Pilgrim's Way to Santiago through Asturias. Original and Coastal connection.
A marine connection
Since the very beginning, the Camino de Santiago was much more than just a pilgrimage. It was in fact the great space for relationships, spirituality and connectivity that characterised the hallmark of the European Middle Ages, and was the prelude to the Renaissance way of thinking.
In the management of this context, Asturias is a pioneer, and is the cradle of the Camino de Santiago's defining spirit of connectivity and freedom. So it was no wonder that many pilgrims, after visiting El Salvador in the Oviedo/Uviéu Cathedral, headed north to the main Asturian maritime port of the Middle Ages, in Avilés.
By this time, there was an intense and fluid relationship between these two cities, Oviedo/Uviéu and Avilés, a fact that contributed decisively to the creation of a pilgrimage route that has survived to this day, and which runs through Oviedo, Llanera, Corvera de Asturias and Avilés, along a path of almost 30 kilometres.
The way out of Oviedo/Uviéu to Llanera immediately allows you to breathe the Jacobian era, and involves total immersion in the surroundings and the best kept rural secrets of the centre of Asturias. Under the influence of the relics of the Holy Chamber of the Oviedo/Uviéu Cathedral, the way takes you gradually into Llanera, with the murmur of the Nora River as a backdrop, passing through its capital, Posada.
It was here that the Roman Empire established the link of its Asturian routes, the Lucus Asturum. And centuries later, from the Middle Ages onwards, noble places were built, of which houses and palaces such as San Cucao or Campomanes in Cayés are historical and architectural reminders today.
Along with a palatial grandeur and perfect harmony, the authentic atmosphere of the Asturian villages, with their granaries and bakeries, and their green plains watered by streams and small rivers...
And so, step by step, after once again ascending the Alto de la Miranda, and passing through Corvera de Asturias, the route brings you to Avilés via Los Campos. Once in the Villa del Predado, a stroll through its impressive Historic Quarter, where every corner hides a treasure and dozens of historic tales, is a must.
Hermitage of Saints Justo and Pastor (Solís - Corvera de Asturias).
The pilgrim is already on the Coastal Path!
Itinerary and stages of the connection between the Original Way and the Coastal Way