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Camino Primitivo on Mountain Bike
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Camino Primitivo on Mountain Bike
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Cycling along the Original Pilgrim´s Trail following mountain routes


Bike Tour: Camino Primitivo on Mountain Bike - 8 days

The so-called Camino Primitivo (the Original Trail) was the trail that the Asturian King Alfonso II chose to get to the from Oviedo, via Lugo, to Santiago in the year 829 to visit the place where the bones of St. James were said to be buried. This cycle tour follows this authentic route, traversing part of the ‘España Verde’, through the varied countryside of Asturias and Galicia. His pilgrimage was done following ancient trails, so it mostly runs along dirt tracks, paths and some local minor roads creating a challenging mountainous route in which you will enjoy spectacular landscapes. As you cycle along this historical trail, you will also get a taste of the special atmosphere that surrounds the pilgrims who follow the Camino de Santiago, or Saint James’ Way, in any of its versions. You will not miss the most important highlights in this pilgrimage trail!

Mountain E-bikes are available for this tour!!

Map Original Way of St. James cycling
Day 1: Arrival in Oviedo
Day 2: From Oviedo to Salas
Day 3: From Salas to Pola de Allande
Day 4: From Pola de Allande to Grandas de Salime
Day 5: From Grandas de Salime to Lugo
Day 6: From Lugo to Melide
Day 7: From Melide to Santiago de Compostela
Day 8: End of program

Day 1:    Arrival in Oviedo

Independent arrival in Oviedo. If you have some time, we recommend visiting the old town and the Gothic Cathedral, the starting point for pilgrims to Santiago. You can stroll through the lively atmosphere in this historical city centre, with plenty of cafés, restaurants and cider houses. 

Challenge: Arrival in Asturias

Day 2:    From Oviedo to Salas
51 km

We start our pilgrimage following the Jacobean copper shells through narrow lanes in the city centre, then out into the green Asturian countryside. Tarmac lanes, old footpathsand country roads take us past quiet villages and through hilly countryside. We go past Cornellana Monastery. Founded in 1024, this centre was of great religious and political importance throughout the early history of the Christian kingdom in Asturias. After this stop to rest, the last part of the route will follow a few detours, as the motorway is still under construction here. Your Hotel*** in Salas is located in the historical town centre.

Day 3:    From Salas to Pola de Allande
49 km

As you start you head south, via Soto de los Infantes, through the beautiful Narcea River Valley before you ascend to Tineo, a historically significant town on the Camino. As you continue èn route´you will pass by the Romanesque church and Monastery of Obona. These monuments, partly in ruins, formed part of an important cultural and intellectual centre for centuries. From here a succession of small churches and chapels will lead you up to Lavadoiro Pass (812m), before you descend to Pola de Allande, a lovely little town with Asturian flavour. Accommodation at a good hotel** famous for its regional cuisine.

Day 4:    From Pola de Allande to Grandas de Salime
40 km

A tough day, since you have to climb 625m this morning to reach Puerto del Palo. This pass, at 1146m, divides the green, wooded area of Allande from the vast, more barren mountains to the south. But then, the reward; you will be able to `sail down´the 35km left to Lake Grandas, only to find that your destination is still 4km further ahead… at the top of a hill! Grandas is a pleasant town with a Romanesque church and interesting ethnographic museum. Lodging in recently renovated 2-star hotel with a good regional fare.

Day 5:    From Grandas de Salime to Lugo
59 km

Today you staert ascending again, this time up to Alto del Acebo Pass (1030m, 475m up). Then you glide down into Fonsagrada. Once you cycle into Galicia, you leave the steep ascents and mountainous areas behind, moving into a gentle rural landscape, dotted with picturesque hamlets. This easier riding will allow you to truly enjoy the Galician countryside, with exquisite traditional architecture such as the ‘Pazos’ and ‘Casas Grandes’, well-preserved country homes on large estates, all impressive buildings in stone and wood. At the end of the day, Lugo awaits with its Roman walls (3rd century) and many interesting buildings to be visited in the old town secluded inside these walls. Outside the walls, there are Roman baths at the naturalhot springs on the banks of the River Miño. Accommodation at a 3-star hotel in historical centre of Lugo.

Day 6:    From Lugo to Melide
48 km

You might have some time to visit the major monuments in Lugo, and maybe do some shopping, before you get back on your bike today. From Lugo onward, the Camino Primitivo merges with the more recent, but more popular French Route, somewhere between Palas de Rei and Melide, the quiet lanes and path get busier and you will feel a stronger "pilgrim atmosphere" from here.

Day 7:    From Melide to Santiago de Compostela
54 km

On your last day you will feel how everyone oround starts to feel to excitement of a close arrival to the final goal. You will share the route, scenery and atmosphere with other pilgrims as you approach the Monte del Gozo (where pilgrims catch their first glimpse of Santiago) and then downhill to the St James Cathedral. Accommodation at a charming hotel in the centre. The afternoon is free to spend exploring Santiago.

Day 8:    End of program

Today, after breakfast, your cycling tour comes to an end.


All hotels of this trip are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. You can find the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra overnight: You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

Hotel Campoamor (Oviedo)
Hotel Campoamor (Oviedo)

Recently renovated hotel, located in the very centre of Oviedo, in front of the Campoamor theatre and close to Gascona street, a very lively street with many typical cider houses. With comfortable, quiet and spacious rooms.

Hotel Nueva Allandesa (Pola de Allande)
Hotel Nueva Allandesa (Pola de Allande)

This hotel was founded in 1953 and still preserves the traditional taste and the friendly tratment without forgetting comfort. The highlight is their famous restaurant which offers traditional homemade cuisine and attracts visitors from the whole region.

Hotel Las Grandas (Grandas de Salime)
Hotel Las Grandas (Grandas de Salime)

Magical place for its location, a place to enjoy the natural surroundings and the lake views. With comfortable and spacious rooms. It also has a nice restaurant that offers local dishes and a terrace overlooking the lake.

Hotel Méndez Núñez (Lugo)
Hotel Méndez Núñez (Lugo)

Unbeatable location in the historical town of Lugo, inside the Roman walls and surrounded by the monumental quarter. The cultural, commercial and leisure area is also here. With modern and functional rooms, offering its guests every amenity.

Hotel Xaneiro (Melide)
Hotel Xaneiro (Melide)

Xaneiro Hotel is located 80 metres from Melide centre. It’s situated in a quiet area without noise to ensure your rest. From here you can quickly reach every leisure and service center.

A Tafona do Peregrino (Santiago de Compostela)
A Tafona do Peregrino (Santiago de Compostela)

A hotel in which every detail has been thought of. Located only about 25m  from the traditional Food Market of Santiago, the Belvís park and the "Puerta del Camino": one of the entries to the old quarters of Santiago and the entry of the French Way.

Hotel Castillo Valdés (Salas)
Hotel Castillo Valdés (Salas)

Set in a 16th century historical builiding ( the former palace of the Counts of Miranda), restored and transformed into a rural hotel with 12 quaint and comfortable rooms that preserve the medieval essencce of the original building. Located in Salas, surrounded by valleys and mountains of great beauty.

practical info

Arrival in Oviedo

If you are flying to Asturias airport-Ranon (OVD), there’s a regular shuttle bus service to Oviedo city centre. Departures every hour on the hour. Travel time is 45min and a single ticket costs approx 8,00€.

If you are flying to another airport (Santander-SDR, Bilbao-BIO or Valladolid-VLL), there are good bus connections to Oviedo from those cities. For timetables and reservations, go to You can also book your bus tickets in advance through S-cape Travel.

Direct taxi transfers can be booked in advance through S-cape Travel. Prices on request. 


Departure from Santiago de Compostela

If you’re travelling back to Asturias airport (OVD), Santander (SDR) or Bilbao (BIO), there’s a morning bus from Santiago that takes you to Oviedo, Santander or Bilbao. The trip to Oviedo takes about 8h30min, to Santander 9h30min and to Bilbao 11h30min.

Bus tickets can be booked online at or through your agent, S-cape Travel.



  • Bike Type: Hybrid trekking bike
  • Frame: aluminum
  • Wheels: 28"
  • Gears: Adults bikes: 21 or 24 gears // Kids bikes: 7, 14 or 21 gears
  • Suspension: Yes
  • Frame sizes: (Adults): XS ,S ,M , L, XL (Kids): 20"/24"/26"

                            Male                                                                  Female


                               CUBE TOURING


  • Bike model: MMR KUMA 29
  • Bike type: MBT
  • Frame: Aluminium 6061-T6 double hydroformed crowned 
  • Brakes: Shimano MT-200 Hydraulic 
  • Tires: Hutchinson Python 2


  • Rental bicycles ALWAYS include: repair kit, pump and lock.
  • Depending on the type of bicycle you can add (for free, but on request): map holder, 1 front pannier or 1 rear pannier
  • Helmet available (on request); € 5/adults, free for children


Possibility of renting bicycle accessories for children

Fun-Trailer/add on bike                                Child seat   




The rental e-bikes include rear bags and front bag and roadside assistance insurance.


  • Bike Model: STEREO HYBRID 120 Race
  • Bike Type: MBT E-bike
  • Frame: Aluminium Superlite, Gravity Casting
  • Fork: Fox 34 Rhythm, 2-Position Sweep-Adjust, 120mm
  • Power: Newmen  31.8mm
  • Levers: Shimano SLX SL-M7000
  • Brakes: Shimano BR-MT520 (180/180)
  • Suspension: Fox Float, 184x44mm,
  • Sproket: Shimano SLX CS-M7000,
  • Rims: CUBE EX30, 32H
  • Battery: Bosch PowerTube 500
  • Engine: Bosch Performance CX (75Nm) (250Watt)
  • Weight: 23,9 kg

 ESSB013 - Stereo Hybrid 120 Race E-bike


  • Bike model: REACTION HYBRID Pro 500
  • Bike type:  MBT E-bike
  • Frame: Aluminium Superlite, Gravity Casting,
  • Fork: SR Suntour XCM34, 100mm, Lockout
  • Power: CUBE PerformancePro, 31.8mm
  • Brakes: Shimano BR-M315, (180/180)
  • Sproket: Shimano Deore CS-HG500
  • Rims: CUBE EX30, 32H
  • Tyres: Schwalbe Smart Sam, 2.60
  • Battery: Bosch PowerPack 500
  • Engine: Bosch Performance CX (75Nm)(250Watt)
  • Screen: Bosch Purio
  • Weight: 23,7 kg

ESSB013 - Reaction Hybrid Pro 500 E-bike

 Movelo Kalkhoff

  • Bike model: Movelo Kalkhoff
  • Bike type: Hybrid E-bike
  • Brakes: Shimano M396 180 mm
  • Gear switch: Shimano SLX
  • Tyres: Schwalbe marathon GT tour 28 pulgadas
  • Battery: Bosch PowerPack 500
  • Engine: Bosch  Performance CX (75Nm) Cruise (250Watt)
  • Weight: 26,1 kg

ESSB013 - Movelo Kalkhoff E-bike


Accommodation for 7 nights

3*/4* hotels and rural guest houses

7 breakfasts

Luggage transport according to program

Detailed route description and maps

  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement

Not included

  • Lunches and dinners
  • Transport to first and from last accommodation
  • Bicycle hire 
  • Supplement for solo traveller for the bike rental (through s-cape) to be added separate


  • Bicycle hire (hybrid, mbt or e-bike)
  • Transfers to and from airport / train station / bus station
  • Bus or train tickets
  • Extra nights at any of the hotels along the way
  • Extra nights may be booked separately at a hotel on the lovely Cantabrian coast or in the cities of Oviedo, Gijón or Bilbao


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