Walking the Camino Frances from Pamplona to Logrono
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.
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Logrono is the capital city of La Rioja. However it owes its prominence in the region to the Camino de Santiago which has passed through its cobbled streets since the Middle Ages. The Puente de Piedra is the oldest bridge crossing the river Ebo into Logrono and is still used today by pilgrims. Sampling the local wine when here is a must do but also is trying some of the local dishes in one of the many bars and restaurants you will discover as you wander the historic centre where you will also encounter the Cathedral of Santa María la Redonda where there is a painting of the Christ on the Cross by Michelangelo.
This vibrant city has been an important stopping point on the Camino since the Middle Ages. Walking around its historic centre you can feel the energy of the many people that have passed through on the Camino. With is medieval castles, temples, palaces and squares there is much to see and with it all easily accessible on foot, so be sure to explore!
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. There is even fountains, that instead of water refresh the pilgrims with wine!! One such famous one is at Bodegas Irache – Funete del Vino.
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You will be pre-booked in a traditional hotel in the heart of Pamplona, a well-preserved, historic city in north-eastern Spain that dates from Roman times. Spend your afternoon visiting Pamplona's "old town", La Navarrería and its 12th century neighbourhoods of San Nicolas and Cernin, and indulge in delicious pintxos (tapas) in one of the bars.
Pamplona was also the setting for the Ernest Hemingway novel The Sun Also Rises, published in 1926 and is world-famous for its San Fermin festivities. Spaniards and tourists alike gather around the gated streets to watch those crazy few run with the bulls to the bullring.
Day 2 23km
PUENTE 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 21.6km
PUENTE LA REINA
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 21.9km
Today you go through the Rioja area of Navarra. Enjoy the olive trees, cereal fields and, most importantly, the vineyards. From Villamayor de Monjardin to Los Arcos, you will cover 12km without coming across a single village.
Day 5 28km
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
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.
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