Camino Groups

Camino Primitivo – Lugo to Santiago

2024 Prices: Self-guided

Number of Days

5 days walking (with the option of 6), usually booked as a 7 night package.


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

Distance: 100km

Difficulty Level: Moderate – easily accessible to any level of fitness. Much of the section is rolling countryside, similar to Ireland.

How to get there: Fly in and out of Santiago.

Options: You can cover the 100 km in 4, 5 or 6 days – we can advise you as to how each possibility works.

  • Groups (6+): €605 per person sharing. 
  • 4-5 people: €620 pps.
  • 2-3 people: €705 pps.
  • Accommodation single supplement €250.
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in ensuite rooms on a B&B basis (typically 3* standard). We choose our accommodations to give you the best value while still maintaining high standards.
  • Private airport transfer from Santiago airport to Lugo.
  • Bag transfer each day.
  • Pilgrim Passport – we use those issued by Camino Society Ireland – the only officially-recognised Irish pilgrim passport.
  • Detailed walking notes for each stage, as well as ongoing advice and 24/7 emergency phone service.
  • The security provided from booking with a licensed and bonded travel agency.
  • Flights not included. As a licensed travel agency, we can book your flights for you (€20pp fee applies, no fee for group bookings).
  • Travel insurance not included – we recommend that all customers take out adequate travel insurance.
Day 1 – Lugo

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

Day 2 – Free day in Lugo

There is plenty to see and do in Lugo – the old city enclosed within the Roman walls is a treasure and worth a visit if you never walked a step.

You have the option to walk 10km from Lugo to San Vicente and get a taxi back to Lugo – this takes the long distance out of the equation the following day.

Day 3 – Lugo to Ferreira

Walk 27km to Ferreira (or 17km if you walked to San Vicente the previous day). 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.

Day 4 – 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!

Day 5 – 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.

Day 6 – 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!

Day 7 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.

Day 8 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 – the airport is only 11km from Santiago so it’s easily accessed.

  • Add an extra day in Santiago at the end of your itinerary.

Alternative 5-night Itinerary (involves longer walking distances)

Day 1: Fly to Santiago, transfer to Lugo
Day 2: Walk to Ferreira (27km)
Day 3: Walk to Ribadiso (31km)
Day 4: Walk to Pedrouzo (22km)
Day 5: Walk to Santiago (20km)
Day 6: Fly home from Santiago

Alternative 6-night Itinerary:

Day 1: Fly to Santiago, transfer to Lugo
Day 2: Walk to Ferreira (27km)
Day 3: Walk to Melide (20km)
Day 4: Walk to Arzúa (14km)
Day 5: Walk to Pedrouzo (19km)
Day 6: Walk to Santiago (20km)

Day 7: Fly home from Santiago

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