The second part of the Original Way leaves behind Asturian mountains and centers itself in the rural Galicia. In Melide the route merges with the crowded French Way.
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. Before you start a real walking, a short evening walk along the top of the walls will be a unique experience to get a taste of this medieval town.
A long and green stage on the Camino – 27 km (16,5 miles). You will leave Lugo by the oldest gate in the wall. On your way you will see few small churches. You will enjoy the rural Galician environment and the freshness of the air. On special request a split is possible with a drive from San Román de Retorta to a cozy guesthouse in the middle of the typical Galician “aldea” of Merlán.
Today you will follow your route to Melide and join the pilgrims who are walking the French Route. Once in Melide you should search for a place called “pulpería” to taste the Galician specialty – the boiled octopus.
Today you will pass through Arzúa – famous for its regional cheese, so if you fancy a small tasting, ask for “queso” in Spanish or even better for “queixo” in Galician. Like Spanish wines, it has its certificate of origin: Arzúa-Ulloa. We consider it would be too easy for a fit pilgrim on the Camino Primitivo to walk only 15 km and sleep in Arzúa, so our recommendation for a stop is Salceda – quiet and cozy place with 100% pilgrim character. However if you’d prefer to take it easy and make a split, of course there is such a possibility.
Among the patches of eucalyptus and oaks you will meet the last villages belonging to O Pino. From the top of Monte do Gozo hill you will get the first view of Santiago de Compostela. Here begins a city tour that ends at the foot of the Baroque facade of the Cathedral. The Obradoiro Square is the end and the beginning. Congratulations! You’ve just made it!
||per person sharing||250€|
|Merlán included transfer back and forth to San Román de Retorta||per person sharing||70€|
|Arzúa||per person sharing||40€|
|Pedrouzo||per person sharing||40€|
|Lugo||per person sharing||50€|
|Santiago de Compostela||per person sharing||50€|
|1 or more bags|
|Luggage Transfer||5€ per day and item|
|Transport to Lugo (Taxi 1-4px)|
|From A Coruña Airport to Lugo||100€|
|From Santiago Airport to Lugo||120€|
|Transport from Santiago (Taxi 1-4px)|
|Hotel to Santiago Airport||25€|
|Santiago to A Coruña Airport||100€|
|Santiago to Vigo Airport||120€|