Stage 1, Santo Domingo de la Calzada - Ezcaray (stretch in the Oja Green Trail)
- 4 h 30 min
- 13.9 km
This stage coincides with the route between Santo Domingo de la Calzada and Ezcaray from another route included in the Footpath Network of La Rioja: the Oja Green Trail. To take the green trail from Santo Domingo, start at the centre in direction to Logroño down the N-120 road. Before reaching the roundabout to go to Cirueña (LR-204), take a right to Estación del Ferrocarril street that reminds us that we are on the old tracks. Now there are warehouses, but if you continue 500 m the green trail starts again. After you get back on the trail, you arrive at the road from Gallinero de Rioja (LR-325) where there is an area with benches and fountains. Cross the road and continue several kilometres down a path with wide croplands over the Oja floodplain. In spring and summer, these cereal plantations are the breeding habitat of the Montagu's harrier, a bird of prey that nests on the ground in cereal areas. Cross the LR-413 and you will arrive at a footbridge over the Santurdejo Stream. After a few metres, you will pass some buildings around the old station of Santurde Santurdejo. Cross the road to Santurde (LR-414) and from there you will approach the mountains. Move close to a slope with great vegetation. The path runs on the hillside among Pyrenean oaks and pines on the right. After a few kilometres you will reach a plain with benches. Cross a trail that leads up to San Asensio de los Cantos and cross the bridge over the Ularna Ravine. The green trail leads to Ojacastro by means of an elevated route with views of fields of fruit trees and pine and oak forests. When approaching the old Ojacastro station, the trail avoids the rocky hillsides with stretches through trenches. Leave the centre of Ojacastro behind, at the other side of the river, and continue to walk among fields, poplar groves and Pyrenean oak woods for a few kilometres. This is one of the most beautiful stretches. The path approaches the mountain more and then borders the limestone cliffs of Peña de San Torcuato with some stretches through trenches. Finally the trail ends in a park of the town of Ezcaray from where you can access the Allende Chapel. In it you will also find that the building of the old station has been restored as a hotel. Ezcaray is the start of another marked route included in the Footpath Network of La Rioja: Footpath High Iberian Valleys, that goes from Villoslada to Cameros.
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 ...
Old Santurde train station
Old Ojacastro train station
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 ...
- Stage 1, Santo Domingo de la Calzada - Ezcaray (stretch in the Oja Green Trail)
- Stage 10, Cornago - Cervera del Río Alhama
- Stage 11, Cervera del Río Alhama - Valverde
- Stage 2, Ezcaray - San Millán de La Cogolla
- Stage 3, San Millán de La Cogolla - Anguiano
- Stage 4, Anguiano - Ortigosa de Cameros
- Stage 5, Ortigosa de Cameros - Laguna de Cameros
- Stage 6, Laguna de Cameros - San Román de Cameros
- Stage 7, San Román de Cameros - Munilla
- Stage 8, Munilla - Enciso
- Stage 9, Enciso - Cornago
- Green Trail posters and red and white paint
Puntos de interés
Transitional landscape from the Oja River floodplain to the foothills of La Demanda mountain range, with open land and cultivated fields close to Santo Domingo, and then progressing to woodland, with Pyrenean oakwoods, beech groves and reforested pine trees on the hillsides from Santurde onwards. Close to Ezcaray, there are also rather unique limestone cliffs at Mount San Torcuato, of great importance for rock-nesting birds. On the last stretch, this footpath goes along one of the borders 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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