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Camino de el Salvador

Camino(s) past & future
primitivo in the future
Hello,I would like to ask an advice.Basically for a peace of mind I had to booked extra days even knowing that I will do the San Salvador in less days, but could not risk to book a flight later during the camino and find expensive flights back.So basically I would like to ask once I get to Oviedo ,does anyone knows if It is easy to for example walk maybe 3stages of the Primitivo and from there catch a bus to go back to Oviedo the day before my flight??Other option are all the hiking near Oviedo but it seems not that well connected by bus and I don't want to rent a car by myself, and taxi are expensive,I am in budget.
Any tips,advice,others group suggestions are appreciate.thanks

And just for piece of mind I read sometimes people with different route in the Salvador( passing by nearly villages),I am looking for the difficult one ,and mountain stages,is the original one what I am looking for or what is the difficult route?I am looking for that one.
Thanks to everyone in advance
 

Kiwi-family

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
Just follow the arrows on the Salvador and you will go through the mountains.
If you meet Ender who marked the trail he will probably give you a brochure of other trails in the area. He will tell you about busses too.
Or you can look at Primitivo stages on www.gronze.com and then use www.rome2rio.com to find transport options.
All the best with your discoveries.
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
Hello,I would like to ask an advice.Basically for a peace of mind I had to booked extra days even knowing that I will do the San Salvador in less days, but could not risk to book a flight later during the camino and find expensive flights back.So basically I would like to ask once I get to Oviedo ,does anyone knows if It is easy to for example walk maybe 3stages of the Primitivo and from there catch a bus to go back to Oviedo the day before my flight??Other option are all the hiking near Oviedo but it seems not that well connected by bus and I don't want to rent a car by myself, and taxi are expensive,I am in budget.
Any tips,advice,others group suggestions are appreciate.thanks

And just for piece of mind I read sometimes people with different route in the Salvador( passing by nearly villages),I am looking for the difficult one ,and mountain stages,is the original one what I am looking for or what is the difficult route?I am looking for that one.
Thanks to everyone in advance
I don’t know what kind of distances you walk, but it sounds like you walk long days. As others have suggested, take a look at Gronze. https://www.gronze.com/camino-primitivo Their stages may be short for you, but Tineo is a good ending place because there will be public transportation back to Oviedo from there. Going further to Pola de Allande would also be a place with transportation, but places like Borres and Berducedo are likely not going to have anything. They are too tiny.

As far as alternatives to the Salvador, I don’t know of anything. There is one little detour you can take after Pajares and before Campomanes, but that’s just for Sandra’s albergue in Bendueños. Not really an alternative. Maybe you are talking about the new mountain alternatives on the Olvidado? The Olvidado intersects with the Salvador, either in Buiza or La Robla, depending on which alternative you take, and there are several alternatives there.

Buen camino, Laurie
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
Basically there is only one main alternative Camino. From Borres you can take "Hospitales", cross the top of the mountain or Pola de Allande. For what you're saying, I think you should take Hospitales. Hospitales is no more difficult than Pola de Allande, except for not finding any town for more than 20 km. My recomendation will always be to take Hospitales (except during winter time)
Hospitales and Pola de Allande are options on the Primitivo. @giulianewinthecamino asked about options on the Salvador.
 
Camino(s) past & future
primitivo in the future
Basically there is only one main alternative Camino. From Borres you can take "Hospitales", cross the top of the mountain or Pola de Allande. For what you're saying, I think you should take Hospitales. Hospitales is no more difficult than Pola de Allande, except for not finding any town for more than 20 km. My recomendation will always be to take Hospitales (except during winter time)
???? I am walking Salvador ,not Primitivo!
 
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Camino(s) past & future
primitivo in the future
I don’t know what kind of distances you walk, but it sounds like you walk long days. As others have suggested, take a look at Gronze. https://www.gronze.com/camino-primitivo Their stages may be short for you, but Tineo is a good ending place because there will be public transportation back to Oviedo from there. Going further to Pola de Allande would also be a place with transportation, but places like Borres and Berducedo are likely not going to have anything. They are too tiny.

As far as alternatives to the Salvador, I don’t know of anything. There is one little detour you can take after Pajares and before Campomanes, but that’s just for Sandra’s albergue in Bendueños. Not really an alternative. Maybe you are talking about the new mountain alternatives on the Olvidado? The Olvidado intersects with the Salvador, either in Buiza or La Robla, depending on which alternative you take, and there are several alternatives there.

Buen camino, Laurie
HI,yes probably I will walk until Tineo and then go back to Oviedo.Can someone tell me if there are buses for sure or not?In another forum they told a bus once a day but I guess it is wrong information. I was interested otherwise from Oviedo to hike Las Xanas, las Sanda de el oso,picos de europa ,Las Ubiñas..but any hike in the nature is ok.
 
Camino(s) past & future
primitivo in the future
Looks like at least six buses a day. https://autobuses.costasur.com/es/horario_autobus-Tineo_Oviedo-nr5.html

And my two cents would be that three days hiking in the Picos would be much more spectacular and “in nature”. Do you have good info on that option? Or are those three different hikes you are referring to?
The places I mentioned are differents hikes but are not well connected by buses..taxi and accomodation near by,are expensive for someone in budget like me,I will check then with locals when I ll be there but I guess doing a little bit of Primitivo until Tineo ,it can be a good easy option.Some people in others forum told me to walk a piece of camino de el norte from Oviedo ,but I think it is less nature and landscape than Oviedo to Tineo.Thanks for your tips !:)
 

jpflavin1

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(10,11,17), Vasco(12), Salvador(13), CP(13), CN(14), Madrid (16), Mozarabe (18), VdlP(19)
Hello,I would like to ask an advice.Basically for a peace of mind I had to booked extra days even knowing that I will do the San Salvador in less days, but could not risk to book a flight later during the camino and find expensive flights back.So basically I would like to ask once I get to Oviedo ,does anyone knows if It is easy to for example walk maybe 3stages of the Primitivo and from there catch a bus to go back to Oviedo the day before my flight??Other option are all the hiking near Oviedo but it seems not that well connected by bus and I don't want to rent a car by myself, and taxi are expensive,I am in budget.
Any tips,advice,others group suggestions are appreciate.thanks

And just for piece of mind I read sometimes people with different route in the Salvador( passing by nearly villages),I am looking for the difficult one ,and mountain stages,is the original one what I am looking for or what is the difficult route?I am looking for that one.
Thanks to everyone in advance
Check www.gronze.com for the standard route.

Yes, you can walk a few days and get a bus back to Oviedo.

Ultreya,
Joe
 
Camino(s) past & future
primitivo in the future
Just follow the arrows on the Salvador and you will go through the mountains.
If you meet Ender who marked the trail he will probably give you a brochure of other trails in the area. He will tell you about busses too.
Or you can look at Primitivo stages on www.gronze.com and then use www.rome2rio.com to find transport options.
All the best with your discoveries.
Thank you! I checked and I can see that I actually can do 3stages of the Primitivo. I wish I can meet Ender , which village he lives?is it common to meet him on the way?thanks
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
Ender lives near La Robla. If he sees the shades up at the albergue, he frequently stops in. You could post on the olvidado or salvador facebook page and tell him when you will be there.
 
Camino(s) past & future
primitivo in the future
Ender lives near La Robla. If he sees the shades up at the albergue, he frequently stops in. You could post on the olvidado or salvador facebook page and tell him when you will be there.
They didn't accepted my request in the salvador facebook page yet,I did it days ago but still not.Can I ask you please to link me the olvidado page please?
Thank you.Would be nice to meet Ender!
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
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