Arrive to Pamplona. Most people arrive via Madrid; there are flight, train and coach options into Pamplona. Our Area Manager will meet up with you in person, give you a walking tour of the historic district and ensure you are set for the trip.
Hotel Guendulain (luxe)
Pamplona to Puente la Reina (walk 19 km)
From Pamplona, you will start your journey westward, climbing the foothills of the Sierra del Perdon. Reaching the Alto de Santa Maria de Erreniega, you will see the Pamplona basin back behind you and the Valdizarbe Valley and Puente la Reina ahead. Arriving to this famed village, you will cross the Puente de los Peregrinos, of Romanesque construction and one of the most famous along the road to Santiago.
Hotel Bidean (Classic)
Puente la Reina to Estella (walk 19 km)
Walk along Roman roads and bridges through the villages of Maneru, Cirauqui, Lorca and Villatuerta on your way to Estella, and the now ruined Castle of Lizarra. The Palace of the Kings of Navarre, an example of Romanesque secular architecture exhibits wonderful capitals depicting Roland’s battle with the giant Ferragut.
Hospederia Chapitel (Classic)
Estella to Los Arcos (walk 20.4 km)
You will want to stop by the famous wine fountain (Fuente del Vino) at Boedga Irache and if you wish, take a short tour of the winery. Afterwards continue to Azqueta through cornfields and vineyards to Villamayor de Monjardin, passing the exotic Fountain of the Moors and the castle of Monjardin tower. Reach the medieval village Los Arcos made popular because of its strategic location between the kingdoms of Navarre and Castille.
Hotel Monaco (Casual)
Los Arcos to Logrono (walk 27.5 km)
This is a longer walk today, and along the way, you will pass many small villages including Torres del Rio with one of the architectural jewels of the Spanish section of the Camino: the octagonal church of the Holy Sepulchre with links to the Templars order. In Viana, admire the grand old mansions giving hints to its illustrious past. Viana was a heavily fortified frontier town, with a popular market and important halt on the camino route. In Logrono, admire the cathedral and a multitude of monuments and in the evening, stroll the many tapas bars and interesting cafes and restaurants to celebrate completing your first leg of the camino.
Hotel El Cid (Classic)
Take some additional time to enjoy Logrono. If continuing to Villafranca, there are trains to Madrid (3h30) and then you would travel Madrid to Ponferrada (4h30), enjoying the scenery by train. Alternatively, there may be private transfers available. Non-walking day.
Hotel Bierzo Plaza, Ponferada
Ponferada to Villafranca del Bierzo
(walk 23 km)
Walk from Ponferada to the lovely village of Camponaraya and and on to Villafrana del Bierzo. This walk passes many vineyards and oak forests. Villafranca, located at the mouth of the Valcarce valley, was originally a community of Cluniac monks.
Hotel las Donas el Portazo (Classic)
Departure. There are buses that depart Villafranca del Bierzo for Santiago daily.