Camino Primitivo

The original Pilgrimage


Pilgrimage on the Camino Primitivo

From Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela

Camino Primitivo route from Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela

Camino (PR12-51):
Oviedo – Grado - Salas - Tineo - La Mortera - Berducedo - Grandas de Salime - Fonsagrada - Cádavo - Lugo -Ponte Ferreira - Castañeda - Rua de Arca - Santiago de Compostela

Type of travel: Individual - approx. 15 days
Difficulty: challenging
Distance: approx. 300 km
Fare: from 1.250 EUR per person

The Camino Primitivo is considered to be one of the oldest pilgrimage routes, hence its name which means "primitive" or "original."

Camino Primitivo views with forest landscape

Hiking the Camino Primitivo is a popular choice for pilgrims seeking a more challenging and less crowded route. The hiking trail begins in Oviedo, the capital of the Asturias region, and covers about 321 kilometers (199 miles) to Santiago de Compostela.

As with all pilgrimage routes of the Camino de Santiago, many people walk the Camino Primitivo for religious or spiritual reasons. However, it is also a popular itinerary for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts who are looking for a physical and mental challenge.

Along the Camino Primitivo, pilgrims will find a variety of landscapes, including rugged mountains, forests, and charming rural villages. They will also encounter a rich cultural heritage, with many historic churches, monasteries, and other landmarks along the way.

Upon arriving in Santiago de Compostela, pilgrims receive a certificate of completion, called a Compostela, which is a recognition of their accomplishment and serves as a memento of their journey. Santiago de Compostela is also the site of the famous Cathedral of Santiago, which is said to contain the remains of Saint James, the patron saint of Spain.


Pilgrimage on the Camino Primitivo

From Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela

Packing List

Pilgrimage on the Camino Primitivo

From Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela

    backpack (incl. rain protection): 35-50 l - max. 2 Kg/ 4.4 lbs
    sleeping bag (alterntively a thinner sleeping bag made of silk or cotton) - 0.2-1.0 Kg/ 0.4-2.2 lbs
    2 pair of trekking pants: 1 convertable with zipper & 1 shorts
    2 shirts (functional material such as merino wool)
    1 long sleeve (best merino wool)
    2 pairs of hiking socks (compression socks are also recommended)
    (possibly also nylon stockings - under the hiking socks against blisters)
    2 funtional underpants
    hiking boots (no seakers)
    1 sweater
    flipflops or crocs and/ or sandals
    rain jacket & pants (or poncho) - max. 0,5 Kg/ 1.1 lbs
    wind stopper
    small travel towel
    sun hat
    possibly tent & camping mat - max. 2 Kg/ 4.4 lbs
    poss. swimming clothes (for the portugese and spanish Camino de la Costa)
Sanitary Articles    
    washbag (or big Zip-Lock-Bag)
    shower gel (small travel version)
    toothpaste (small travel version) & dental floss
    disinfectant, needle & thread (best to treat blisters) or blister pads
    deer cream (to prevent blisters) - 50-100 ml
    sun cream - 50-100 ml
    headache pills (preferably Ibuprofen 400)
    ear plugs
    tiger balm
Technical Equipment    
    pocket knife
Documents & Money    
    credit card
    passport (for non-europeans) or ID
    train tickets
    health insurance ID (or travel health insurance for non-europeans)
    emergency phone numbers of your insurance and bank
    Pilgrim Guide & Itinerary
    Pilgrim’s Credencial
    diary & pen
    St. James's scallop
    drinking system (e.g. camel bag) - max. 2 l
    zip lock bags or 10 liter freezer bags (for the modular pack system)
    first aid kit
    trekking poles or hiking/ pilgrim stick
    stone as symbol (especially for the Camino Francés)


Pilgrimage on the Camino Primitivo

From Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela

Services included:

  • Accomodation with breakfast (in either single resp. double room with shower/wc in simple to medium category)
  • Pilgrim´s Starter Kit (Pilgrim's Guide, Pilgrim's Pass, Pilgrim's Shell, description of stages)
  • Luggage transportation service (exclusion of luggage transport upon request)
  • Typical galician cheese tasting in the old town of Santiago de Compostela
  • 24h emergency number
  • Transfers

All year/ best travel period from the beginning of April until the mid of October.

Camino Finisterre afterwards within about 3-4 additional days.

You can choose your travel period individually. We recommend a travel time between mid-April to mid-October. Please try to register your trip with us up to 6 weeks before departure.
Arrival arranged independently on your own. We would be happy to help you find a suitable train connection.
Transfers to/from the train station are not included unless otherwise stated. On request, we would be happy to organize a transfer from/to the train station or airport (price for a maximum of 3 people with luggage). Upon request, we can help you book a private transfer for departure. Otherwise, we recommend taking a taxi or public transport to your first (or from your last) accommodation. For more details see the recommendations in our itinerary.
Changes to the pilgrimage route according to individual wishes are possible, such as stage combinations for instance. Price on request.
Remember your identity card or passport.
We recommend - depending on the level of difficulty - to ensure that you are in good physical condition. Sure-footed mountaineering boots are also necessary. A head for heights is also advantageous.
Please note the current entry and health regulations and recommendations, according to which a corona vaccination is also essential.
Take a look at the health and entry regulations of your travel country.
There is no minimum number of participants.
The organizer of this trip is SLOWTRAVEL.