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Eunate

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‌Detour to visit the Church at eunate +3km
Octagonal 12th century Iglesia de Eunate.

The history of this ermita is still up for debate, and like most things in Spain are divided into two camps. Half believe it is of Knights Templar origin, and the rest who believe it was a funeral chapel. Separate yourself from that intellectual debate and you will find a countryside setting with a small gem of architecture for you to contemplate.

November through February - Closed
March 1 to April 9
TUE - FRI 10:30-13:30 (closed mondays)
SAT/SUN 10:30-13:30

Photo of Eunate on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto of Eunate on the Camino de Santiago

Puente la Reina [Gares]

Distance to Santiago: 
676.60
5.00km
Altitude: 
350

There are a pair of churches in town that are worthy of a peek. They are the Iglesia del Crucifijo (with a rather distinct crucifix) and the Iglesia de Santiago (with its black Santiago). The best view of the old bridge is from the new bridge.

Fiesta: 

Puenta la Reina celebrates Santiago as their patron, from July 24th to July 30th. They also have a few harvest festivals in September, including one which celebrates the red peppers that are grown in the hills between here and Eunate.

The Road: 

The camino leaves Puente la Reina by passing over its namesake bridge. From there it turns left, crosses the main road, and follows a footpath. Shortly, it begins a short but steep ascent on slippery-when-wet terrain. It is not uncommon to find cyclists pushing their gear upwards.

History: 

The name of this town is rather romantically attributed to the benefactor of the bridge over the Río Arga. It is a nice sentiment, but not an altogether accurate one. In fact, historians quibble over which 11th century Queen had it built. One thing is for certain, banditry continued to present a problem to the growing town, and in the 13th century a wall was built to protect it.

It was rectilinear in shape and was not much bigger than the current town, and little remains:
1. Calle Cerco, cerco being the word for wall. Of the 26 original towers most have become part of private homes, the best visible example is the stonework inside Hotel Cerco.
2. The city gate which opens to the bridge. Of the original 4 doors, it is the only one that remains.

Photo in Puente la Reina [Gares] on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Puente la Reina [Gares] on the Camino de Santiago
Name Beds Price booking.com
1 Albergue de los Padres Reparadores
Plaza Guillermo Zicke

Parochial
100 5 Photo in Albergue de los Padres Reparadores on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue de los Padres Reparadores on the Camino de Santiago
2 Albergue Santiago Apóstol (Puenta la Reina)
Paraje el Real

Private
100 10 Photo in Albergue Santiago Apóstol (Puenta la Reina) on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue Santiago Apóstol (Puenta la Reina) on the Camino de Santiago
3 Albergue Jakue
Irunbidea

Private
38 12 Photo in Albergue Jakue on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue Jakue on the Camino de Santiago
4 Albergue Puente
Los Fueros, 57

Private
36 12* Photo in Albergue Puente on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue Puente on the Camino de Santiago
5 Albergue Amalur
Cerco Viejo, 3

Private
20 10 Photo in Albergue Amalur on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue Amalur on the Camino de Santiago
6 Hotel Rural El Cerco
Rodrigo Ximenez de Rada, 36

Hotel Rural
Photo in Hotel Rural El Cerco on the Camino de Santiago
7 Hotel Rural Bidean
Mayor, 20

Hotel Rural
8 Hostal Zubi XXI
Irunbidea, 28

Hostal
9 Albergue Estrella Guía
Los Fueros, 34

Private
6 12*
10 Ganbara
Mayor, 86

Pension