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Estella to Najera

Estella [Lizarra]

1.52km to
Ayegui

All of the details below (and more) can be viewed directly on your mobile via the camino apps available at the app store. iPhone users can download the app of their choice from the link below.

Estella, in spite of not being a very big town, has a lot to offer. The camino enters along the river, and keeps to the west bank. To see many of the churches, or to stay in the Parroquial or ANFAS albergue, you will need to cross the Río Ega.

The town boasts an impressive number of historically significant buildings, so many that to visit them all would take the better part of a weekend. The two not to be missed are the Palacio de los Reyes de Navarra (never actually used by the King of Navarra) and the Iglesia de San Pedro de la Rua. The others are included here for the sake of bringing them to your awareness. Be sure to spend enough time wandering the streets to take it all in.

Thursday is market day in Estella, just as it was 900 years ago. Be sure to stop by the Plaza de los Fueros (opposite the Iglesia de San Juan) for a fresh selection of just about everything.

If you find yourself in Estella for a day of rest and exploration, there are a number of excellent walking trails nearby. Ask for maps in the tourist information office next to the Palacio.

History:
Geographically speaking, Estella sits to the North of what would otherwise be an easy walk west. It's growth as a commercial center developed not because of pilgrims (as was the case in most places) but rather at the manipulations of King Sancho Ramirez in the end of the 11th.c.

The Road:
If you stayed in one of the albergues on the new side of the town, cross back over the river to rejoin the camino out of town.

Fountain: 
Yes
Bar: 
Yes
Grocery: 
Yes
Bakery: 
Yes
Butcher: 
Yes
ATM: 
Yes
Medical Center: 
Yes
Hotel, Pensión, or Casa Rural: 
Yes
Restaurant: 
Yes
Tourist Information: 
Yes
Public Phone: 
Yes
Pharmacy: 
Yes
Internet: 
Yes
Albergue Type Total Beds Price STAMP
Hospital de Peregrinos de Estella Municipal 96 6€ Estella [Lizarra] - Hospital de Peregrinos de Estella Stamp Estella [Lizarra] - Hospital de Peregrinos de Estella
Albergue de ANFAS de Estella Association 34 7€ Estella [Lizarra] - Albergue de ANFAS de Estella Stamp
Albergue Parroquial San Miguel Archangel Parochial 36 Donativo Estella [Lizarra] - Albergue Parroquial San Miguel Archangel Stamp
Camping Lizarra Camping 5.62€ Estella [Lizarra] - Camping Lizarra Stamp
Estella [Lizarra] - Camino de Santiago - 1
Estella [Lizarra] - Camino de Santiago - 1
Estella [Lizarra] - Camino de Santiago - 1

Ayegui

6.32km to
Azqueta

All of the details below (and more) can be viewed directly on your mobile via the camino apps available at the app store. iPhone users can download the app of their choice from the link below.

This town has grown to be connected with Estella.

The Road:
On the way out of Estella, look for the arrows at the second roundabout which direct you away from the road and onto a track which runs up and to the right, taking you behind the commercial shopping centers and into Ayegui.

At the end of town, BEFORE you get to a small park, blue signs with arrows point you downhill and to your left. Follow them, cross over the main road, and resume the camino towards to the Fuente de Vino and the Monasterio de Irache.

After you cross the road on the far edge of town you walk up a short hill to the wine fountain at Bodegas Irache.

Fountain: 
Yes
Bakery: 
Yes
Butcher: 
Yes
ATM: 
Yes
Tourist Information: 
Yes
Public Phone: 
Yes
Pharmacy: 
Yes
Internet: 
Yes
Albergue Type Total Beds Price STAMP
Albergue Juvenil Oncineda Municipal 150 13€
Albergue San Cipriano de Ayegui Municipal 80 6€
Camping Iratxe Camping

Fuente de Vino

Sponsored by the nearby Bodegas Irache, there is a fountain here which pours both water and wine. The plaque on the wall reads: "If you want to go to Santiago with strength and vitality, of this great wine have a drink and toast to happiness."

Fuente de Vino

Monasterio de Irache

The paper trail for the monastery leads back to 958, and it was the site of Navarra's first pilgrim hospital.  It is a large complex set in a landscape of vineyards.  Like many other Benedictine monasteries across the peninsula, it has served as both a barrack to Napoleons troops, and as a hospital during the Carlist wars.

Free Admission, but opens a bit late (10am) for pilgrims departing from Estella.  The park opposite has picnic tables and nice shady trees.

Monasterio de Irache

Alternate to Los Arcos via Luquin

250m. beyond the Monasterio de Irache, the camino splits.  The most common direction (partly due to the abandonment of the second route during the construction of the A-12) is to the right.  It will take you past the campgrounds of Irache, Azqueta, and Villamayor de Monjardin before zig zagging though the countryside before arriving in Los Arcos. 

The second option is to turn to the left.  This route does not offer any services apart from those on offer in Luquin (one bar, not always open and a fountain).  The route passes through the forests surrounding Montejurra, the small mountain peak with the castle of Monjardin on top.  It is my own personal opinion that this lesser traveled route is the more scenic and peaceful option.  Outside of Luquin it passed back under the A-12 and rejoins the first option during it's zigging and zagging.

Azqueta

2.04km to
Villamayor de Monjardín

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Fountain: 
Yes
Bar: 
Yes

Villamayor de Monjardín

13.32km to
Los Arcos

All of the details below (and more) can be viewed directly on your mobile via the camino apps available at the app store. iPhone users can download the app of their choice from the link below.

Fountain: 
Yes
Bar: 
Yes
Grocery: 
Yes
Restaurant: 
Yes
Tourist Information: 
Yes
Public Phone: 
Yes
Pharmacy: 
Yes
Internet: 
Yes, in bar near albergue
Albergue Type Total Beds Price STAMP
Oasis Trails Albergue Association 25 7€ Villamayor de Monjardín - Oasis Trails Albergue Stamp
Albergue Villamayor de Monjardín Private 20 15€, with breakfast Villamayor de Monjardín - Albergue Villamayor de Monjardín
Villamayor de Monjardín - Camino de Santiago - 1

Los Arcos

7.54km to
Sansol

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For an early breakfast or coffee look to the main road (South and East) of the Church. There are a few early to open bars that cater to early to rise pilgrims and early to work truck drivers.

History:
Los Arcos, a village dating back to it's Roman occupation, is laid out in long streets which run parallel to the Río Odrón. Your approach along the camino brings you into the North side of town, and it was on top of the hills to the East (left on approach) that the castle once stood.

The Road:
Exiting the town, you pass through the Arco de Felipe V and cross over the Río Odrón. A few of the albergues in town are located on the West side of the river.

Fountain: 
Yes
Bar: 
Yes
Grocery: 
Yes
Bakery: 
Yes
Butcher: 
Yes
ATM: 
Yes
Medical Center: 
Yes
Hotel, Pensión, or Casa Rural: 
Yes
Restaurant: 
Yes
Public Phone: 
Yes
Pharmacy: 
Yes
Albergue Type Total Beds Price STAMP
Albergue de Peregrinos Isaac Santiago Association 70 6€ Amigos del Camino de Santiago - Los Arcos - Navarra - Stamp
Casa Alberdi Private 30 10€
Albergue Casa de la Abuela Private 36 8€ Los Arcos - Albergue Casa de la Abuela Stamp
Albergue de la Fuente - Casa de Austria Private 40 9€ Los Arcos - Albergue de la Fuente - Casa de Austria Stamp Los Arcos - Albergue de la Fuente - Casa de Austria
Los Arcos - Camino de Santiago - 1
Los Arcos - Camino de Santiago - 1

Sansol

0.95km to
Torres del Río

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The yellow arrows have a tendency to stick to the road as it passes through this small village. To see anything of importance, including the church and many of Sansol's several old baroque homes, turn right at the large ceramic tile sign indicating "Sansol" on the side of one of the towns first buildings.

History:
Named after San Zoilo, a young man martyred in Cordoba under the rule of Diocletian in 304AD. Incidentally, his relics are preserved in the Benedictine abbey of San Zoil in Carrión de los Condes. The local church is likewise dedicated to him.

Fountain: 
Yes
Bakery: 
Yes
Medical Center: 
Yes
Tourist Information: 
Yes
Public Phone: 
Yes
Pharmacy: 
Yes
Albergue Type Total Beds Price STAMP
Albergue Arcadi y Nines Private 14 5€ Sansol - Albergue Arcadi y Nines Stamp
Things to see
Iglesia de San Zoilo

Torres del Río

11.59km to
Viana

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Descending from the heights of Sansol into Torres del Rio, one wonders why anyone would build a village in such an awkward to defend location.  The only logical reason is the Río Linares which gives the town it's name.

Bar: 
Yes
Grocery: 
Yes, though small
Albergue Type Total Beds Price STAMP
Albergue Casa Mari Private 26 7€ Albergue Casa Mari - Torres del Rio - Stamp
Albergue Casa Mariela Private 54 7€
Albergue La Pata de Oca Private 42 10€ Torres del Río - Albergue La Pata de Oca Stamp
Torres del Río - Camino de Santiago - 1

Viana

10.84km to
Logroño

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Today Viana is a still thriving city that serves as a good stopping point. A pair of albergues, a few churches, the occasional closing of the city streets to run with the bulls, and a handful of good restaurants will all offer a break from walking.

There is as well a nice green park, small but a great place to rest, on the west end of the town near the albergue and church ruins. The spot also offers great views of the plains to the West and the mountains to the North.

History:
Viana, being a frontier town along the border with Rioja, has been built with obvious fortifications. The most obvious of these is it's perch high above the surrounding hillside.

Although the city walls served their purpose well, holding of several prolonged sieges, the town changed possession several times since it's founding in 1219. It did so largely with the shifting possession of the surrounding land.

Fountain: 
Yes
Bar: 
Yes
Grocery: 
Yes
Bakery: 
Yes
Butcher: 
Yes
ATM: 
Yes
Medical Center: 
Yes
Hotel, Pensión, or Casa Rural: 
Yes
Restaurant: 
Yes
Tourist Information: 
Yes
Public Phone: 
Yes
Pharmacy: 
Yes
Internet: 
Yes
Albergue Type Total Beds Price STAMP
Alberguería Andrés Muñoz Municipal 54 6€ Ruta Jacobea Parroquía de Viana - Stamp
Albergue Parroquial de Viana Parochial 15 Donativo Viana - Albergue Parroquial de Viana Stamp
Albergue Izar Private 44 8-15€
Viana - Camino de Santiago - 1

Ermita de La Virgen de las Cuevas

17th. c. The ermita, and the river that it sits along, are often considered to be the border to La Rioja. The actual modern day border is closer to Logroño but the paper factory that marks it is much less quaint than this ermita.

La Rioja

You have now left Navarra behind you, and the basque 'feeling' which has been fading since Roncesvalles will now disappear almost entirely.   The name La Rioja, which first appears on a charter from 1099, is fairly new; prior to that it was referred to as the province of Logroño (the city you enter next and the capital of the province).  From a legal perspective, the name La Rioja was not legitimized until after the death of Francisco Franco when Spain transitioned into a democratic monarchy.

La Rioja is the second smallest autonomous community in Spain, and the smallest along the Camino Francés.  The camino will pass through several of it's larger cities, including Logroño, Santo Domingo de la Calzada (which is next to the "Rio Oja", and Nájera.  It will also pass through countless smaller villages, whose populations seldom exceed 200.

It's much fought over history and diminutive size aside, La Rioja has managed to make it's mark on the world as one of Spain's largest producers of wine.  Enjoy it while it lasts, which is only about 60km worth of walking along the camino.  If that strikes you as too little, consider a detour to the Monasteries of Yuso and Suso; just enough to prolong your stay and explore some of the finest Monasteries around.

One last bit of cultural/historical information:  to the South of Logroño lies the town and castle of Clavijo.  It was there in 844 during a battle between Ramiro I of Asturias and  Abd ar-Rahman II of Córdoba that the legend of Santiago Matamoros was born.  The legend tells of the return of Santiago (long since deceased remember) on a white horse and dressed for battle.  Such a sight energized the Christian fighters (who had been on the loosing side of the Moorish invasion) who went on to defeat Abd ar-Rahman.  The scene is depicted in countless places along the camino, with Santiago riding high and the moors trampled underfoot.

La Rioja Flag

Logroño

9.60km to
Alto de la Grajera

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www.logrono.org

Once you have crossed the Rio Ebro you have entered Logroño proper. The municipal albergue, no longer the only option in town, is close by.

Like a few towns before, and several ahead, Logroño owes it's success to the construction of the stone bridge over the Río Ebro which was for a long time the only suitable crossing point of this wide river. As such it was able to command a toll, to which pilgrims were subjected. Unfortunately very few of Logroño's medieval monuments have survived, nearly all of them destroyed. Logroño in fact, given it's position both along the Ebro and on the frontier, is one of the most battled for cities in the North of Spain.

The Road:
Leaving Logroño is not unlike departing most large cities in that it winds its way across town in a way that mixes landmarks with practicalities. There are a large amount of arrows painted in curbs and lamp posts but they can still be difficult to see if you are a a pre-dawn walker. If in doubt, make your way to the Cathedral and with it to your back go West. You will pass straight on through two roundabouts and cross over the train tracks. From there keep a lookout for arrows that will turn you to your Left.

Fountain: 
Yes
Bar: 
Yes
Grocery: 
Yes
Bakery: 
Yes
Butcher: 
Yes
ATM: 
Yes
Medical Center: 
Yes
Hotel, Pensión, or Casa Rural: 
Yes
Restaurant: 
Yes
Tourist Information: 
Yes
Public Phone: 
Yes
Pharmacy: 
Yes
Internet: 
Yes
Albergue Type Total Beds Price STAMP
Albergue de Peregrinos de Logroño Association 68 7€ Asociacion Riojana de amigos del Camino de Santiago - Logrono - Sello
Albergue Parroquial de Santiago Parochial 30 Donativo
Albergue Santiago Apóstol Private 76 10€
Albergue Check in Rioja Private 30 10.50€
Albergue Logroño Private 48 10, 20, 30, 45€
Hostel Entresueños Private 96 10€ Logroño - Hostel Entresueños
Albergue de Peregrinos Albas Private 22 11€
Logroño - Camino de Santiago - 1
Logroño - Camino de Santiago - 1
Logroño - Camino de Santiago - 1

Alto de la Grajera

4.20km to
Navarrete

The Alto de la Grajera is part of the park and embalse on the outskirts of Logroño.  It is an excellent place to walk through slowly, perhaps to stop in and enjoy some nature. 

The dam here, and the resulting ecosystem, was constructed in 1883 as a way to store water for irrigation.  Since then the park has grown in size and importance and is one of only a few wetlands that exist in La Rioja.  Anyone with a keen interest in bird watching will especially appreciate the protected areas which are home to several species of birds.

Be advised that water area of the park is strictly off limits, so no pilgrim bathing should be attempted.

Navarrete

7.71km to
Ventosa

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Navarrete, much fought over and mostly destroyed, no longer has any of it's medieval history to share.  It does however have a few covered arcades which give you a sense of it's past.  Like is common in otherwise flat land, the town was developed around a hill (you will see plenty more of this strategy before you get back into the mountains).

The Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Asuncion deserves an extra mention here in case you were thinking to skip it.  Don't.  It maintains hours which can be difficult for pilgrims but do try to make a visit.

If you are staying in Navarrete for the night, you might consider a small climb up the 'Tedeón' to where the castle once stood.  There is a nice picnic park there and a good view of the surrounding land.

Fountain: 
Yes
Bar: 
Yes
Grocery: 
Yes
Bakery: 
Yes
Butcher: 
Yes
ATM: 
Yes
Medical Center: 
Yes
Hotel, Pensión, or Casa Rural: 
Yes
Restaurant: 
Yes
Tourist Information: 
Yes
Public Phone: 
Yes
Pharmacy: 
Yes
Internet: 
Yes
Albergue Type Total Beds Price STAMP
Albergue de Peregrinos de Navarrete Municipal 48 7€ Navarrete - Albergue de Peregrinos de Navarrete Stamp
Albergue El Cántaro Private 28 10€ Navarrete - Albergue El Cántaro Stamp
Albergue Buen Camino Private 10 9€
Albergue La Casa del Peregrino Private 20 8€
Albergue Pilgrim's Private 38 9€ Navarrete - Albergue Pilgrim's Stamp Navarrete - Albergue Pilgrim's
Navarrete - Camino de Santiago - 1

◁ to Ventosa, △ to follow the Camino

With changing times Ventosa has found itself separated from the camino by the rearrangement of yellow arrows. Going there will not take much more time than just following the arrows. There is at least one bar and albergue.

Ventosa

11.29km to
Nájera

All of the details below (and more) can be viewed directly on your mobile via the camino apps available at the app store. iPhone users can download the app of their choice from the link below.

With changing times Ventosa has found itself separated from the camino by the rearrangement of yellow arrows. Going there will not take much more time than just following the arrows. There is at least one bar and albergue.

Fountain: 
Yes
Bar: 
Yes
Restaurant: 
Yes
Albergue Type Total Beds Price STAMP
Albergue San Saturnino Private 42 8.50€ Ventosa - Albergue San Saturnino Stamp

Nájera

6.30km to
Azofra

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The entrance to Nájera is, regrettably, not pleasant to the eyes. The new part of town grew up on the East bank of the Río Najerilla (the cliffs prohibit expansion to the West) and much of Nájera's industry is located there. Departing Nájera is notably better as you transition quickly back to the rural roadways that connect many of the smaller villages.

History:
Nájera, named for it's position "between cliffs," is a town that has been in favor since Sancho III (El Mayor) made it the capital when Pamplona was captured. That was during the start of the 11th.c.

Sancho's preference brought the town much prosperity, including a market which was important element in the funding of the Monastery of Santa Maria.

The Road:
On the way to Azofra, take notice of the modern aqueducts which help to irrigate the land. They are entirely gravity fed, and rather than being raised above the road they actually pass underneath it.

Fountain: 
Yes
Bar: 
Yes
Grocery: 
Yes
Bakery: 
Yes
Butcher: 
Yes
ATM: 
Yes
Medical Center: 
Yes
Hotel, Pensión, or Casa Rural: 
Yes
Restaurant: 
Yes
Tourist Information: 
Yes
Public Phone: 
Yes
Public Pool: 
Yes, 3.5€
Pharmacy: 
Yes
Internet: 
Yes
Albergue Type Total Beds Price STAMP
Albergue de Najera Municipal 90 Donativo Nájera - Albergue de Najera Stamp
Albergue de Peregrinos Sancho III - La Judería Private 10 7€ Nájera - Albergue de Peregrinos Sancho III - La Judería Stamp
Albergue Alberone Closed 44 8€
Albergue Calle Mayor Private 16 8€
Albergue Puerta de Nájera Private 32 10€ Nájera - Albergue Puerta de Nájera Stamp
Nájera - Camino de Santiago - 1

Sellos

Puente la Reina [Gares] - Albergue Puente Stamp
La Faba - Albergue "Asociacion Alemana Ultreia" Antigua Casa Parroquial Stamp
Navarrete - Albergue Pilgrim's Stamp
Ambasmestas - Albergue Camynos Stamp
Santiago de Compostela - Albergue Mundoalbergue Stamp

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