Cycling Clubs – Primitivo Camino de Santiago 8 day Tour

  • Cycling Club
  • 8 Day Tour
  • Hotel Comfort Level: 3
  • Trip difficulty: 3
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Camino Primitivo cycling trip

The 8 day fully supported tour includes

  • The 8 Day Tour and Accommodation for 7 nights with breakfast each morning
  • 7 evening meals per person which can be taken in your hotel or at a local restaurant if desired
  • Transfers to and from Santandar Airport to your hotel in Oviedo
  • Travel Insurance for all cyclists
  • The services of a mechanic to help assemble bikes from bike boxes
  • Bike fitting to those who hire bicycles
  • A briefing each morning on the day’s activity
  • 2 energy bars, water, and fruit each day
  • Route maps and roadbook
  • Assistance each day by driver mechanics with vehicles who will service the various groups on the road and will also transfer the luggage to their hotel each day
  • Cleaning of the bicycles for the following days cycle

8 Day Programme

Day 1 Sat: Flight from Dublin to Santander, transfer to Oviedo

Dinner in Sider restaurant in Oviedo
Bed & breakfast in **** Hotel

Day 2 Sun: from Cornellana to Pola de Allende

Villages along the way: Cornellana, Soto de los Infantes, Tineo, Obona, Lavadoiro Pass, Pola de Allande
Challenge 64.2kms (MK: it’s 70km, 1725 in ascent)
Dinner bed & Breakfast in *** Hotel


Day 3 Mon: From Pola de Allande to Fonsagrada

Villages along the way: Puerto del Palo, Lake Grandas, Grandas de Salime Alto el Acebo, (San Martín and Santa Eulalia de Oscos), Fonsagrada
Challenge: 72kms (2080m in ascent!)
Dinner in local restaurant
Bed & Breakfast in Hostal

Day 4 Tue: From Fonsagrada to Lugo

Villages along the way: Paradavella, Castroverde, Gondar Lugo
Challenge 60.5km (1545m in ascent)
Dinner in local restaurant
Bed & Breakfast in Hotel****

Challenge: 39 km; 700 m ascent

Villages along the way: Puerto del Palo, Lake Grandas, Grandas de Salime

Day 5 Wed: From Lugo to Palas de Rei / Pidre

Villages along the way: Lugo, O Burgo, A Leboreira, Hospital das Seizas, Palas de Rei
Challenge: 43,6, 600m ascent (MK: it’s 50 km and 1035m in ascent if you follow the Camino Primitivo until Hospital das Seixes and then turn south, to Palas de Rei or Pidre, where we work with several hotels.
Dinner, bed & Breakfast in ***rural hotel


Day 6 Thurs: From Palas de Rei to Santiago de Compostela

Villages along the way: Pidre, O Coto, Melide, Arzúa, Santiago de Compostela
Challenge: 72kms (or 68 from Pidre; 1135m in ascent)

Day 7 Fri: Shopping & Sightseeing in Santiago in the morning; then 4,5 hr transfer to Santander
Bed & Breakfast in Hotel****

Day 8: Sat: Flight from Santander to Dublin
Private Transfer to Santander airport for return flight home

Level of Difficulty


N. Participants:Minimum 1 person
Trip Grade:Moderate
Activity characteristics:We have designed a trip inspired by the original Camino, following surfaced country roads with little traffic, riding parallel to the historic footpath. Of course, as you cycle, you’ll see all the major highlights and get a true taste of the special atmosphere enjoyed by pilgrims on the trail.
Arrival & departure airport:Arrival – Santander.

Departure to Santandar / Vigo

Trip availability:March – October

7 nights accommodation with breakfast and evening meal in a variety of 3 and 4* hotels


  • Bike rental: bicycles can be hired with the following characteristics: light-frame hybrid bicycles, with 21 gears (Shimano parts), repair kit, lock, pump, and front and back panniers and map carrier.
  • 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.

The luggage transfer is INCLUDED between each hotel for this trip.


The concept behind most of our trips is active holidays and the fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. We expect participants to take responsibility for their fitness and preparations on a consistent basis prior to departure, and INCREASE the regular weekly training schedule in the two months leading up to departure. That way, when you start walking, you will feel relaxed and comfortable and strong, having done more than sufficient preparation for the trip. You will also have more energy to enjoy the views, take photos and explore the sights in your spare time, rather than just make it to the next hotel.

During the day is when the most interesting features of interest will be found, and being fit allows you to optimize every situation you encounter. As a minimum, we recommend 40 minutes of aerobic type exercise; running, swimming, biking, hill walking, or gym work two to three times a week for two to six months leading up to your walk. Note the best training is the activity that you are actually going to be doing; walking up and down hill, and crosscountry. Practice this as much as possible. Training should be stepped up as you get closer to departure, to an amount you feel appropriate (you don’t want to cause yourself an injury!).

Using your gear before departure (boots, day pack, clothing, etc.) gives familiarity and comfort whilst on the walk. It makes sense to know that all your gear ‘works for you’ BEFORE departure, rather than discovering how things work or fit (or don’t!) on the trip you have invested so much in. Use the philosophy of ‘getting fit to go walking’, rather than ‘going on a walk to get fit’, to avoid problems.

Cycling responsibility

Bicycle touring has its inherent risks. It is a sport whose safety is dependent upon the judgment and alertness of the cyclists. As a cyclist you are responsible for the way you ride and the condition of your bicycle. We, nor the local agent, are responsible for possible damages (physical or not) to the participants due to: physical activity during the tour, not following road regulations, alcohol consumption, breaking of means or materials, lack of medical assistance in far-off places or other not predictable circumstances.

Rental Bikes

If you have rented a bike with us, you will find it waiting for you, fitted to your requirements. All bikes, before being handed out are cleaned and overhauled. All bikes are equipped with a padlock and key that must be used at all times when not riding the bike, luggage pannier attachments at the rear and 1 rear side bag per bike, 1 front bag and map compartment, 8 front and back lights, puncture repair kit, pump and spare inner tube, all of which you should know how to use.. You are expected to know the vary basics of bike mechanics and how to mend a puncture or change a tire. If something more serious happens to the bike that you cannot repair on the spot, call the shop and they will help you fix it or suggest the best and fastest solution.

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