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Arles Way – Jaca to Puente de la Reina 5/5

Walking Section 5 of 5

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Section 5 of the Arles Camino starts in the popular winter resort of Jaca, on the southern side of the Pyrenees. From Jaca, which is also former capital of the Kingdom of Aragón, the Camino follows the valley of the Aragón River. The scenery along the way is dominated by the mountains to the North and rolling hills to the South. Along this stretch of the Arles Way to Santiago de Compostela you will also pass beautiful towns and historic spots, such as the town of Berdún and Leyre Monastery.The Arles Way finishes in Puente de la Reina, 20km south of Pamplona, where this Camino route joins the famous French Way.

Trip highlights

  • Take in the stunning views of the Pyrenees Mountains
  • Taste delicious local specialities
  • Enjoy peaceful countryside tracks and historic sites
  • Join the French Way at Puente la Reina

1 Jaca

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Jaca is the first main Spanish town for pilgrims on the Arles Way. The town’s medieval walls and 11th century Romanesque cathedral are the town’s main attractions. Enjoy some quality birdwatching from the citadel, a fortification dating back to the late 16th century, which is home to a colony of Rock Sparrows.

2 Jaca to Berdun - 32km

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6.5h | +200m / -340m
You are in what is called Aragonese Pyrenees, and you will be heading West, following the Aragon River. Although relatively flat and easy, the ‘corridor of the canal de Berdún’ holds impressive views with mountains on both sides: the majestic Pyrenees to the North and the much smaller Peña Orel and Sierra de St Juan de la Peña to the South.

3 Berdún to Yesa - 34km

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6.5h | +200m / -300m
You will continue on the Arles Way across a fertile valley and farming/agricultural land, on the banks of the Aragón River. Pilgrims will welcome the river’s freshness as there is little shade along this stretch. You will arrive at the Yesa Dam and soon after that at the village of Tiermas, the first sign of civilisation. You can see the Sierra de Peña Musera and its forest in the distance.

4 Yesa to Sangüesa - 13km

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3.5h | +300m / -500m
Heading down from the monastery, you will be following the Yesa reservoir, just under the Sierra de Peña Musera. You will notice the change of scenery: now much more verdant. Later today, you will walk past the 14th century ‘Castillo Javier’, where St Francis Xavier (one of the founders of the Jesuit order) was born in 1506.

5 Sangüesa to Monreal - 33km

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6h | +550m / -300m
Today, the Camino splits in two. Experienced walkers can take the road through Alto de Aibar, but be aware that between Rocafort and Izco the trail is uninhabited and it might be difficult to find your way. The other option is to stay close to the country road. This second option has the advantage of passing very close to the amazing gorge of ‘Foz de Lumbier’.

6 Monreal to Puente la Reina - 32km

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7h | +100m / -350m
Leaving the Sierra de Peña Musera, you will follow the northern side of the Sierra de Alaiz mountains as you enter the agricultural lands of the Elorz valley. Arriving in Tierbas, you will already be able to spot Pamplona to the north. You will now follow the Robo River to your final destination: Puente la Reina.

7 Puente la Reina

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Puente la Reina (literally: Queen’s Bridge) is a nice town with medieval alleys and an impressive 11th century bridge over the River Arga. This is the point where the Arles Way joins the Camino’s most famous route: the French Way or Camino Francés, coming from St Jean Pied de Port.

Our hotels and country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food, and hospitality. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard, comfort and price. Please note accommodation is subject to availability.

Jaca - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Berdun - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Yesa - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Sanguesa - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Monreal - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Puente de la Reina - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Jaca Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Puente de la Reina Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Jaca:
Best option: Zaragoza airport (150km away)
Ryanair offers direct flights from London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo), Brussels (South Charleroi) and Paris (Beauvais). See www.skyscanner.com.
Other Option: Pamplona airport (110km away)
Pamplona has a small airport, with flights to Madrid and Barcelona. See www.skyscanner.com.

 

How to get back from Puente de la Reina:
Best Option: Bilbao airport (170km)
Bilbao international airport has direct flights to/from many European cities e.g. London (Stansted, easyJet), Manchester (easyJet), Dublin (Aer Lingus), Paris (Orly, Vueling), Frankfurt (Lufthansa) or Lisbon (easyjet). See www.skyscanner.com.

Other option (a): Zaragoza airport (160km)
Ryanair offers direct flights to London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo), Brussels (South Charleroi) and Paris (Beauvais). See www.skyscanner.com.
Other Option (b): Pamplona airport (25km)
Pamplona has a small airport, with flights to Madrid and Barcelona. See www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Jaca:
From: Zaragoza airport (150km away)
There is a direct train from Zaragoza city to Jaca (3 times per day, approx. 3h30 travel time). From Zaragoza airport to the city station (Delicias) you can take a bus (every 30min). See http://www.renfe.com.

From: Pamplona airport (110km away)
There is a bus between the airport and the city centre 2 times per hour (about 15min travel time). Between Noain, C/Real Nº 61 (airport) and  Estacion de Autobuses (city centre). See www.infotuc.es/.
There is a bus from Pamplona to Jaca (1-4 departures per day, approx, 1h45 travel time). See: www.autobusesdenavarra.com.

 

How to get back from Puente de la Reina:

All of the below options go from Pamplona which is approx 24km from Puente de la Reina.

To: Pamplona airport (25km)
From Puente la Reina to Pamplona (approx. 20km), you can take a local bus. See www.laestellesa.com.
From the city centre, you can take a bus to the airport (2 times/ hour – about 15min travel time); between Estacion de Autobuses (centre) and Noain, C/Real Nº 61 (airport). See www.infotuc.es/.

To: Bilbao airport (170km)
Take the bus from Pamplona to Bilbao bus station (1h30mins). There is a shuttle bus from Bilbao bus station to Bilbao Airport every 30 mins.
There is also a train from Pamplona to Bilbao train station, see www.renfe.com.
To: Zaragoza airport (160km)
You can take the bus from Puente de la Reina to Pamplona (approx. 20m).  See www.laestellesa.com. From Pamplona to Zaragoza you can take a direct train (7 times/ day. 2h). From the station in Zaragoza (named Delicias) to the airport you can take a bus (every half an hour). See www.renfe.com.

More Info on getting to Jaca

Please select from our available tours below and proceed to booking. Contact the team if you have any special requests.


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  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
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  • Holiday pack: inc. notes & map(s) & pilgrim passport, what to bring, useful information

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  • Airport Transfers, Hotel Upgrades (where available)