The Camino de Santiago is one of the activities of greatest tourist and cultural interest among pilgrims. In Asturias there is the Jacobean Route , declared an Asset of Cultural Interest by the Principality of Asturias, which is part of this long stage of pilgrimage. It has two optional routes, declared World Heritage by UNESCO. These are the so-called Primitive Way and the Coastal Way .
The Jacobean Route along the Primitive Way begins in San Salvador de Oviedo and goes into the interior of Asturias until it reaches Grandes de Salime , where the Asturian lands end and the section of the road belonging to Lugo begins. It has a total of 7 stages with an average distance of 20km each.
Stages of the Primitive Way
We will start from the Cathedral of San Salvador de Oviedo and we will enter a fairly long first stage , about 26 km . It ends in Grado, where the Ethnographic Museum and the railway station are located . Along the way we will pass through San Lázaro de Paniceres, where we can see Mount Naranco , on whose top is the sculpture of the Sacred Heart.
In the second stage we will pass through Cornellana , where the Monastery of San Salvador is located. It ends in the council of Salas and once there we can visit the Palace of Valdés de Salas and the Medieval Tower, inside which there is a Pre- Romanesque Museum of the Church of San Martín. Once in Salas, we can rest and take one of its most typical dishes of its gastronomy, the Carajitos del Profesor .
Following the right bank of the Nonaya River, we will leave Salas until we reach Tineo, which forms the third stage . There we can visit the Parish Church of San Pedro and the Museum of Sacred Art.
The fourth stage goes from Tineo to Pola de Allende during which we will find the Monastery of Santa María la Real de Obona in Piedratecha. When we arrive at our destination we can visit the Town Hall or the Palace of Cienfuegos.
There is nothing left to finish, the fifth stage corresponds to the Pola de Allende – Berducedo itinerary. It passes through Puerto del Palo, one of the hardest points due to its constant rise and the drop of more than 600 meters. In this section we must be careful with the children and it is not recommended that they overexert themselves given the tiring walk.
The penultimate stage reaches Grandas de Salime. Leaving Buspol and the Salime reservoir behind, we will enter the AS-14 road. Before reaching the dam we have the option of stopping to enjoy the views offered by this beautiful landscape in the Boca de la Ballena . It is a hanging viewpoint designed by Vaquero Turcios from where you can appreciate the spectacular views of the 128-meter-high dam.
Finally, in the last and shortest stage, we must leave Grandas de Salime , but not before visiting the Parochial Church of El Salvador de Grandas de Salime.
Planning this adventure can be quite tedious, so you need to spend some time looking for shelters and making strategic stops to eat or rest. Keep in mind that in summer and, above all, at Easter, the hostels are usually filled with pilgrims, so it is likely that we will not find a place to sleep at first.
The best time to walk is first thing in the morning , as this is when we are most rested and it is not so hot. For children especially, it is advisable to avoid walking in the sun at midday, it is better to look for the shade of the trees, we do not want them to run out so soon.
Proper clothing and footwear is essential to withstand these long walks. Since the journey is quite long, it is advisable to carry light luggage and plenty of water.