Camino Primitivo (The Primitive Way)

A Mesa/La Mesa - Grandas de Salime

16,8 km Difficulty
You leave A Mesa/La Mesa through a gravel road going to Buspol and you go down to the river Navia and the dam at Salime. The village that gave its name to the dam is under water. You have to descend 8 kilometres, once again surrounded by a beautiful and enjoyable landscape.

You continue on the road for 5 kilometres with some occasional detours, until you reach Grandas de Salime, your destination for the day. There are plenty of accommodation options here, as well as restaurants where you can enjoy the rich local delicacies. It also has a detailed Museo Etnográfico; the visit is a must as it takes the visitor to the rural and almost forgotten past of the place. You can see replicas of traditional taverns, barber shops, the school, the mill, the llar... all of them with exhibits retrieved from local attics, barns or any other unexpected places in nearby villages; objects that speak of the past so close and far in time. It is a real surprise. You can also find the Colegiata de El Salvador.

In Grandas de Salime you have to choose the route for the next day to Paradavella, in Galicia. Both options are almost equal in length, but one of them goes through A Fonsagraa and the other one through A Pobra de Burón.
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Tips from our postmen and women

 Julio Villasonte, Correos de Grandas of Salime.
 
"When you leave the municipality of La Puela/Pola de Allende, while you cross the dam, on the right riverbank, you will see the arch of the bridge of Virgen de la Luz, a sight worth admiring. Before you reach the dam at Grandas de Salime, in Grandas, there is a viewpoint that was built during Franco’s times so that the dictator could officially inaugurate the dam and the power plant. The power plant offers guided tours some days of the week, if you want to book one you need to call +34985220894”.  Julio Villasonte, Correos de Grandas of Salime.

 

We transfer your rucksack

So that you can travel light along the Camino de Santiago

 

We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from your accommodation at one stage to the next!! This way, your walk is more comfortable, your bag is lighter and you can enjoy every step of the Camino. 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 branch of Correos. Once you finish the Camino de Santiago you can go to the nearest post office and send it back home again. Your bicycle will be insured and we package your bike without disassembling 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 along the Camino (hostels, hotels, branches of Correos, etc) so that you have your personal belongings when you arrive. You can therefore have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you carry along the Way. You can also send back whatever you have in your daily rucksack that you no longer need.

 

Prepaid Card

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

 

Correos offers a prepaid card that is not linked to a bank account. In this way, you can defort walk the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You only have to put the money on the card that you are going to need and then top up again if your balance is low. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.

 

 

Stamping Your Credential

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

Branches of Correos along the Camino de Santiago stamp your Credential or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of these stamps represent important tourist attractions from that particular place to help you remember your jorney.

 

 

Sending parcels along the Camino de Santiago 
 

Send your parcels without having to go along to a branch of Correos!

 

You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred branches of CORREOS located along the Camino de Santiago and additionally from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodation from where you can send parcels any time of the day. This service will help you to get rid of things from your luggage that you no longer need. You can also buy souvenirs or some 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 or trekking pole before you go into the Cathedral or you can wander around Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.

 

Correos Branches

To help you with anything you may need 

 

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