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Walking the Camino Frances from Pamplona to Logrono

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94.7km
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6 days
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Pamplona to Logrono Map

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. Why not stop along the way and sample some of the wines that are so synonymous with high quality?

Highlights

Logrono

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.

Estella

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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  • Bed & Breakfast
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  • Airport Pick-Up
  • Additional Nights
  • Dinners
  • Luggage Transfers from Hotel to Hotel
  • Day Tours to Local Sites of Interest
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Itinerary

Day 1

PAMPLONA (Arrival)

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 12th Century neighbourhoods of San Nicolas and Cernin, and indulge in delicious pintxos (tapas) in one of the bars. Pamplona is also world-famous for its San Fermin festivities. Spaniards and tourists alike gather around the gated streets to watch a crazy few run with the bulls through the city streets to the main bullring.


Day 2
23.04km

PAMPLONA
to
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 (Hill of Forgiveness), so-named because of the centuries old pilgrim tradition of travellers forgiving others, and asking forgiveness for themselves, with each step up the hill.


Day 3
21.48km

PUENTE LA REINA
to
ESTELLA

As you leave Puente La Reina you will cross the ‘Puente Románico’, a six-arched Romanesque bridge over the Arga River. The Camino to Estella is very uneven and quite agricultural. Small towns and villages are dotted amongst cereal fields, vineyards and olive trees. This is one of the quieter sections of the Camino Frances.


Day 4
22.05km

ESTELLA
to
LOS ARCOS

Today you go through the Rioja area of Navarra. Enjoy the pastoral scenes of olive trees, cereal fields and, most importantly, vineyards as you pass through. From Villamayor de Monjardin to Los Arcos, you will cover 12km without coming across a single village.


Day 5
28.1km

LOS ARCOS
to
LOGRONO

Today we leave Navarra and journey into Rioja. Expect a pleasant hike into the 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. If you would like to walk at a more relaxed pace, we can arrange to split this section into two days (17km on the first day, 10km on the second day), with a stop over in Viana. Here you will be staying at a charming 2-star hotel.


Day 6

LOGRONO

Logrono is a city rich in traditions that have been preserved since the Middle Ages. The pilgrim’s route to Santiago de Compostela made this one of the most important towns on the Camino Frances. On this day you can visit a local winery for a winery tour and tasting! You will be spending an additional night here before we bid you farewell!


Pamplona to Logrono Elevation


How to Get There

Getting to Pamplona, Spain

It is best to fly to Bilbao, Santander or Madrid. More info.

Fly into Bilbao

A large amount of the passenger traffic at Bilbao Airport comes from internal flights and you can fly from Bilbao to any of the following Spanish Airports: A Coruna, Alicante, Barcelona, Badajoz, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Jerez, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Tenerife, Valencia and Vigo. European flights to Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Milan, Munich, Paris, and Stuttgart are also available.  At the moment, EasyJet, Iberia and Aer Lingus fly from the UK and Ireland to Bilbao. EasyJet offers daily flights to Bilbao from London Stansted Airport, Iberia flies from Gatwick or Heathrow via Madrid and AerLingus operates out of Dublin.

From Bilbao: direct bus to Pamplona (takes 4h) with Burundesa bus company.  

Fly into Santander

Ryanair is the only low-cost airline that currently offers direct flights to Santander. They offer flights from London Stansted and now Dublin, Frankfurt, Milan and Rome, as well as Reus and Madrid in Spain. Iberia offers a good selection of internal flights from Alicante, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Seville and Valencia.

From Santander: there are busses which link Pamplona with Santander (4h). 

Fly into Madrid

Virtually every company flies to Madrid. See Spanish national company. See Spanish low-cost.

From Madrid: bus to Pamplona with Conda bus company. There is also a train from Madrid train station to Pamplona train station.

Getting home from Logrono, Spain 

Fly from Bilbao

The train takes 2h30. Direct bus to Bilbao bus station. See logroño-bilbao.

Fly from Santander

The train takes 5h30. Direct bus to Santander. 

Fly from Madrid

The train takes 4h. The bus takes 3h45.



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