Today to start we will have a tough but very rewarding stage. Remember that in winter the main route is cut and we must take the parallel road through Valcarlos. Today we will pass from France to Spain ascending about 1250 meters and then descend about 500 meters and thus reach Roncesvalles. Puerta del Camino Trances in Spain.
Today at our departure we will find the famous sign that tells us the distance that remains to Santiago. Remember that this sign says the distance by road :). We will walk along a beautiful path that will take us through villages full of local stories and legends. We will enjoy all the time of a mainly dirt road which at times will be transformed into stone slabs. Upon reaching Zubiri we can rest our feet on the Arga river. Which will take us tomorrow to Pamplona.
Today we will arrive in Pamplona and we have different options. We can rest before arriving at Pamplona in Zabaldika and thus live with the sisters who run the shelter. Or we can rest before entering Pamplona at the Trinidad de Arre hostel. We can also rest past Pamplona in Zizur Menor. We recommend stopping in Pamplona and thus take advantage to visit all that this city has to offer the pilgrim. From the culture of the famous San Fermin, its cuisine and how not to walk through its old town.
Today we expect a quiet but at the same time long climb to Alto del Perdón. Famous place for the sculpture of pilgrims on foot and on horseback that is at its height. And the famous phrase that says: "Where the Way of the wind meets that of the stars". Recall that if the climb seemed hard, the descent is a stone block in which there are two roads. One for cyclists and one for pilgrims on foot. Let's take the descent calmly, since then we only have a quiet walk through fields and dirt roads that will take us to our destination Puente la Reina.
Today we will notice that we are leaving the Pyrenees to get closer to Rioja lands. Where we will see more landscapes full of vineyards and olive trees. For those who want to walk a little more today they have the option of continuing to Villamayor de Monjardín or Luquin. Both villages will offer us more peace of mind than Estella.
In today's stage we will arrive at the old capital of the Kingdom of Navarra. It is a stage that passes completely devoid of any type of shadow or cover for the pilgrim. So if it is a rainy or sunny day we must be careful. Those who wish may continue to Torres del Rio to have Logroño closer
Today we leave aside the Community of Navarra to enter La Rioja. Famous for the designation of origin of its red wines. We will rest in its capital where we can enjoy visiting the city and its gastronomy visiting its famous Laurel Street.
Today we will have the first stage in which we will have to do a few more kilometers. In spite of this, it will be a quiet stage that at times will pass near the highway. In summer we must be careful with hydration.
In today's stage we will approach one of those magical cities of the Camino. We will walk through cereal fields that change the landscape to which the vineyards had accustomed us. The day will be worth it since in Santo Domingo de la Calzada we can enjoy its cathedral, its hostel and stroll through the streets of this old town. If we see ourselves with strength we can extend the day to be able to rest in the wonderful donation shelter of Grañón.
Today we will leave La Rioja and go into Castellano Leonesas lands. It is a quiet stage with few slopes. We will visit different villages that will take us to what was once one of the castles of the famous Cid Campeador.
Today we will have a stage that we can divide as in two parts or two days if we wanted to. The first departure to Villafranca de Montes de Oca will take us on dirt roads by the hand of the national highway. From then on we will enter the forests where we can enjoy the tranquility and serenity that occasionally come in handy to disconnect from the agglomerations that sometimes we find on the Camino.
Today we will pass through the famous site of Atapuerca. For pilgrims who prefer to walk along the path and forget about the routes through the city, today before arriving Burgos we can deviate along a slightly longer path that will take us from the hand of the river to the famous Burgos Cathedral. Mandatory visit
We will leave Burgos quickly to leave the big city and enter the land landscapes of Castilla. Welcome to the famous Plateau ... Let's remember in summer to go well covered and with good water to avoid heat stroke.
Today we will walk on the plateau that will offer us landscapes worthy of any wallpaper. It is convenient for pilgrims who decide to do these stages in summer to get up at dawn so that they can reach our destination avoiding the hours where the sun can hit harder.
Today we will continue along the plateau, therefore long dirt roads, lonely and with high sun exposure. Today we will have a "small" climb to the Alto de Mostelares. Famous for so many photos of him on the Camino and for the monument that comes up. From there we can enjoy the Plateau we leave behind.
Today we will have our deserved rest. They are already many days walking and a short stage is appreciated. We will follow the typical stage of the plateau being able to deviate in Population of Campos by a variant that will take us to Villovieco to follow the river approaching Villalcázar de Sirga. Where we will meet the main route.
Points of interest
Roncesvalles Collegiate Church
Romanesque bridge of Puente de la Reina
The Holy Cathedral Church Basilica Metropolitana de Santa María is a cathedral temple of Catholic worship dedicated to the Virgin Mary, in the Spanish city of Burgos.
Its construction began in the year 1221, following French gothic patterns. It had very important modifications in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries: the needles of the main facade, the Condestable chapel and the dome of the cruise, elements of the flamboyant Gothic that give the temple its unmistakable profile. The last important works (the sacristy or the chapel of Santa Tecla) belong to the eighteenth century, a century in which the Gothic covers of the main facade were also modified. The construction and subsequent remodeling were done with limestone extracted from the quarries of the towns of Hontoria de la Cantera and Cubillo del Campo.