The Camino de Santiago from Roncesvalles is, for many, the beginning of an exciting relationship with the Camino de Santiago. This is no coincidence. Roncesvalles has been, over the centuries, the main entry point of the Way in the Iberian Peninsula. From time immemorial, Celts, Suevi and Visigoths came through this natural pass through the Pyrenees. And here, according to the tradition of the 11th century Chanson de Roland, there was a mythical victory of the Saracens against the Christian emperor Charlemagne.
Beyond this poem of deeds, the small mountain village of Roncesvalles (in Basque, Orreaga) is today a place dedicated to the Camino and oriented to pilgrims, who depart from its streets to reach Santiago de Compostela in one go (742 km in more or less 30 stages) or doing it in sections. What we propose here is the latter: a stretch of 136 km in 6 stages that will take you to Logroño, the gateway to the Castilian plateau and capital of one of the most important wine-producing regions in Europe: La Rioja.
▌Day 1. Arrival at Roncesvalles
To do the Camino de Santiago from Roncesvalles (Orreaga), you will arrive at the starting point on your own or with our optional transport. In this wonderful Pyrenean village you will be able to enjoy not only an unparalleled natural setting, located at the foot of the Pyrenees, but also a rich and unknown architectural heritage.
It is an incredible monumental complex made up of the hospital, the chapel of Sancti Spiritus, the church of Santiago, the chapel of San Agustín, the church of the Royal Collegiate Church of Santa María, the museum and the library. All designed to protect and promote the Way.
▌Day 2. Stage Roncesvalles - Zubiri
Distance: 21.6 km. Duration: 5:15 hours. Accommodation: Zubiri
You will begin your pilgrimage by descending to the towns of Burguete (Auritz) and Espinal (Aurizberri), then reaching the Mezkiritz pass. The itinerary of the first stage is typical of the mountains, with paths, dirt tracks and rocky sections.
From Mezkiritz, you will begin a steep descent through small, charming villages in Navarre to the river Arga, which will accompany you on this and the following stages. At the end of the day, in Zubiri, you will cross the Gothic bridge that gives its name to the town, also known as the Bridge of Rabies - to which healing powers are attributed.
According to another legend, the body of Santa Quiteria is buried under one of its abutments. When you get to Zubiri, you can enjoy the gastronomy of Navarre through one of its best-known products: chistorra sausage.
▌Day 3. Stage Zubiri - Pamplona
Distance: 20.6 km. Duration: 5 hours. Accommodation: Pamplona
In the first part of this short stage, which is not very steep, we will be accompanied by the river Arga along paths between pine and beech trees.
Of special relevance is the complex formed by the bridge and the basilica of La Trinidad de Arre, from where there are two alternatives for reaching Pamplona: the official route along the pavements of the town of Villava (Atarrabia) and Burlada (Burlata) of 3.7 km or, its variant, the river walk along the river Arga: pleasant and shady until the bridge of La Magdalena, where you return to join the official section of 4.9 km.
On your arrival in Pamplona (Iruña), don't miss a visit to the historic quarter where you can enjoy the cathedral, the town hall and the citadel, among others. In the vicinity of the Plaza del Castillo square and the streets San Nicolás, San Gregorio, Estafeta and Navarrería are the best-known places to go out for a drink or for pintxos.
▌Day 4. Pamplona - Puente la Reina Stage
Distance: 24.2 km. Duration: 6 hours. Accommodation: Puente la Reina
The orographic difficulty of this stage lies in the Sierra del Perdón. But don't worry: the climb is very gradual and only in the final part is it a little steeper, reaching 260 metres in altitude.
At the Alto del Perdón you can enjoy a magnificent viewpoint where you can appreciate the extensive Navarrese plain and the descent towards the villages of Uterga, Muruzábal and Obanos. You will reach the end of this stage, Puente La Reina (Gares) via the impressive Romanesque bridge over the river Arga.
In the afternoon we suggest you enjoy good wine in a genuine winery in the area or, if you still feel up to it, take the opportunity to discover the hidden historical heritage of the Cerco de Artajona.
▌Day 5. Stage Puente La Reina - Estella
Distance: 21 km. Duration: 5:15 hours. Accommodation: Estella
The fourth stage begins with the steep climb to Mañeru. Further on is Zirauki, which welcomes you with a beautiful ogival gate and offers you an authentic Roman road that crosses it until you reach the bridge, also Roman, over the Salado river.
After leaving it behind, in Villatuerta you are offered an alternative. You can continue along the signposted path - which we definitely recommend - or take the original path, known as the Montejurra (Jurramendi) variant, which does not reach the end of the stage, but goes around it. Only a few kilometres along the official route separate you from the rest area in Estella (Lizarra).
In the afternoon you can enjoy a wonderful visit to the Monastery of Nuestra Señora Real de Irache, one of the oldest pilgrims' hospitals, and its wine fountain.
▌Day 6. Stage Estella - Los Arcos
Distance: 21.3 km. Duration: 5:15 hours. Accommodation: Los Arcos
This stage begins with a curious surprise: as soon as you leave Estella you will come across the famous wine fountain of the Monastery of Nuestra Señora Real de Irache (Iratxe). If you have not visited them the day before, we recommend that you take the time to make the visit. For centuries, the monks of Irache received the pilgrims who came to the hospital with a glass of wine. Many of them arrived ill and the wine became a restorative.
Most of the stage runs along dirt tracks with a slight climb of just over a hundred metres, which leads us through cereal fields and vineyards to Villamayor de Monjardín, with its Fuente de los Moros, a 13th century cistern.
On your arrival at Los Arcos, where today's stage ends, be sure to enjoy the glazed rocks of San Blas. And if you're still in the mood for a cultural visit, don't miss the nearby Roman Villa of the Muses.
▌Day 7. Stage Los Arcos - Logroño
Distance: 27.4 km. Duration: 6:30 hours Accommodation: Logroño
In general, this stage runs along dirt tracks and, at the entrance to Logroño, along asphalted pedestrian lanes. Your first objective will be Sansol, from where you will descend to the Linares river valley and then ascend to Torres del Río. There you should not miss the Romanesque church of Santo Sepulcro (visits 9:00-13:00h), of Templar origin and built in the 12th century.
Between this town and Viana there is a steep terrain, with some steep descents. At the end you will reach Viana between vineyards, olive groves, almond trees and uninhabited villages. The path climbs up to the old town and the church of Santa María. From this point the Camino descends to the city of Logroño, leaving the region of Navarre to enter La Rioja. You will enter Logroño by crossing the stone bridge over the river Ebro, the largest river on the French Way.
▌Day 8. Discover Logroño
The eighth day is a tribute to your efforts. After a night's rest and breakfast, the services of this programme come to an end. But it is worth stopping to get to know the city.
If you can spare an extra day, we recommend an extra night to make the most of the day with cultural visits. A private tour of the city with a local guide or visit one of the historic wineries of La Rioja, where some of the best wines of this fundamental designation of origin are made and aged.
During the Camino, good night's sleep and rest are essential. Here are images of the types of accommodation we use to book on this route.
Frequent Asked Questions
Can I choose the dates I want?
Yes, in our programmes you choose the starting date. The Camino de Santiago can be done all year round, although in January and February many accommodations are closed for rest, so if you want to do it in those dates, we recommend you that you consult us first.
Where are the accommodations?
Most of the accommodation is located next to the Camino, at the place where you will finish each stage. When you make your booking we will generate for you the documentation with the exact address and other location data.
If the available accommodation is more than 1.5 km from the Camino, we will provide a transfer at no extra cost to you.
How does the transport of luggage between accommodations work?
In our programmes we include the option of hiring a luggage transfer service, with a limit of 1 piece of luggage of up to 20 kg per person. There is the option to increase the number of items, but this is not usually necessary. In addition, we will give you luggage identifiers (similar to those at airports) so that you can leave your backpack with the accommodation staff, properly identified, and the shuttle will pick it up there. It is important to do this before 8:00 am, so that our team can take it to the next accommodation before your arrival. In addition, if you plan to travel with more luggage than the Camino, we can also transport the luggage you are not going to use to your last accommodation, so that you can then continue your journey.
What do private transfers consist of?
Although the Camino is done on foot or by bicycle, you may need a vehicle from the airport to the starting point of your pilgrimage or to make a trip to a place of interest near the end of your stage. In these cases, we provide you with private transport vehicles whose price varies depending on the distance. You can see it among the options by clicking on "I want to book my Camino".
What is travel insurance?
By default and compulsory, all our programmes include travel insurance with specific coverage for the Camino de Santiago. You can see the details in the section Insurance of our website.
What does 24-hour assistance mean?
All our programmes include a 24-hour telephone support service, should you need help at any time during your experience. This means that you can also contact us outside office hours (when you are on pilgrimage).
How do I make a reservation?
If you want to book this programme, you have the following options available a form where you can indicate the starting date, the type of accommodation and a series of optional services. The price will be updated according to the options you choose, so you have full control. Once you have configured your trip, click on "Book" to make the payment.
Once we receive your request, you will automatically receive a proof of purchase and within 48 working hours we will contact you to confirm the details of your booking and provide you with the documentation.
What if I can't find the programme I need?
In Proguías we also work with tailor-made programmes (short stages, intermediate rest days, itineraries different from those proposed, etc.). If you are looking for a Camino that meets your needs/preferences, you can ask us for a quote here.
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