THE WAY OF ST. JAMES, THE ORIGINAL WAY[slideshow id=172]
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The Way of St. James, “The Original Way”, or in Spanish “Camino de Santiago Primitivo”, leads Saint James pilgrims from Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela. The first recorded pilgrimage was undertaken by the Asturian King Alfonso II, called Alfonso the Chaste, as early as in the 9th century, shortly after the apostle’s remains had been discovered in Iria Flavia, Galicia. Thus, the city of Oviedo became the starting point of The Way of St. James and the king’s pilgrimage marked the beginning of a movement that would attract pilgrims from all over Europe and become one of the most important religious and cultural phenomena in the History of Mankind.
Day 1: Oviedo
Accommodation in Oviedo.
Day 2: Oviedo – Grado 28 km (6-7 h.)
Following in the footsteps of King Alfonso II, your walk begins in the centre of Oviedo at the Cathedral of El Salvador. Bronze scallop shells embedded in the pavement will lead the way while you are moving west out of the city. The trail passes Llampaxuga with its medieval chapel and descends to Ponte de Gallagos, a bridge from the 13th century. Enjoy hiking part of today’s journey through beautiful chestnut and oak forests in Las Regueras council! After Castañéu del Soldáu the path makes a steep climb to the village of Escamplero, site of a former pilgrims hospital. Moving downhill again you will get to village of Paladín at the river Soto. Leaving Puerma, you will cross the Nalón, the longest and mightiest of the rivers of Asturias, until you get to Peñaflor, with its beautiful church dedicated to St. John, before you finally arrive the village of Grado.
Accommodation in Grado.
Day 3: Grado – Salas 23 km (4-5 h.)
The first stage of the second day requires a bit of effort: the climb to Alto del Fresno via San Juan de Villapañada. Enjoy the great views before descending into the villages of San Marcelo, La Doriga and Casas del Puente. Next stop is Cornellana at the bank of the Narcea river that is famous for its abundance of salmon. Passing through Llamas, Quintana and Casazorrina you will finally reach the village of Salas.
Accommodation in Salas.
Day 4: Salas – Tineo 22 km (4-5 h.)
Today’s walk starts right under the arch connecting the Palace of Valdés Salas with the impressive medieval tower. Outside the village, a gentle path leads through oak and chestnut forests following the course of the river Nonaya. Continuing on a historic pathway called “Camín de Misa” you will get to the village of Bodenaya. The course of The Way of St. James or “Camino Primitivo” continues via La Espina straight on to Tineo.
Accommodation in Tineo.
Day 5: Tineo – Pola de Allande 31 km (6-7 h.)
The village of Tineo marks the beginning of several stages through a more challenging area: You will leave the hilly agricultural land behind and enter into mountainous woodland. You will hike through Borres and then continue on a pathway to your left, following a pine forest. Right before Samblismo there is a sign post indicating the alternative route that climbs over the mountain to the ruins of the former pilgrim hostel of Fonfaraón before descending to Montefurado. In your case, please follow the path in the direction of Pola de Allande.
Accommodation in Pola de Allande.
Day 6: Pola de Allande – La Mesa 20 km (4-5 h.)
The mountain pass of Puerto de Palo is the undoubted challenge of day 6. Nevertheless, today’s journey will lead you through some of the most beautiful landscapes along the Original Way. Today’s stage ends in the village of La Mesa from where a shuttle will take you to Pola de Allande.
Accommodation in Pola de Allande.
Day 7: La Mesa – Grandas de Salime 18 km (4-5 h.)
Another shuttle will bring you back to the village of La Mesa. Today’s stage is the last one on Asturian territory. It is rather short and sharply descends to the dam of the Embalse de Salime and Grandas de Salime.
Accommodation in Grandas de Salime.
Day 8: Grandas de Salime – A Fonsagrada 28 km (6-7 h.)
The mountain pass Puerto del Acebo, which was named after the holly trees growing in this area, marks the frontier with the Galician province of Lugo. 145 km are left before reaching Santiago. The scenery you are hiking through is absolutely spectacular!
Accommodation in A Fonsagrada.
Day 9: A Fonsagrada – O Cádavo 26 km (5-6 h.)
In the beginning, today’s walk follows alongside road LU-530. Enjoy the fresh drinkable mountain water of the fountains along the way! The trail leaves the road behind, passes through a pine forest, only to get back to the road where it is joined by another path. During the day you will note how the scenery is changing again: pine woods give way to thick eucalyptus forests. The highlight of today’s journey are the ruins of Hospital de Santiago de Montouto, a former pilgrims hospital. There are several kilometres left before getting to Cadavo Baleira.
Accommodation in Cadavo Baleira.
Day 10: O Cadavo Baleira – Lugo 32 km (6-7 h.)
Leaving Cadavo Baleira behind, the trail follows a gentle climb to the villages of Pradera and Vaqueriza. A descending walk through a pine forest will take you to the chapel Nuestra Señora del Carmen close the the village of Villabade with a beautiful Gothic church known as the Cathedral of Castroverde. Having passed Casas da Vina you will get to Lugo. The Old Town that was fortified with an impressive wall by the Romans can be accessed through several gates. An inscription in a stone next to the Gate of St. Peter commemorates the pilgrimage of King Alfonso in the 9th century.
Accommodation in Lugo.
Day 11: Lugo – A Ponte Ferreira 29 km (5-6 h.)
Leaving the fortified city of Lugo behind, the trail leads on through the villages of San Román, Guntin and Pacio to Ponte Ferreira. A beautiful site is the Romanesque chapel of San Román da Retorta in San Roman. A single-arched Roman bridge brings you to Ponte Ferreira.
Accommodation in Ponte Ferreira.
Day 12: A Ponte Ferreira – Melide 20 km (4-5 h.)
Today starts off with a gentle walk through the villages of Vilouriz and Villamor. This beautiful region features several archaeological highlights such as “castros”, ruins of fortified settlements of the Bronze and Iron Age, “cruceiros”, ancient stone crosses, and historic stone-paved roads. Melide is the destination of today’s stage: In the centre of this little town, right in front of the former pilgrims hospital, The Way of St. James or “Camino Primitivo” joins the “Camino Francés”, the “French Way” coming from Burgos and León.
Accommodation in Melide.
Day 13: Melide – Arzúa 15 km (3-4 h.)
The Way of St. James or “Camino” from Melide to Arzua – the latter is a little town famous for its tasty cheese – passes through the villages of Boente and Castañeda. Today’s stage does not require much effort and the trail is in perfect conditions.
Accommodation in Arzua.
Day 14: Arzúa – Amenal 19 km (3-4 h.)
There is only 40 kilometres distance between Arzúa and Santiago and today’s destination, the village of Amenal lies halfway between the two cities. The area you are hiking through is called O Pino. The trail through the hilly region is gentle, always close to the national road N-547.
Accommodation in Amenal.
Day 15: Amenal – Santiago 19 km (4-5 h.)
Finally, the last stage has arrived! Travelling through sleepy villages, small eucalyptus and oak forests you will reach the parish of Lavacolla where Santiago’s airport is located. Continuing through the parish of Sabugueira you will get to “Monte do Gozo”, the “Mount of Joy”, from where you can catch a first glimpse of Santiago de Compostela. The last kilometres lead downhill and through an urban area until you stand in front of the mighty Baroque façade of the Cathedral of Santiago, on Obradoiro Square – the end… or the beginning.
Accommodation in Santiago.
Day 16: Santiago de Compostela.
Check-out after breakfast and end of our services.
The final package price includes:
• Pilgrims Accreditationf- Information package with the description of the Routes and useful information about the trip
• Backpack transport during all the stages (max. 15 kg per backpack).
• Accommodation in a double or single room with ensuite bathroom and breakfast included
• Types of accommodation: Hotels, Country Hotels, hostels or guesthouses.
• Shutte service as indicated on day 6 (La Mesa – Pola de Allande) and day 7 (Pola de Allande – La Mesa).
The final price does not inlcude:
• Transfer at the beginning or end of the program (To the first accommodation or from the last destiny)
• Lunch and Dinner. Price per dinner costs additional 13.00€ / per person and day
• Extra Nights along the Route
• Extra night in Santiago de Compostela. If you want to acquire an extra night in a hotel 3* / 4* (bed and breakfast) the price will be
• 45€ / pax in double room and 80€ / per person in single room.
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