French Way – Section 2

From Pamplona to Logroño

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French Way – Section 2: This section of the Camino de Santiago along the French Way, Camino Francés starts in the city of Pamplona (Iruña in Basque), famous for its San Fermín Bull Run, festival taking place from 7th July every year. The section finishes in Logroño, capital of La Rioja wine region, and a fantastic city to discover authentic Spanish ‘tapas’.
From the  photogenic pilgrim sculpture at Alto del Perdón, you will enjoy panoramic views of Pamplona behind and the vast countryside ahead, before continuing on your way. On this section of the Camino, you will walk across the mountains of Navarra and La Rioja earthy vineyards, passing medieval bridges, castles, churches and picturesque villages along the way, such as Puente de la Reina, Cirauqui, Estella-Lizarra and Viana. Stop at Bodegas Irache for a rest and a quick sip at the free wine fountain!

VIEW OUR TOUR OPTIONS

  • Standard:
    • 6 days/ 5 Nights. Stay in our hand-picked accommodation.
    • Split - 7 days/ 6 Nights. This tour includes an extra walking day to split the last walking day (27km) in two: You will walk 17km from Los Arcos to the lovely hilltop town of Viana where you will stay in a beautiful period property; then you will walk the remaining 10km to the city of Logroño.
  • Superior Collection: Best accommodation available.

Trip highlights

  • Trace Hemingway's steps in Pamplona
  • Feel like a medieval pilgrim in Puente la Reina
  • Take a sip of Rioja at the Bodegas Irache wine fountain
  • Follow the tapas trail in Logroño's Calle Laurel

1 Pamplona

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You will start your Camino de Santiago in the city of Pamplona (Iruña in Basque), famous for its Bull Run, San Fermín. Discover this fantastic city: wander its medieval streets, visit the cathedral and taste the local food and wine. Ernest Hemingway fans can take a literary tour of the city or take a coffee in one of the writer’s favourite haunts in Plaza del Castillo.

2 Pamplona to Puente la Reina - 23km

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6h15 +442 m / -525 m
As you leave Pamplona behind you, you will begin an ascent towards the ‘Alto del Perdón’ (Hill of Forgiveness) . Get your picture taken with the photogenic pilgrim sculpture at the ‘alto’ and enjoy the fantastic 360 panoramic views of Pamplona and the valley ahead. From there, you will begin your descent towards Puente la Reina (Queen’s Bridge) with its medieval alleys and impressive XI century bridge over the River Arga.

3 Puente la Reina to Estella - 21km

6h15 | +466 m / -405 m:
The Camino de Santiago continues along peaceful tracks for most of today, from the towns of Puente la Reina to Estella. You will walk along rolling farmland, passing small towns and villages nested among olive groves, cereal crops and vineyards. Cirauqui (Zirauki), perched on the hilltop, is a pretty little village of winding medieval streets where you will find one of the best preserved stretches of Roman road. Estella-Lizarra is your final point for today, a nice town with plenty to do and see.

4 Estella to Los Arcos - 21.5km

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6h30 | +288 m / -273 m:
After exploring Estella and its many monuments, you will continue on your Camino to Santiago. Just outside Estella you will find Bodegas Irache, the Wine Museum and its free wine fountain, stop for a rest and sip! Most of your walk today will be along nice tracks, among vineyards, olive trees and cereal fields. From Villamayor de Monjardín to Los Arcos, you will cover approximately 12kms without passing a single village.

5 Los Arcos to Logroño - 27km

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8h | +319 m / -360 m:
Today you will continue along the Camino on a very enjoyable hike across rolling countryside, leaving Navarra and entering La Rioja region , world-famous for its red wine. You will pass the dramatic ruins of Clavijo castle before finally entering the city of Logroño, capital of La Rioja and home to some of the best tapas scene along the Way. Head for Calle Laurel to sample the local Rioja-style specialties.

Easy Walking Option Stay in Viana - 17km & 10km

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4h | +160 m / -180 m
Split your long walking day above, Los Arcos to Logroño, into 2 stages of 17km and 10km, if you would like to walk at a more relaxed pace. You would stay overnight in a charming period 3* hotel in the hilltop village of Viana.

6 Logroño

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Today is the final day of your Camino de Santiago holiday. Explore the city of Logroño, capital of La Rioja, before you head home. The old town is home to the gothic cathedral of Santa María and many other Romanesque churches, including the San Bartolomé Church with its beautiful carved porch and the Santiago church with its imposing image of Saint James. If you travel to Logroño in September you might catch the city’s most important festival, Saint Mathew, celebrating the Rioja grape harvest. Head for Calle Laurel to try the city’s best ‘tapas’.

Hotels & country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food, and friendliness of the staff. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard of comfort & price. Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.

Pamplona - Standard / Superior

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses 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.
Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

Puente la Reina - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses 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. First choice in Puente la Reina is a hotel at the entrance of the village. A former 17th century stone building, listed as part of the artistic heritage of Navarra, it has been carefully restored to maintain the old wood, stone and brickwork and to create a country-style welcoming atmosphere. In 2003 the cellar and ground floor were renovated into a restaurant, offering excellent cuisine and service.

Estella - Standard / Superior

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses 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.
Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

Los Arcos - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses 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.

Logroño - Standard / Superior

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses 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. Our first choice in Logroño is set next to the River Ebro in the centre of town just 350 metres from the Santa Maria de la Redonda Church. This hotel offers a café-bar, 24-hour reception and a spa which features a sauna, hot tub and offers a selection of treatments, including massage. There is also a gym on site. All rooms feature flat-screen satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. The hotel has an impressive central atrium with original stone arches and a glass ceiling. Each stylish room has central heating, a minibar and a laptop safe. The café-bar serves regional cuisine and has an extensive list of Rioja wines from the hotel’s own wine cellar. There are various restaurants and tapas bars within a 10-minute walk of the hotel.
Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

Pamplona Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Logroño Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Pamplona:
Best Option: Bilbao airport (150km)
Bilbao is an international airport connected with many cities in Europe, e.g. London (Stansted, easyJet), Manchester (easyJet), Dublin (Aer Lingus), Paris (Orly, Vueling), Frankfurt (Lufthansa) or Lisbon (easyJet).
Other option (a): Zaragoza airport (170km)
Ryanair offers several international flights from/to London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo), Brussels (South Charleroi) and Paris (Beauvais).
Other Option (b): Pamplona airport (7km)
Pamplona itself has an airport. Direct flights are from/ to Barcelona (El Prat) with Iberia and Vueling, and Madrid (Barajas) with Air Nostrum L.A. Mediterraneo. See www.skyscanner.com
How to get back from Logroño

Best Option: Bilbao airport (140km)
Bilbao is an international airport, connected with many cities in Europe, e.g. London (Stansted, easyJet), Manchester (EasyJet), Dublin (Aer Lingus), Paris (Orly, Vueling), Frankfurt (Lufthansa) or Lisbon (easyJet). See www.skyscanner.com.
Other option: Zaragoza airport (170km)
Ryanair offers several international flights. Direct flights are from/ to London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo), Brussels (South Charleroi) and Paris (Beauvais). See www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Pamplona:
From Bilbao Airport
There is a Shuttle bus between Bilbao airport and Bilbao bus station (every 30min). Bus link: Bilbao bus station with Pamplona (journey time 1h30), see: www.movelia.es. Or train from Bilbao train station to Pamplona (2h)

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From Zaragoza Airport
There is a direct train between Zaragoza and Pamplona (7 times/ day. 2h). The journey between the station in Zaragoza (named Delicias) and the airport can be done by bus (every half an hour).
See www.renfe.com

 

From Pamplona airport
Bus transfer
between the airport and the city centre 2 times/ hour (about 15min travel time between Estacion de Autobuses (centre) and Noain, C/Real Nº 61 (airport).
See www.infotuc.es/

 

How to get back from Logroño

To: Bilbao airport (140km)
Shuttle bus from Bilbao airport from/to Bilbao bus station (every 30min). An intercity bus links Bilbao bus station with Logroño (6 times a day/ 1h45) see: http://www.movelia.es/.
Other option: Zaragoza airport (170km)
There is a direct train connection between Zaragoza and Logroño (9 times/ day, approx. 2h), see www.renfe.com. The journey between the station in Zaragoza (named Delicias) and the airport takes 20-30min by bus (every half an hour), see http://www.zaragoza-airport.com.

 

How to get back from Estella

To: Bilbao airport (133km)

You can take a bus to Pamplona and then a bus or train from Pamplona to Bilbao, check www.autobusesdenavarra.com.

Or you can take a bus from Estella to Vitoria (about 1hr 10 min), then a bus from Vitoria to Bilbao bus station (50 min). From Bilbao bus station, there are regular buses to the airport (every 20 minutes).

More Info on getting to Pamplona

*Prices quoted below are based on low season - please use the get quote form for a more accurate price if you are unsure. (A single traveller supplement also applies)


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  • Selected accommodation, all rooms are en-suite. Please note prices will vary during special periods, such as San Fermín Festival in Pamplona. (pps) From €399

  • This tour includes an extra walking day to split the last walking day in two days of 17km and 10km. Stay in the lovely town of Viana. Please note prices will vary during special periods, such as San Fermín Festival in Pamplona. (pps) From €509

  • Best accommodation available along the Camino. Please note prices will vary during special periods, such as San Fermín Festival in Pamplona. (pps) From €610

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What's Included

  • Luggage transfered from hotel to hotel
  • Rooms en-suite
  • Half Board
  • Holiday pack: inc. notes & map(s) & pilgrim passport, what to bring, useful info

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  • Airport Transfers, Hotel Upgrades (where available), Bike Rental

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