The third section of the Camino Frances starts from Logrono in the heart of the famous Rioja region and finishes in medieval Burgos. This section is slightly flatter than the previous; it crosses the hilly province of Burgos, passing typical villages, vineyards and ruined castles.
The capital of La Rioja, this city has grown in prominence due to the Camino passing through. It is the passing pilgrims, artisans and merchants that have shaped this city and there influence is evident in the built heritage. One such example is the Cathedral of Santa María la Redonda which is just one of many churhces. The built heritage is not all Lorgono has to offer, as the capital of the La Rioja every September they have the San Mateo Festival which celebrates the upcoming harvest season.
San Juan de Ortega Monastery
This little hamlet despite its sparseness in services has and continues to be a must stop on the Camino. San Juan, a disciple of Santo Domingo worked tirelessly to assist pilgrims passing through this wild and isolated area. The monastery has a beautiful chapel dedicated to San Nicolas de Bari. This chapel was buily by San Juan after he was saved by San Nicolas from drowning upon returning from a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands.
Here you will find the pre-historic caves that have the oldest human remains found in Europe. A UNESCO Heritage Site that is still being excavated there is a replica of the caves for visitors on the outskirts of town that provide a fascinating insight into our predecessors.