THE PRIMITIVE WAY
Discover the first Jacobean itinerary to Santiago that is currently booming. If you’ve already walked the French Way this is a good option to explore a new path to Santiago and amaze yourself with new rural landscapes. Hiking in its pure state!
Galician Roots suggests you this 9 days trip with accommodation and travel assistance.
- 9 days / 8 nights in hotels and guesthouses
- Luggage transfer during the trip (includes one suitcase of 15-20 kgs per person)
- Telephone assistance during your travel
- Travel journal
PRICE FOR A SINGLE ROOM: 635€
HALF-BOARD SUPPLEMENT: 140€ (dinner in Santiago not included)
You’ll arrive to Fonsagrada where you’ll spend this first night before starting the Camino tomorrow.
Fonsagrada – Cádavo Baleira 26,3kms
Today you’ll start this first stage in a Fonsagrada, the largest municipality in Galicia. You will go across its historic quarter until you venture in a pine forest to then start an ascent until Vilardongo, where you’ll enjoy the stunning views of the mountains and the surrounding towns. Next you’ll continue until you arrive to Hospital de Montouto (used as a hostel during s.XlV-XX). After passing the peak of Fontaneira you’ll reach Cádavo Baleira where you’ll spend this second night.
Cádavo Baleira - Lugo 30,7kms
You’ll begin this second stage climbing the last mountain pass of the Primitive Way located in Vacariza. At this point a panoramic view of Lugo shows up in the distance. Afterwards a descent will take you to Castroverde, the closest town to Lugo, where it is convenient to supply since it is harder to find shops in smaller villages. Then you’ll go through many villages until you finally arrive to Lugo, the fortified city considered as a World Heritage Site and one of the most beautiful Galician cities.
Lugo - Ponte Ferreira 29kms
Once you pass the cobblestone streets you’ll cross through the river Miño to exit the city of Lugo. This stage is characterized by stretches by the road but still passes through small villages such as Seoane, San Vicente do Burgo, Bacurín, San Román de Retorta and Ponte Ferreira, the village where you’ll stay in.
Ponte Ferreira - Melide 20,2kms
After leaving Ponte Ferreira you’ll cross a medieval bridge that will get you into a path until you reach San Xurxo de Aguas Santas. A few kilometers ahead you’ll have to follow the signs towards Melide to continue on the Primitive Way. Then you’ll arrive to Merlán and Hospital das Seixas where you’ll tread on the last and impressive mountain of the Primitive path in the Careón range. Once passed the limit between Lugo and Coruña provinces a descent will lead you to Melide where you’ll rest tonight.
Melide – Arzúa 16kms
After passing through a eucalyptus forest you’ll cross the Catasol stone path, one of the most famous and photographed places of the Camino. Your route continues through woods and paths nearby small towns. You will arrive to Arzúa where you’ll be able to taste popular Galician food such as Arzúa-Ulloa cheese, qualified with Protected Denomination of Origin, ham, empanada, a typical Galician pastry filled with tuna or meat and a large range of charcuterie from this area. Tonight you’ll be sleeping in Arzúa.
Arzúa – Pedrouzo 19kms
This stage defines by easy slopes, trails crossing fields and streams but still keeping in sight the road. Before we arrive to Pedrouzo you’ll be able to visit Santa Irene chapel dated of the Middle Ages.You’ll be resting and in Pedrouzo.
Pedrouzo – Santiago 20kms
Your last step to Santiago will take you to the Monte do Gozo hill from where you’ll have a panoramic view of the Cathedral before you continue your itinerary through urban paths. You’ll go across different residential areas until you arrive to the old part of town and finally the Obradoiro square with Santiago’s Cathedral will appear in front of you. If you wish to do so you’ll be able to apply for the Compostela certificate at the pilgrim office. You will stay in Santiago.
After breakfast our services will end. We suggest you to visit the Cathedral and if you wish to do so attend the pilgrim’s mass celebrated everyday at 12 a.m.
- Travel insurance for your entire trip
- Transfer from Santiago city or airport to Sarria or from Santiago to the airport
- Guided tours to the main Galician cities such as Santiago, Lugo, Coruña or Ourense
- Guided tour to Fisterra
THE BEST THINGS ABOUT THIS TRIP
Another way to discover the Camino de Santiago, the Primitive Way offers pure walking trails and gorgeous landscapes. Less travelled than the French Way but not less interesting to explore. You’ll enjoy walking one of the first Jacobean routes that we offer to you with half board accommodation and travel assistance so you don’t have to worry about anything else.