THE PRIMITIVE WAY OF SANTIAGO
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What does the PRIMITIVE WAY TO SANTIAGO consist of?
Well, this route that passes through Asturias can be done in seven days, although everything will depend on the pace that you want to follow.
It is a type of route that is done in a single direction until the fourth stage. From that moment, the pilgrims will have two possibilities. One of them will be to continue to Pola de Allande, which is considered the official route, or to continue along the so-called Hospitales variant, points where it would be advisable to spend the night in areas such as Campiel.lu or Bourres.
In addition, you must bear in mind that this path will take you through up to three Spanish provinces if it is done from its origin in Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela. In this way, you will make a pilgrimage from Asturias, through Lugo and to A Coruña. It is a demanding itinerary perfect for lovers of unique landscapes and with some physical form.
Also, keep in mind that if you are looking to do this route, it is better not to do it in winter, a time of snowfall in the area that would greatly complicate the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
Stages of the Primitive Way of Santiago de Compostela
As for the stages that can be followed on the Primitive Way of Santiago de Compostela, we see that the following stand out:
1. Oviedo/Uvieu – Grau/Grade. with 26.0 km
2. Grau/Degree – Rooms. With 21.9km
3. Rooms – Tinéu. With 19.4km
4. Tineu – Pola de Allande. With 27.9km
5. Pola de Allande – Berducedo. 17.4 km journey
6. Berducedo – Grandas de Salime. With 19.8km
7. Grandas de Salime – Puerto del Holly. 13.2 km journey
If you opt for the Hospital variant, points 1 and 2 will be the following.
1. Salas – Bourres 35,5 km
2. Bourres – Berducedo 24,4 km
In the variant of Hospitales it is necessary to take into account that the route becomes especially hard. This is so because at this point there are very steep slopes that will take you through unpopulated areas, albeit with a natural environment like no other. It can be a good option for nature lovers who are in good physical shape and are looking for a route that is not overcrowded.
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Peculiarities of the Primitive Way of Santiago de Compostela
For many, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela Primitivo, along its 321 kilometres, is the one that best preserves the essence of this path that seeks pilgrimage to Santiago.
This is a route that starts at the cathedral of Oviedo/Uviéu, a construction that was the palatine chapel of Alfonso II. During this route, pilgrims will pass through Buspol, a place where you can enjoy the mural by Joaquín Vaquero Turcios.
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Duration of the Primitive Way of Santiago de Compostela
As for the time it can take to do the Camino de Santiago along this path, on one of its two routes, we see that you can follow the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo or do the Camino Primitivo from Lugo. If you choose to do the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo, the usual thing is to take about 10 nights and 11 days.
People who are looking to do the Camino Primitivo from Lugo will travel less distance and, therefore, will be able to complete it in approximately 6 nights and 7 days.