The Camino Primitivo is one of the many Caminos de Santiago, or Ways of St James. All of the paths lead to Santiago de Compostela in the north-west of Spain and are walked or cycled by thousands of pilgrims every year. We’ve walked four caminos now: the Camino Francés, which is the way most people think of when they hear the words “Camino de Santiago”, the Via de la Plata from Seville, the Camino Inglés from A Coruna, and most recently, the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo.
The Camino Primitivo is considered to be the hardest of all the Ways of St James, but we loved it! The terrain was generally pleasant and there was very little road walking, and we accumulated a fantastic group of people to walk with.
And we're off! We've just started the Camino Primitivo at Oviedo, so over the next few days there will be a lot of photos of northern Spain. The Camino Primitivo is also called the Original Way, and was the first Camino de Santiago. King Alfonso walked this route from Oviendo to Santiago back in the ninth century in order to visit the tomb of St James, and we are following in his footsteps. The scallop shells are a symbol of St James and the yellow arrows show the way.
I completely forgot to post a photo of the Camino Primitivo yesterday… It was a hard day because the fog was so thick and because the maps we had for the route we chose were spectacularly incorrect. Plus, when we finally arrived, we had some problems finding accommodation, and after that all we wanted was a glass of wine!
Well, we made it to Santiago! The front of the cathedral was covered with scaffolding so here's a shot of the botafumeiro instead — that's an enormous incense-burner that takes eight men to swing and was traditionally used to cover the smell of sweaty pilgrims at the midday mass in Santiago cathedral. It's pretty awesome!
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