Spend 7 days walking the oldest of the Caminos on this spectacular self-guided adventure
The Camino Primitivo is another wonderful pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. This self-guided tour allows you to walk the final 100 km on the oldest of the Caminos, the Camino Primitivo or the Primitive Way.
While the full distance starting in Oviedo is over 300 km, joining the trail in Lugo allows you to earn a Compostela while spending a shorter time on the trail.
The Primitive Way is the most challenging and least crowded of the Caminos. It is considered to be the original and oldest pilgrimage route to reach Santiago de Compostela. This route joins with the more popular French Way (Camino Francés) in the town of Melide, so enjoy the first days in relative solitude and the later days with the famous camaraderie of the Caminos.
Along the way, you’ll pass fascinating historic sites such as the medieval town of Ribadiso and the Chapel of Saint Irene. Stamp your Pilgrim Passport along the way to be sure to receive your Compostela from the Pilgrim’s Office when you arrive in Santiago de Compostela. Whether you are completing the Primitive Way for spiritual purposes or for an adventure of cultural and historic significance, this tour of the last 100 km of the Primitive Way is an excellent way to complete a pilgrimage on the Camino Primitivo in a shorter period of time. Sign up for this unique experience today!
Highlights of the Camino Primitivo Last 100km
Camino Primitivo Last 100km Route Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival in Lugo
Make your own way to Lugo. If possible, plan enough time in Lugo to explore this historic city. The Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Roman Walls, and the historic district are all well worth visiting.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Lugo
Day 2 Walk to San Romao da Retorta
Begin your pilgrimage today along the Camino Primitivo that leads to Santiago de Compostela. Lugo is a popular starting point because it is 100 km from the ending point in Santiago de Compostela, and a journey of 100 km is required in order to receive the compostela (certificate) for completing the Camino de Santiago. Today you’ll walk the first 24 km from Lugo to San Romao da Retorta.
Overnight Location: Hotel in San Romao da Retorta
Distance: 24 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Walk to Melide
Enjoy the peace and solitude of the walk today from San Romao da Retorta to Melide. In Melide, the Primitive Way (Camino Primitivo) joins with the more popular French Way (Camino Francés), and you will likely have company along the trail for the remainder of the journey.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Melide
Distance: 26 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Walk to Arzúa
Along the shorter route from Melide to Arzúa today, be sure to stop to explore the medieval town of Ribadiso. This is one of the most fascinating places you’ll encounter along this tour. Once you have arrived in Arzúa, don’t miss the chance to sample the special local cheese, which is quite a delicacy.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Arzúa
Distance: 13 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Walk to O Pedrouzo
Today’s route leads you through charming villages, lovely forests of eucalyptus trees, and across several small rivers. One popular stop along the way from Arzúa to O Pedrouzo is the Chapel of Saint Irene. According to legend, a fountain near this chapel is a Fountain of Eternal Youth. Why not wash yourself and give it a try? This stage of the tour ends in O Pedrouzo, but because this town is very small, it is possible the accommodations there will be fully booked during the high season. It may be necessary to stay in another popular town nearby.
Overnight Location: Hotel in O Pedrouzo
Distance: 18 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Walk to Santiago de Compostela
Complete your pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela today. When you reach the top of the Monte do Gozo – the Hill of Joy – you will find an inspiring view of the city of Santiago de Compostela and the spires of its famous cathedral, which is the ending point for all of the Camino pilgrimages. Pause here, as many pilgrims do, to reflect over the journey that has brought you here and the memories you want to take with you. Then descend from the hill and complete your journey. Don’t forget to visit the Pilgrim’s Office in the city to show your Pilgrim Passport and receive your Compostela. If time and energy permits, consider walking on to the coastal town of Muxía.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Santiago de Compostela
Distance: 20 km
Day 7 Departure Day
Sadly, your journey along the last 100 km of the Primitive Way has come to an end. Congratulations on your accomplishments! Check out of your hotel in Santiago de Compostela after breakfast and make your travel arrangements from there. Have a pleasant trip!
Overnight Location: None
Camino Primitivo Last 100km Tour Price and Dates
This self-guided walking tour in Northern Spain is always run as a custom tour for your group only. Prices for this tour depend on the size of your group.
The best time to travel to Northern Spain for this walking adventure is spring and autumn, though the tour can be completed year-round. Summer is the most popular time, but it can be quite warm.
Prices of Self-guided Camino Primitivo Last 100km Tour
Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:
- Price per person staying in single room: $850 USD
- Price per person staying in double room: $625 USD
- Price per person staying in triple room: $550 USD
Accommodation on Camino Primitivo Last 100km Tour
This tour is based in 2- and 3-star hotels, that offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travelers will pay a supplement.
In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.
Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $250 USD to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.
Hotels on Standard Tour
Hotel Ciudad de Lugo in Lugo
Brightly lit modern hotel within walking distance to a wide variety of restaurants and Old Town attractions, including the Roman wall.
Molino de Louzao in San Romao da Retorta
Overnight in a charming rural house near the river. This beautiful establishment used to be a mill.
Hotel Carlos 96 in Melide
Make friends in Hotel Carlos 96’ buzzing bar and restaurant and sleep in comfortable, spacious rooms complete with modern amenities.
Pensión Rua in Arzúa
Close to a supermarket and hiking supply store, Pensión Rua offers compact rooms and is a convenient stop en route to Santiago de Compostela.
Pensión Pedrouzo in O Pedrouzo
Off the main thoroughfare, Pensión Pedrouza is a modern hotel with large, quirky-colored rooms that overlook quiet greenery.
Hospedería San Martín Pinario in Santiago
Perfectly located near Praza do Obradoiro and other notable attractions, as well as a host of restaurants, enjoy your stay in this historic building.
What’s included in the Camino Primitivo Last 100km Tour?
6 breakfasts and 4 dinners are included.
The accommodation for 6 days along the tour is included.
Transportation during the Tour
This tour includes luggage transfers only.
- 24/7 phone assistance
- Pilgrim passport
- Maps and walking notes
- Transport to the starting point of the tour in Lugo or from Santiago.
- Guide services
- Personal expenses
- Extra accommodation charge for arriving to Santiago before St. James Day (July 25th)
- Extra night in Lugo before the tour
- Extra night in Santiago after the tour
Frequently Asked Questions about Camino Primitivo Last 100km
Galiwonders is a specialist tour operator, focusing on pilgrimages along the Camino de Santiago in Spain and Portugal as well as the Via Francigena in Italy. They offer adaptable tours to suit a variety of client needs and focus on truly taking care of their guests.
The tour guides are local experts, living and working right along the Camino. They have visited each hotel and restaurant they recommend, ensuring each is up to standard.
Galiwonders offers constant contact with their guests, ensuring all concerns or questions are addressed immediately so you can relax and enjoy your trip.Learn More
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Margot is a new guide with Galiwonders, and loves sharing her pride in her home region of Galicia with visitors. She enjoys sharing the history, stories, legends, and unknown information with tourists to connect them deeply with the region they’re in.
- Q: What is your favourite trip to lead and why?
- A: Any trip around Galicia. Fortunately, I have had the chance to travel far and wide, I’ve visited many counties, many cities, all beautiful and with something special, but I guess the saying "the heart is where home is" is applicable to me.
- Q: What are guests most surprised about in visiting your country?
- A: Tourists usually have a preconceived idea of what Spain is like, and when they are here they are surprised to see that how they thought it was had no similarity to that notion. I find this is especially true with Galicia. The most common ide they have is that it’s all Flamenco, bulls and polka dot dresses. That is just in Andalucia, and in Madrid, for tourists. Each region has its own unique traditions and folk culture.
- Q: What is one experience anybody visiting your country should do?
- A: El Camino de Santiago. It does not matter what religion you belong to. It is the sentiment, the relaxation, the feeling of wholeness one senses while on the Way. It’s the goal of accomplishing a pilgrimage for whatever the reason one may have, reaching the end of the road where all roads meet. Along the way you make friends with people from all over the world, the group gets larger and larger, some speak Spanish, others French, others English, even Chinese. It’s a wonderful multiracial group, and once you all reach Plaza do Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela, you all embrace. Everyone’s jumping and laughing with sore, bruised feet and sweaty clothes for having accomplished the challenge, feeling so good and wondering why the rest of the world does not embrace this experience.