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12.50km → Navarrete
Altitude: 
396

Once you have crossed the Río Ebro, you have entered Logroño proper.

Worth visiting are the Concatedral de Santa María de La Redonda (it shares the title of Cathedral with Santo Domingo, and it has a semi-hidden painting of the crucifixion by Michelangelo), the Iglesia de San Bartolomé,...

History: 

Like a few towns before, and several ahead, Logroño owes it’s success to the construction of the stone bridge over the Río Ebro which for a long time was the only suitable crossing point of this wide river. As such it was able to command a toll, to which pilgrims were subjected. Unfortunately...

Logroño seems always to be in a state of celebration. The two big festivals are for San Bernabé on the 11th of June, and San Mateo on the 21st of September. The latter of these two, held during the fall harvest, is much to do about wine.

The Road: 

Leaving Logroño is not unlike departing most large cities in that it winds its way across town in a way that mixes landmarks with practicalities. There are plenty of arrows to mark the way, but most are painted low on curbs and can be difficult to see if you are a pre-dawn walker.

If in...

Accommodation in Logroño

Private

1

Albergue Logroño
Private
Capitán Gallarza, 10
48 10€

2

Albergue de Peregrinos Albas
Private
Martínez Flamarique, 4
22 12€ Photo in Albergue de Peregrinos Albas on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue Santiago Apóstol
Private
Ruavieja, 42
76 10€ Photo in Albergue Santiago Apóstol on the Camino de Santiago

4

Albergue Check in Rioja
Private
Los Baños, 2
12 12/15€

5

Hostel Entresueños
Private
Portales, 12
96 10€ Photo in Hostel Entresueños on the Camino de Santiago
Parochial

6

Albergue Parroquial de Santiago
Parochial
Barriocepo, 8
30 Donativo€
Association

7

Albergue de Peregrinos de Logroño
Association
Rúavieja, 32
68 7€
Pension

8

Pensión Saint Mateo
Pension
Marqués de Murrieta, 35
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9

Pensión El Camino
Pension
Industria, 2
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10

Pensión Logroño
Pension
Canalejas, 7
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11

Pensión Parque del Ebro
Pension
Pl. de la Constitución, 24
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12

Pensión Laurel
Pension
Gonzalo de Berceo, 4
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Hostal

13

Hostal La Numantina ⭑⭑
Hostal
Sagasta, 4
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Hotel

14

Hotel Calle Mayor ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Marqués de San Nicolás, 71
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15

Hotel Murrieta ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Marqués de Murrieta, 1
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16

Hotel Sercotel Portales ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Portales, 85
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17

Hotel F&G Logroño ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Viana, 2-6
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4.20km →
Altitude: 
517

The Alto de la Grajera is part of the park and embalse (reservoir) on the outskirts of Logroño. It is an excellent place to walk through slowly, perhaps to stop in and enjoy some nature.

The dam here, and the resulting ecosystem, was constructed in 1883 as a way to store water for...

History: 

The Big Black Bull: The history of Spain’s most iconic billboards dates back to the founding of a Cadiz brandy-sherry winery by an Englishman named Osborne. The bulls were originally built to a height of 4 meters and bore the name Osborne in red lettering. The drove grew to 500 before anti-...

16.20km → Ventosa
Altitude: 
504

Navarrete, much fought over and mostly destroyed, no longer has any of its medieval history to share. It does, however, have a few covered arcades which give you a sense of its past. Like is common on an otherwise flat land, the town was developed around a hill; you will see plenty more of this...

Market day is Wednesday. In mid-August, the town turns out to celebrate the Virgen and San Roque. On the 29th of September, during the grape harvest, they celebrate their patron saint, San Miguel.

The Road: 

On the way into Navarrete you pass the remains of 12th century San Juan de Acre. While there is not much left, the footprint remains well enough preserved to spark the imagination. The original entrance to the former pilgrim hospital has been reincarnated as the entrance to the town...

Accommodation in Navarrete

Municipal

1

Albergue de Peregrinos de Navarrete
Municipal
San Juan, 2
48 7€ Photo in Albergue de Peregrinos de Navarrete on the Camino de Santiago
Private

2

Albergue A la Sombra del Laurel
Private
Carretera de Burgos, 52
30 15€ Photo in Albergue A la Sombra del Laurel on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue El camino de las Estrellas
Private
Burgos, 9
40 10€

4

Albergue El Cántaro
Private
Herrerías, 16
28 10€ Photo in Albergue El Cántaro on the Camino de Santiago

5

Albergue La Casa del Peregrino
Private
Las Huertas, 3
18 10€ Photo in Albergue La Casa del Peregrino on the Camino de Santiago

6

Albergue Pilgrim's
Private
Abadía, 1
38 9€ Photo in Albergue Pilgrim's on the Camino de Santiago

7

Albergue Buen Camino
Private
La Cruz, 2
10 9€ Photo in Albergue Buen Camino on the Camino de Santiago
Pension

8

Casa Peregrinando
Pension
Mayor Alta, 34
Hostal

9

Hostal Villa de Navarrete
Hostal
La Cruz, 2
Hotel

10

Hotel San Camilo ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Fuenmayor, 4
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11

Hotel Rey Sancho ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Mayor Alta, 5
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11.29km → Nájera
Altitude: 
641

Accommodation in Ventosa

Private

1

Albergue San Saturnino
Private
Medio Derecha 9
42 10€ Photo in Albergue San Saturnino on the Camino de Santiago
Hotel

2

Hotel Las Águedas ⭑⭑
Hotel
Plaza de Santa Coloma, 11
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5.60km → Azofra
Altitude: 
492

The eastern entrance to Nájera is not easy on the eyes. This new part of the town grew up on the east bank of the Río Najerilla (the cliffs prohibit expansion to the west) and much of the city’s industry is located here. Leaving town is notably better as you transition quickly back to...

History: 

Nájera, named for its position “between cliffs,” is a city that has been in favor since Sancho III (El Mayor) made it the capital when Pamplona was captured. At the time the camino passed further to the north, in the rugged but more protected mountains. His efforts moved the popular route to its...

The Najerinos keep a busy fiesta calendar. San Antón is celebrated on the 17th of January. San Prudencio (patron of the city) on the 28th of April. San Antonio on the 13th of June. San Juan and San Pedro from the 24th to the 30th of June. San Juan Mártir and Santa María la Real from the 15th to the 18th of September. And San Miguel the weekend closest to the 29th of September.

If the celebration of Saints doesn’t move you, perhaps the celebration of the Rioja Pepper might. It is on the last Sunday of May.

The Road: 

On the way to Azofra, take notice of the modern aqueducts which help to irrigate the land. They are gravity fed and are a real-world example of hydraulics in action, with sections that pass beneath the road rather than passing above it.

Accommodation in Nájera

Municipal

1

Albergue de Najera
Municipal
Plaza de Santiago
90 Donativo€
Private

2

Albergue El Peregrino
Private
San Fernando, 90
30 10€ Photo in Albergue El Peregrino on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue de Peregrinos Sancho III - La Judería
Private
Constantino Garran, 13
10 7€ Photo in Albergue de Peregrinos Sancho III - La Judería on the Camino de Santiago

4

Albergue Calle Mayor
Private
Dicarán, 5
16 15€ Photo in Albergue Calle Mayor on the Camino de Santiago

5

Albergue Puerta de Nájera
Private
Carmen, 4
32 12€ Photo in Albergue Puerta de Nájera on the Camino de Santiago

6

Albergue Nido de Сigüeña
Private
Cuarta Calleja San Miguel, 4
19 10€
Pension

7

Pensión Calle Mayor
Pension
Dicarán, 5
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8

Pension San Lorenzo
Pension
Garrán, 10
Hostal

9

Hostal Hispano ⭑
Hostal
La Cepa, 2
15€

10

Hostal Ciudad de Nájera ⭑⭑
Hostal
Cuarta Calleja San Miguel, 14
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Hotel

11

Hotel Duques de Nájera ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Carmen, 7
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Closed

12

Albergue Alberone
Closed
San Marcial, 8
44 8€
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9.20km → Cirueña
Altitude: 
549

A somewhat sleepy town, it is well maintained and a suitable place for breakfast if you set off from Nájera in the morning. The municipal albergue here is well appointed, and all rooms are double rooms.

The Road: 

The camino between Azofra and Cirueña has been modified in recent years to navigate around a large and largely unused golf course and neighborhood, and in the process the village of Ciriñuela was bypassed entirely.

Accommodation in Azofra

Municipal

1

Albergue Municipal de Peregrinos de Azofra
Municipal
Las Parras, 7
60 10€ Photo in Albergue Municipal de Peregrinos de Azofra on the Camino de Santiago
Pension

2

Pensión La Plaza
Pension
Plaza de España, 7
12
Hotel

3

Hotel Real Casona de las Amas ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Mayor, 5
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Altitude: 
719
Altitude: 
754

If you are interested in a coffee or breakfast in Cirueña, turn left on the main road and walk for about 200m.

Accommodation in Cirueña

Private

1

Albergue Victoria
Private
Plaza del Horno, 8
10 10€ Photo in Casa Victoria on the Camino de Santiago

2

Albergue Virgen de Guadalupe
Private
Barrio Alto, 1
35 7€ Photo in Albergue Virgen de Guadalupe on the Camino de Santiago
Casa Rural

3

Casa Rural Victoria
Casa Rural
Plaza del Horno, 8
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7.00km → Grañón
Altitude: 
641

The highlight of the town is the Catedral de Santo Domingo de la Calzada and its gothic henhouse.  Santo Domingo is buried there as well, fittingly, in the middle of the road. The only remaining tower (of the original three) is detached and is located across the street.  This is a rarity in...

History: 

“Santo Domingo of the Road” is named after a local monk (Domingo of Viloria) who dedicated his life to the care of pilgrims. In particular, he focused on the engineered elements of the way, building roads and bridges to improve the quality of passage. It was he that built the original bridge...

The Feast day of Santo Domingo is celebrated from May 10th to the 15th. This is quite a celebration indeed, and the feasts themselves include a tremendous quantity of meet followed by all-night processions through town.

The Road: 

Leaving town you cross over the mostly dried up Río Oja. The bridge is a rebuilt version of Domingo’s original.

Accommodation in Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Parochial

1

Albergue Casa del Santo
Parochial
Mayor, 42
217 7€

2

Albergue del Abadía Cisterciense Nuestra Sra. de la Anunciación
Parochial
Mayor, 29
33 7€ Photo in Albergue del Abadía Cisterciense Nuestra Sra. de la Anunciación on the Camino de Santiago
Pension

3

Hospedería Cisterciense ⭑⭑
Pension
Pinar, 2
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Hostal

4

Hostal Rey Pedro I
Hostal
San Roque, 9

5

Hostal Miguel
Hostal
Juan Carlos I, 23

6

Hostal La Catedral
Hostal
Isidoro Salas, 49
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Hotel

7

Hotel El Corregidor ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Mayor, 14
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Parador

8

Parador de Santo Domingo de la Calzada ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Parador
Plaza del Santo, 3
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Altitude: 
728

Of the two monasteries which once cared for pilgrims in Grañón, only a single altarpiece remains. It is in the Iglesia de San Juan, which also houses one of the towns albergues.

The care given to pilgrims in the San Juan albergue remains top notch and distinct, and the recent opening of...

Accommodation in Grañón

Municipal

1

Albergue Municipal Nuestra Señora de Carrasquedo
Municipal
Carrasquedo
50 6€ Photo in Albergue Municipal Nuestra Señora de Carrasquedo on the Camino de Santiago
Private

2

Albergue Ave de Paso
Private
El Caño, 18
10 10€

3

La Casa de las Sonrisas
Private
Mayor, 16
14, 36 in 2013 Donativo€ Photo in La Casa de las Sonrisas on the Camino de Santiago
Parochial

4

Hospital de peregrinos San Juan Bautista
Parochial
40 Donativo€ Photo in Hospital de peregrinos San Juan Bautista on the Camino de Santiago
Casa Rural

5

Casa Rural Jacobea
Casa Rural
Mayor, 34

6

Casa Rural Cerro de Mirabel
Casa Rural
Mayor, 40
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