The Camino Primitivo 2022 edition - A Wise Pilgrim Guide to the Camino Primitivo from Villaviciosa, through Oviedo, to Santiago de Compostela (W/FREE Passport)


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This is the 2022 edition. 

This guidebook begins in Villaviciosa, which is on the Camino del Norte, for those pilgrims who want to combine the two routes.  Pilgrims starting in Oviedo can therefore skip the first few pages.

The 2022 edition of this guidebook has been a year and a half in the making, a great deal longer than the average update. What began as routine communication with albergues during the brief period of pilgrimage in the Summer of 2020 led to the usual on-the-ground investigating during the last 2 months, right up until this edition went to press in the last week of September.

Creating it was a challenge. I have done my best to communicate with every albergue, and they in turn have done their best to relay what they know about their future. At the time of printing, the changing rules and regulations have kept everyone on their toes but together we have tried to put forward the best information possible. What was certain is that nearly every albergue is planning to open in 2022, including many that didn’t in 2021.

This edition contains many changes from the last published edition, most of them a result of the changing health codes that have compelled many albergues to change the services they offer. Many have reduced the number of beds available in dormitories in favor of converting some of that space into private rooms, quite a few have closed their kitchens, and several have changed ownership altogether. Prices have risen a bit as many properties have had to reduce the number of pilgrims that they can accommodate. Some have adopted a system of donation instead. More albergues than ever allow pets, and tents. And lastly, many more albergues than ever before now accept reservations. Local laws are still evolving, and no doubt a few changes are still to come: if an albergue price goes up, or if their bed count goes down, please be kind to them… it is not their fault.

Changes to the services in towns have been less drastic. Some towns lost their only grocery, their aging owners have chosen to retire. Another not-so-small town lost its only ATM.

And the camino itself? Well, it has not changed at all.  Patiently it waits.

The 2022 edition has been redesigned with better maps and increased legibility. It is also lighter!

The guides now contain more practical information than ever before, including more specific information for pilgrims who are looking for albergues that offer group dinners and vegetarian options.

They include:

  • The same comprehensive accommodation directory.  Including all albergues. Hotels, paradors, casa rurales, pensions, and camp sites. For albergues you will know: how many beds (including private rooms) the albergue has and how much they cost, phone number, months (and hours) open,  and whether the albergue accepts non-pilgrims or reservations.  You will also know whether they have a bar/restaurant, a kitchen for your use, whether they serve a group dinner, have vegetarian options, wifi, laundry facilities, or bicycle storage.
  • City by city information. Navigation tips and cautions, historical references, a list of available service (pharmacies, restaurants, atms, that kind of stuff) and dates for local fiestas.
  • Large Scale Maps:  Large Scale Maps with no pre-determined stages. These maps are at the start of the book and are the best reference for anyone wanting to plan ahead without having to flip through the book.
  • Elevation Profile:  The elevation profile sits alongside the large scale maps, giving you a better overview of the terrain ahead.
  • City Maps: Lots and lots of city maps.  From the small villages to the regional capitals, if there is more than one option for accommodation a map is included to help you find it.  These maps are inline with the guide and also show the nearest grocery, albergue, pharmacy, atm, and other bits.  
  • Detours and alternative routes: The camino splits in a few places, and when it does an overview is provided to help you visualize the option ahead.
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07/28/2018

The Camino Primitivo

I found the book to be really helpful and being pocket sized was easy to pull ou for a quick reference. The maps also proved to be quite useful. I will certainly be buying another Camino guide for my next adventure.

DP
David P.
United Kingdom
Simona L. verified customer review of The Camino Primitivo - A Wise Pilgrim Guide to the Camino Primitivo (W/FREE Passport)
06/28/2018

Handy and practical

I did El Camino Primitivo from Oviedo by myself in June 2018 and this little guide was all I had and needed. I used my phone only twice because it was just faster, being very tired. But with the sing-posting on the field and this guide you shouldn't need anything else. The format is small, easy to handle on the go and the information is well structured and only the essential things. Based on my experience I would say that the accuracy was about 80% but I find that more than acceptable considering the long distance, the big number of Albergues, bars, restaurants, small villages and all the information that comes with all that.

SL
Simona L.
United Kingdom
Anonymous verified customer review of The Camino Primitivo - A Wise Pilgrim Guide to the Camino Primitivo (W/FREE Passport)
05/14/2018

Very helpful guidebook

The guidebook was very helpful, the distance between places (villages / cities) are clearly stated, also I found very helpful the lists of bars and shops on the way, as well as lists of albergue / hostels / hotels whose location is clearly marked on the map. Very helpful and for any recommendation.

A
Anonymous
Croatia
02/13/2020

Camino Primitivo Guide

Ready to roll in April, have used many of these guides on various Caminos and can highly recommend.

PK
Paul K.
Portugal Portugal
02/01/2020

Good resource! !

Good - I bought the Norte as well and they are a great source for planning our Camino in mid- May. Will have to see how they do on Camino. Ordering very easy and mail service (Spain/Canada) didn’t take too long. Glad the Forum Shop is there - thanks.

JS
Jean S.
Canada Canada
12/16/2019

Excellent service

Excellent service & quick delivery. Will use the shop again in the near future.

A
Anonymous
United Kingdom United Kingdom
08/14/2019

Camino Primitivo

I will be using the item in middle of 2020. I will let you know how I find the way. I will be starting walking from Carcassonne in march 2020. But I can not find much from there to Somport Pass. From there I go on to Puente la Reina and join Camino Frances. I will have to get information from pilgrims along the way.

A
Anonymous
Australia Australia
07/20/2019

The Camino primitivo

Really helpful guide - didn't need anything else

VC
Vicki C.
Australia Australia
07/01/2019

Excellent

I’m ready for my next pilgrim adventure using the updated wise pilgrim guide.

A
Anonymous
Denmark Denmark
06/02/2019

Wise guide in your pocket

The book is very informative and it helps so much in the daily planning. Every useful information of locations are in this really small tool.

PN
Peter N.
Hungary

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David P. verified customer review of The Camino Primitivo - A Wise Pilgrim Guide to the Camino Primitivo (W/FREE Passport)David P. verified customer review of The Camino Primitivo - A Wise Pilgrim Guide to the Camino Primitivo (W/FREE Passport)David P. verified customer review of The Camino Primitivo - A Wise Pilgrim Guide to the Camino Primitivo (W/FREE Passport)
07/28/2018

The Camino Primitivo

I found the book to be really helpful and being pocket sized was easy to pull ou for a quick reference. The maps also proved to be quite useful. I will certainly be buying another Camino guide for my next adventure.

DP
David P.
United Kingdom
Simona L. verified customer review of The Camino Primitivo - A Wise Pilgrim Guide to the Camino Primitivo (W/FREE Passport)
06/28/2018

Handy and practical

I did El Camino Primitivo from Oviedo by myself in June 2018 and this little guide was all I had and needed. I used my phone only twice because it was just faster, being very tired. But with the sing-posting on the field and this guide you shouldn't need anything else. The format is small, easy to handle on the go and the information is well structured and only the essential things. Based on my experience I would say that the accuracy was about 80% but I find that more than acceptable considering the long distance, the big number of Albergues, bars, restaurants, small villages and all the information that comes with all that.

SL
Simona L.
United Kingdom
Anonymous verified customer review of The Camino Primitivo - A Wise Pilgrim Guide to the Camino Primitivo (W/FREE Passport)
05/14/2018

Very helpful guidebook

The guidebook was very helpful, the distance between places (villages / cities) are clearly stated, also I found very helpful the lists of bars and shops on the way, as well as lists of albergue / hostels / hotels whose location is clearly marked on the map. Very helpful and for any recommendation.

A
Anonymous
Croatia
02/13/2020

Camino Primitivo Guide

Ready to roll in April, have used many of these guides on various Caminos and can highly recommend.

PK
Paul K.
Portugal Portugal
02/01/2020

Good resource! !

Good - I bought the Norte as well and they are a great source for planning our Camino in mid- May. Will have to see how they do on Camino. Ordering very easy and mail service (Spain/Canada) didn’t take too long. Glad the Forum Shop is there - thanks.

JS
Jean S.
Canada Canada
12/16/2019

Excellent service

Excellent service & quick delivery. Will use the shop again in the near future.

A
Anonymous
United Kingdom United Kingdom
08/14/2019

Camino Primitivo

I will be using the item in middle of 2020. I will let you know how I find the way. I will be starting walking from Carcassonne in march 2020. But I can not find much from there to Somport Pass. From there I go on to Puente la Reina and join Camino Frances. I will have to get information from pilgrims along the way.

A
Anonymous
Australia Australia
07/20/2019

The Camino primitivo

Really helpful guide - didn't need anything else

VC
Vicki C.
Australia Australia
07/01/2019

Excellent

I’m ready for my next pilgrim adventure using the updated wise pilgrim guide.

A
Anonymous
Denmark Denmark
06/02/2019

Wise guide in your pocket

The book is very informative and it helps so much in the daily planning. Every useful information of locations are in this really small tool.

PN
Peter N.
Hungary