A little bit of History
Oviedo was the capital of the Kingdom of Asturias from the ninth century. Being one of the few territories of the Iberian Peninsula that remained free of the occupation of the Muslims, a large part of the relics of other Christian territories were kept in its cathedral. With the advance of the Christian reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula, the capital was moved to the city of León, in the tenth century, so that Oviedo lost some relevance. However, it continued to retain important relics. Thus, when the pilgrims who came from the East of Spain and the whole of Europe came to León, many of them diverted to Oviedo to visit its Cathedral, dedicated to Jesus Christ the Savior, and all the relics it kept. It was said then that "Whoever goes to Santiago and not to San Salvador, serves the servant and not the Lord." Later, those pilgrims continued their march to Santiago by the route of the Camino Primitivo, Original Way.
This route starts from the city of León, in the center-north of the Iberian Peninsula, and reaches the city of Oviedo, passing from south to north through the provinces of the same name.
The Camino del Salvador, Way of the Savior, can be carried out in 5 days. The stages are not very long but in some you have to overcome an important change of level, especially the section from the town of Buiza to Campomanes. There are some sections in which you have to walk on the shoulder of the road so you must be very careful.
As it can seen in the profile, the orography is complicated. Keep in mind that you have to cross the mountains that separate León and Asturias. From the city of León the road always tends to rise. From Buiza the route becomes more mountainous and spectacular. Already from Campomanes the profile is much softened, although from Mieres to Oviedo it becomes somewhat steeper.
The best season
The recommended season for this route is from spring to early fall. In winter and at the beginning of the spring it is easy to find snow in some mountain sections, so it is not recommended to make these sections at this time of year and even less alone. In case there is a lot of snow on the mountain, it is mandatory to take the Villasimpliz variant. Fog banks are also common.
Pilgrim hostels and other accomodations
The average distance between towns with pilgrim hostels is approximately 12 km. The number of pilgrim hostel is enough and in general they are well distributed, but not enough to allow us to play with distances. For example, it is almost mandatory to sleep in Pajares due to the hardness of the previous kilometers and to the next pilgrim hostel is more than 20 km.
In winter the weather of this route can complicate much its making, especially in the mountain areas due to the abundant snow. It is recommended not to do it alone and check frequently the weather forecast to be cautious. The northern zone, once the mountain pass has descended, is more humid, while the southern part of the route is drier. In summer, the weather is hot.