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  • Marta Pomati...

    Marta Pomati...

    "This time, I'm walking along alone and I'm not well physically, which is why it's so hard for me to walk the Way..."

  • Roger Dubief and Lucie

    Roger Dubief and Lucie...

    "The Way of St. James is a special experience because of what we are, not what we do in life..."

  • David Kurten

    David Kurten...

    "When I walk four or five days, with only my backpack, I feel the peace and quiet of nature..."

  • Gabriela Ayestarán, Pilar Miranda and Andrea Torroba

    Gabriela Ayestarán, Pilar Miranda and Andrea Torroba

    "On the Way you learn a lot and it enables you to distance yourself from life forever. The atmosphere is incredible..."

  • Darvy Scott

    Darvy Scott

    "Walking the Way, I found an inner peace that comes out, and you realise you're completely in agreement with what you're doing..."

  • Adela González, Fernando Piedrafita and Fernandito

    Adela González, Fernando Piedrafita and Fernandito

    "When you get to Santiago, you are happy to have arrived, but you feel sorry because you've finished..."

  • Carlos Calafell Brucart and Carlos

    Carlos Calafell Brucart and Carlos

    "And the first time I did it, I realized what a person can do if you try..."

  • Joaquín Ibáñez

    Joaquín Ibáñez

    "I'm 60 years old, the fatigue takes its toll and my feet hurt, and maybe I'm a bit inconsistent, so I always intend to finish the Camino..."

  • Lidia Cuasés and Antonia Campos

    Lidia Cuasés and Antonia Campos

    "Antonia encouraged me, I got curious and came to see. My intention is to meditate, but it is not easy..."

  • Lola and Javier

    Lola and Javier

    "This time it was an opportunity to learn more about Lola. To live an experience on the edge, but of a certain harshness..."

  • David Domínguez

    David Domínguez

    "There are very hard times, too. Last year my bike broke down three times, and I was on the verge of walking away..."

  • Marie Danielle and Marie Pierre

    Marie Danielle and Marie Pierre

    "The Way is an experience of simplicity and joy, communion with nature and with all the faces or beings that live in my heart..."

St. James Way...

Primitive Way

The pilgrims reached Compostela from manypoints and followed distinct routes, many of the northern ways being even older than the classical French route. In fact, the first pilgrimages arrived from Asturias, before the X century, fostered during the times of the Asturian monarchy.


The route began in the Basque Country, covering the Cantabrian Coast, passing through Oviedo, and dividing on entering Galicia. The inland way crossed O Acevo pass, arriving in Galician territory in A Fonsagrada. From there, after resting in the mythical Hospital de Montouto, the pilgrims descended with the view of the Castroverde castle tower in their sight until happily crossing the Roman walls of Lugo. This route can be covered today by taking a mountain road, which on an unending descent, offers us the views of the ancient remains of A Pobra de Burón, stately houses like those of Abraira, Cellán de Mosteiro or Piñeiro and the hill fort of hill fort of Viladonga.

In Lugo, the pilgrim will be amazed by the impressive roman walls that keep inside a two thousand year history and a cathedral with a mixture of Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassical styles. From this city, the way runs parallel to the Northern French Way, to which it joins at Melide.


My trip

A miña viaxe

Preparing the trip...

Stores all necessary information to organize your trip: museums, monuments, attractions, lodgings, restaurants...

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During the trip...

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After the trip

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