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Walking the Camino Frances from Pamplona to Logrono

Walking the Camino Frances from Pamplona to Logrono map

La Rioja Wine Region – Camino Frances 2/8

This Walking Tour explores the second section of the Camino Frances / French Way, the most traditional of all the pilgrims’ ways to Santiago de Compostela and the best known internationally.

Start your walk in Pamplona, famous for its Bull Running festival, and finish in Logrono at the heart of the Rioja wine region. Enjoy an attractive hike in hilly Navarra with its 12th-century castles, picturesque villages, and vineyards.

Everyday, during the walk, you are guaranteed a high level of comfort and gastronomy. The Camino is clearly marked with the Scallop Shell showing you the way. This walk can be physically demanding and requires a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding walk that includes numerous cultural highlights.

Trip Stats

95km

distance to walk

4

days of walking

difficulty level

Trip Highlights

Logrono

Logrono is a city rich in history and traditions that have been preserved since the Middle-Ages. The pilgrim’s Camino to Santiago de Compostela made this one of the most important towns on the Camino.

La Rioja Wine

While travelling this section of the unique Camino Frances, you’ll have the opportunity to sample the world-famous Rioja wine, which is produced with grapes in the region.

Itinerary

Day 1

Pamplona
(Arrival)

You will be pre-booked in a traditional hotel in the heart of the town.

Day 2
24km

Pamplona
to
Puente de la Reina

When leaving Pamplona behind, you are also leaving behind the Atlantic area of Navarra. From here onwards, the landscape will be dominated by cereal crops, Holm oaks and Mediterranean brushwood. The Pamplona basin is left behind too when you cross the “Alto del Perdon”.

Day 3
22km

Puente de la Reina
to
Estella

The Camino to Estella is very uneven and quite agricultural. Small towns and villages are dotted amongst cereal fields, vineyards and olive trees.

Day 4
21km

Estella
to
Los Arcos

Today you go through the Rioja area of Navarra. Enjoy the olive trees, cereal fields and, most importantly, the vineyards. From Villamayor do Monjardin to Los Arcos, you will cover 12km without coming across a single village.

Day 5
29km

Los Arcos
to
Logrono

Today we leave Navarra and journey into Rioja. Expect a pleasant hike into undulating countryside. On this route you will pass the stunning ruins of Clavijo castle. Finally we come to the town of Logrono, strategically situated on the border between Alava and Navarra.

An option to split into two days 17km /10km days, with a stop over in Viana. Here you will be staying at a charming 2* hotel

Day 6

Logrono

After breakfast we bid you farewell. Logrono is a city rich in history and traditions that have been preserved since the Middle-Ages. The pilgrim’s Camino to Santiago de Compostela made this one of the most important towns on the Camino.

Section 1

Pamplona
to
Puente de la Reina

You will be pre-booked in a traditional hotel in the heart of the town.

Section 2

Puente de la Reina
to
Estella

When leaving Pamplona behind, you are also leaving behind the Atlantic area of Navarra. From here onwards, the landscape will be dominated by cereal crops, Holm oaks and Mediterranean brushwood. The Pamplona basin is left behind too when you cross the “Alto del Perdon”.

Section 3

Estella
to
Los Arcos

The Camino to Estella is very uneven and quite agricultural. Small towns and villages are dotted amongst cereal fields, vineyards and olive trees.

Section 4

Los Arcos
to
Logrono

Today you go through the Rioja area of Navarra. Enjoy the olive trees, cereal fields and, most importantly, the vineyards. From Villamayor do Monjardin to Los Arcos, you will cover 12km without coming across a single village.

Map

Camino Frances from Pamplona to Logrono

How to get there

Fly In

Option 1 – Bilbao Bilbao airport with Aerlingus, Easyjet or British Airways (can book return flights).

Option 2 – Santander Santander airport with Ryanair offer flights from London Stansted and now Dublin, Frankfurt, Milan and Rome as well as Reus and Madrid in Spain.

Iberia offers a good selection of internal flights from Alicante, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Seville and Valencia. Option 3 – Madrid Virtually every company flies to Madrid Spanish national company: www.iberia.com Spanish Airport Website



Starting Point

1 – From Bilbao: direct bus to Pamplona (takes 2hrs) with Burundesa bus company, 10 departures a day.

2 – From Santander: direct bus to Pamplona (takes 2hrs) with Burundesa bus company, 2 departures a day.

3 – From Madrid: bus to Pamplona with Conda bus company, 10 departures a day. There is also a train from Madrid train station to Pamplona train station. 9 departures a day.



Getting Home

Option 1 – Bilbao Train takes 1h30 Bus from bus station to Bilbao bus station 2h (week: 7.30, 9.30, 11.00, 15.00, 17.30, 19.30, weekend: 8.30,11.00, 17.30, 19.30) Option 2 – Santander Train takes 2h30 Bus 9.30 and 15.00 Option 3 – Madrid Train takes 3hrs Spanish train information and booking



What you get with us

Included

  • Great mix of comfortable accommodation in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack
  • 24/7 Customer Service

Not Included

  • Flights/train
  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch

Add-On Options

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Package Options

Active

from €530

For active walkers of a reasonable fitness level who want a more challenging walk

24km

per day (average)

6 days

(5 nights/4 walking days)

Self-Guided

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Leisurely

from €595

For pilgrims who would rather not rush, and instead go at their own pace and take in the Spanish scenery

19km

per day (average)

7 days

(6 nights/5 walking days)

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