A little bit of History
It is believed that the first pilgrim was King Alfonso II, who went to Compostela making this route when he learned of the discovery of the tomb of the apostle Santiago (Saint James), in the year 814. Over the years, the Camino Frances, French Way, acquired much more important. However, some pilgrims diverted to Oviedo to visit its Cathedral, dedicated to the Savior Jesus Christ, following the Camino del Salvador (Route of the Savior). It was said then that "who goes to Santiago and not the Savior, serves the servant and not the Lord." Those pilgrims continued their march to Santiago by the route of Camino Primitivo (Original Way)
This route is located in the north of the Peninsula and it departs from Oviedo, capital of Asturias, and links to the French Way in the town of Melide.
This route is one of the most mountainous and we must pass some mountain heights, such as Puerto del Palo, Alto del Acebo, etc. However, quantity and the distribution of the pilgrim hostels allows to play with the distances and soften the hardness of the most complicated stages.
As it can be seen in the profile of the Camino Primitivo, the orography is quite mountainous, as we pass through Asturias, one of the most mountainous regions of the Iberian Peninsula.
The best season
The best time to carry out this route is spring and summer, although in summer it is usually done by many people. In winter and spring we can find many areas with mud. Also, in winter we can find snow at high altitudes.
Pilgrim hostels and other accomodations
There is an excellent network of pilgrim hostels, public and private. Its quantity and distribution are sufficient to be able to choose the stages that we want to do. The average distance between towns with pilgrim hostel is 8.7 kilometers (January-2019)
The continuation to Santiago
El Camino Primitivo ends in the town of Melide where it meets the French Way and through which you have to continue to get to Santiago de Compostela. See the Camino Frances
The climate is rainy throughout the year, although less in summer. The temperatures in summer are not too high although it can be hot. In winter the temperatures are low, especially in the high mountains, where it is not difficult to find snow.