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Stage 8, Nájera - Santo Domingo de la Calzada

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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 other town until you reach Santo Domingo. One kilometre after enjoying the impressive view of the Jurisdictional Symbol of Azofra, a 1,300-metre long hill starts. This is the main difficulty found until Santo Domingo de la Calzada, village that emerged due to the pilgrim traffic during the Middle Ages. In Santo Domingo de la Calzada there is a connection with another route included in the Footpath Network of La Rioja: the Oja Green Trail, which crosses the town and goes from Casalarreina to Ezcaray. The stage Santo Domingo de la Calzada-Ezcaray of this green trail coincides with the first stage of the Footpath Network of La Rioja that goes to Valverde de Cervera at the eastern point of La Rioja where it borders with Zaragoza. The previous description is the official one. Nevertheless, currently most pilgrims use the Cirueña variation.


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Ciudad del punto del recorrido

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 main source of income is farming, particularly grain, potatoes, grapes and fruit.

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Ciudad del punto del recorrido

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 for many of the tertiary sector's businesses. There are many businesses, health centres, banks, sports centres and bars and restaurants.

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Ciudad del punto del recorrido

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 and Montalvo. Azofra is on the Way of St. James.

-Surrounding area: The Santa María la Real Monastery in Nájera.

-Location: It is part of the district of Nájera.
-Area: 11.76 km2.
-Height: 559 metres.
-Economy: The main activity is currently farming and the main crops are potatoes, beet, grapes and fruit and vegetables. Land is also farmed in Nájera.

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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.

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Recorrido: Nájera - Azofra - Cirueña- Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Distancia: 20.9
Duración: 318
Señalización: Yellow markers

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