountains of Asturias, where the enchanting views of this Camino’s mountain world will open up again and again. You will encounter the free-ranging herds of cows and horses who claim these wild, wide-open spaces as their home. In the last third of today’s journey, the Camino crosses small farming communities as it leads down to the quaint town of Berducedo. There is the option to cover the first 5 kilometers/3.1 miles to Ermita San Pascual by taking a taxi (not included, about 20 euros).

Distance: 27 km. (17 mi.) | Difficulty: Challenging but doable

Day 7: Berducedo – Grandas de Salime • 19.4 km. (12.1 mi.)

Today, the Camino leads from Berducedo via La Mesa to Grandas de Salime. On this route, you will be rewarded with stunning views over the valley when you reach the reservoir of the river Navia. From here on, the Camino continues across heathlands and via Buspol, until pilgrims reach the day’s journey destination of Grandas de Salime.

Distance: 19.4 km. (12.1 mi.) | Difficulty: Moderate

Day 8: Grandas de Salime – Fonsagrada • 24.5 km. (15.2 mi.)

Before setting out, it is important to stock up on provisions in the morning as there will be no supplies all the way until Fonsagrada. The Camino to Castro is flat and pleasant; however, from there on, it goes uphill all the way until you cross the border into Galicia at the Alto del Acebo pass. Here, you will also be able to set your first site upon today’s destination: Fonsagrada. Once you have crossed Paradanova, you can choose between the right (steeper, but also prettier) and the left path, which will finally re-merge at Fonsagrada.

Distance: 24.5 km. (15.2 mi.) | Difficulty: Challenging

Day 9: Fonsagrada – Cádavo • 22.9 km. (14.2 mi.)

In the beginning of today’s journey, the Camino will still continue to follow mountainous paths across a mix of countryside landscape and woods. Winding up, the Way will then lead on to the ancient, partially restored pilgrims’ hostel with an original chapel, where you can take an break and rest. Afterwards, a steep and partly stony trail will lead on to to Fontaneira and then on to today’s destination: Cádavo-Baleira.

Distance: 22.9 km. (14.2 mi.) | Difficulty: Challenging

Day 10: Cádavo – Lugo • 29.8 km. (18.5 mi.)

On the first stretch of today’s journey, to Castroverde, the Camino leads on over very pleasant paths and narrow roads. After the first moderate ascent, the route continues across a plain, level and only slightly downhill. Beyond Castroverde, it is important to have sufficient supplies for the remainder of the walking day as there are practically no bars or shops on this route all the way until Lugo. After this long, but easy-walking stage, the pilgrims are finally rewarded as they find themselves standing in front of the majestic, UNESCO-listed Roman city walls of beautiful Lugo.

Distance: 29.8 km. (18.5 mi.) | Difficulty: Easy

Day 11: Departure from Lugo

Farewell, Lugo; farewell, Camino – and safe travels on your journey back home or to your next adventure! Or, here is another option well-worth considering: to continue onto our next Part 2 of the Camino Primitivo Self-Guided Tour; from Lugo to Santiago de Compostela.

¡Buen Camino!

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Tour Combination Options

Our Camino Primitivo: Self-Guided Tour 1 can be easily combined with:

Camino Primitivo:
Self-Guided Tour 2

Lugo ⇒ Santiago de Compostela

Starting from € 320

Duration: 7 Days Total / 4 Days Walking

Distance: 101 km. (62.8 mi.)

Difficulty: moderate