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The Camino Primitivo-Oviedo to Santiago (11 days)

Discussion in 'The Camino Primitivo' started by Richard Martin, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin New Member

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    Hello Everyone:

    I recently walked the Camino Primitivo. It was an incredible experience. At times, I was confused as to what distances I would need to travel daily. I can tell you from my experience, if you are fit and willing to push yourself the final two days, an 11 day walk from Oviedo to Santiago is very do-able.

    Here is how I did it:

    Day 1: Oviedo to San Juan de Villapanada
    Day 2: San Juan de Villapanada to El Espin
    Day 3: El Espin to Campiello
    Day 4: Campiello to Bercucedo (via Las Hospitales)
    Day 5: Bercucedo to Castro
    Day 6: Castro to A Fonsagrada
    Day 7: A Fonsagrada to O Cadavo
    Day 8: O Cadavo to Lugo
    Day 9: Lugo to Ferreira
    Day 10: Ferreira to Arzua
    Day 11: Arzua to Santiago de Compostela

    Last two days were about 40 km each, other days varied between 20-35 km. Yes, there were blisters galore, but what is the El Camino without blisters? I would leave around 8 am and usually finished between 3-5 pm.
    When planning my trip I couldn't find any posts that took the Las Hospitales route into account (I highly recommend this choice) so I decided to post this for future Primitivo pilgrims. Would also suggest getting an app on your phone with more accurate distance information.
    Buen Camino
     
  2. fortview

    fortview Active Member

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    Wow! That is super impressive! The Hospitales route was my absolute favourite day ( and the hardest) on the Primitivo.
    No way could I have done it in 11 days!
    Well done
     
  3. I have found many posts about the hospitales route, including mine ;). In fact I think there are many more posts about that route than going through Pola.

    For those who may be in the OP’s shoes and have not seen much about the Hospitales route:

    1.Take it only if the weather is clear. You don’t want to be up there if the weather turns.

    2.bring lots of water, and perhaps a snack.

    3. There is a place after you pass the hospital ruins where the Camino meets a road. If you do not feel you can do the whole distance between Borres and Berducedo, you can call a taxi to come pick you up at that point.

    4. The albergue in Borres is simple but does the job. The bar in the village serves good platos combinados and can make you a tortilla, bocadillo, etc., for breakfast and for the road.

    5. Berducdo is a bottleneck with people from two routes coming together. There are a few new options for beds, but be prepared. Next possible place to stay is La Mesa where there are no services at all.

    6. It’s a beautiful route, perhaps one of the most beautiful stretches of the many Caminos I have walked.
     
  4. alaskadiver

    alaskadiver Active Member

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    Won't be returning in 2018 going on a dive trip instead.
    I didn't get any blisters :) and I took the Hospitales. My posts and blog talk about it, as do many others on this forum. We took 14 days and I couldn't imagine rushing it and doing it in 11. We actually want to go back and take 17 days to see all the things we missed.

    Glad you enjoyed it. It's a beautiful route.
     
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin New Member

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    No rushing at all. Just healthy and fit schedule. Most all of the Primitivo pilgrims I walked with did it in 11 or 12 days. We all enjoy our own pace and have our own preferences and abilities. I posted this for those who might want to do the primitive route in less time and enjoy it as much as I did.
     
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    alaskadiver Active Member

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    Won't be returning in 2018 going on a dive trip instead.
    Like I said. Glad you enjoyed your hike on The Primitivo.
     
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    Dawn of a new Day Active Member

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    I too have just finished the Primitivo , about 14 days. Weather has been perfect. Walking more than 28km is too much for me. I climbed over the top. I have had the most amazing weather. One of the best walks, as well as the San Salvador
     
  8. laineylainey

    laineylainey Active Member Donating Member

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    Yup, the Primitivo was one of my toughest and most beautiful walks since starting walking on Caminos. I agree with Anemone del Camino, I think one of the factors that makes the highly recommended Hospitales day, is the weather. I was so blessed to have an almost perfect day to do it and will never forget it.
    Also as Alaskadiver says there are some great blogs and photos of this magnificent walk on this forum.
    Also - no blisters, what a result!!!
     

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