Have you heard about the Camino de Santiago and even considered walking one of its itineraries (yes, there are multiple routes!)? But you do not have the possibility to take a few weeks off. Or are you doubting whether you are able to hike 20-30 km for multiple days in a row? This tour offers you the possibility to be a pilgrim for a day by walking part of the ‘Camino Primitivo’.
Among the many ‘Caminos’ that can be walked nowadays, the Camino Primitivo is the oldest one. The first one to walk this route was the Asturian King Alfonso II at the beginning of the 9th century, after the discovery of the tomb of the Apostle James. Most of the current route still follows this ancient path. We will follow in the footsteps of thousands of pilgrims by walking the first stage of the Camino Primitivo.
The first part of the route leads through Oviedo and starts at the cathedral. As soon as we leave the city, we walk through the typical hilly Asturian landscape with its pastures, small streams and bigger rivers. Along the route, we will pass some typical pilgrim albergues and a chapel where you can stamp your own- and probably first- pilgrim credential! We will stop regularly to eat some bocadillos (typical Spanish sandwiches). Today's stage ends in Grado, from where we will take a 'pilgrim taxi' back to Oviedo. Alternatively, you can choose to stay overnight in Grado.
Along the way, we will share specific insights with you about the Asturian history, gastronomy and nature. Although we'll be guiding you and telling you stories about Asturias, there is ample opportunity to enjoy the landscape in silence and meet other pilgrims in order to get a real 'taste of the Camino'!