You have now left Navarra behind you, and the basque ‘feeling’ which has been fading since Roncesvalles will now disappear almost entirely. The widespread use of the name La Rioja, which first appears in a charter from 1099, is fairly new; prior to that, it was referred to as the province of Logroño. From a legal perspective, the name La Rioja was not legitimized until after the 1975 death of Francisco Franco when Spain transitioned into a democratic monarchy.

La Rioja is the second smallest autonomous community in Spain and the...

Camino de Santiago Map 6

Camino de Santiago Map 6
12.50km → Navarrete
To end of camino: 
605.70
Seehöhe: 
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, and the Iglesia de Santiago del Real. Of these, only the last one is located along the camino route, though all are easy to find and centrally located.

Geschichte: 

Like a few towns before, and several ahead, Logroño owes its 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....

Feiertage: 

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.

Wegbeschreibung: 

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...

Photo of Logroño on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Logroño on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Logroño on the Camino de Santiago
4.20km →
To end of camino: 
596.70
Seehöhe: 
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 irrigation. Since then the park has grown in size and importance and is one of the few wetlands that exist in La Rioja. Anyone with a keen interest in bird watching will especially appreciate the protected areas which are home to several species of birds.

Be advised that...

Geschichte: 

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...

Photo of Alto de la Grajera on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Alto de la Grajera on the Camino de Santiago
16.20km → Ventosa
To end of camino: 
593.20
Seehöhe: 
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 strategy before you get back into the mountains.

The Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Asuncion deserves an extra mention here in case you were thinking to skip it. Don’t. It maintains hours which can be difficult for pilgrims but do try to make a visit.

If you are staying in...

Feiertage: 

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.

Wegbeschreibung: 

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...

Photo of Navarrete on the Camino de Santiago
11.29km → Nájera
To end of camino: 
587.10
Off Camino: 
0.80
Seehöhe: 
641

With changing times Ventosa has found itself separated from the camino by the rearrangement of yellow arrows for the sake of shaving 800m from the camino. There is at least one bar and albergue.

Accommodation in Ventosa

Camino de Santiago Map 7

Camino de Santiago Map 7
To end of camino: 
585.20
Seehöhe: 
666
Photo of Alto de San Antón on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Alto de San Antón on the Camino de Santiago
5.60km → Azofra
To end of camino: 
577.00
Seehöhe: 
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 the rural roadways that connect many of the smaller villages.

The Monasterio de Santa María la Real is one of the finest cloistered buildings in all of La Rioja and merits a visit. It is built into the entrance of a cave where the image of the Virgin was...

Geschichte: 

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...

Feiertage: 

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.

Wegbeschreibung: 

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

Photo of Nájera on the Camino de Santiago
9.20km → Cirueña
To end of camino: 
571.40
Seehöhe: 
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.

Wegbeschreibung: 

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

Photo of Azofra on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
563.60
Seehöhe: 
719

Camino de Santiago Map 8

Camino de Santiago Map 8
To end of camino: 
562.20
Seehöhe: 
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 Virgen de Guadalupe
Private
35
15€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Virgen de Guadalupe

2

Albergue Victoria
Private
10
12€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Victoria
Casa Rural

3

Casa Rural Victoria
Casa Rural
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Casa Rural Victoria
7.00km → Grañón
To end of camino: 
556.30
Seehöhe: 
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 Spain, particularly for a building of such importance, and the location was selected as the nearest place where a suitable foundation could be built. Tours are available.

Geschichte: 

“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...

Feiertage: 

The Feast day of Santo Domingo is celebrated from May 1st  to the 15th, but the celebration really gets going on the 10th. This is quite a celebration indeed, and the feasts themselves include a tremendous quantity of meet followed by all-night processions through town.

There is also a medieval market, held from the 4th to the 8th of December.

Wegbeschreibung: 

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

Photo of Santo Domingo de la Calzada on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Santo Domingo de la Calzada on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Santo Domingo de la Calzada on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Santo Domingo de la Calzada on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
549.30
Seehöhe: 
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 an albergue in Carrasquedo (1.5km south and in a forest) keeps Grañón on the list of pilgrim favorites.

Accommodation in Grañón

Municipal

1

Residencial El Cuartel
Municipal
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Residencial El Cuartel
Private

2

La Casa de las Sonrisas
Private
14, 36 in 2013
Donativo€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: La Casa de las Sonrisas
Parochial

3

Hospital de peregrinos San Juan Bautista
Parochial
40
Donativo€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hospital de peregrinos San Juan Bautista
Photo of Grañón on the Camino de Santiago

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