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Walking the Camino Frances from Pamplona to Logrono

Summary

  • Scenery of farm crops - Camino Frances section 2

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.

Itinerary


Walking the Camino Frances from Pamplona to Logrono map

French Way 2/8 Day 1Day 1 – To Pamplona – Start of your journey!

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

 

French Way 2/8 Day 2Day 2 – Pamplona to Puente de la Reina (6h15, 24km)

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”.

 

French Way 2/8 Day 3Day 3 – Puente de la Reina to Estella (6h15, 22km)

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

 

French Way 2/8 Day 4Day 4 – Estella to Los Arcos (6h30, 21km)

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.

 

French Way 2/8 Day 5Day 5 – Los Arcos to Logrono (8h, 29km)

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.

NOTE: If you would like to walk at a more relaxed pace, we can split this walking day into 2 stages (17km & 10km), staying overnight in the village of Viana. Here you will be staying at a charming 2* hotel.

French Way 2/8 Day 6Day 6 – Logrono, end of the Camino

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.

Included

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

Optional

  • Great dinners with local food
  • Extra nights
  • Upgrade to authentic & luxury accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Not Included

  • Flights/train
  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch

Transport

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

Map


Camino Frances from Pamplona to Logrono

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  • Grade: Camino Difficulty Rating image 
  • Distance: 95 km
  • Duration: 6 Days Camino Trip Legend 1
  • Trip style: Self GuidedCamino Trip Legend 2
  • Price from: 515 EURCamino Trip Legend 3
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