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Primitive Way from Lugo

Galiwonders - 7 days

  • Primitive Way from Lugo
  • 7 days / 6 nights
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Route
Included
Accommodation
Safety
Packing List
Galiwonders
FAQ
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Overview

> Try the traditional Galician cuisine, don't forget the famous Galician octopus!
> Visit historical sites along the way
> Join the traditional French Way in Melide

To travel the last kilometres of the Primitive Way while staying in a selection of recommended lodging is a unique experience to live and it brings you closer to the history, art and culture that for centuries was forged by this monumental route. Follow the Camino de Santiago to Compostela

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1: Arrival at Lugo - Lodge
You will arrive at Lugo on your own or, if you wish, we can arrange your transfer to this place from any airport or station you arrive at. Depending on the time of arrival, you can visit different points of interest, such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the different squares and churches in the city, as well as its famous walls, the most emblematic and representative monument of Lugo and declared World Heritage by UNESCO.

Day 2: Lugo – San Romao da Retorta - 19,7 km
You will wake up in the lodge in Lugo to start the day with your batteries charged and you will start the walk to San Romao da Retorta. Alternating paved and rural roads you will leave the city of Lugo towards San Romao da Retorta. Only about twenty kilometers separate both locations, so you can take it easy.

When you arrive at the final point of today's walk, you will be able to visit different points of interest such as the Church that gives the name to the city, of Romanesque origin, and reformed in the 18th century. A Roman milestone dating from the time of Emperor Caligula was found very close to the church, although today only one replica remains. After this visit you will return to your lodge to rest and face the next stage with energy.

Day 3: San Romao da Retorta – Melide - 27,7 km
You will wake up in the San Romao lodge to start the day with the batteries charged and you will begin the walk to Melide. Today you will meet pilgrims from France,as you join the French Way from Melide. Through rural and paved roads you will go through small villages with a clear Jacobean connection and a lot of charm. There are two alternatives to complete this stage, but we recommend you to opt for the variant known as the "Roman road", because it is a little shorter than the official one.

After arriving at Melide, a town considered to be the geographical centre of Galicia, you will taste the best Galician octopus. You will have time to visit different highlights such as the Carmen Chapel or St. Roque Chapel, as well as the Sancti Spiritus Church.

Day 4: Melide – Arzúa - 15 km
You will wake up in Melide's lodging to start the day with the batteries charged and you will begin the walk to Arzúa. This day involves a short stage in which you will be able to rest your tired legs from the previous days. You will pass through towns like Boente or Castañeda, where you can stop and enjoy the excellent gastronomical products of the area.

Finally you will arrive at Arzúa, where you can visit different highlights such as the Pazo de Brandesco or different museums, such as the Cheese and Honey Dissemination Center, so well known for its great flavours and the Arzúa-Ulloa cheese.

Day 5: Arzúa – O Pedrouzo - 19 km
You will wake up in Arzúa's lodging to start the day with the batteries charged and you will begin the walk to O Pedrouzo. You will be just 40 km away from the Obradoiro Square and from contemplating the final destination. There are several options, but we recommend you to spend the night in O Pedrouzo, given that the town has all the necessary services and will allow you to leave just a small stage to finish the journey. These last two stages will pass through quiet service roads, with hardly any houses. The only drawback lies in the fact that you will have to cross the national road a few times in areas that are sometimes dangerous.

Once you have arrived in O Pedrouzo, you will be able to make visits to corners of high historical content and natural attraction, present in stately buildings linked to noble lineages and families. You can also visit exemplars of religious architecture, such as Santa Eulalia de Arca Parish Church.

Day 6: O Pedrouzo – Santiago de Compostela - 20 km
You will wake up at your accommodation in O Pedrouzo to start the day with plenty of energy and you will start the hike to Santiago. This is the most magical stage of the journey, your legs won't feel tired and the daypack will weigh less than the previous days.

Day 7: Santiago de Compostela
Breakfast at the lodge. Free day to visit all those monuments that, in addition to the Cathedral, make up the great Galician capital.

After breakfast our services will have finished.

Included

Included:

√ Accommodation
6 nights accommodation in private hostels/hotels/guesthouses are included in the price. The accommodation is in double rooms. If you want a single room, we can arrange that for you for an extra EUR 90,- / USD102,-

√Luggage transfer
We will carry your backpack during the day so that you only have to worry about your day-bag. The maximum is 20kg per person.

√ Breakfast
Breakfast is included during the trek. The rest of the meals are not included.

√ 24 hour help line
You will have access to a 24 hour help line. In case of any emergencies we will be ready to help you and assist you where needed.

√ Documentation
We will provide you with maps and useful information to guide you through every step of the way. We will make sure you don't miss any of the highlights of the Camino.

√ Pilgrim Passport
Your pilgrim’s passport is a document that identifies you as a pilgrim, and provides proof that you have walked at least the last 100kms into Santiago necessary to obtain your Compostela certificate, the official testament to your journey. It also provides a wonderful record of the places that you stayed, and makes for a beautiful, soulful reminder of this special journey.

Excluded:

× Airfare
The plane tickets are not included.

× Guide
This trek excludes a guide, but our maps will definitely help you through.

× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel.

×Meals
On the Camino the Santiago you will find plenty of little bistro’s and cosy restaurants on your way where you will meet a lot of other pelgrims as well. Breakfast will be included.

×Personal Expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

×Entrance fees
Museum entrances & other paid visits are not included.

Optional Services

Supplement half board (dinner): EUR 130 / USD 146

Transfer Santiago – Lugo: EUR 125,- / USD 141,- (máx. 4 pax)
Transfer Santiago – Airport: EUR 25,- / USD 28,- (máx. 4 pax)

Accommodation

Accommodation

During your trek to Santiago de Compostela you will spend 6 nights at hostels/hotels/guesthouses on the way. We will book the best accommodation possible depending on your dates and availablility.

The accommodation is in double rooms. If you want a single room, we can arrange that for you for an extra EUR 90,- / USD102,-

Safety

Safety

The Camino de Santiago is completely safe, especially the French Way. It is well signposted, with yellow arrows and shell symbols to guide the pilgrims during their stages. Bear in mind that many people travel on the Camino, so it is necessary to be aware of your belongings.

With Pilgrim, you will have access to a 24 hour help line. In case of any emergencies we will be ready to help you and assist you where needed.

Packing List

Packing List

Do you know what things to pack for the Camino de Santiago? Here is our Camino de Santiago packing list. Want a complete detailed list? Then you should definitely have a look at our blog post with all the details.

Essentials:

– Backpack
– Shoes
– Flip flops
– 2x Socks
– 2x Clothing
– Reusable water bottle
– First aid kit
– Toiletries
– Travel towel
– Paper tissues
– Utility knife
– Plug adapter
– Lightweight sleeping bag
– Cash
– Sewing kit

Extra’s:

– Camera
– Guidebooks and maps
– Gaiters
– Hiking poles
– Ear plugs and eye mask
– Flashlight/headlamp
– Power bank
– Plastic ziplock bags
– A spork
– Snacks
– Expandable tote bag
– Novel
– Journal

Galiwonders

Galiwonders

At Galiwonders we want to help you to discover all the different sides of the Camino de Santiago walk, and Galicia region. We have full confidence in everything our region can offer you, and we are at your disposal to organize an unforgettable trip.

We have a lot of experience in the tourist sector; we love traveling and we have lived and worked abroad. One day, we decided to pack our bags and come back home, to get all the travelers to know Galicia, its culture, its landscapes, its cuisine… and of course the Camino de Santiago.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Best season
The best season to do the trek to Santiago de Compostela is in Spring, form May to June. During these months the weather starts to get better and there are not that many trekkers in the hotels along the way. September is also a good month to do it, but the weather can be quite unpredictable, unlike during Summer. Only 4% of the trekkers choose to do the trail in winter (October to April) because of the cold, rain, and even snow.

Training
This trek is an easy one, children and old people complete the trail, and you probably won’t have problems. However, you will be trekking many days, so it is better if you get ready for it. Try walking a few hours a day the weeks before your trekking and try wearing the same shoes you will be wearing during the trek, that way you prevent getting blisters or hurting your feet. Another good idea is to walk with a backpack on your shoulders so that your back gets used to the weight.

Where does the Camino begin and end?
All trails lead to the same destination: Santiago de Compostela. Where they begin? Well, that is a harder question. When the remains of Santiago the apostle were found, people from all over the continent travelled to see them. Truth be told, there were many trails that the people at that time used, based on where they came from. So the answer to where the trail begins has no single answer. The most common one and world famous, is the one coming from France, but there are some also from Portugal and Spain itself. Which one to choose? Well, that is up to you.

How to Book

How does it work?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company. Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking. After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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