• SELF-GUIDED
  • 11 DAYS
  • Moderate to Challenging
PRICE FROM £ 1,020 per person
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT £ 485 per person

OVERVIEW

The Camino Primitivo (or 'primitive way') runs for some 320km and is enjoying a real resurgence of popularity. This first stage starts in Oviedo and ends in Lugo, traversing stunning Galician and Asturian Spanish villages along the way. Enjoy being off the beaten tourist path as you soak up the stunning mountains and picturesque Spanish countryside with long sections of off-pavement walking.

The walk culminates at the incredible, walled city of Lugo, with its vibrant, authentic Spanish dining and spectacular cathedral.  Note: the last stage of the Primitivo from Lugo to Santiago converges with the French Camino and the Camino crowds!

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Walk the 'Original' Camino away from the crowds
  • Explore and enjoy the hospitality of Asturian and Galician towns
  • Enjoy the serenity of the Spanish countryside
  • Revel in the camaraderie (or not if you wish!) of the Camino
  • Follow old Roman roads into medieval towns and hilltop villages
  • End your Camino in the spectacular walled city of Lugo

AT A GLANCE

TRIP LENGTH
11 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging
PRICE FROM
£ 1020 per person twin/double share
SINGLE OCCUPANCY
£ 485 per person

ITINERARY

WHAT’S INCLUDED

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    ECO TRAVEL

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    25+ YEARS EXPERIENCE

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    DAY PACK ONLY

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    COMFORTABLE ROOMS

  • Ten nights accommodation in rooms with ensuites
  • Ten breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers each day so you can walk with a light pack
  • Comprehensive walk and route Notes, Maps and GPX tracks
  • 24/7 telephone support
  • Walk the world-famous Primitivo Camino from Oviedo to Lugo
  • Explore the rich cultures of Galicia and Asturia in Northern Spain
  • Walk the Camino but enjoy the benefit of having time to walk by yourself if you wish.

ACCOMMODATION & DINING DESKTOP

On the Camino Primitivo, the accommodation level will vary between 2 and 3 stars. We often have no choice but to stay in simple, small family-run hotels and guest houses. However, these accommodations have been welcoming walkers of the Camino for many years and there is a real sense that it matters to them. All rooms have an en-suite.  The Camino accommodations have a great atmosphere, as the majority of other guests will be fellow walkers. As this Camino hasn’t quite as many accommodations, there will be times we have to swap out accommodations and use others that are not listed. We will let you know if this happens.

Single Rooms
If you are travelling with family and/or friends but would like single rooms, we advise booking the single rooms as soon as your plans are finalised to secure your rooming preferences. Single rooms incur an additional single occupancy fee.

Dining
You will be provided with ten breakfasts. If you have food allergies or intolerances, please let us know when booking so we can let your hosts know. Please advise us of only severe allergies, as many areas are very remote and can not cater to all food preferences. This is why it is wise to bring a few snacks with you if you have food intolerance issues. The breakfasts are all continental and consist of a lot of pastry or bread. We can do very little about this, as it is tradition, so you will have to eat around this if you don’t want to eat gluten or carbohydrates.

Many of the accommodations have their own restaurant, which serves regional dishes using local ingredients. Dinners aren’t included in this tour, nor are lunches. Both can be obtained from your accommodation or eateries in the towns. Lunches can be purchased locally, which is an excellent part of the experience. You can either order lunch from your accommodation or buy local cheeses and meats etc, along with a wide variety of different breads you will find along the Camino.

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY

This walk is available from the start of March through to October. Regardless of when you travel there are often celebrations along the Camino, specific to the individual towns or regions. From Galician literature festivals to the nationwide celebrations of Semana Santa, walking the Camino is a colourful experience.

WEATHER

The route runs across northern Spain and through a variety of terrain, including some small mountains. This can make it very cold around the edges of the walking season. During the early and latter part of the season, conditions can be changeable from temperate warms days through to frosty mornings, cold days and very cool nights. From May to September, rainy days are less frequent and temperatures are steadily between 20-24 degrees, however, it is possible that you may experience a few cloudy days.

THE WALKING

We grade this 215 km walk as Moderate to Challenging only due to the distances walked each day, day after day.  Although the ascents look substantial nearly on all of the days, the elevation is spread relatively evenly over the days walk. This means you don’t really feel that you are walking up substantially. Except on the Grandes de Salime day. The Camino is a well-trodden route, so the trails are very well defined for the most part. You will follow an ancient pilgrim trail and therefore, whilst sections of the walk will take you deep into the picturesque countryside, you will also walk through an urban environment as you begin and this walk and alongside roads ( less so than the French Camino), as you follow the truest route possible.

You should be used to walking up to 28km with up to 800m of ascent and descent. On any typical day, you will hike on designated walking trails, farm and forest tracks and cover long sections in the open countryside. You will sustain climbs to hilltop towns, villages, and the rolling countryside. You will also walk on some roads, so please be mindful of all road users at all times.

A moderate active lifestyle makes walking more enjoyable, an exercise regime of 2 to 3 times a week is needed, in addition to your usual walks. The route is very well waymarked by the iconic scallop-shell markers and with many other walkers on the trail, it’s very easy to find your way.
For each of the walks, you will be provided with comprehensive daily walk notes, a map and the GPX tracks if you wish to use them for your own device.

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

HOW TO GET THERE

The tour starts in Oviedo and finishes in Lugo. The Asturias Airport to the north of Oviedo is the closest airport; combining this with a taxi is the quickest way to reach Oviedo. But it is possible to fly into the following airports; Madrid and take a pleasant train ride or Bilbao Airport and take a bus (the train takes a lot longer). From Santiago de Compostela, it is a 5 hr bus ride or an 8 hr train ride.

From Madrid Airport train station, a 4 to 5-hour train journey connecting through Leon (changing once at Madrid Chamartin station). If travelling from Bilbao Airport, there is a bus journey which is around 4 hours. A private transfer can be arranged if you are flying in and out of Santiago de Compostela.

HOW TO GET AWAY

There is an excellent train network in Spain that can be used to get away from Lugo see trainline.com.

You could also make the 3 hr bus journey or a quicker taxi ride to Santiago de Compostela. There is an airport at Santiago de Compostela which can fly you to just about anywhere. Check Skyscanner or Kayak for flights.

 

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips requiring international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance including medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

CONTACT STROLL

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact formemail us at info@stroll.com.au, or call us on +44 808 304 8701

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form or email us at info@stroll.com

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    Details
  • 1 Apr 2024 - 31 Oct 2024
    AVAILABLE

    from £ 1020

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 485
  • 1 Apr 2025 - 31 Oct 2025
    AVAILABLE

    from £ 1075

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 500

sections

Overview

The Camino Primitivo (or 'primitive way') runs for some 320km and is enjoying a real resurgence of popularity. This first stage starts in Oviedo and ends in Lugo, traversing stunning Galician and Asturian Spanish villages along the way. Enjoy being off the beaten tourist path as you soak up the stunning mountains and picturesque Spanish countryside with long sections of off-pavement walking.

The walk culminates at the incredible, walled city of Lugo, with its vibrant, authentic Spanish dining and spectacular cathedral.  Note: the last stage of the Primitivo from Lugo to Santiago converges with the French Camino and the Camino crowds!

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Walk the 'Original' Camino away from the crowds
  • Explore and enjoy the hospitality of Asturian and Galician towns
  • Enjoy the serenity of the Spanish countryside
  • Revel in the camaraderie (or not if you wish!) of the Camino
  • Follow old Roman roads into medieval towns and hilltop villages
  • End your Camino in the spectacular walled city of Lugo
Itinerary
What’s Included
  • img

    ECO TRAVEL

  • img

    25+ YEARS EXPERIENCE

  • img

    DAY PACK ONLY

  • img

    COMFORTABLE ROOMS

  • Ten nights accommodation in rooms with ensuites
  • Ten breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers each day so you can walk with a light pack
  • Comprehensive walk and route Notes, Maps and GPX tracks
  • 24/7 telephone support
  • Walk the world-famous Primitivo Camino from Oviedo to Lugo
  • Explore the rich cultures of Galicia and Asturia in Northern Spain
  • Walk the Camino but enjoy the benefit of having time to walk by yourself if you wish.
Accommodation & Dining

On the Camino Primitivo, the accommodation level will vary between 2 and 3 stars. We often have no choice but to stay in simple, small family-run hotels and guest houses. However, these accommodations have been welcoming walkers of the Camino for many years and there is a real sense that it matters to them. All rooms have an en-suite.  The Camino accommodations have a great atmosphere, as the majority of other guests will be fellow walkers. As this Camino hasn’t quite as many accommodations, there will be times we have to swap out accommodations and use others that are not listed. We will let you know if this happens.

Single Rooms
If you are travelling with family and/or friends but would like single rooms, we advise booking the single rooms as soon as your plans are finalised to secure your rooming preferences. Single rooms incur an additional single occupancy fee.

Dining
You will be provided with ten breakfasts. If you have food allergies or intolerances, please let us know when booking so we can let your hosts know. Please advise us of only severe allergies, as many areas are very remote and can not cater to all food preferences. This is why it is wise to bring a few snacks with you if you have food intolerance issues. The breakfasts are all continental and consist of a lot of pastry or bread. We can do very little about this, as it is tradition, so you will have to eat around this if you don’t want to eat gluten or carbohydrates.

Many of the accommodations have their own restaurant, which serves regional dishes using local ingredients. Dinners aren’t included in this tour, nor are lunches. Both can be obtained from your accommodation or eateries in the towns. Lunches can be purchased locally, which is an excellent part of the experience. You can either order lunch from your accommodation or buy local cheeses and meats etc, along with a wide variety of different breads you will find along the Camino.

General Info

AVAILABILITY

This walk is available from the start of March through to October. Regardless of when you travel there are often celebrations along the Camino, specific to the individual towns or regions. From Galician literature festivals to the nationwide celebrations of Semana Santa, walking the Camino is a colourful experience.

WEATHER

The route runs across northern Spain and through a variety of terrain, including some small mountains. This can make it very cold around the edges of the walking season. During the early and latter part of the season, conditions can be changeable from temperate warms days through to frosty mornings, cold days and very cool nights. From May to September, rainy days are less frequent and temperatures are steadily between 20-24 degrees, however, it is possible that you may experience a few cloudy days.

THE WALKING

We grade this 215 km walk as Moderate to Challenging only due to the distances walked each day, day after day.  Although the ascents look substantial nearly on all of the days, the elevation is spread relatively evenly over the days walk. This means you don’t really feel that you are walking up substantially. Except on the Grandes de Salime day. The Camino is a well-trodden route, so the trails are very well defined for the most part. You will follow an ancient pilgrim trail and therefore, whilst sections of the walk will take you deep into the picturesque countryside, you will also walk through an urban environment as you begin and this walk and alongside roads ( less so than the French Camino), as you follow the truest route possible.

You should be used to walking up to 28km with up to 800m of ascent and descent. On any typical day, you will hike on designated walking trails, farm and forest tracks and cover long sections in the open countryside. You will sustain climbs to hilltop towns, villages, and the rolling countryside. You will also walk on some roads, so please be mindful of all road users at all times.

A moderate active lifestyle makes walking more enjoyable, an exercise regime of 2 to 3 times a week is needed, in addition to your usual walks. The route is very well waymarked by the iconic scallop-shell markers and with many other walkers on the trail, it’s very easy to find your way.
For each of the walks, you will be provided with comprehensive daily walk notes, a map and the GPX tracks if you wish to use them for your own device.

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

HOW TO GET THERE

The tour starts in Oviedo and finishes in Lugo. The Asturias Airport to the north of Oviedo is the closest airport; combining this with a taxi is the quickest way to reach Oviedo. But it is possible to fly into the following airports; Madrid and take a pleasant train ride or Bilbao Airport and take a bus (the train takes a lot longer). From Santiago de Compostela, it is a 5 hr bus ride or an 8 hr train ride.

From Madrid Airport train station, a 4 to 5-hour train journey connecting through Leon (changing once at Madrid Chamartin station). If travelling from Bilbao Airport, there is a bus journey which is around 4 hours. A private transfer can be arranged if you are flying in and out of Santiago de Compostela.

HOW TO GET AWAY

There is an excellent train network in Spain that can be used to get away from Lugo see trainline.com.

You could also make the 3 hr bus journey or a quicker taxi ride to Santiago de Compostela. There is an airport at Santiago de Compostela which can fly you to just about anywhere. Check Skyscanner or Kayak for flights.

 

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips requiring international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance including medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

CONTACT STROLL

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact formemail us at info@stroll.com.au, or call us on +44 808 304 8701

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form or email us at info@stroll.com

Departure Dates
  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • Date
    1 Apr 2024 - 31 Oct 2024
    AVAILIBILITY
    AVAILABLE
    PRICE
    from £ 1020
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 485
    DETAILS
  • Date
    1 Apr 2025 - 31 Oct 2025
    AVAILIBILITY
    AVAILABLE
    PRICE
    from £ 1075
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 500
    DETAILS

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