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.
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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.
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You will be pre-booked in a traditional hotel in the heart of the town. Logrono is a city rich in history and traditions that have been preserved since the Middle-Ages.
An option to split into two days, with a stop over in Navarrete.
Day 2 28.8km
This first day is an easy stage through landscape dominated by vineyards. After 12km, you will pass Navarrete, a town built in the 12th century by the “Knights of the Holy Sepulchre”. Here you will have a chance to stop for some refreshments and to visit the fabulous Baroque Church of “La Ascension”. Finally, arriving in Najera in the afternoon, you can enjoy the panoramic views from this hill-top town.
Day 3 21.1km
SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA
Country roads dominate this stage, which runs through the Cantabrian mountain range to the north, and the La Demanda mountain range to the south. Enjoy a shorter walking day with great views. There is the possibility to visit the Monastery of “Valvanera” deep in the middle of the “Sierra de la Demanda”. Later today, you will arrive in Santo Domingo de la Calzada; another great milestone on the road to Santiago.
Day 4 21.6km
SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA
After a brief walk through a wooded area, the Camino takes us through crop fields, interspersed with small brooks and oak woods. This landscape warns us of the approaching mountain range and, indeed, we can soon see the Oca Mountains looming on the horizon. This afternoon, you will have the chance to relax in the lovely main square of Belorado. On the route, don’t miss the Altarpiece in the 16th century church of San Juan Bautista, in Granon.
Day 5 23.9km
SAN JUAN DE ORTEGA
Until you get to Villafranca Montes de Oca (14km), this stage is similar to the previous one. However, as you go deeper into the woods, you will soon discover the beautiful Oca Mountains. In St Juan de Ortega, have a look at the Gothic Mausoleum.
Day 6 25km
SAN JUAN DE ORTEGA
After a quiet sojourn in the mountains you will make your way down into the valley of the Pico River. Here, the tranquil landscapes disappear, making way for the roads and buildings that characterise Burgos and its outskirts.
After breakfast we bid you farewell. Burgos still preserves important vestiges of its medieval splendour. The city, which was the capital of the unified kingdom of Castilla-Leon for five centuries, boasts a masterpiece of Spanish Gothic architecture; the Cathedral of Burgos (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Apart from a visit to the historic quarter, you can take quite an interesting walk along the banks of the Duero and Arlanza rivers. Discover the delicious and varied local cuisine in one of the city’s restaurants.
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