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High Iberian Valleys footpath (GR-190)

Stage 1, Ezcaray - Valvanera

  • 7 h 41 min
  • 23.3 km

Ezcaray (00 min) Start at the City council, in Avenida de Navarra, and go towards Valdezcaray. Cross the bridge over the Oja River and, in front of the old railroad station, turn right. When you arrive at a destroyed bridge over the river, leave the road to the left and go up a path. Path (08 min) In the ascent, ignore the detour that goes down to the right at the beginning of the path. After about 15 minutes you will reach a road. Road to Turza (24 min) Cross the road in the same direction that you are walking and, after ascending a slope, take a hillside route among repopulated needle leaf trees and beeches. After a zigzag, the path continues ascending the hillside until it becomes a by-path surrounded by repopulated trees that ends in a trail. Forest trail (1 h 10 min) Turn right to continue down the trail and a little after turn around towards the left. Ignore a by-path on the right. You will reach a crossing with another trail. Follow the trail to the left. You will see the village of Turza in the distance. After exiting the forest, you will reach the hill Collado de Sagastia. Collado de Sagastia (1 h 31 min) Cross the trail in the direction you are walking and continue up, changing slopes on a hillside route that borders the Cerro de la Puerca until it reaches a small fold on a hill. In the distance you can see the peak of La Demanda Mountains. Hill (2 h 08 min) Continue up on a hillside route on the same slope, that crosses the upper part of the fold. It passes over an ash tree and a holly tree. Ignore the route on the right that leads to a beech grove. Right after passing a trough, the path ascends to the hill Collado de Márulla, where a by-path on the right leads. Collado de Márulla (2 h 26 min) Cross the hill and descend among pastures towards some rocks next to a trail. Take the trail to the right and, after 100 metres, exit the trail on the left. Continue ascending on the by-path on the right, ignoring the one on the left. Trail on the Majada de Márulla (2 h 32 min) Ascend on the by-path that borders the Cerro de Chilizarrias. You will see the village of Urdanta in the distance. After reaching a fence at the bottom of a hill, at the level of a fountain under the trail, exit the by-path on the left to access the hill Collado de Beneguerra. Collado de Beneguerra (3 h 06 min) Panoramic view of the Valleys of San Millán and the Oja River. After crossing the fence, in the boundary mark between Ezcaray and Pazuengos, go down to by-path and turn right. Continue on it, ignoring a path on the left. Before reaching a beech grove, the by-path becomes a route and goes into the upper part of the forest. It descends smoothly among Genista florida towards the Campos Largos ravine. At the bottom of the valley, you can see San Millán de la Cogolla. Campos Largos Ravine (3 h 44 min) Wade across the channel and cross the beech grove to continue on the hillside path. Ignore a route on the left before reaching a small fold. After this, you access a wide valley with a fence that you cross to continue on the hillside among moors, over some folds. The path reaches a flat area and borders the top part of a ravine to end up on a trail. Forest trail to Nestaza (4 h 29 min) When you reach the trail, turn left and descend it for about 12 minutes. Before a pronounced curve, exit the trail on the right, up a slope, and get back on the old path. Path to Saleguillas (4 h 41 min) Continue the walk among beeches, pass a quarry and wade through a ravine among rocks after descending. Continue on the hillside on the top part of a beech and birch forest until you reach a hill with a fence and a gate.



Ezcaray is a municipality in La Rioja, Spain. It is in the upper Oja Valley in the southeast of the autonomous region. The municipality's population is currently 2098, according to 2010 data from the Spanish national statistics institute. Tourists visiting the area increase the population from around 2,000 out of season to over 15,000 in summer. In addition to tourism, the area's main activity is the wood industry and there are factories producing furniture, chairs, clothes hangers and other woo ...



Monasterio de Nuestra Señora de Valvanera

The name of the monastery, Valvanera, comes from a Latin expression, “Vallis Venaria” which means " “Valley of the veins of water" since the valley had lots of springs, streams and waterfalls.. The origin of the building of the shrine dates back to the discovery of a 9th-century image of Saint Mary by a repentant thief called Nuño Oñez, according to the “Historia Latina” written by the Abbot of Valvanera, Don Rodrigo de Castroviejo in 1419. It is the Latin translation of a 13th century text ...

Monasterio de Nuestra Señora de Valvanera


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Natural values

High-mountain area interspersed with beech groves at North-facing hillsides and river sources, reforested Scots and mountain pine, Genista florida broom shrubs on hillsides used as grazing ground, and mountain heather and juniper on higher ground. The summit area is the habitat of two species that have been included in the Regional Catalogue of Endangered Species, one under fauna, the grey partridge, and one under flora, the Riojan androsela (Androsace rioxana). This area is part of the land under the Natura 2000 network (Mountain ranges of Demanda, Urbión, Cebollera and Cameros), which comprises both the SPAB (Special Protection Area for Birds) and the SCI (Site of Community Importance) previously designated with the same denomination.

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