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Footpaths in La Rioja

San Millán footpaths

3 footpaths between 1.2 and 4.3 miles long (40 minutes to 2 hours)

Extensive presence of foothill forests typical in the Rioja mountain ranges — Portuguese, Pyrenean and holly oakwoods — in a setting with considerable historical and cultural relevance to the Spanish language.

780
  • 2 h 30 min
  • 10 km

The route starts in a small square in front of the entrance to the Yuso Monastery. There you will find an informative panel with an aerial photograph of the itineraries you can carry out, as well as several interesting facts about other footpaths in the area. Once you cross the small square and the road, you begin the ascent. Leave the cemetery to the left and pass next to the latest buildings of the village until you reach a route that will lead you to the forest. You will see the first great p ...

Monasterio de Yuso

The origin of the construction of this monastery is reflected in a legend which tells how king García of Nájera, ordered the transfer of the remains of San Millán which were then in Suso to the Monastery of Santa María La Real de Nájera. The oxen which were pulling the cart stopped in the valley as if the Saint's remains did not want to abandon it, so the current monastery of Yuso was constructed on the spot. A 10th-11th century Romanesque monastery of which today no trace remains, over which ...

Suso meadow

Monasterio de Suso

San Millán de la Cogolla is how this site made up of a village and the two monasteries is known, which has its roots in the community which grew up around the work of the hermit monk named Millán who lived 101 years (473-574) in caves in the sierra de la Demanda devoted to prayer. Suso from the Latin sursum means “at the top”, as the older of the monasteries is known, and Yuso, from the Latin deorsum, “at the bottom”. In 1997, they were both declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Of the curre ...

Monasterio de Yuso

The origin of the construction of this monastery is reflected in a legend which tells how king García of Nájera, ordered the transfer of the remains of San Millán which were then in Suso to the Monastery of Santa María La Real de Nájera. The oxen which were pulling the cart stopped in the valley as if the Saint's remains did not want to abandon it, so the current monastery of Yuso was constructed on the spot. A 10th-11th century Romanesque monastery of which today no trace remains, over which ...

The route starts in a small square in front of the entrance to the Yuso Monastery. There you will find an informative panel with an aerial photograph of the itineraries you can carry out, as well as several interesting facts about other footpaths in the area. Once you cross the small square and the road, you begin the ascent. Leave the cemetery to the left and pass next to the latest buildings of the village until you reach a route that will lead you to the forest. You will see the first great p ...

Monasterio de Yuso

The origin of the construction of this monastery is reflected in a legend which tells how king García of Nájera, ordered the transfer of the remains of San Millán which were then in Suso to the Monastery of Santa María La Real de Nájera. The oxen which were pulling the cart stopped in the valley as if the Saint's remains did not want to abandon it, so the current monastery of Yuso was constructed on the spot. A 10th-11th century Romanesque monastery of which today no trace remains, over which ...

Suso meadow

Monasterio de Suso

San Millán de la Cogolla is how this site made up of a village and the two monasteries is known, which has its roots in the community which grew up around the work of the hermit monk named Millán who lived 101 years (473-574) in caves in the sierra de la Demanda devoted to prayer. Suso from the Latin sursum means “at the top”, as the older of the monasteries is known, and Yuso, from the Latin deorsum, “at the bottom”. In 1997, they were both declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Of the curre ...

Monasterio de Yuso

The origin of the construction of this monastery is reflected in a legend which tells how king García of Nájera, ordered the transfer of the remains of San Millán which were then in Suso to the Monastery of Santa María La Real de Nájera. The oxen which were pulling the cart stopped in the valley as if the Saint's remains did not want to abandon it, so the current monastery of Yuso was constructed on the spot. A 10th-11th century Romanesque monastery of which today no trace remains, over which ...

To reach the beginning of the footpath, take the Pedestrian path to Yuso-Suso from San Millán. This path starts at the Yuso Monastery access square, where there is a sign with the footpaths of the area (Pedestrian path to Yuso-Suso-El Aidillo, Pedestrian path to Yuso-Suso-Labardera), and crosses the road to the cemetery. The itinerary is marked with wood-post signs at the crossroads. Follow the directions towards the Suso Monastery and, in a split in the pine forest, follow the sign to Villar de ...

Monasterio de Yuso

The origin of the construction of this monastery is reflected in a legend which tells how king García of Nájera, ordered the transfer of the remains of San Millán which were then in Suso to the Monastery of Santa María La Real de Nájera. The oxen which were pulling the cart stopped in the valley as if the Saint's remains did not want to abandon it, so the current monastery of Yuso was constructed on the spot. A 10th-11th century Romanesque monastery of which today no trace remains, over which ...

Suso meadow

Villar de Torre

Villar de Torre is a municipality in the autonomous region of La Rioja.-Location: It is part of the district of Nájera. The municipality is upstream of the River Tuerto. -Area: 12 km2. -Height: 763 metres.