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Footpaths in La Rioja

Way of St. James (GR-65)

37.2-mile valley route in 3 stages and one 19.9-mile variant.

Ebro valley landscapes, cereal fields, vineyards and remarkable natural spots such as the La Grajera reservoir and the Navarrete and Grañón meadows.

17233
  • 23 h 20 min
  • 92 km

Stage 7, Logroño - Nájera

  • 8 h 15 min
  • 32.5 km

The Way of St. James enters the Autonomous Community of La Rioja from the town of Navarra de Viana. It goes along the edge of the Cantabria mountain and it reaches the municipal cemetery before entering the city of Logroño. The route follows a paved road and it reaches the old part of the city through the Puente de Piedra over the Ebro River. Logroño is the last of the 6th stage of the French journey from Roncesvalles, the stage: Los Arcos-Logroño. The 7th stage to Nájera starts in Logroño. Here ...

Logroño

Logroño is a municipality in the north of Spain and the capital city of the autonomous region and province of La Rioja. It is also the region's most populated town (almost half of region lives here) and its financial, cultural and service centre. The River Ebro crosses Logroño and the town has historically been a place where paths cross, such as The Way of St. James. The town's borders have also been disputed and were fought over by the ancient kingdoms of the Iberian Peninsula during the Middle ...

La Grajera reservoir

Navarrete

There is a castle on Tedeón Hill which was built by Alfonso VIII to defend the Kingdom of Navarre. It alternately belonged to Castilla and Navarre. Navarrete is a town on the Way of St. James pilgrim's route. Ceramics and pottery are now the main industries. -Surrounding area: The cemetery has a 12th century Romanesque entrance made from the remains of the old church which stood next to the Medieval San Juan de Acre pilgrim's hospital. The remains of this building remain and are 1km outside the ...

The eight stage of the French Way departs from Nájera to Azofra, but from Nájera you can also take a detour that goes to the Suso and Yuso Monasteries in San Millán de la Cogolla. Although these monasteries are unconnected to the Jacobean pilgrimage, they had great influence in the Medieval Christian Spain. When exiting Nájera towards Azofra, the Way starts intensely, with steep hills and slopes. The only two paved kilometres of the stage lead to Azofra, where you should stock up, as there is no ...

Nájera

Nájera is a municipality in the autonomous region of La Rioja, through which the River Najerilla flows.-Location: It is part of the district of Nájera. It is on the banks of the River Najerilla, which crosses the area, and at the foot of the Malpica Crag. -Area: 39.87 km2. -Height: 485 metres. -Economy: The region's economic activity centres on the town of Nájera. It is an industrial city producing furniture, but there is also some farming. Nájera is the valley's industrial centre and the focus ...

Azofra

The municipality's name has Arab origins and means the obligation of servants to work the Master's land in exchange for a small amount of money. In the 11th century, the area was called Azofra in the documents belonging to royal properties. As a reward for the help given in the war against his brother, Pedro I gave the town to Ortiz de Zúñiga, native of Navarre and Master of Cidamón and Montalvo. From then onwards and up until the 19th century it belonged to this family, the Counts of Hervías an ...

Cirueña

Cirueña is a municipality in the west of La Rioja, 6 km from the district's main town, Santo Domingo de la Calzada. The LR-204 road connects both municipalities. San Millán de la Cogolla Monastery and Cañas Abbey are in the south of the municipality. The regional LR-236 road connects with the national N-120 road between Logroño and Burgos.-Location: It is part of the district of Santo Domingo. -Area: 12.2 km2. -Height: 752 m. -Populated areas, neighbourhoods or villages: Cirueña. -Economy: The ...

Santo Domingo de la Calzada

The city is a beautiful stop on the Way of St. James. It is linked to Santo Domingo, who was born in Vitoria, and to his building work on the Roman road. The city was settled and grew as a result of the pilgrim's hospital founded by the Saint around the second half of the 12th century. The bridge spanning the River Oja, which helped pilgrims on their way, also contributed to the city's development. The city grew as a result of the inn, then later due to the Way of St. James and it became a consi ...

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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 ...

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.

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The ninth stage of the Way leaves La Rioja and enters Burgos. It ends in Belorado. In Santo Domingo de la Calzada, the Way, after crossing the town completely by the Calle Mayor street, crosses the Oja River on a bridge which is claimed to have its origin in brother Domingo, who dedicated great part of his life to help pilgrims cross in this location. After leaving the town, the Way runs down a path parallel to the N-120 and reaches a high spot where you will find the Cruz de los Valientes, whic ...