The Camino Primitivo in Asturias | Wise Pilgrim Guidebooks for the Camino de Santiago
Camino Primitivo Map 2
Altitude: 
245

If you are starting your camino in Oviedo be sure to leave enough time to visit the Cathedral, which is the origin of the camino itself. It is also the place to pick up your credential (pilgrim passport) which will cost you 2.5€ but will include a visit to the Camara Santa, the oldest...

History: 
When Oviedo was founded in 761 it was all but deserted apart from two monks; Fromestano and his uncle Máximo. These two dedicated their church to San Vicente, and 20 years later it would grow to become a monastery. In that monastery was born the future King Alfonso II, during whose reign would be...
The Road: 

The road out of Oviedo is notoriously confusing. To make matters worse, there are too many shells on the ground to be helpful, especially in the center. They mark several of the caminos into, and out of, Oviedo. There is no distinction between the two directions.

This is how it is done:...

Accommodation in Oviedo and the Start of the Camino Primitivo
Name Beds Price Booking.com

1

Albergue de El Salvador de Oviedo
Leopoldo Alas, 20

Association
50 6€

2

Residencia-Albergue Villa Cecilia
Emigrante, 12

Closed
20 10€

3

Albergue La Peregrina
Covadonga, 8

Hostal
32 7€

4

Hotel Campoamor
Argüelles, 23

Hotel

5

Hotel Blue Longoria Plaza
Covadonga, 13

Hotel

6

Hotel Vetusta
Covadonga, 2

Hotel

7

Hotel NH Principado
San Francisco, 6

Hotel

8

Hotel Santa Clara
Santa Clara, 1

Hotel

9

Hotel Confort
Joaquina Bobela, 3

Hotel

10

Hotel Favila
Uria, 37

Hotel

11

Hotel Rosal
Cabo Noval, 2

Hotel

12

Hotel El Ovetense
San Juan, 6

Hotel

13

Hostal San Juan
Palacio Valdés, 4

Hostal

14

Hostal Fidalgo
Jovellanos, 5

Hostal

15

Hostal Álvarez
Independencia, 14

Hostal

16

Hostal Romero
Uría, 36

Hostal

17

Hostal Los Arcos
Magdalena, 3

Hostal
Photo in Oviedo on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Oviedo on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Oviedo on the Camino de Santiago
Photo in Oviedo on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Oviedo on the Camino de Santiago
2.50km → Lampajúa
Altitude: 
235

The first hamlet after leaving the suburbs of Oviedo. The bar is on your right.

The Road: 

The camino goes straight through the hamlet along the road but leaves it in favor of a track on the right. This track crosses the countryside into Lampajúa.

San Lázaro de Paniceres - Camino de Santiago - 9
Camino Primitivo Map 3
1.10km → Lloriana
Altitude: 
225

There is a small chapel here, the Capilla de Carmen, where you can get a stamp.

The Road: 

Follow the track in front of the chapel as it veers to the right and away from the road. There are a fountain and picnic area a short distance ahead.

Capilla de Carmen

km →
Altitude: 
223
0.60km → La Bolguina
Altitude: 
165
The Road: 

Follow the road through Lloriana. It will merge with the larger AS-232 in La Bolguina.

Lloriana - Camino de Santiago - 9
0.60km →
Altitude: 
120
The Road: 

Beyond La Bolguina the camino keeps to the road, passing through Fabaria, and only leaves it just before the río Nora. It does so in favor of crossing the river via the Puente de Gallegos and quickly returns to the road as it passes through...

2.60km → Escamplero
Altitude: 
100

The Bridge of Gallegos belongs to the town of Gallegos (just up the road). It originally dated from the 13th century but was destroyed in 1934 during the run up to the start of the Civil War; this was a common fate for many other bridges along the way, a deliberate effort meant...

Notice: 
If you chose to stay on the road, remember that drivers expect you to be on the trail.
The Road: 

After crossing the bridge, continue along the road. It will take you uphill and straight through town. The arrows at the end of town turn right into the forested countryside. This is officially the camino, but on very wet days it is very muddy and it is just as easy to stay on the road into...

1.70km → Valsera
Altitude: 
250

Two bars, one at the start of town and another (El Tendejón) closer to the albergue. The latter bar keeps the keys to the albergue. They are closed on Wednesdays and the key is then available at the shop on the road closer to the albergue.

The albergue here is located in the old...

The Road: 

Exit town via the road (turn left from the albergue). Before Valsera, the camino will leave the road for 400m.

Accommodation in Escamplero
Name Beds Price

1

Albergue del Escamplero
El Escamplero

Municipal
33 4€ Photo in Albergue del Escamplero on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue del Escamplero on the Camino de Santiago

2

Pensión El Tendejón de Fernando
Lugar de Navió s/n

Pension
3.10km → Premoño
Altitude: 
195

Capilla de Fatima.

The Road: 

The camino rejoins the road in the small hamlet of Valsera, be on the lookout for a marker on your left where you will once again leave the road and follow a track through the countryside. You will once again meet a road shortly before arriving in Premoño.

Photo in Valsera on the Camino de Santiago
2.70km → Paládin
Altitude: 
130

There is a small picnic area on the way into town. Bar Feliciano is the only place for a drink in town and is on the left past the Capilla de Santa Ana de Premoño.

The Road: 

At the end of town, the camino turns to the right near a large horreo (the square plan structure on stilts) and onto a country track. Cyclists should leave town by staying on the road, down the hill, and to the right at the first junction (PALADIN 1km...

3.20km → Peñaflor
Altitude: 
55

Paládin offers a bench and shaded rest area, as well as a fountain, the ‘fuente lavadero la sierra’, which is 20m away behind a house. To get to the fountain turn right at the first road, and then right again at the entrance to the first house, then head straight back...

The Road: 

Between Paladin and Peñaflor you will be walking with the río Nalón and the train tracks on your left-hand side. You will pass through the roadside villages of Puerma and Laracha. Peñaflor is on the opposite side of the river when you get to the first bridge. Once you have passed the...

3.00km → Grado
Altitude: 
55

If you are accustomed to using road signs to know where you are, then Peñaflor might confuse you. It is signed twice, once before the bridge and again afterward. For the sake of distance measurements, this guide uses the latter as it is closer to the actual town.

However! If you are...

The Road: 

The camino leaves the main roads and crosses underneath the railway in Peñaflor, and will cross back over them at the outskirts of Grado.

Photo in Peñaflor on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Peñaflor on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Peñaflor on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
50

With close to 10,000 inhabitants the city of Grado is the first opportunity to stock up on supplies since leaving the capital. There is a tourist information office in the park at the start of town and several grocery stores throughout the town.

If you would like to stop and look around (...

History: 
Los Indianos. In the late 19th century, during a period of great poverty, a great many Gallegos, Asturianos, Cantabrians, and Basques emigrated to Central and South America; their proximity to the sea enabled them to travel more readily. A great many left but only a few struck it rich, and when...
Notice: 
Beware guidebooks which erroneously place the Villapañada albergue in Grado, when it is in fact 3.5 km outside of town.
There is a traditional market held every Wednesday and Sunday.
The Road: 

Leave Grado along the main road (N-634). You will pass the 18th century Fuente de Arriba, from which the people of Grado drew their water before the installation of running water, on your right. Shortly beyond a cruceiro (stone cross) on your left the camino turns left and begins...

Accommodation in Grado
Name Beds Price Booking.com

1

Hotel El Lacayo de Sestiello
Sestiello, 1

Hotel
Photo in Hotel El Lacayo de Sestiello on the Camino de Santiago

2

Hotel Auto Bar
Flórez Estrada, 29

Hotel

3

Pensión Narcea
Flórez Estrada, 48

Closed

4

Albergue de Peregrinos de Grado
Maestra Benicia, 1

Municipal
16 Donativo€

5

Albergue La Quintana
Eulogio Díaz de Miranda, 30

Private
24 12€

6

Hotel Areces
Alonso de Grado, 20

Hotel
1.40km → El Friesnu
Altitude: 
240
The Road: 

San Juan de Villapañada and the albergue are about 700m up the road and off the camino. If you spend the night there, retrace your steps to rejoin the camino.

On the way up to El Friesnu you will pass through La Pelona.

km →
Altitude: 
240
History: 
In the 13th century the Order of St John operated a hospital for the poor and for pilgrims here. These days the hospitality is provided by Domingo in the modest albergue.
The Road: 

Retrace your steps to get back to the camino as it ascends to El Friesnu.

Accommodation in San Juan de Villapañada
Name Beds Price

1

Albergue de San Juan de Villapañada
San Juan de Villapañada

Municipal
22 5€
1.30km → Samarciellu
Altitude: 
370
Notice: 
There are two routes which descend from El Friesnu to Cornellana.
The Ermita de la Virgen del Fresno is usually locked. However if you are passing through on the 28th of September, when a romería (a type of local pilgrimage) is held, you can get a peak inside.
The Road: 

Where the camino meets the road before El Friesnu, a new information board indicates your options. The official camino descends to the left, following the old access road left behind from the construction of the adjacent highway....

3.00km → Moratín
Altitude: 
360

With the recent completion of road works in the area, Cabruñana has once again found itself NOT on the camino proper. It is still possible to go there, and the albergue is still open.

The Road: 

Keep on the road beyond the albergue for 2.3km. At that point the camino leaves the N-634 for a side road in the direction of Moratín.

Accommodation in Cabruñana [off camino]
Name Beds Price

1

Albergue de Cabruñana
Alto de Cabruñana

Municipal
18 5€
Altitude: 
155

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