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The Camino Primitivo

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When we talk about the Camino Primitivo, we are talking about what is probably one of the lesser known routes of the Camino de Santiago, and yet, it was the first one to be established (hence its name), and it holds in store many surprises that are worth discovering.

The Camino Primitivo was the route of the first recorded pilgrimages to Santiago recorded in history, and it is the one taken by king Alfonso II of Asturias (nicknamed “the Chaste”) to visit the tomb of Santiago, recently discovered back then.

If we decide to take this pilgrimage, we’ll find a well marked course, where it will be difficult to get lost, with walkable and not too difficult stages. A route where paths are clean thanks to abundant maintenance efforts and to the daily transit of cattle. A zone of green landscapes which, despite the occasional muddiness in winter, is very well worth visiting.

The Camino Primitivo, which follows along the trail of the first pilgrims, passes through spectacular zones of Asturias and León, entering Galicia through other equally beautiful ones. It’s a less travelled road, full of leafy and green vistas.