Start of the Camino in French in Spain, from Roncesvalles, at the foot of the Navarrese Pyrenees. Route of extraordinary culture, traditions and monuments that mark it, many of them intimate witnesses of the Jacobean Route.Route of marked contrasts, from the Pyrenees, with its beautiful forests, to the streets-villages that were built by and for the Camino, until reaching the farmland and vineyards of the Rioja
Stage 1: Roncesvalles - Zubiri (22,14 Kms)

Roncesvalles has been considered together with O Cebreiro  one of the oldest pilgrim assistance stations.

In the current Royal Collegiate You have to visit the Collegiate Church of S. XIII, presided over by the beautiful seated carving of the XIV century of Santa María de Roncesvalles.

The superb Royal Pantheon, that keeps remains of the Navarrese King Sancho VII El Fuerte and those of his wife Doña Clemencia. There you can see the chains that are said to have been brought by the King, from Las Navas de Tolosa, which has become a heraldic motif of the Escudo de Navarra.

The Collegiate Museum has valuable pieces, among which we can highlight «Charlemagne's chess»The primitive Cloister of S. XIV. The Chapel of Santiago.

The Chapel of Sancti Spiritus or "Silo of Charlemagne" , whose crypt served as ossuary for pilgrims killed in the hospital. A legend locates in this place the tomb commanded by Carlomagno for Roldan and the soldiers killed in the battle of Roncesvalles.

Just leave Roncesvalles on the left of the road you will find the call "Cross of the pilgrims", Gothic Cruise of the XIV century.

At Alto de Erro, a large stone slab more than two meters long marks the step of the great French hero Roldán.

Zubiri means "bridge town", a gothic bridge over the Arga, with two half-point eyes, called "rabies" because of the traditional rite in the region, to make cattle give three laps around their central pillar to rid him of this disease.

Stage 2: Zubiri -Pamplona (20.05 Kms)

Basilica  of the Trinity of Arre, next to the medieval bridge of six arcs, on the Ulzama river.

The Romanesque Bridge of the Magdalena, at the entrance to Pamplona, whose access is chaired by an image of Santiago Pilgrim.

The Portal de Francia, entrance to Pamplona through its walls.

The Metropolitan Cathedral, heart of the old neighborhood of Navarrería. In this Cathedral of Pamplona the famous capital was immortalized in a beautiful capital of the refectory legend of San Ataulfo against a wild bull.

The fortress church of San Cernín.

The Church of San Lorenzo, which guards the bust-reliquary of the patron saint of the city, San Fermín.

The Citadel, currently converted into a park.

The Castle Square

Stroll through its old quarter and enjoy the magnificent cuisine of Navarra.

Stage 3 Pamplona - Puente la Reina (23,87 Kms)

Before crowning the Alto del Perdón, to the left of the road, a modern fountain recalls the ancient Fuenterreniega, whose legend tells the temptations to a pilgrim on the part of the devil.

Obanos, historical "Villa de los Infanzones", famous for the annual representation of  "Mystery of Obanos" that dramatizes the ancient legend of Santa Felicia and his brother Guillermo.

Visit the Church of San Juan Bautista in this town.

Puente la Reina is famous for its spectacular Romanesque bridge, named for its promoter Doña Mayor, wife of Sancho III.

Visit the Church of the Crucifix.

The Church of San Pedro de la Rua de Estella, inside which is the famous gothic carving of Santiago "Beltza" (black).

The Church of San Pedro Apóstol.

The Church of Eunate (2 Kms from Puente la Reina)

Stage 4: Puente la Reina - Estella (23 kms)

In Cirauqui, whose name in Basque means "nest of vipers"; highlights the Church of San Román of S.XIII and the Church of Santa Catalina de Alejandría. At the exit of the town we find a section of the primitive Roman road with  single-eye bridge.

Along the outskirts of Lorca, we cross the Rio Salado, by a small medieval bridge with two eyes.

We emphasize in Lorca the Romanesque Church of San Salvador.

Villatuerta is accessed by a Romanesque bridge with two eyes on the Iranzu River.

Estella arose in the shadow of the castle of Lizarra in 1090.

Among other wonders that are in this town, we must highlight the Church of San Nicolás and the Holy Sepulcher, the church of San Miguel, the Church of San Pedro de la Rua, Church of San Pedro de Lizarra and the Virgen del Puy .

The bridge of the jail or San Miguel.

In the Plaza de San Martin, stands the Palace of the Kings

of Navarre, being of obligatory visit the capital that represents the fight of Roldán and the giant Ferragut.

Stage 5: Estella - Los Arcos (21.90 Kms)

In Ayegui, you can visit the Church dedicated to San Martin de Tours.

The Wine Fountain, which Bodegas Irache installed on the edge of the Camino, to the free delight of the pilgrim.

The Monastery of Santa María la Real de Irache, which was at 1054 pilgrims hospital. In Azqueta, the parochial Church dedicated to San Pedro, in which it emphasizes its greater altarpiece.

At the entrance of Villamayor de Monjardin, you can admire the original Fountain of the Moors, gothic of the thirteenth century.

At the top of Villamayor, is located the castle of San Esteban, fortress of the kingdom of Pamplona, dating from SX

Los Arcos, medieval town founded on another of Roman origin. Stresses the Church of Santa Maria, with elements from S. XII to S.XVII.

Stage 6: Los Arcos - Logroño (28 Kms)

In Torres del Río, highlight the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (see annex of Templar monuments) and the parish church of San Andrés.

In Viana, beautiful town, we can contemplate many religious monuments including the Convent of San Francisco and the Hermitage of the Virgen de las Cuevas, patron saint of Viana, dating from      s. XIV.

The Hermitage of San Martin, old church dating from the XIII century, today considered a Romanesque hermitage.

The church of San Pedro, of Gothic style of almost ends of S.XIII and the Church of Santa Maria de la Asunción, Cathedral church of end of S. XIII, stands out for the magnificent Renaissance portal and tower, highlighting its ornaments and altarpieces of the S. XVII and S. XVIII. It is considered a national monument.

Hospital of pilgrims Our Lady of Grace, It was originally the civil hospital of poor and pilgrims, civil Gothic building of S. XV.

In Logroño we can admire the Church of Santiago el Real, a temple of clear importance for pilgrims, with its famous sculpture of Santiago Matamoros. It seems that it replaced a primitive church of which only a few sculptures are preserved. The current one was built in the 16th century.

The Church of San Bartolomé, which is the oldest building in the city. The Cathedral of Santa María de la Redonda, inside which is a beautiful painting by Miguel Angel, representing Calvary.

In the old town and next to the Church of Santiago el Real, there is the Plaza del Juego de la Oca; their squares represent the long journey that the Camino de Santiago involves, with its obstacles, landscapes and cities.

The Paseo del Espolón and the modern City Hall of Rafael Moneo complete our visit in Logroño, without forgetting of course, to take some wines in Laurel Street, since we are in La Rioja.

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