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Lugo, the Primitive Way reaches the historic capital


The moments of seeing ourselves surrounded by mountains, furrowing their rounded peaks and hills are already history in this stage of the Primitive Way that takes us to bridge the distance that separates O Cádavo from Lugo, crossing the false plain that serves as an unequalled stage in our journey. A journey that will be almost like travelling back in time through villages that still keep the unmistakable Galician essence and visiting historical and magical places that tell us about what happened in these lands in the past, while we enjoy the spectacular landscape of fields and forests that precede the big city and that surround this part of the Way of Saint James.

Stage 9 O Cádavo-Lugo Primitive Way



The stage 9 O Cádavo-Lugo with 30,8 Km, one of the longest of the Primitive Way, leaves from the very heart of O Cádavo, to undertake almost at the moment the ascent to which we could call the last high or mountain pass that we will have to ascend, not before knowing the first small village of which we have to visit in this stage, Pradeda, that marks the beginning of the ascent. We are crossing the same limits that separate the mountain from the plain of Lugo, feeling with each step the transition between both. The descent leads us to the beautiful spot that houses the 15th century Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, which precedes the imposing church of Santa María de Vilabade, known as the Cathedral of Castroverde for its elegant appearance and meticulous architecture. The Way of St. James quickly takes us to Castroverde, where we are surprised by the singular Fonte Dos Nenos next to the church of Santiago and the homage tower, the last vestige of the old feudal castle that existed here in the 14th century. A succession of villages, green fields and lush native forests await us from now on, which will make the distance we still have ahead much more pleasant. Proof of this is the small village of San Miguel, which we passed almost without noticing, if not for the distant presence of its church. The Primitive Way passes quietly through the fields, embedded by the walls and slopes that separate it from them, protecting us for now from the hustle and bustle that awaits us later.

Area of the Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora del Carmen

Brooks, forests and fields that give way to the church of Santo Tomé, which together with the careful cross that is next to it, mark our arrival at Souto de Torres. The tangled paths and the steep mountain trails that in previous stages have accompanied us in each of them have given way to wide tracks and local roads that are now in charge of guiding us from village to village. Our way is surprised by small urban nuclei that are confused with the landscape that surrounds us, as the one of Nadela, which we crossed quickly without hardly realizing its presence. From the next town we visit, Vilar de Cas, we are struck by its meticulous architecture, which, as if it didn't want to let us go, extends around the Primitive Way, accompanying us for a long distance. With almost no time to say goodbye, we reach Soutomerille, where the Way puts us back in the position to follow its straight course or take the detour that will lead us through beautiful landscapes to the old pre-Romanesque church and the remains of the House tower of Montofortino, vestiges of another era, and from there return to the current itinerary later. Irrespective of the route chosen, the two come together again shortly afterwards to set course together for Gondar, the first of the towns that already belong to the council of Lugo. The eighteenth-century church of Santa María watches us from its watchtower as we go through the town step by step to face an undulating stretch between hundred-year-old chestnut trees and the hustle and bustle of the quarry through which we are forced to pass in order to enter a little later on a beautiful route that will take us to Bascuas and shortly afterwards to Daquelcabo.​

Walls of Lugo



Prelude both localities of the forced detour that years ago was given as provisional and today continues to take that unjustified name. After an uncomfortable and dangerous stretch by road, the Primitive Way returns to its natural surroundings, returning us to the tranquillity and beauty that characterizes it, which we can continue enjoying until As Casas da Viña, from where we will go to submerge in the entrance of the Primitive Way in Lugo. A process in which after saving several knots of communication, we will see ourselves crossing the different villages that nowadays almost have been engulfed by the expansion of the great city. Villages such as Castelo, whose church of Santiago warns us of our passage through this village, or A Chanca where, in addition to crossing the river from which it receives its name, we will surely be struck by the imposing figure of the railway viaduct that rises above it. The entrance to the big city will require a new effort to climb the height that separates us from the castro where this old Roman villa used to settle and which we are about to enter by crossing its historic walls through the Puerta de San Pedro. From here, all that remains for us to do is immerse ourselves in the day-to-day life of its streets, travelling the short distance that separates us from the Main Square of Lugo, where in addition to its baroque town hall, there is also the end of this stage of the Primitive Way.​

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The Trick


Getting up early may be a good option at this stage. The differences that we will find in comparison with other stages, tracks in relatively good condition, well prepared local roads and a less abrupt terrain, leave a little more margin to the pilgrim to get up early in order to take advantage of arriving early enough in Lugo. And so we can use those additional hours of stay in the city, to learn about the treasures it offers us.


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Pet area, the Way of St. James with my dog


Possibly one of the hardest stages of the Way for our friend, not only because of the kilometres to cover that are a good challenge in themselves, but even more because of the long entrance to the city and the return of the hustle and bustle, the dense traffic and the long stretches of asphalt that accompany it. Special attention must be paid to the obligatory detour following the shoulder of the road, a road that bears a lot of traffic.

The water given the many villages that we will visit should not be inconvenient, but the heat will undoubtedly make even more important the need to bring sufficient supplies, in stages so long and with so much asphalt, hydrate it and feed it adequately makes the difference.

The cattle is still a habitual of the Way, the dogs in the villages and farms can give us some fright although normally the less friendly are tied up or in closed enclosures. Our arrival in Lugo is also marked by the largest influx of pets as is normal in any big city.



Sendigrino Ico_Hotel Ico_Albergue Ico_Hostal Ico_Restaurante IcoCafeteria Ico_Supermercado Ico_Farmacia Ico_Cajeroautomatico Ico_Veterinario Ico_Taller_de_BTT
O Cádavo Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok    
Vilabade     Ico_Ok              
Castroverde   Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok  
San Miguel                    
Souto de Torres                  
Vilar de Cas   Ico_Ok                
As Casas da Viña                    
Lugo​​ Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok



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Description of stage 9 O Cádavo - Lugo of the Primitive Way


From O Cádavo to Vilabade 6,1 Km


The road, converted into the Avenue of Doctor Escobar next to the park of Rosalía de Castro in O Cádavo (0h 00min), where we finished the route yesterday, are the starting point of this stage 9 O Cádavo-Lugo.

Beginning of Stage 9 O Cádavo-Lugo of the Primitive Way

We descend the stairs that we find just beginning, to go in search of the outskirts of the town.

We continue to descend



At the moment we leave the park behind us to continue descending and leave O Cádavo.

We leave O Cádavo

Just when the last houses in the town say goodbye to us, we will have to turn left to continue along the road that will take us away from the town once and for all.

We follow this first stretch of road

This narrow road will be in charge of leading us to the first village through which we will pass in this stage of the Primitive Way. We advance comfortably without leaving the road at any time.

The road takes us to Pradeda

We quickly travel the distance that separates us from Pradeda (0h 15min), at the same time that we undertake the first ascent to the Vacariza pass. We cross the small village of Pradeda following the perfect course marked by the road.

We leave Pradeda

Always in continuous ascent and already to the outskirts of the locality, the asphalt finishes leaving step to a way by which we will leave behind Pradeda. A long uphill stretch awaits us, which will not give us a moment's respite.

Seguimos por la izquierda

The trees provide us with their appreciable shade, which we look for in its entirety when we deviate leaving our track to follow a path that enters the forest that we are bordering.

We continue with the ascent

The cobblestone path continues to ascend without any consideration for us. The road towards which we seem to be heading reminds us of its closeness, with the noise of the vehicles that circulate on it.

We're barely touching the road.



Luckily when arriving next to her our journey barely touches her and she continues her course by taking us away from her company again.

We are gradually moving away from the road

We follow this wide dirt track while the road, step by step, moves away from us, a road that will not have as much protagonism as in previous stages, although it does have some surprises in store for us.

We follow the wide track

Our track, perfectly defined, runs through an area of timber exploitation where the trees are repopulated from time to time. This means that there will be several paths that we will meet, but in no case these will create any doubt about the right course to follow.

We didn't leave the main track at any time.

The slope has given us a break for some time now, allowing us to progress more quickly and comfortably.

We follow the track on the left

After a while we come to a bifurcation where we leave the wide track to follow the somewhat narrower left path that seems to start a long descent.

Our track is much more marked

We continue to find ourselves with more paths which we are leaving behind as we descend. The trees have been gaining presence as we advance, seeing us already crossing a leafy forest of pines.

The way forward leaves no room for doubt

The route takes us across the hillside of the mountain, saving a small stream, while we enjoy this part of the stage.

We go out onto an asphalt track.

Our path comes to an end when we come across an asphalt track which we must continue to radically change direction. We set our course in search of the next town that this stage makes us visit, but not before passing by the Sanctuary of Carmen.

We leave behind the chapel of Carmen

This asphalt track makes us leave behind us this beautiful spot of the Primitive Way, while we continue its run.

The asphalt track takes us to the locality

There are several paths we cross while we can already see the silhouette of the town we are about to reach.

We entered Vilabade

The first houses of Vilabade (1h 35min) receive us in the town, at the same time that we enter it. 


From Vilabade to Castroverde 2,4 Km

We leave the Castroverde Cathedral behind us

When you reach the height of the church, known as the cathedral of Castroverde, the Way continues on the left undertaking the descent that will take us out of Vilabade.

We're back on the road.

We then begin a long stretch following the road that joins Vilabade with Castroverde, leaving the town little by little.

We leave the locality

Accompanied by the houses that are located around the road which must not be abandoned at any time, we leave Vilabade behind.

The road is now the one that leads us to Castroverde

The itinerary in clear descent makes us advance leaving to left and right how many junctions we are going to be finding.

We got to the road

As on previous occasions we see ourselves irremediably directed towards the road that we have followed so many times. When we reach its height, we will follow its course that seems to take us to the interior of Castroverde.

We left the road

But nothing further from reality, since not much further on, on the left sidewalk as we go towards the locality we will find the detour that we must continue to leave thus the company of the road that continues into Castroverde.

We follow a pleasant path

Rather, it seems that we are going to border it by crossing the boundary that separates the buildings and the meadows. This green road comes to an end shortly after crossing an industrial zone.

We continue a few meters along the road in search of the continuation of the path

Here we have to detour a few meters to our left to find the path we will follow.

Looks like we're not getting into Castroverde.

For now it continues to give us the impression that this will be another of the localities that the Primitive Way barely allows us to visit.

At last we enter Castroverde

But nothing further from reality, the dirt road gives way to a street, between the buildings, which leads us directly to the very center of Castroverde (2h 10min).​


From Castroverde to Souto de Torres 2,7 Km

We passed by the church

Go straight on passing the church and the town hall, which are on your right, to go without delay to the outskirts of Castroverde.

We leave the locality

We quickly find ourselves out of the village walking along a dirt track, surrounded by tall, leafy trees that hardly let us contemplate what surrounds us.

We're still on the right.

Shortly after leaving the village we have just crossed behind us, we come across a fork in the path where the itinerary to follow is on the right, a wide path that begins to descend through the forest.

We crossed the road

With almost no time for more, the path ends abruptly when it is cut off by the road that we must cross.

We follow a new road

On the other side begin a couple of roads, the itinerary then turns sharply to follow the road that descends, passing through a tunnel.

Still no more detours.

For now, we must follow this road without turning off at the few junctions we are going to encounter, as we advance surrounded by chestnut trees that protect us from the sun.

We are approaching the following locality

The pleasant route transports us between green meadows, cultivated fields and the few houses that are located there.

We quickly passed through San Miguel

Shortly after, at the same time that the road is divided into three, we realize that we are passing through the small village of San Miguel (2h 25min). We of the three options that are proposed to us in this crossing must continue by the middle one leaving to our right the church of San Miguel do Camiño.

We left behind the little village

We advance flanked by a careful stone wall and a high slope of earth that delimit the road, at the same time that they do it with the lands that we are furrowing.

We deviate again.

We quickly find ourselves again at a new junction where the correct path is the one that descends between high earth slopes.

The walls that border the fields delimit the path

This part of the route is well delimited by the walls and slopes that border it, at the same time as we walk along pastures that alternate with wooded areas.

The trees envelop us

But once again the dense grove recovers the terrain, seeing us surrounded by the thick vegetation that covers the path almost preventing the passage of daylight.

We follow the main road

There are not many roads that go out to our step and in any case the clear better state of ours, together with the walls of stones that mark it, they are in charge of not leaving any doubt of which is the correct course to follow.

We're headed for the road

The idyllic walk among chestnut trees ends suddenly when we find a building that forces us to go towards the nearby road.

We ascend by road

As soon as we reach it, we begin to ascend following the course marked by the asphalt.

We left the road

After a short and intense ascent we leave the road to descend again following a nice path that is introduced between the holm oaks. The well-defined path leaves no room for doubt in the few junctions we find.

We'll have to cross a few streams on this stretch.

There are several streams that cross our path, which we save thanks to stone footbridges. The itinerary takes us directly to the church of the next locality through which the Primitive Way passes.

We continue along the road

As soon as we pass it, we reach the road that will lead us to the nearby town, which we can already see in front of us.

We arrived at Souto de Torres

This new road introduces us step by step in Souto de Torres (3h 05min).​


From Souto de Torres to Vilar de Cas 2,4 Km


We advance following the road that crosses all the locality leaving to both sides the streets that are introduced between the houses.

We go through the whole town

After a short while we come face to face with a house, that's the moment to turn right and leave Souto de Torres definitively.

We leave behind the locality

Once again we see ourselves following a dirt path that reintroduces us fully into the pastures and forests that will accompany us from now on. The ups and downs continue to be the usual tonic in the Primitive Way although no longer with the intensity of previous days, which is to be thanked.

We go out to another asphalt track

Our path suddenly meets another asphalted track that we have to continue ascending, marked by stone walls that delimit the fields that we have on both sides.

The landscape gives us beautiful corners in this stage of the Primitive Way

Once again, the path we are following, which we do not have to abandon, is nestled between large earthen slopes in the style of the typical corredoiras.

We're going out on a new road.

A new intersection takes us to a narrow road that will be in charge of guiding us for a while.

We continue on the left

We set course for the next village we will visit at this stage, leaving the Moreira access road behind us.

We pass through Nadela

Almost without realizing it we will see ourselves crossing Nadela (3h 30min) following the impassive course of the road by which we arrived up to this village.

We follow the asphalt track

After leaving Nadela, the road is again in charge of guiding us correctly in the different crossroads that we are finding. In front of us we can already see the next objective of the day, to which we will arrive without more delay.

We arrived in Vilar de Cas

Our narrow road is again in charge of leading us through the locality. Vilar de Cas (3h 40min) extends around the road that makes us leave behind the streets of this town.

We cross the town

From Vilar de Cas to Gondar 2,7 Km


Almost without realizing it we see ourselves arriving at the limits of Vilar de Cas, while we follow the course that marks us the highway.

We set course for Soutomerille

As soon as we leave the town we can see the next town we have to visit.

We left the road

Quickly we arrive until Soutomerille (3h 45min), where now we will leave the company of the road to continue our straight run.

Two options to choose from

This small village gives us the opportunity to take a small detour and approach the old church of Soutomerille.

The track guides us without major complications

This route, approximately 900 m longer than the normal route, continues on our right into a shady wooded area.

The layout is somewhat longer but more beautiful

Well signposted as to the few junctions that are found, this route makes us descend in search of the location of these ruins.

The junctions are well signposted

First we have to find the ruins of the House Tower of Monfortino, which resist being engulfed by vegetation.

We arrive at the church of Soutomerille

Later, after passing through a colossal chestnut tree, the ones from the pre-Romanesque church will arrive.

Either we return in our footsteps or we follow the path

From here it is possible to return on our steps or to continue the path that will return to ascend and to introduce us in the forest.

The same path takes care of returning us to the usual route.

This option reaches an old quarry and without further detours takes us back to the Primitive Way to follow the road together.

The normal route does not detract either

Those who, on the other hand, prefer to follow the normal course of the Way will have no choice but to continue from Soutomerille straight ahead without leaving the wide dirt track that the itinerary now passes through.

The track is in charge of guiding us without problems

This section does not run into too many junctions, where as on previous occasions the best state of our way will be useful in case of doubt to decide the option to follow.

A new decline

Our track makes us descend to reach the road we will follow, just next to the old quarry in disuse where we will join the pilgrims who came to visit the old church.

The paths unite again

A long stretch of road awaits us in front, which will allow us to advance with a certain speed, thanks to its comfortable profile.

We've got a long stretch on the asphalt.

A crossroads takes us out of the lethargy in which the asphalt had plunged us, to fall back into it. We begin to gain height with smoothness following this new road just as narrow as the previous one and also without hard shoulder that separates us from the traffic that circulates through it.

We are approaching Gondar

The ascent seems to be coming to an end at the same time as the first houses of the new locality to which the Primitive Way has brought us appear before us. The road leads us through Gondar (4h 20min), without allowing us to doubt the direction to follow.

The road makes us cross Gondar

From Gondar to Bascuas 2,3 Km


The asphalt continues being our inseparable companion making us cross Gondar, whose main nucleus is to our right.

We leave the locality

After saying goodbye to the town, the road leads us to a long and hard climb in which we must irremediably follow the course that this one marks us.

For now we follow the road

The ascent is made at these heights of the Way something harder than it might seem at first glance.

The ascent becomes long

There are several roads that invite us to leave the road, but for now in none of them should we deviate.

We haven't left the road yet.

At the top of this mini mountain pass, we find a crossroads that lead to the quarry right next to us. As it could not be otherwise, we must follow the road, even if this is for a short time.

At last we leave the road

Shortly after leaving the quarry behind, next to an old light post begins the path that allows us to leave the road and continue down a dirt track that introduces us directly into the forest.

We continue on the right

The track descends quickly until it comes up against a fence, at which point we must follow the path on the right.

We arrived in Bascuas

With almost no time to enjoy the path we are at the gates of the next village we will visit today.

We cross the town

The itinerary introduces us to Bascuas (5h 00mni), making us pass by its church to look for the outskirts of the town.


From Bascuas to As Casas da Viña 4,9 Km

We leave Bascuas

Again we see ourselves walking on an asphalt track that takes us out of Bascuas without further delay. The asphalt returns to be our particular driver that we must follow without more doubt.

We follow the asafaltada track

We are travelling the short distance that separates us from the next village that awaits us a little further on.

We are approaching Daquelcabo

The asphalt track, most of its route, finally brings us to Daquelcabo (5h 10min).​

We crossed the village

The route takes us quickly through this small village. After passing by its chapel we say goodbye to it, to continue along the asphalt in the long approach to Lugo.

The asphalt guides us again at the crossroads

This area dotted with houses and their corresponding paths serves to bring us closer to the dreaded reencounter with the road, which has been with us for several stages and seems to resist letting us go.

The path saves us from the road

When we reach your height we will dodge your company for now, following a path that starts on our right and runs parallel to it.

We get into the pine forest

This short section leads to the old route of the road, now in disuse. In front of us we have a wide track that is introduced between the pines.

Attention, it's the dirt track on the left.

At the moment we leave behind another path that arises in this same place and that we should not follow.

Towards the obligatory detour

The dirt track, almost without time to enjoy it, takes us to a road that we have to follow and that takes us back to the inseparable road.

Be very careful when crossing

In front of us, a dangerous section along the shoulder of the road, an obligatory provisional detour from the Primitive Way that has been going on for too many years to continue to hold that title.

We're on a dangerous stretch

The road is in charge of leading us along this stretch in which we will have no more protection against traffic than the shoulder we walk on.

Watch out as you cross

After a little more than a kilometre we come to the crossroads where we must turn off and finally leave the martyrdom of the road.

We return to the calm of the Way of St. James

Not far from this crossroads, we leave the asphalt definitively and return to the original route of the path. Back to tranquillity, the itinerary takes us back through pastures that alternate with the different trees that populate this part of the route, which is appreciated after the stressful stretch of road.

We are already moving away from traffic

The way now makes us advance without a doubt leaving to both sides the different junctions with which we are meeting without any doubt in any of them.

We didn't leave the main path

This area does not allow us to intuit the relative proximity of the bustling capital, towards which we are heading.

We set course for As Casas Da Viña

The route leads us to the last village that this stage will allow us to enjoy.

We cross As Casas da Viña

As soon as you get there, you will come across a crossroads, where the route continues into As Casas Da Viña (6h 15min).​


From As Casas de Viña to Lugo 6,3 Km


We quickly crossed the small village to see ourselves again surrounded by holm oaks and fields of pastures.

We left the village behind

Just when we reach the last house in the town, on our left, begins a wide dirt track to which we must go, bordering the enclosure of the last building of As Casas da Viña.

The breadth of our track serves as a reference in case of doubt

This wide track in perfect condition makes us advance with enough speed and without leaving us doubts, in the different crosses that we are finding.

We advance in search of the ever nearer end of stage

There are quite a few road junctions that we are going to come across in this part of the stage as we approach its end. The trees are gradually giving way, although we can still enjoy the shade they offer.

We continue without detours

We leave to our left the asphalted track that communicates the village that we have just passed with the road, while we continue straight between the pines. The noise of the vehicles reminds us of the proximity of the road and prepares us for the entrance into the big city.

The road is noticeable nearby

Our track after a while takes us past what looks like a driving school complex.

We're moving away from the road again.

We cross the limits of this complex embedded between the pines until arriving at its other end where we will turn to the right leaving it to our left along with the road.

The change of landscape is evident

The white dirt track, forced by the junction of roads we have to cross, leads us to make a detour to save it.

We crossed the highway

The itinerary leads us to cross the A-6 dual carriageway, leaving on both sides of the bridge the paths that run parallel to this road. In any case, we continue without detouring, leaving this motorway behind.

We didn't leave the track well marked.

The whitish track is in charge of guiding us, without allowing us to deviate from it at any time, by a route full of junctions with other roads much less marked than ours. We are about to cross another junction of roads, this time around Lugo.

You'd better not take the shortcut

Although some pilgrims insist on trying to cut a few meters the trails will not make the route easier.

We continue along the dirt road

The dirt track continues to lead us without delay towards our final destination.

Here we go straight ahead

Once we have crossed this motorway, we are ready to get fully into a complicated stretch as far as the junctions are concerned.

There are many junctions and detours through which we will pass.

The proximity of the big city means that roads, crossroads and houses are becoming more and more evident, replacing the green meadows and rounded mountains.

Now on the right.

We alternate sections of local roads with occasional paths that still remind us of past moments. The urbanized areas force us to snake between them as we go through them.

Attentive to the marks of the Primitive Way

The labyrinth of paths that lead to the different houses in the area forces us to be attentive at each junction, in case we change direction.

We continue with the ups and downs

There are several narrow roads that reach us from our old friend, the road, who refuses to say goodbye to us. In addition, we are not rid of the continuous variations in the slope that continues to leave its undulating profile to this stage.

Lugo is already shown

Lugo already shows itself before us at the same time that we undertake a remarkable descent that will take us to save the river da Chanca.

We still have a long way to go.

This part of the stage is still perfectly delimited by the walls that limit the land of the houses that precede the city. We continue the rapid descent, leaving behind as many junctions as possible.

We continue to descend

The imposing bridge over which the train arrives in Lugo serves as a reference point for us to realise the slope we have to bridge.

We crossed the river

We set course in search of the bridge that will serve us to cross the river that separates us from the end of the stage.

We begin the ascent

From this point begins a demanding ascent increased by the fatigue accumulated throughout the day.

We keep going up and we pass under the railroad track.

The street on which we go leads us to the meeting of the train tracks that we once observed from afar and that we now cross under them.

We cross the road and keep going up.

As soon as we cross an old friend of ours, the road, comes to say goodbye to us for good.

Subimos las escaleras

After crossing it we will have to face some uncomfortable stairs that will take us to a wide avenue.

We're looking for the pedestrian crossing.

Once there, in front of us we can see the street along which the Primitive Way continues at its entrance in Lugo, towards which we will go following a few meters to the left in search of the pedestrian crossing by which we will cross.

We cross and continue with the ascent

Once again we are hit by a steep street that will not have the slightest consideration for us and that will ask us for a new effort.

We approach the Walls of Lugo

This street leads us to pass under another before taking us right in front of the very walls of Lugo.

We pass through the Puerta de San Pedro

Here we will advance a few meters to locate the pedestrian crossing that takes us directly to the door that gives access to the walled enclosure.

We entered the city

As soon as we cross it, we will be enveloped by the historic centre of the city, as we enter it. There will be many marks and signs that, as in any city, will indicate us to one side or the other wanting to take us to the different hostels. The Way of Saint James continues along the straight street that we find as soon as we cross the gate of the walls.

Keep going straight, unless you are heading towards a hostel.

This street leads us without detours, except that we need it when we go to our accommodation. The Main Square of Lugo (7h 55min) next to the city council welcomes us with the picture of the towers of the cathedral protruding above the roofs.

We arrive at the Plaza Mayor of Lugo

This symbolic square is the point and followed by the Primitive Way as it passes through Lugo, and the end of this stage 9 O Cádavo-Lugo.



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Technical details of the stage



Total distance. 30,8 Km


Total time. 7h 55min

Long stage, which will seem even more so because of the eternal entrance in Lugo. In case of taking the detour to visit the pre-Romanesque church of Soutomerille we will have to add to the time that we dedicate to it an additional 20 min, which is what will take us to cross the extra distance that we add to the total distance.


Time of year. Autumn has magic

Autumn in this stage, or rather the famous magic chestnut trees and their spectacular colours, bring to this stage an added value that will surely surprise us. For the rest the fields and mountains that we cross will give us beautiful stamps during the whole year. The summer gives us a greater number of hours of light that we will be able to take advantage of in our obligatory visit to Lugo, against the winter it can offer us with a beautiful postcard of the snowy walls, reserved to a few pilgrims who share those days the city with their habitual inhabitants.


Material required. Comfortable footwear, unless it has rained

The mountain trails have given way in this stage to paths and tracks in quite good condition which, together with the many kilometres on asphalt that we will cover, allow us to wear something less tough than the typical boot which we will reserve for better occasions. This is clear, as long as it has not rained or it is raining, in which case the roads are quite muddy and even flooded. A vest or reflective objects will allow us to be seen with greater facility by the drivers that we will find in the dangerous sections by road, in addition if the fog does act of presence the headland can be a good ally in the difficult mission to warn of our presence to the drivers. The walk sticks will allow us to lower the demand to which we will submit to the legs, we can not trust that the large number of villages through which we will pass ensure we have services where to replace forces, since most are small towns without services or at most some vending machine, that yes very well equipped. The heat and the sun advise us not to leave the cap, sunglasses and protective cream that even in winter should always accompany us. Time of the year and the weather, as always, will mark our equipment and the clothes we wear. Consult our list of material and equipment to make the Way. Read more




Slope acumulate. 1493 m   Slope positive. 615 m   Slope negative. 878 m


Difficulty. Moderate



The kilometres, plus those that we have already accumulated in our legs, are the biggest obstacle in this stage of the Primitive Way. It is true that the continuous ups and downs, less demanding than those left behind, will follow, to which is added a long approach to Lugo, which will make more psychological wear on our forces. But these will be, together with some lonely hard ramp, all the difficulties that we will find in this section.



With no great unevenness or steep descents, the itinerary runs along wide tracks and narrow local roads on which, especially the latter, we should not lower our guard because although it does not seem there is enough traffic. Where we have to take extreme precautions is in the long and forced detour that forces us to travel along the shoulder of the road, at the mercy of the fast and dense traffic that runs through it.  It goes without saying that we will have to be attentive on the two occasions on which we will have to cross it, and that we must not forget that we enter a large city, loaded with traffic and full of junctions and detours to follow.



Both the stage and the detour to the church of Soutomerille are well signposted, only the vegetation can put us in trouble by covering some of these marks. In this section it is necessary to emphasize, as in all transit by a city of the Way, the difficulties that we can get to have to locate the marks or the correct street to follow, although in this occasion they are quite visible, at least until the interior of the walls. It is from this point where the different signs that want to take pilgrims to one place or another can bring some doubt to those who do not want to go to these places or want to continue the Way through Lugo without more.


Important places to pass through

1-O Cádavo 0h 00min 721 m 0 Km 29T 642887 4764148
2-Pradeda 0h 15min 733 m 0,9 Km 29T 642196 4763670
3-Vilabade 1h 35min 669 m 6,1 Km 29T 638417 4766162
4-Castroverde 2h 10min 592 m 8,5 Km 29T 636315 4765415
5-San Miguel 2h 25min 537 m 9,5 Km 29T 635388 4765163
6-Souto de Torres 3h 05min 512 m 12,2 Km 29T 633192 4764217
7-Nadela 3h 30min 504 m 13,8 Km 29T 631756 4764033
8-Vilar de Cas 3h 40min 520 m 14,6 Km 29T 631020 4764010
9-Soutomerille 3h 45min 512 m 15 Km 29T 630610 4764015
10-Gondar 4h 20min 483 m 17,3 Km 29T 628609 4764476
11-Bascuas 5h 00min 510 m 19,6 Km 29T 626723 4764099
12-Daquelcabo 5h 10min 509 m 20,3 Km 29T 626195 4764231
13-As Casas Da Viña 6h 15min 501 m 24,5 Km 29T 622427 4764040
14-Lugo 7h 55min 460 m 30,8 Km 29T 617622 4762925

Coordinates UTM DAtum WGS84


Stage Profile

Profile of Stage 09 O Cádavo-Lugo of Primitive Way


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Map of Stage 09 O Cádavo-Lugo of the Primitive Way

This sketch of the route is not made to scale nor does it contain all the information relating to the area, it is merely indicative.

Topographical Map Stage 09 O Cádavo-Lugo Primitive Way



This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional  "Cuadrante 072, 073, 097 y 098 1:50.000"



Senditur has manipulated the tracks to correct the aberrant points that may exist, caused by problems with the reception of the GPS signal. In any case they are always approximate. SENDITUR encourages you to use the new technologies within your reach, using them as support and consultation in your activity, not basing the realization and orientation of the same only and exclusively on them, since they may see their functioning altered by very diverse causes, not functioning correctly and their indications may not be precise.



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Fernando Vazquez
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Esta etapa del Camino Primitivo se me hizo especialmente larga, casi prefiero las etapas anteriores subiendo y bajando montes.

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The stone slabs nailed to the ground delimit many of the paths that we have been following along the Primitive Way, they are called or known in these lands by the name of chantas. Their mission is none other than to separate the path from the forest or the fields it crosses and also to avoid the free passage of animals from one side to the other. These stones are the only thing preserved from the firm paving that once covered the Primitive Way in certain areas.


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