The first part of the Original Way will take you from the medieval Oviedo through the rugged mountains of Asturias. Along the way you will enjoy the magnificent views and face many ups and downs of the solitary scenery
You should start your pilgrimage visiting the San Salvador Cathedral in the heart of Oviedo. The same king Alfonso II who inaugurated the Christian tradition of pilgrimage to Santiago ordered the construction of the Cathedral in Oviedo. Today’s shape of the Cathedral is Gothic and the most outstanding element is its tower.
Once you leave Oviedo you will cross a medieval bridge, Puente de Gallegos, and you will face the first (and only that day) hill – Escamplero. The remaining part is easier, descending, but you might feel tired. The total distance is 26 km (16 miles).
This stage is quite easy and the great surprise will expect you upon the arrival to Salas. Salas – the enchanting medieval village will be a perfect place to relax. When having coffee or a cup of tea ask for a local sweet snack – Carajito del Profesor.
On your way you will meet typical Asturian villages. You will notice that all houses have “hórreos” or “horrius” – typical granaries built in wood or stone. In Asturias they are wooden, further on, in Galicia you will see how they change into stone constructions. In 13th century the king Alfonso IX indicated Tineo as an obligatory stop on the Original Way, and he decided that those who would try to find alternatives ways would have been punished.
A long day on the Camino, especially the last so called “leg-breaking” 11 km from Borres to Pola de Allande. Pola de Allande is a small town picturesquely surrounded by mountains. Once this place was much more crowded, but the emigration at the beginning of the 20th century changed the human landscape. Many of those who remained, work for the mining industry.
Short, hard and spectacular ascent before reaching Puerto del Palo. All Spanish pilgrims tell that the name couldn’t be more adequate, as “palo” in Spanish means “stick” but also a very annoying situation that you are not keen on facing. Anyway, it is worth the effort. Marvellous landscapes will be a natural reward for your “palo”.
Today you will descend to the Salime reservoir. More than 7 km (4,5 miles) of continuous descent are a relaxation for the lungs, but not such a pleasant experience for the legs. Grandas is the last stop in Asturias region. You can visit the beautiful church from 12th century and the Ethnographic Museum.
The Camino will lead you to Fonsagrada, a border between Asturias and Galicia. The literal meaning of Fonsagrada is “sacred spring” and there are traces of the existence of the village since the 4th century as a stop on the old Roman road between Asturias and Lugo. The 1st pilgrim hospital and “albergue” in Fonsagrada was built very early, already in 14th century.
The way to the next stop is long – 27 km (16,5 miles). And the next day is no shorter, as you will be facing another almost 30-km-long stage. At this point of the pilgrimage you might fancy a small break. As an alternative, on request we can offer a split: on the 1st day a collection from Degolada to Cádavo Baleira an the next day a stop in Vilar de Cas. Ask us for details.
The last and longest day. Today almost 30 km (18 miles) will expect you before you reach Lugo. Lugo is one of the 7 biggest towns in Galicia and it is the only city in the world to be surrounded by completely intact Roman walls, which reach a height of 10 to 15 metres (33 to 49 ft) along a 2,117-metre (6,946 ft) circuit. We know that you will have had enough of walking, but a short evening walk along the top of the walls will be a unique experience to say goodbye to the Camino.
||per person sharing||500€|
|Degolada & Vilar de Cas included transfer from Degolada to Cádavo Baleira||per person sharing||50€|
|Oviedo||per person sharing||50€|
|Lugo||per person sharing||50€|
|1 or more bags|
|Luggage Transfer||5€ per day and item|
|Transport to Oviedo (Taxi 1-4px)|
|Asturias Airport to Hotel||50€|
|Santiago Airport to Hotel||300€|
|Transport from Lugo (Taxi 1-4px)|
|Hotel to A Coruña Airport||100€|
|Hotel to Santiago Airport||120€|