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Camino Primitivo – Lugo to Santiago – Group trip

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The Camino Primitivo gets its name from being the original or first Camino route to Santiago. Starting from Lugo, the 100km to Santiago is a mix of opposites; from Lugo to Melide is a quiet and peaceful route but when you join the Camino Francés at Melide, things get noticeably busier!

This is a Camino trip bookended by two UNESCO World Heritage cities – you start from within the Roman walls of Lugo and you finish at the Catedral de Santiago.

Though only  100km of Camino (and of course, this qualifies you for the “compostela” – the  official Camino certificate), this section allows you to sample some of the foods for which Galicia is famous; start with tapas in  León, try octopus  in Melide, sample the renowned cheese of Arzúa and take your pick in Santiago – something for everyone!

 

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April 21st – 27th (Easter Monday to Sunday 27th).

  • €655 pps for anyone who has walked with  Camino Groups before (not including flight).
  • €755 pps otherwise.
  • Single Supplement €200 for first 3 places, €300 thereafter.
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  • 6 nights’ accommodation in ensuite rooms on a B&B basis (including 2 nights in 4* accommodation in Lugo).
  • 2 x evening meals (Lugo and Santiago).
  • Airport transfers from Santiago airport to Lugo and from Santiago to Santiago airport for the return flight to Dublin.
  • Internal coach transfers between Lugo and Ferreira.
  • Bag transfer each day.
  • Pilgrim Passport (Issued by Camino Society Ireland – the only official Irish pilgrim passport).
  • Your Camino Groups host will accompany the group for the week.
  • A Camino Groups gift for 2025!
  • Detailed walking notes and accommodation maps.

Note:

  • Flights are not included in the price. Tip – the earlier you book, the cheaper it will be.
  • We recommend that you have adequate travel insurance in place for your trip. 
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April 21st – Day 1 – Lugo

Fly from Dublin to Santiago. Upon arrival, you are transferred to Lugo – an old Roman town with fully intact city walls.

April 22nd – Day 2 – Lugo to Ferreira

Walk 27km to Ferreira. The first 10km to San Vicente is mundane enough as you follow the man road most of the way, but after that, it’s a very peaceful walk to the tiny hamlet of Ferreira.

April 23rd – Day 3 – Ferreira to Melide

Walk 20km to Melide, where the Primitivo joins up with the Francés route. Today sees you climb uphill to the Sierra del Careón with lovely views over the valleys below. This is followed by a downhill section before arriving at Melide, famous for its pulpo. How an inland town became famous for octopus, we will never know, but it’s a Galician delicacy and you have to try some!

April 24th – Day 4 – Melide to Arzúa

Walk 14km to Arzúa, another town famous for food – this time the local cheese. Today is a short day that is quite hilly in parts, the highlight being the beautiful village of Ribadiso by the Iso river, 3km short of Arzúa.

Given the short nature of this walk, some people choose to eat into the kilometres by continuing through Melide and on to Ribadiso or Arzúa.

April 25th – Day 5 – Arzúa to Pedrouzo

Walk 19km to Pedrouzo. Although this is another short enough day, there are plenty of rolling hills to keep you honest! Much of the day is spent passing through woods and farms along quiet roads and trails. Pedrouzo itself is a small town that has grown a lot as a satellite town serving Santiago – there are plenty of good places to eat as a result!

April 26th – Day 6 Pedrouzo to Santiago

Walk 20km to Santiago, Today is the day you reach the end of your journey, enhorabuena! After passing Santiago airport near Lavacolla, you cans stop at Monte de Gozo which is 5km before you reach the cathedral in Santiago. 

This is where pilgrims would traditionally have stopped to wash themselves and prepare for reaching their destination – to this day, you can still see the spires of Santiago Cathedral from the hillside to the left of the small chapel.

April 27th – Day 7 –  Santiago de Compostela

This itinerary still allows you plenty of time to explore the historic city of Santiago. Collect your cert, visit the cathedral, relax and watch the pilgrims stroll the old town!

Return to Dublin in the afternoon.