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Stage 1, Casalarreina - Santo Domingo de la Calzada

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Vía verde con Santo Domingo de la Calzada al fondo
Puente de Casalarreina
Vía verde
Ermita de San Román de Ajugarte. Casalarreina.
Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Vía verde

To reach the beginning of the Green Trail, from the bridge over the Oja River in Casalarreina go towards Logroño down the N-232. After about 300 metres, turn right and take the road to Zarratón (LR-311). Before reaching the ring road, take a soil agricultural path on the right that leads between two fruit orchards with wires. The path crosses the ring road and, on the other side, you can see an elevated water deposit, a unique construction with brick arches. From here the green trail is paved and you will advance on a stretch that you will share with cars until you reach a wide poplar grove. After the grove, cross a path and you will find an even better ground, as the stretch is exclusive for pedestrians and bicycles The landscape on both sides is agricultural and, on the right, there is a row of black poplars and alder trees that results from the pools that drain the Oja aquifer. After a few kilometres, cross a paved path that leads to Castañares de Rioja and, a little after, there is an area with benches and tables in the old railway stop. For a short stretch, the pavement of the green trail disappears, on a section shared with cars that runs along agricultural warehouses of the town. Return to the straight well-defined path among the croplands of the Oja River flood plain. Cross a channel, then the LR-309 to Bañares, and after 100 metres a path that was a Roman road and part of the Way of Saint James until the 12th century. Little after you will pass next to the remains of the Bañares station. Continue for 4 km to reach the LR-203. At the end of this stretch you can see some isolated holm oaks. Their presence reminds us of the large holm-oak woods that populated these plains before the historical clearing of land for agriculture. After crossing the LR-203, you will pass under the ring road of Santo Domingo de la Calzada. After 1 km, you arrive to the town on the N-120 road, which crosses the city centre. In Santo Domingo de la Calzada appears another route included in the Footpath Network of La Rioja, the Way of Saint James, that crosses the town and that comes from Nájera and goes to Grañón, in La Rioja.


Orden del punto del recorrido: 4
Ciudad del punto del recorrido
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 considerable artistic, religious and financial centre. It became more powerful in the late Middle Ages.

In August, there is a play about the miracles of the saint called «Los Milagros del santo», and during the December bank holiday to celebrate the constitution there is a «Medieval Market». Of interest: visit the real cockerel and hen in the cathedral.

On the 25 April, the first day of the festival, members of the guild walk the streets of the town using a feather to paint blue marks on the faces of the young people chosen to take part in the procession. From the 1 May onwards, a drummer walks through the town banging a drum to represent the Saint's steps as he guided the pilgrims. On the 10 May, there is a procession of sheep to remember Alfonso I of Aragón's 1112 order, which stated that the town's livestock could graze freely on the kingdom's mountains. On this day, oak branches are blessed and there is a procession of Prioresses. The Pan del Santo procession takes place the following day. A child carrying a bread figure of the hanged pilgrim leads the procession, followed by the maidens. The Wheel Procession also takes place on this day. The Saint's death is remembered on the 22 with a shared lunch, mass in the cathedral and then the procession. During the festivities there are open-air dances, bull fighting and all kinds of other events.

-Surrounding area: The Abejas and Santo Chapels. The town is close to Valdezcaray and the Demanda Mountains.

-Location: The town is part of the district of Santo Domingo de la Calzada. It is on a large river plain and to the south and south west the landscape gradually rises towards the foothills of the Yuso Mountains.
-Area: 39.91 km2.
-Height: 638 metres.
-Economy: The main activity is farming, particularly rain-fed crops and potatoes, but there are also some more recent industries: metal, construction, wood, textiles, etc. The tertiary sector is growing and there are many businesses of all kinds including workshops, banks, hotels, businesses, schools and shopping centres, etc.

Orden del punto del recorrido: 2
Orden del punto del recorrido: 3
Ciudad del punto del recorrido

Bañares is a municipality in La Rioja, Spain. It is in the district of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, around 45 km to the west of Logroño. The main activity is farming. The main crops are potatoes, grain, beet and green beans.
-Location: The town is part of the district of Santo Domingo de la Calzada. It is on the right bank of the River Oja.
-Area: 29.7 km2.
-Height: 591 metres.
-Economy: This is a farming town that produced mainly potatoes.

Orden del punto del recorrido: 1
Ciudad del punto del recorrido

Casalarreina is a municipality and town in the autonomous region of La Rioja. It is in the northeast of the province. The district is under the local jurisdiction of Haro.
-Location: It is part of the district of Haro. It is on a large river plain, close to the Oja and Tirón Rivers .
-Area: 8.1 km2.
-Height: 499 metres.
-Economy: Casalarreina is predominantly a farming town: wheat, barley, beet and fruit, particularly apples. In the last few years, the number of poultry and pig farms has grown and as a result, there are more sausage businesses.

Color de la etapa: #BA55D3
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Recorrido: Casalarreina - Old Castañares de Rioja train station - Old Bañares train station - Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Distancia: 12.4
Duración: 210
Rutas de navegación: Download file
Señalización: Green Trail posters
Avisos: Due to the water supply works for several villages in the Oja-Tirón System, the Oja Green Trail is temporarily impassable.

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