Some 300,000 souls make the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela every year. This Easter, I am one of them; only I am following a road less travelled.
For a long while, I have wanted to make the trip, but never had the time, as most of the routes are more than 500 miles long. Then I heard about the Primitivo, Spain’s oldest and shortest pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. And the toughest.
It starts in Oviedo and winds its way some 200 miles through the Cantabrian Mountains — just about doable in a fortnight. The story goes that, in the 9th century, Alfonso the Chaste heard that the tomb of Saint James (Sant Iago) had been discovered.