Camino Primitivo (The Primitive Way)

Uviéu/Oviedo - Gráu/Grado

26 km Difficulty
The Original or Primitive Way departs from the historic city of Uviéu/Oviedo. Before you leave, do not miss the chance to visit it. You can start by walking around the Plaza del Fontán, where you will see the market (Mercado de Abastos) and the historic building of the University to then move to the Cathedral of San Salvador along the Calle Schultz where the Way begins. Follow the iron signs on the ground to reach the Avenida Príncipe de Asturias, to then cross the railway line. After exiting Uviéu/Oviedo and 5 kilometres away from the starting point you will reach San Lázaro de Paniceres and, after 7, Llampaxuga, where you will see the chapel of El Carmen.

After a deep descent, you go up to Llubrió with its church of Santa María. From there you descend to La Bolguina, where there is a tavern to take a break. You reach the bridge of Gallegos over the River Nora, and once you cross it through the road, you will reach
L´escampleru; after the last house, you can go right and go into a path flanked by chestnut trees. This is a beautiful place, but you have to descend to then go up a strenuous climb afterwards. If you would rather skip this beautiful chestnut grove, you can reach
L´Escampleru by road. 

Paladín is located 20 kilometres away from the starting point after you cross the bridge of Peñaflor over the River Nalón. The village of Peñaflor is 300 m away, and you have to take a right to go under the railway line. After that, you enter Gráu/Grado. You can find all services in Gráu/Grado and in 2016 a new municipal hostel is expected to open here.

Gráu/Grado is a nice town with very well preserved indiano architecture, i.e., buildings built by migrants to the Americas. A walk in the Parque de San Antonio will lead you to the Palacio Miranda-Valdecarzana and the ruins of the medieval wall. Close by, you will find the town hall with its lively colours and the General Ponte square, where there is a traditional market particularly for bread.

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Tips from our postmen and women

Mariano Rodríguez, Correos of Uviéu/Oviedo.
 
“In Uviéu/Oviedo, there is a medieval fountain that is not always apparent to visitors: the fountain of La Foncalada located on the street of the same name. Pre-Romanesque buildings in Asturias are also interesting, for instance, the church of Santa María del Naranco, which is very close to Uviéu/Oviedo”. Mariano Rodríguez, Correos of Uviéu/Oviedo.

 

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.