Welcome to Our Blog - Camino Primitivo

Welcome to our Camino Primitivo blog!  Over the span of 12 days in April and May 2022 we completed this 320 km pilgrimage route from Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.  It was a wonderful experience that was unlike any of our previous pilgrimages over the years.   Before completing the Camino Primitivo we walked from Madrid to Leon on the Camino Madrid , and then from Leon to Oviedo on the Camino San Salvador .   Thank you for reading, and 'Buen Camino! About the Camino Primitivo   Into the Misty Mountains, Oviedo to Grado  Adopting the Way of the Snail, Grado to Salas  Stuck in the Middle with You, Salas to Tineo  Varying Options and Challenging Albergues, Tineo to Campiello  The Hospitalis Route, Campiello to Berducedo  Switchbacking and Birding, Berducedo to Grandas de Salime  Chasing Windmills into Galicia, Grandas de Salime to A Fonsagrada  The Way is Up, Up, Up, A Fonsagrada to O Cadavo  Exhaustion and the Race for Beds, O Cadavo to Lugo  Exploring and Birding

Triumph, Challenge and Humbling Lessons : Arzua to Santiago

Without paying too much attention to the weather forecast we had planned to walk the final 38 km into Santiago today.  In the tradition of our first walk along the Camino Frances, we rose early and set off in the darkness around 6:00 am.  We knew it was Galician Literature Day, the 10th holiday that has occurred since we arrived in Spain at the beginning of April prior to venturing along the Camino Madrid , Camino San Salvador and onto the Primitivo, but we had assumed that at least one of the bars or cafés along the Camino Francés would be open to feed the masses of hungry pilgrims on their way to Santiago.  With a sinking feeling we walked down the dark and empty streets of Arzua at 5am and quickly realizing that everything was shuttered and silent.      At the edge of town we passed a small Galician church with a stone cross.  The old way marker stood on a small grassy island in a pool of light from an overhead street lamp.  At this point a fine mist began to fall, and we stoppe