Camino Primitivo (The Primitive Way)

Grandas de Salime - A Fonsagrada

28 km Difficulty
This is a transition stage between Asturias and Galicia, and signs for the Camino change as the direction now is marked by the open side of the shell, as opposed to Asturian signs. 

You leave Grandas de Salime towards the caserío of A Farrapa and A Cereixeira, with its chapel of La Esperanza. After 5 kilometres you reach Castro, where you will find the site of Chao Samartín, erected in the year 800 b.C., during the Bronze Age. There is a museum at the site and if offers group rates.

In Xestoselo, you start climbing to Alto del Acebo, a strenuous section that will take you over 1,100 metres high. At Venta del Acebo you can have something to eat and continue to A Fonsagrada, where you will have 12 kilometres left through Fonfría and Barbeitos.

You continue descending to Santa Bárbara and Paradanova, but you still have to climb just before you reach A Fonsagrada. The town has several private hostels if you decide to sleep here. The public hostel is in the area of Padrón, 2 kilometres away from town.

A Fonsagrada is famous for its “butelo”, which you have to eat with some nice cocido while on weekends many visitors come to have octopus here. They also have their own sweet, the pastel da Fonsagrada.

If you come in September, you can see the Festa da Xira, on the 8th, 10th and 11th. This is a festival with one day for the horse market, another one for the cattle market and the final day when people eat out at the “carballeira”, an oak grove.

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Tips from our postmen and women

Amparo Fernández, Correos of A Fonsagrada.
“In this section, pilgrims usually stop for breakfast at O Acebo to then continue their Camino towards Fonfría, where they can see the ruins of the old hospital, a beautiful chapel and the fountain. Already in Barbeitos, you can stop for lunch. In A Fonsagrada, you have to see the church and the sacred fountain that gives its name to the place and inspires many legends, for example, different explanations of how water can flow so high up. You will also find Casa de Pasarín, with its impressive façade, currently being renovated to become a pilgrims’ hostel. Close to A Fonsagrada, you should go to the waterfall of Seimeira de Vilagocende, with its steep fall”. Amparo Fernández, Correos of A Fonsagrada.
 

 

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.