Camino Primitivo Landscape

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The Camino Primitivo, or Original Way, is a pilgrimage from Oviedo through the Cantabrian Mountains to Santiago de Compostela and the tomb of St James. Passing through famous Spanish towns and cities such as Oviedo, Lugo, and Melide you have ample opportunity to experience Cantabrian and Galician culture. The walk is one of the most beautiful but also challenging as you pass through a mountain range that is 1,100m above sea level to descend to the hilly countryside of Galicia and on to the city of Santiago.
This explores the first section of the Camino Primitivo, or Original Way. Here, you embark from the capital of the Asturias province, Oviedo, and cross the Cantabrian Mountain range. With some steep sections up and down you need to fit for this. But with this great effort comes spectacular views and panoramas over the mountains before descending into the Galician countryside and finishing in the town of Lugo.
Beginning in the walled Galician city of Lugo, this section of the Camino Primitivo meets the Camino Frances in Melide, where both routes then finishes in Santiago de Compostela. You will walk through heavily forested rural Galicia, witnessing the Roman influence on Spain’s roads and bridges. You will also experience the culture typical in the north-west of Spain, before finishing your trip in the iconic city of Santiago.

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