Cammino Primitivo

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.



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