The Primitive Way or The Original Way was the first Camino route to Santiago de Compostela. This was the route followed by King Alfonso II the Chaste in the 9th century, from the city of Oviedo, in the Asturias region, to Santiago. This Way is about 315 km long and can be completed in more or less ten days. However, it is physically quite demanding with its many ups and downs and sometimes muggy weather. And yet, your efforts will be highly rewarded by breathtaking landscapes unspoiled nature, beautiful mountains, fresh water streams and charming old villages. The Primitive Way continues towards Santiago de Compostela along peaceful forests and farmland, joining the final stretch of the French Way in the lovely town of Melide.