The Camino Primitivo in La Coruña | Wise Pilgrim Guidebooks for the Camino de Santiago
Camino Primitivo Map 10
2.50km → Vilouriz
Altitude: 
710

This high point marks the border between Lugo and La Coruña.

The Road: 

The camino goes up and over the ridge that divides Lugo from La Coruña. A short distance beyond it leaves the road for a trail and descends through the hamlets of Vilouriz and Vilamor before entering Irago de Arriba.

2.20km → Vilamor
Altitude: 
565
0.80km → Irago de Arriba
Altitude: 
490
5.70km → Melide
Altitude: 
450

Welcoming, if somewhat curious, bar. This is the last stop on the Camino Primitivo before it joins the Camino Frances in Melide. The number of pilgrims will increase noticeably. So too will your options for accommodation and morning coffee.

The Road: 

Between Irago and Melide there are a number of small villages and urban sprawl. The first bars appear on the road into Melide.

Camino Primitivo Map 11
5.80km → Boente
Altitude: 
455
Although it has been on the menu as far back as Fonsagrada, Pulpo (octopus) doesn’t seem to garnish much attention until Melide. Despite its apparent disconnect with the sea, Melide’s thriving Thursday market meant that shipping pulpo was a profitable enterprise. It is served today as it was then:...
History: 
Melide is an ancient settlement and despite its importance as a natural crossroad since Neolithic times, it has never been protected by a wall. In Medieval times the overwhelming bulk of the town industries were tied to the camino.
The Road: 

The traffic through Melide can be dangerous, particularly on market days when booths line the crowded streets and the arrows through town become difficult to spot. Arrows direct you towards a small side street through the old part of town that parallels the main road. There are many other yellow...

Accommodation in Melide on the Camino Primitivo
Name Beds Price Booking.com

1

Albergue de Melide
San Antonio, 25

Xunta
156 6€

2

Albergue O Apalpador
San Antonio, 23

Private
30 10€ Photo in Albergue O Apalpador on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue O Apalpador on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue Pereiro
Progreso, 43

Private
40 6/10€

4

Albergue O Cruceiro
Ronda de A Coruña, 2

Private
72 10€ Photo in Albergue O Cruceiro on the Camino de Santiago

5

Albergue Melide
Lugo, 92

Private
57 10€ Photo in Albergue Melide on the Camino de Santiago

6

Albergue O Apalpador II
Cantón de San Roque, 9

Private
32 10€ Photo in Albergue O Apalpador II on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue O Apalpador II on the Camino de Santiago

7

Albergue Vilela
San Antonio, 2

Private
28 10€ Photo in Albergue Vilela on the Camino de Santiago

8

Albergue San Antón
San Antonio, 6

Private
36 10€ Photo in Albergue San Anton on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue San Anton on the Camino de Santiago

9

Pensión Xaneiro
La Habana, 43

Pension
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10

Pensión Berenguela
San Roque, 2

Pension

11

Hotel Pousada Chiquitín
San Antón, 18

Hotel
16 30-70€ Photo in Hotel Pousada Chiquitín on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Hotel Pousada Chiquitín on the Camino de Santiago

12

Pensión El Molino
Castro, 23

Pension
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13

B&B A Lúa do Camiño
Circunvalación - Campo da Feira

Casa Rural
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14

Hotel Carlos 96
Lugo, 119

Hotel

15

Hotel Sony
Santiago

Hotel

16

Albergue Alfonso II
Toques y Friol, 52-54

Private
34 10€ Photo in Albergue Alfonso II on the Camino de Santiago

17

Albergue Arraigos
Cantón San Roque, 9

Private
20 10€

18

Albergue Montoto
Codeseira, 31

Private
42 10€
km →
Altitude: 
450
km →
Altitude: 
415
2.80km → Castañeda
Altitude: 
390

The first building in Boente on your left is the Bar de los Alemanes, and this is the best bar in town. Further down the hill, the camino crosses the main road (caution) where two albergues and a few bars are located.

You can get a sello in the Iglesia de...

The Road: 

Walking past the church the camino turns right and descends more. The hills ahead are steep in both directions, take it easy.

Accommodation in Boente
Name Beds Price

1

Albergue Os Albergues

Private
30 11€ Photo in Albergue Os Albergues on the Camino de Santiago

2

Albergue Boente
En frente de la Iglesia

Private
22 10€
Altitude: 
380
History: 
It is said that the ovens that produced lime for the construction of the Cathedral were here in Castañeda. Pilgrims carried the raw materials here from Triacastela and swapped it for lime which they carried to Santiago.
The Road: 

It is uphill once more, followed by a steady descent into the valley below, steep at points.

Accommodation in Castañeda
Name Beds Price

1

Albergue Santiago

Private
6 1€ Photo in Albergue Santiago on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
305

A bar near the river with a large patio for celebrating a successful walk. The river here is quite cold and the perfect place to dip your feet.

The Road: 

The camino to Arzúa begins with a steady walk uphill. By the time you reach the road it levels out and the remaining kilometers are flat into town.

Accommodation in Ribadiso da Baixo
Name Beds Price

1

Albergue de Ribadiso da Baixo
Ribadiso de Baixo

Municipal
70 6€ Photo in Albergue de Ribadiso da Baixo on the Camino de Santiago

2

Albergue Los Caminantes
Ribadiso de Baixo

Private
56 10€ Photo in Albergue Los Caminantes on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue Los Caminantes on the Camino de Santiago
2.30km → Arzúa
Altitude: 
350

There is now an albergue in the upper part of Ribadiso. It is located at the top of the climb and before you get to Arzúa.

Accommodation in Ribadiso da Carretera
Name Beds Price Booking.com

1

Albergue Milpes
Ribadiso, 7

Private
24 10€ Photo in Albergue Milpes on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue Milpes on the Camino de Santiago
2.30km → Pregontoño
Altitude: 
385

Arzúa is a pleasant town with almost enough beds for pilgrims. If you find everything to be full and don’t feel like splurging on one of the many hotels in the area, the Polideportivo (sports hall) is often used to house pilgrims. Between here and O Pedrouzo lie a string of very small Galician...

History: 

Making a connecting between modern Arzúa and its medieval self is an imperfect science. There is no mention of a town with that name, only one in the area called Villanova. Scholars widely agree that the absence of any other Villanova in the area, and the presence of two Romanesque churches in...

Famous for its cheese, Arzúa hosts an annual (and three days long) Festival of Cheese in March. They have been doing so for 40 years.

Several other festivals relating to farming, hunting dogs, and horses fill up the balance of the calendar. Apart from these secular celebrations, Arzúa celebrates Corpus Christi, as well as Nuestra Señora del Carmen, who is celebrated on the 16th of July,

The Road: 

The camino leaves Arzúa along a footpath, NOT the road. If you arrived at the main square, walk past the church (with your back to the road) and turn right onto the side street. The terrain is pleasant, a blend of trails and paved roads through small towns and lots of forests. There are a few...

Accommodation in Arzúa
Name Beds Price Booking.com

1

Albergue de Arzúa
Cima de Lugar, 6

Xunta
46 6€ Photo in Albergue de Arzúa on the Camino de Santiago

2

Albergue Ultreia
Lugo, 126

Private
38 10*€ Photo in Albergue Ultreia on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue Via Lactea
José Antonio, 26

Private
120 10/12€ Photo in Albergue Via Lactea on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue Via Lactea on the Camino de Santiago

4

Albergue Don Quijote
Lugo, 130

Private
50 10€ Photo in Albergue Don Quijote on the Camino de Santiago

5

Albergue da Fonte
Carme, 18

Private
20 10/12€ Photo in Albergue da Fonte on the Camino de Santiago

6

Albergue Santiago Apóstol (Arzúa)
Lugo, 107

Private
72 10/12€

7

Albergue Los Caminantes
Santiago, 14

Private
28 10€

8

De Camino Albergue
Lugo, 118

Private
46 10€ Photo in De Camino Albergue on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in De Camino Albergue on the Camino de Santiago

9

Pazo Santa María
O Pazo

Hotel
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10

Hotel Suiza
Vello

Hotel

11

Pensión Mesón do Peregrino
Ramón Franco, 7

Pension

12

Pensión Rúa
Lugo, 130

Pension

13

Pensión Casa Teodora
Lugo, 38

Pension

14

O Albergue de Selmo
Lugo, 133

Private
50 10€

15

La Casona de Nené
Padre Pardo, 24

Hotel

16

Pensión Cima do Lugar
Cima do Lugar, 22

Pension

17

The Way Hostel Arzúa
Cima do Lugar, 28

Private
40 10/17€
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Altitude: 
340
Accommodation in Pregontoño
Name Beds Price

1

Albergue Camiño das Ocas

Private
30 10€
km →
Altitude: 
385
Altitude: 
385
1.40km → Boavista
Altitude: 
345

Calle is a town forsaken by modernization. Apart from a pair of bars, it does not appear that much has changed in recent centuries. The camino twists and turns through it, crossing a small creek next to a large wash basin.

1.80km → Salceda
Altitude: 
380
km →
Altitude: 
370

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