French Camino Stage 2 Estella to Burgos

Camino Stage 2 Estella to Burgos

This Camino Stage 2 starts in Logroño once the main city of the kingdom of Navarra, now the main city of the Rioja Country. The part of this stage is relatively easy as your walk continues through vineyards and woods to the beautiful villages of Najera and Santo Domingo, the place where the “”The hen and the rooster miracle” took place. The Path continues as you make your way down into the valley of the Pico river into Burgos, one of the most important cities on the Camino. You have the opportunity to explore it;s Cathedral, the Huelgas Monastery and enjoy some wonderful food.

Expect to cover on average 20 to 25 kilometres per day on the Camino Stage 2 walking between five and eight hours each day. You do not need high levels of fitness, however the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the experience. If you are a regular walker you should have no difficulty. Get in training be doing regular walks during the week of 30-45 mins and longer walks at the weekend. You should do as much walking as possible prior to your walk as this will simply add to your enjoyment. That said if you are not at peak fitness you will find you will soon walk yourself fit on the Camino Stage 2

Camino Stage 2: Highlights

  • Experiencing a sense of timelessness and freedom amongst the rolling green hills./li>
  • Enjoying an endless succession of beautiful churches and buildings on the route.
  • Experiencing the buzz and bustle of some of Northern Spain’s most beguiling cities.
  • Meeting fellow pilgrims, hearing their stories and travel tips along the way.

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Overview: Camino Stage 2

Detail Description
Destination Camino Spain
Holiday Type Self Guided Walking
Start/Finish Estella/Burgos
Duration 8 days 7 nights
Grade Moderate
Distance 161km
Season We recommend April/May when the spring flowers are at there best and September/October when the what the autumn leaves are turning. It can get very hot in June July and August.

Itinerary: Camino Stage 2

Day 1
Arrive Estella
Hotel 2* Hotel Yerri in Estella
Day 2
Estella – Los Arcos

Passing Through

Estella, Ayegui, Azqueta, Villamayor de Monjardín, Los Arcos

As it passes through Navarre, the Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago de Compostela, with World Heritage status, leads us to Estella. This town, crossed by the river Ega, has a medieval old town where the Roman and Gothic constructions are a testimony to its historic splendour.

Flora, fauna and crops

The predominant vegetation in the area comprises mainly holm-oak forests, grapevines, cereals, poplars, pines, and rush and reed beds.

Rest areas

There are rest areas in Estella (in front of the tourist office): benches; Estella (on the way out of the town centre): benches and a drinking fountain; Ayegui: benches, rubbish containers and a drinking fountain; Ayegui (the Irache monastery): benches, containers and a dry drinking fountain; Ayegui (before the campsite): benches and litter bin; Azqueta: drinking fountain, benches and a litter bin; and Villamayor de Monjardín (at 1,000 metres): bench, drinking fountain and shade.

Distance: 21 Km
Overnight : 2* Hotel Monaco in Los Arcos

Day 3
Los Arcos – Logroño

Passing Through

Los Arcos, Sansol, Torres del Río, Viana, Logroño

Logroño is a city rich in history and traditions which 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 route, leaving an interesting monumental legacy closely linked to the traditional passing of the pilgrims.

Flora, fauna and crops

The vegetation in the area consists mainly of plane, olive and poplar trees, pine woods, rush and reed beds, cereals and grapevines.

Rest areas

There are rest areas in Los Arcos (200 metres after leaving the town): tables and litter bin; Sansol: benches, drinking fountain and litter bin; Torres del Río (entrance): benches, drinking fountain; Torres del Río (entrance): drinking fountain, benches and litter bin; Viana (entrance): tables, benches, drinking fountain and litter bin; Viana (town centre): tables; Viana (beside the school): benches, litter bin and drinking fountain; Ermita de las Cuevas shrine (2.7 kilometres from Viana): tables, benches and drinking fountain.

Distance: 28 Km
Overnight : 3* Hotel Murrieta in Logroño

Day 4
Logroño – Najera

Passing Through

Logroño, Parque de la grajera, Navarete, Ventosa, Alesón, Nájera

Pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela pass through the  medieval village of Navarete, just 11 kilometres from Logroño. The pilgrimage route runs right along the village’s main street. The old part of the village has the Cultural Property designation on account of its historic value. Navarrete became more important form the 12th century. Houses and palaces with coats of arms bear witness to its glorious past. It is interesting to note the cross of Santiago and other related symbols amongst the different ornamental motifs of the village. You should stop to visit Asunción Church (16th century) with its three naves, home to a valuable 17th century Baroque altarpiece.

Situated 27 kilometres from Logroño, Nájera is one of the towns on the Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago de Compostela, thanks to King Sancho III, who in the 11th century modified the route so that it became a staging post for passing pilgrims.The town is divided by the river Najerilla and an exceptionally important monument stands on its banks: the monastery of Santa María La Real. Built in 1032, it underwent a number of modifications in the 15th century. Its fortress-like external appearance constrasts with the ornamental beauty of the cloister of the Caballeros (knights), so-called because of the great many nobles buried here. The church houses a magnificent piece of carving in the choir, a brilliant high reredos with a Romanesque image of Santa María La Real, the Royal Pantheon, bearing the tombs of some thirty monarchs; the mausoleum of the Dukes of Nájera and, in the crypt, the cave where according to legend the Virigin appeared before King Don García, who ordered the construction of the site. Facing the monastery is the Nájera History and Archaeological Museum, with sections on prehistory, the Romans, the medieval period, ethnography and painting, as well as material from the Nájera region. Also of interest is the Santa Cruz parish church and its lantern resting on pendentives, situated in Plaza de San Miguel.

Main difficulties

The most strenuous climb is to the top of San Antón. The first 500 metres are hard, but on a well-maintained path, with about 200 metres at the end on a more difficult stony trail.

Flora, fauna and crops

Highlights of the local vegetation are particularly the willows in the La Grajera Park. Typical wetland fauna in the La Grajera Park include the marsh harrier, coot, mallard, heron, red shoveler and grebe. This part of the Way of Saint James passes through vineyards on either side.

Craft products

Traditional wine skins (Logroño), balls used in the typical game of pelota (Logroño), and pottery (Navarrete).

Gastronomic products

Cakes and pastries Typical products include Rioja wine, pinchos (typical gourmet canapés) in the Calle Laurel (Logroño), buns stuffed with chorizo (Navarrete), red kidney beans (Nájera), trout (Najerilla), pears or peaches in wine, zurracapote (a drink made with wine, fruit and cinnamon) and realejos (typical cakes) from Nájera.

Rest areas

La Grajera rest area: shade, litter bins, tables and benches.

Distance: 22 Km
Overnight : 3* Hotel Duques de Najera in Najera

Day 5
Najera – Santo Domingo

Passing Through

Nájera, Azofra, Cirueña, Santo Domingo de la Calzada

One of the Rioja towns most deeply marked by the Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago de Compostela is Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Its network of medieval streets, declared a National Historic Interest Site, store a valuable heritage, particularly its walls, the Cathedral and the old Pilgrims’ Hospital. La Rioja’s gastronomy, and above all the famous wines of the region, are some of the attractions the area offers, where it is also possible to visit the cradle of the Spanish language and the monasteries of Suso and Yuso, in San Millán de la Cogolla.

Main difficulties

On leaving Nájera the route leads uphill for one kilometre. This stage has only two kilometres of asphalted track on the road to Azofra, where it is advisable to stock up with provisions, as this is the last town before Santo Domingo de la Calzada.

Flora, fauna and crops

Although the La Rioja region is small in extension, it is home to approximately 60% of the vertebrate species on the Iberian Peninsula, namely 21 species of fish, 10 amphibians, 21 reptiles, 173 nesting birds and 63 mammals, including 22 out of the 24 species of bats detected on the Peninsula. 21% of the animals endemic to the Iberian Peninsula live in La Rioja. Five of these are fish (the Ebro barbel, red-tailed barbel, bermejuela (Rutilus arcasii),lamprehuela (Cobitis calderoni) and colmilleja (Cobitis paludica); two mammals (Iberian muskrat and the Iberian hare), one amphibian (west Iberian painted frog), and one reptile (Bedriaga’s skink).According to the 1998 regional catalogue of threatened species of wild flora and fauna of La Rioja, the following species of fauna have been classified as endangered: the freshwater blenny, Bonelli’s eagle, grey partridge, little bustard, the European mink and the white-legged freshwater crayfish or local freshwater crayfish; and for flora: the rock redcurrant and the Portugal laurel (Prunus lusitanica).The main crops pilgrims will find on this part of the route are grapevines, olive trees and cereals.

Gastronomic products

Cakes and pastriesThe most typical local products are sausages and cured meats (chorizo from Baños), preserves (red peppers, vegetables), and wine. The most typical dishes are potatoes à la riojana (with peppers and chorizo), snails, sautéed vegetables, cod à la riojana, and baby lamb chops grilled over vine shoots. The most typical dessert is the ahorcaditos de Santo Domingo

Distance: 21 Km
Overnight : 3* Hotel Corregidor in Santo Domingo

Day 6
Santo Domingo – Belorado

Passing Through

Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Grañón, Redecilla del Camino, Castildelgado, Viloria de Rioja, Villamayor del Rio, Belorado

One of the Rioja towns most deeply marked by the Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago de Compostela is Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Its network of medieval streets, declared a National Historic Interest Site, store a valuable heritage, particularly its walls, the Cathedral and the old Pilgrims’ Hospital. La Rioja’s gastronomy, and above all the famous wines of the region, are some of the attractions the area offers, where it is also possible to visit the cradle of the Spanish language and the monasteries of Suso and Yuso, in San Millán de la Cogolla.

Distance: 22 Km
Overnight : Cottage Hotel Verdeancho in Belorado

Day 7
Belorado – San Juan de Ortega

Passing Through

Belorado, Tosantos, Villambistia, Espinosa del Camino, Villafranca de Montes de Oca, San Juan de Ortega

Rest areas

San Juan de Ortega (opposite the hostel): area with benches, tables, shade and a drinking water fountain.

Distance: 24 Km
Overnight : Cottage Hotel La Henera in San Juan de Ortega

Day 8
San Juan de Ortega – Burgos

Passing Through

Juan de Ortega, Agés, Atapuerca, Cardeñuela Riopico, Orbaneja Riopico, Villafría // Desvío: Santovenia de Oca, Zalduendo, Ibeas de Juarros, Castrillo del Val, San Medel, Castañares, Villafría – Burgos

Burgos, a city in Castilla-Leon situated in the Pilgrim’s Road to Santiago de Compostela, still preserves important vestiges of its medieval splendour. The city, which was the capital of the unified kingdom of Castilla-Leon for five centuries, boasts a masterpiece of Spanish Gothic architecture: the cathedral of Burgos, declared World Heritage. Aside from a visit to the historic quarter, you can take a quite interesting walk along the banks of the Duero and Arlanza rivers. Great places to approach a delicious, varied cuisine.

Rest areas

San Medel: there is an area with tables, benches and a drinking water fountain in the square. Atapuerca (on the way out of the town): there is an area with tables, benches and a drinking water fountain.
Burgos: right in front of the Albergue del Parral hostel there is a large area with trees, tables, benches, drinking water fountains and barbecues.

Distance: 23 Km
Overnight : 4* Hotel Almirante Bonifaz in Burgos

Day 9
Journey Home

Dates & Prices: Camino Stage 2

Dates:
Available January – December

Price

    • €480 per person Sharing double room.
    • €189 single supplement
    • €94 optional baggage transfer
    • Airport Transfer: Bilbao – Estella €288 per car
    • Airport Transfer:Burgos – Bilbao €338 per car

Included: Camino Stage 2

  • Accommodation as per Itinerary
  • 8 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers available at €94 supplement
  • 24/7 local supportDetailed route notes & maps

Not included

  • Flights
  • Airports transfers: See price tab
  • Meals not included on itinerary

Accommodation: Camino Stage 2

2, 3, 4* hotels bed & breakfast

Camino Stage 2: Getting There
Fly to Bilbao with Aerlingus. Take the bus with Termibus to Estralla approx 2.5hrs.
From Burgos you can take the train to Madrid with RENFE which takes around 2 and a half hours. Alternatively you can take the bus with ALSA which takes around 3 hours. Return flight from Madrid.

From Price pp

€480

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