Camino Primitivo (The Primitive Way)

La Puela/Pola de Allande -A Mesa/ La Mesa

22,8 km Difficulty
After you cross La Puela/Pola de Allande, the Way goes past the bridge to the left, towards El Mazo and Penaseita. You have to walk 3 kilometres on a path close to the high voltage power line and go up El Panchón; this will take you to the road leading to the Puerto de El Palu. This is one of the most beautiful stretches in the Camino. Going up to the Puerto is hard and you climb all the way to the top, which is 1,100 metres high. The Camino continues along the lonely mountain landscapes that separate the Rivers Narcea and Navia.

From here, there are 5 kilometres to the caserío of Montefurao, an almost deserted village that only has one inhabitant. This is where the pilgrims who instead of going to La Puela/Pola de Allande decide to go back to Los Hospitales arrive. If you walk parallel to the road, you will reach Llago, where you will cross a pine grove to Berducedo, a village with some bars and shops. In Berducedo, you have several options in terms of accommodation: a public pilgrim hostel and a couple of private ones. Most pilgrims decide to call it a day here.

Once you enter the municipality of Grandas de Salime, you go around the Cordal de Berducedo to find A Mesa/La Mesa, a small hamlet of 32 inhabitants with a pilgrims’ hostel.


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Tips from our postmen and women

 
 
"This section of La Puela/Pola de Allande to La Mesa is where old Roman gold mines used to be. You may reach them from the hilltop of Puerto de El Palu or from Montefurao. Before you reach the dam at Grandas de Salime there is a village, Santo Miyao/San Emiliano, which is listed as a historic site in Spain since 1971”José Luis Fernández, Correos de La Puela/Pola de Allande.

 

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.