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How does the Camino Primitivo compare to other routes?


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Hi there,

I'm planning on walking the Camino during May, and have about 10-12 days (2-3 more days if necessary, I'm not in a rush). I've been reviewing the very abundant material pertaining each specific route, and am thinking about taking the Camino Primitivo.

To sum up, the general impression I have is that this route is harder (more fun, perhaps), a lot shorter and less crowded than the Camino Francés. Also, it is supposed to be quite rewarding from a scenic point of view, although it does seem to have less interesting man made landmarks.

The reasons I'm leaning towards the Camino Primitivo are: 1) I think it's interesting, from a symbolic point of view, to repeat the pilgrimage as it was made in its inception. 2) Avoiding crowds (isn't that great?). 3) Beautiful natural scenery. 4) Supposedly there are less sections of the road that coincide with national highways (it must be a bummer to have cars zooming by when you're on a spiritual journey).

Any insight regarding this matter will be greatly appreciated, especially if you have done the Camino Primitivo before (if you have done other routes as well, a comparison would be great ).

Thanks a lot.

Best regards,
Darío Romero
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I walked from San Sebastian to Santiago through Oviedo in September 2007. I found the route from Oviedo to Santiago wonderful. The views were beautiful. It is a route less traveled and you will not meet up with as many people. There are several options upon leaving Lugo. Ask the hospitalero at the albergue about the options and the best route to take. The distances can be a little longer but well worth it. You will meet up with the Camino Frances at Melide so the last few days will be more crowded. I would not hesitate at all to take the Oviedo to Santiago route.


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Dario, You really need convincing? I think you convinced me.... you put all the pluses and it sounds perfect for what you want to do in the days you have to do it. If you have any days left over... go to Finisterra and Muxia.
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