Section 5 - Navarre

Estella / Lizarra - Logroño - 45Km

On this fifth stage the route runs through its last kilometres in Navarra before entering La Rioja. As soon as you leave Estella-Lizarra the Monasterio de Iratxe awaits you; it is an ensemble of buildings which has played various roles throughout history and which brings together a wide variety of styles. Moreover, its curious and justly famous fountain of wine should not be forgotten. There is a magnificent view from the peak of Montejurra, which seems to be its natural wall.

Leaving behind the castle on the rock of Villamayor de Monjardín, the route comes to Los Arcos, an ancient town splendidly favoured by the kings of Navarra. It is crossed by the River Odrón, an unquestionable milestone on the Pilgrims’ Route to Santiago, and offers at each turn a blend of history, art, folklore, and gastronomy. On the outskirts of the town we can visit the Circuito de Navarra, an infrastructure for speed tests that is unique in northeast Spain.

Halfway towards Viana, between a high hill and a deep basin, stands Torres del Río. This charming village has steep narrow alleyways with large baroque houses with decorative coats of arms, protected on high by the Gothic Church of San Andrés. In the lower part of the village and hidden among the houses there is a 12th-century Romanesque treasure; the Church of the Santo Sepulcro.

Viana, which stands on a hill, looks placidly towards the horizon and towards Álava and La Rioja. It is no longer on the watch but now at rest after a busy historical past as a defensive fortress against Castilla and a frequent residence of monarchs. Its walls now open their gates to show numerous interesting baroque stately homes, mansions, and churches reflecting the splendour of the 16th to the 18th centuries. Before abandoning Navarra on the way to the capital of La Rioja, Logroño, we come to the Laguna de las Cañas, a nature reserve which owing to its uniqueness and ornithological richness is one of the most important wetlands of Navarra.

Points of Interest

  • This was the first pilgrims' hospital in Navarra which the Benedictines began to build in the second half of the 11th century. In its long history it has been a university, a war hospital, and a church school. Its church has a Romanesque chevet and a Cistercian main section; its main gateway and that of San Pedro are also Romanesque.

    (Foto: Javier Campos)

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    Coordinates: 42.650282,-2.043171

  • A castle built on a rock in Villamayor de Monjardín. It is said to have been built by the Romans, strengthened by the Moors, and conquered by the Christians. Be that as it may, it is known that in the 9th century it was one of the most important fortresses in the territory dominated by the Banu Qasi. After its conquest by King Sancho Garcés in around the year 908 it continued to be one of the main medieval castles of the Crown of Navarra.

    (Foto: Patxi Uriz)

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    Coordinates: 42.629515,-2.104829

  • This infrastructure is unique in northwest Spain and has a speed track 4 kilometres long which has been officially approved for competition

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    Coordinates: 42.558333,-2.166838

  • This fine and secluded example of the 12th-century Romanesque style was a funeral chapel and a beacon on the Pilgrim's Route to Santiago.

    (Foto: Javier Campos)

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    Coordinates: 42.552366,-2.271402

  • Viana stands on a hill and faces the horizon serenely. It is no longer on the watch after a busy historical past as a defensive fortress against Castile and a frequent residence of monarchs.

    Nowadays the gateways of its walls are open to give access to numerous interesting stately homes, mansions, and churches which reflect its splendour between the 16th and 18th centuries.

    (Foto: Javier Campos)

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    Coordinates: 42.515472,-2.372495

  • This wetland is classed as a nature reserve and Special Bird Protection Area (Zona de Especial Protección para las Aves, ZEPA), which owing to its uniqueness and ornithological richness is one of the most important in Navarra.          

    (Foto: Patxi Uriz)

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    Coordinates: 42.484875,-2.401070

  • Navarre has 15 quality certifications that guarantee the best raw material. Moreover, if they are cooked with a recipe book full of nuances and influences from Basque, Riojan, Aragonese and French cuisine that have enriched it for centuries, the menu of the best restaurant can be written. The tasting will be like its territory, full of contrasting notes.

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  • Today's wine from Navarra is the result of an evolution of 20 centuries. It is a traditional product that is firmly established as part of both the economy and the customs of this region.

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  • Considered to be an ambassador for the whole of Navarra, it is easily recognised by its white colour, its soft texture with little or no fibre, and its exquisite taste.

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  • These have been highly prestigious for several decades owing to their unmistakeable taste and the vitamin C they contain; they can be eaten as a starter or appetiser seasoned with garlic or in vinaigrette, stuffed, or as garnishing.

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Section 5

Estella / Lizarra - Logroño - 45Km: 45

  • Elevation
  • Heritage
  • Nature