Walking the Camino Frances from Pamplona to Logrono
La Rioja Wine Region – Camino Frances 2/8
This Walking Tour explores the second section of the Camino Frances / French Way, the most traditional of all the pilgrims’ ways to Santiago de Compostela and the best known internationally.
Start your walk in Pamplona, famous for its Bull Running festival, and finish in Logrono at the heart of the Rioja wine region. Enjoy an attractive hike in hilly Navarra with its 12th-century castles, picturesque villages, and vineyards.
Everyday, during the walk, you are guaranteed a high level of comfort and gastronomy. The Camino is clearly marked with the Scallop Shell showing you the way. This walk can be physically demanding and requires a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding walk that includes numerous cultural highlights.
Day 1 – To Pamplona – Start of your journey!
You will be pre-booked in a traditional hotel in the heart of the town.
Day 2 – Pamplona to Puente de la Reina (6h15, 24km)
When leaving Pamplona behind, you are also leaving behind the Atlantic area of Navarra. From here onwards, the landscape will be dominated by cereal crops, Holm oaks and Mediterranean brushwood. The Pamplona basin is left behind too when you cross the “Alto del Perdon”.
Day 3 – Puente de la Reina to Estella (6h15, 22km)
The Camino to Estella is very uneven and quite agricultural. Small towns and villages are dotted amongst cereal fields, vineyards and olive trees.
Day 4 – Estella to Los Arcos (6h30, 21km)
Today you go through the Rioja area of Navarra. Enjoy the olive trees, cereal fields and, most importantly, the vineyards. From Villamayor do Monjardin to Los Arcos, you will cover 12km without coming across a single village.
Day 5 – Los Arcos to Logrono (8h, 29km)
Today we leave Navarra and journey into Rioja. Expect a pleasant hike into undulating countryside. On this route you will pass the stunning ruins of Clavijo castle. Finally we come to the town of Logrono, strategically situated on the border between Alava and Navarra.
NOTE: If you would like to walk at a more relaxed pace, we can split this walking day into 2 stages (17km & 10km), staying overnight in the village of Viana. Here you will be staying at a charming 2* hotel.
Day 6 – Logrono, end of the Camino
After breakfast we bid you farewell. Logrono is a city rich in history and traditions that have been preserved since the Middle-Ages. The pilgrim’s Camino to Santiago de Compostela made this one of the most important towns on the Camino.
- Great mix of comfortable accommodation in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
- Bed & Breakfast
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack
- 24/7 Customer Service
- Great dinners with local food
- Extra nights
- Upgrade to authentic & luxury accommodation
- Airport transfers
To Pamplona and from Logrono: Bilbao airport with Aerlingus, Easyjet or British Airways (can book return flights).
It is best to fly to Bilbao, Santander or Madrid. More info see: http://www.spanish-airport-guide.com/
1 -Fly to Bilbao
A large amount of the passenger traffic at Bilbao Airport comes from internal flights and you can fly from Bilbao to any of the following Spanish Airports: A Coruna, Alicante, Barcelona, Badajoz, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Jerez, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Tenerife, Valencia and Vigo.
There are also European flights to Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Milan, Munich, Paris and Stuttgart.
At the moment easyJet, Iberia and AerLingus fly from the UK and Ireland to Bilbao. easyjet offer daily flights to Bilbao from London Stansted Airport, Iberia flies from Gatwick or Heathrow via Madrid and AerLingus operate out of Dublin.
2 – Fly to Santander
Ryanair are the only low-cost airline that currently offer direct flights to Santander. They offer flights from London Stansted and now Dublin, Frankfurt, Milan and Rome as well as Reus and Madrid in Spain.
Iberia offer a good selection of internal flights from Alicante, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Seville and Valencia.
3 – To Madrid
To start your walking holiday: Pamplona
1 – From Bilbao: direct bus to Pamplona (takes 2hrs) with Burundesa bus company, 10 departures a day.
2 – From Santander: direct bus to Pamplona (takes 2hrs) with Burundesa bus company, 2 departures a day.
3 – From Madrid: bus to Pamplona with Conda bus company, 10 departures a day. There is also a train from Madrid train station to Pamplona train station. 9 departures a day.
Back home, from Logrono
1 – To Bilbao
Train takes 1h30
Bus from bus station to Bilbao bus station 2h (week: 7.30, 9.30, 11.00, 15.00, 17.30, 19.30, weekend: 8.30,11.00, 17.30, 19.30)
2 – To Santander
Train takes 2h30
Bus 9.30 and 15.00
3 – To Madrid
Train takes 3hrs
Spanish train information and booking:
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