The Primitive Way

From Uviéu/Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela. 14 sections. 323 kilometres. Section 11 links to The French Way.

The Original or Primitive Way is the oldest of all the Caminos: this is the first historic route of which there is a written record. This was the route followed by King Alfonso II the Chaste in the 9th century to visit the tomb of Saint James, which had just been discovered. 

Nowadays the route still follows its original layout and there are more pilgrims doing this Camino every year. The Original or Primitive Way departs from Uviéu/Oviedo, the capital of Asturias, and continues towards the West along this region to reach Galicia through A Fonsagrada, in the province of Lugo. It meets the French Way in the village of Palas de Rei. 

The route has good signage and crosses lush landscapes on the border between Asturias and Galicia. It hardly goes through roads and avoids traffic most of the time, thus offering a joyful walk through nature.

The Original or Primitive Way includes some hard sections with ups and downs, muddy tracks and typical mountain paths. All in all, thanks to the beautiful landscape and a fully-fledged network of hostels and accommodation, more and more pilgrims are choosing this route every year.

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How to get to the starting point?

How to get to Uviéu/Oviedo by train:

There are trains from Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Valencia or León to Uviéu/Oviedo. You will find all details at Renfe.

How to get to Uviéu/Oviedo by bus:

The bus station of Uviéu/Oviedo is at Calle Pepe Comen, a central location close to the railway station. You can call +34 902 499 949 for more details. There are coaches arriving from different places in Spain with Alsa.

How to get to Uviéu/Oviedo by plane:

The closest airport to Uviéu/Oviedo is the Aeropuerto de Asturias, located in Castrillón, 47 kilometres away from the city. Airlines such as Iberia, Iberia Express, Air Europa, Air Nostrum, EasyJet, Evelop, TAP Portugal, Volotea and Vueling Airlines operate from this airport. There are regular buses from the airport to the city operated by Alsa.

How to get to Uviéu/Oviedo by car:

To get to Uviéu/Oviedo by car you have to follow the toll highway (autopista) A-66 linking the city with other towns such as Avilés and Xixón/Gijón. You can also access the A-8, the toll-free highway, from this road.

Confraternity Sites

Asociación Astur Leonesa de Amigos del Camino de Santiago
C/ San Pedro Mestallón, 1 – Bajo
Uviéu/Oviedo, 33099

Cofradía Santiago Apóstol de San Lázaro del Camino
C/ San Mateo - Iglesia de San Lázaro
Uviéu/Oviedo, 33008

Asociación Cultural "Salas en el Camino de Santiago"
Salas, 33869

Asociación de Amigos del Paisaje de Salas
Rabadiellu, 7
Villazón, 33868

Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago Astur Galaico del Interior
Avda. de González Mayo, 3
Tinéu/Tineo, 33870


We transfer your rucksack

So that you can travel light along the Way


We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from accommodation to accommodation!! In this way, you can walk more comfortably, unburdened, and enjoying every step of the Way. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.


Bicycle transportation services 

We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point


Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any of our Correos offices. Once you finish the Way you can again go to the nearest post office and send it back home. We send your bicycle neatly packaged and insured in a way that you need not disassemble it.


Luggage transfer

For everything you want in or out of your rucksack 


With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point in the Camino -hostel, hotel, Correos office, etc. - so that your stuff is there when you arrive. This way you can have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you take for your walk. You can also send back whatever you may have in your rucksack for the Camino that you no longer need.


Prepaid Card

So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino 


In Correos we have a prepaid card that is not linked to any bank account. In this way, you can do the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You will only have to top it up with the money you need and then top up again if you run out of balance. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.



Stamping Your Credencial

So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport 

Correos offices along the Way stamp your Credencial or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of them display a significant tourist attraction of that particular place for you to keep as a souvenir.



Sending parcels on the Camino de Santiago 

Send your parcels without having to come to our Correos offices!


You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred CORREOS offices located along the Way and from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodations from where you can send parcels any time you want. This service will help you get rid of the content of your luggage that you no longer need, buy some souvenirs, typical products... without having to worry about carrying them with you. 



Lockers in Santiago

So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city

Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike, trekking pole... before you go into the Cathedral or to visit Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.


Correos Offices

To help you with anything you may need 


We have over 150 Correos offices along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.