There is a saying: "He who travels to Santiago and not to El Salvador, honors the servant but ignores the master."
Although the cathedral in Oviedo is not as huge as the one in Santiago, it is clearly aware of the omnipotence of its Redeemer.
As a matter of fact, the relatively short distance through the mountains is not to be underestimated. Even in the summer it can be very cold and foggy. The Camino therefore presents a certain challenge. It starts in León in the north-west of the Meseta Plateau, runs northwards through the Cantabrian Mountains, crosses the Tercia Valley and finally reaches Oviedo.
It is recommended to continue on the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo to Santiago.
The Camino de San Salvador is part of the Caminos de Santiago and is considered as an insider tip for pilgrims
who seek less frequented routes.
Don’t forget to ask for a unique Credencial (Pilgrim’s pass) in León and apply for the ›Salvadorana‹ certificate at the Cathedral in Oviedo, which resembles the Compostela of Santiago.
León — Oviedo: 123 kilometers
Photographs taken in 2015. © Donald Walter.