Camino Primitivo

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RUTA PRIMITIVA (Primitive Way)

The Camino Primitivo is the original and oldest Camino de Santiago route and is that which was followed by King Alfonso in the 9th century. He commenced in the city of Oviedo in Asturias. The limestone cathedral in Oviedo is considered to be the place to start the Primitivo. It holds a shroud in which Christ’s head is said to have been wrapped after his death as well a huge stone vats reputed to be one of those containing that water Christ is said to have turned into wine.

The Camino Primitivo passes through two of Spain’s regions Asturias and Galicia. Asturias ends high up in the pass a O Acebo a vantage point from where you can look down to Galicia. The name Galicia is derived from the Latin name of a Celtic tribe that settled near the Douro River (the Calaici). Celtic influences persist in the modern language and culture of Galicia.

The more than 12,000 pilgrims who follow this route each year find it one of the most challenging of all the Caminos. The Camino Primitivo goes directly from Oviedo to Lugo and then to Melide where it joins the Camino Frances. This is a difficult route as it passes over the western end of the Cordillera Cantábrica.

The first stages of the Primitivo crosses the mountains and the terrain is often muddy and rocky. You will pass tiny hamlets, ruined monasteries and will see the ruins of the old pilgrim hospital.  This route provides breathtaking and at times dramatic scenery especially near Grandas de Salime before finally entering Galicia and on to Santiago de Compostela.+

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