~ 316 km
8 days / 7 nights
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Arrival in Oviedo on your own.
Accommodation in Oviedo.
The Asturian city of Oviedo is the main starting point for many pilgrimages thanks to King Alfonso II, possibly the first known pilgrim who, when he heard the news of the appearance of the body of the saint, took this route to Compostela to witness the event. Characteristic of this first stage are the incomparable landscapes, the valleys and hills as well as the ascent to Alto del Escamplero and Alto del Fresno. The closer we get to Salas, the more intense the route becomes due to the climbs.
We start a stage consisting of hills. It is advisable to do this stage on the road. We leave Salas on the N-634 to La Espina and then cycle on the AS-216 to Tineo. A few kilometers away, we turn right onto the AS-350, which leads to one of the two most important monasteries in the area. It is worth stopping and visiting El de Obona and El de Bárcena. After we have passed the two monasteries, our final goal approaches this stage.
We will cross the Asturian mountains so this section will be a little more arduous than the previous one. It is recommended to drive this section on the road as well. We leave Pola de Allande to climb the 10 km from Puerto de Palo on the AS-14 road. Behind the mountain we tackle a long descent in which we can already see Montefurado and land on the Salime dam. From the dam we come to a long climb of 800 m to Alto do Acevo. After crossing, we are already in Galicia. From this point we will continue the original route to Fonsagrada.
The landscapes we experience in this section don't let us miss anything. as long as we drive the original way. We can choose to drive on the road between Paradavella and A Lastra. After we have passed Lastra, we will reach Fontaneira in this section. We will reach a place which, according to the legend of the Apostle Santiago, was a battlefield where the army of Alfonso II and the Muslims faced each other. Weapons and armor were found. Once this section is done, the path becomes much easier. Lugo will be reached shortly.
Melide, meeting point between the French and the primitive way. The section leads from Lugo to San Román and from here to Melide. This stage is not difficult. We are only a few kilometers away from the pilgrimage capital.
We will leave Melide and drive through a number of cities known for the French way, such as Arzúa, O Pedrouzo, Cimadevilla. Lavacolla, Monte do Gozo, where we stop to take a first panoramic view of the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago. As soon as all these cities are behind us, we are very close to our goal: Santiago de Compostela.
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