St. James's Way.
Take a walk into the past
- El Salvador statue in the Cathedral of Oviedo.
- Monastery of San Salvador de Cornellana (Salas).
- Salas Collegiate Church.
- Monastery of Santa María la Real de Obona (Tineo).
- Peñalba Cienfuegos Mansion (Allande).
- Chao Samartín Castro (Grandas de Salime).
The first pilgrim
King Alfonso II of Asturias, known as the Chaste, is considered to be the first pilgrim to Santiago. Legend or history? Tradition has it that during his reign the tomb of the Apostle was discovered and the King set off on a journey to check whether this was true or not. The journey he took is that known as the Primitive Way. There is a popular saying that tried to reaffirm this version. It goes like this " he who goes to Santiago and not to San Salvador (the Cathedral of Oviedo) visits the servant, but not the Lord".
- The Coastal Road
- The Original Way
- Connection between the Coastal Route and the Original Way
- The Salvador Way: Connection between the French Way and the Original Way
- Pilgrims' Hostels
In Allande you will find the Peñalba Cienfuegos Mansion and the Parish Church of Santa María de Burducedo. Cross the challenging port of El Palo or learn about the legend of the devil that baptised the towns of Salime or Subalime, now buried under the waters of the giant dam containing the hydraulic waterfall of Grandas de Salime water, these are just another two of the Route's charms.
The Route continues through Galician territory until reaching Santiago de Compostela.
More than just a journey
St. James's Way is more than a route. It is a pilgrimage which you share with others each step of the way or where your neighbour offers you a refreshing glass of water when you need it the most. But there are real architectural treasures hidden in villages that you probably would never discover if you didn't decide to put on some boots and backpack and go. The Monastery of Vadediós or that of Santa María de Obona are only two examples. Crossing the Eo Estuary in boat, from Figuera or Castropol, as was done centuries ago when there were only a few bridges, is an added bonus.
The Coastal and the Primitive Route join together coming from two different ways but they both have Oviedo as a reference point. From Villaviciosa you can turn towards the interior through Sariego and visit the Santiago Church; Siero and Noreña, in two sections measuring 39 kilometres in total. If you prefer to pass through Gijón and Avilés first, there is another 28.8-kilometre-long section leading to the interior.