General Description: In addition to those pilgrims arriving at the French-Spanish border via the Ruta de la Costa, many medieval pilgrims on the Camino francés left that route at León to travel north to the cathedral in Oviedo and the Camino primitivo (meaning “early”) was the shortest route to return to the francés from there. 285 km from Oviedo through Lugo to Melide where it joins the Camino francés.
Waymarking: Waymarking is variable although it is reported to be extremely good from Oviedo to the Galician border which is about half the route. Yellow arrows and splashes of yellow paint appear.
Terrain: This is a difficult route as it passes over the western end of the Cordillera Cantábrica with a number of ascents and descents of 6 to 8%.
When to go: Weather on the Camino primitivo is a product of the mountains and the sea and as such can be harsh, even in the summer. It is suggested that the primitivo be attempted only during the summer months. Climate tables for Oviedo and Lugo.
Accommodation: There are a number of pilgrim albergues along the route as well as some hostales and pensiones.
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