The Camino Primitivo: From Villaviciosa on the Norte to Oviedo
The town has been called Villaviciosa, an allusion to the fertility of the land, since the 14th century. It occupies a low valley south of the estuary and the rich land here supports a cattle and dairy industry, but perhaps more importantly it grows very good apples for the production of the sidra (the famous hard cider of Asturias). If you spot a sidrería stop in for a glass but mind the curious customs of drinking it: it is poured from a great height, bottle held high and glass held low, and usually behind the back, to get some air into the small amount which...
Santumedero de Sietes is celebrated on the 3rd of March. San Juan on the 24th of June, and Santiago on the 25th of July.
Pay close attention to the arrows through town. The camino follows a route which takes you past most of the more notable monuments, including the Ayuntamiento building, the monument to Carlos I, and the Iglesia de Santa María de la Oliva. At the church it turns left to follow the AS-255...
Accommodation in Villaviciosa
Marqués de Villaviciosa, 5
Albergue El Congreso
Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 25
In La Ferrería the camino leaves the road and crosses the Río de la Ria. On the other side of the small river is La Parra.
In Casquita the Camino del Norte splits twice. Pay extra close attention to which route you chose as not all of them rejoin later.
At the first split, just past the chapel at the start of the village and indicated by two shells on a post, you are presented with the option to...
For Oviedo and the Camino Primitivo: Turn left at the fork in the road in the direction of Camoca. The camino passes through several small hamlets on before arriving in San Pedro de Ambás: El Ronzon, La Fontana, El Campu, El Pelu Riva, and La Cruz. After ...
The early 13th century Monasterio de Santa María de Valdedíos, and the 9th century Iglesia de San Salvador de Valdediós next to it, merit a detour. The Monastery is inhabited by a dozen or so Carmelite nuns who also run the albergue here.
Picnic table just before Vega. The grocery store is 70m past the main square.
The camino passes through Barbechu, Aramante, and El Castru. From El Castru the camino can either follow the road or a trail. The trail passes through Aveno before returning briefly to the road. Between here and Vega de Poja there are many...
The yellow arrows in Vega de Poja, which direct you to the right, are not quite the right yellow and could be dismissed as farm markings. They are not. However if you go wrong there are more arrows which will eventually bring you back to the right path.
The landmark building in La Pola is the Iglesia de San Pedro, located near the original site of a 13th century pilgrim’s hospital. The current church dates back to the first years of the 19th century.
Founded by Alfonso X in 1270, La Pola is one of the largest towns in the surrounding municipality.
Market day is every Tuesday.
The Fiesta de los Huevos Pintos is celebrated on the Tuesday after Easter Sunday, with traditional dances and the sale of painted eggs.
The camino passes the municipal albergue and at the next roundabout follows signs to the barrio of La Carrera. At the highest point along this stretch, a large black billboard of a bull stands on the opposite hillside. The camino enters El Berrón along the back roads.
Most services but no accommodation.
When you get to the main road in El Berrón (a divided highway) turn left (south) to cross the intersection with care. A short distance later you will cross to your right to follow the Avenida de Oviedo through and out of town. From here the camino passes along smaller paved...