Camino de Santiago Itinerary from Roncesvalles
We will begin this section of the French Way in the famous village ofRoncesvalles. The day starts in the village of Roncesvalles. Roncesvalles is a popular starting point for many pilgrims who come from Spain. In Roncesvalles we recommend visiting the Chapel of St. James along with the Royal Collegiate of Santa María.
From Roncesvalles to Zubiri – 20km
The trail between Roncesvalles and Zubiri crosses through beautiful forests of beech and oak trees. This trail crosses two mountain passes: Alto de Mezquíriz and Alto de Erro. Once we’ve crossed the passes, we will make our way down to the town of Zubiri where we can visit its famous medieval “Rabies Bridge” located on the Arga River.
From Zubiri to Pamplona – 20km
Once we leave Zubiri, the trail continues along the Arga River to the city of Larrasoaña, an important city during the Middle Ages due to its influx of pilgrims. Little by little we will make our way towards the city of Pamplona. Pamplona is famous for its running of the bulls, specifically its San Fermín festival. Pamplona is an interesting city to visit; we can go to its medieval center, visit the cathedral, try its rich local cuisine (don’t forget the wine!), or we can go visit the city’s main square, the ‘Plaza del Castillo’.
From Pamplona to Puente de la Reina – 23km
We will start the ascent to Alto del Perdón, where we will be able to take pictures of the pilgrim sculpture at the top and enjoy the unbeatable panoramic views of the city of Pamplona and its entire valley. Then we will start our descent towardsPuente de la Reina, famous for its medieval streets and its impressive bridge from the 11th century over the Arga River.
From Puente de la Reina to Estella – 23km
We will continue our Camino de Santiago through farmlands, small villages and towns surrounded by olive groves, grain fields and small vineyards. We will pass through Cirauqui perched on the top of a hill that will amaze us with its small medieval streets. Here we can find one of the best preserved sections of the Roman road. Later on we will reach Estella.
From Estella to Los Arcos – 21,5km
After getting to enjoy the city of Estella and its several monuments, we will continue our journey to Los Arcos. When leaving Estella, we will pass by the Bodegas Irache winery where we will have the opportunity to enjoy its Wine Museum and liven up our day by drinking from its free wine fountain. The Bodega Irache winery is a great place for taking a break and soaking in some of the area’s wine culture. Along the route to Los Arcos we will cross vineyards, olive trees and large grain fields. Once we pass Villamayor de Monjardín, we will head to Los Arcos and continue walking for 12 km without passing through a single town.
From Los Arcos to Logroño – 27km
We will continue our Camino de Santiago on a very pleasant walk through the countryside. We will pass by the ruins of the Clavijo Castlebefore arriving at the city of Logroño. Logroño is famous for the quality of its wines and its exquisite tapas. On Logroño’s Laurel Street we will be able to try some of the typical food from the La Rioja region.
Optional: From Los Arcos to Logroño speding the night in Viana – 17 km and 10 km
If walking 27 km all in one go is too demanding for us, we can choose to divide the section from Los Arcos to Logroño in two stages. The first section is 17 km long and goes from Los Arcos to the pretty town of Viana, where we will get to rest in a cozy hotel. The second section is 10 km from Viana to Logroño.
Our last day of section 2 of the French Way will be spent in the city of Logroño, capital of La Rioja. In Logroño we recommend visiting its old town where we can find the Gothic Cathedral of Santa María and several Romanesque churches, one of which is the Church of San Bartolomé, famous for its beautiful carved portico. We can also visit the Church of Santiago. The festival of San Mateo takes place in Logroño in September, which celebrates the grape harvest of the La Rioja region’s vineyards. If you want to try some of the city’s best tapas, we recommend heading over to Laurel Street.
About the Camino de Santiago from Roncesvalles to Logroño
We will talk about the Camino Frances de Santiago from Roncesvalles to Logroño. It is a stretch of the most popular route of all possible when making the pilgrimage.
However, for some of the peculiarities that we will talk about below, it is worth knowing: your points of interest, the best time to it, as well as the hotels where we propose to stay according to Santiago Ways.
Why choose the Camino de Santiago Frances from Roncesvalles to Logroño?
We want to reveal some of the main reasons why it is worth making the Camino Frances to Santiago from Roncesvalles to Logroño. All the others you can discover yourself while making this route with Santiago Ways.
1.-Variety of landscapes: one of the most noteworthy characteristics of the Camino Frances to Santiago from Roncesvalles to Logroño is the great variety of landscapes that we can find along its route.
In fact, it is one of the richest itineraries in this sense: we cross the Pyrenees in Navarre, lush forests, historic sites like Estella and, of course, the emblematic cities of Roncesvalles and Logroño.
2.- Historical endowments: Precisely because of the great variety of landscapes that exist along the route of the Camino de Santiago from Roncesvalles to Logroño, we can enjoy a great historical heritage from different epochs.
As detailed below, in the places of interest section, the Camino Frances de Santiago from Roncesvalles allows us to enjoy medieval heritage, romanticism and, of course, the contemporary era.
3.-Gastronomy: to travel through the north of Spain and to do it in two of the regions with better and more varied gastronomy than the rest of the country, the Camino Frances to Santiago from Roncesvalles to Logroño is of great interest. We will be able to taste specialities in regional cooking that give us another reason to fall in love with this route.
Information about the Camino de Santiago Frances from Roncesvalles to Logroño
As we have said, the Camino de Santiago from Roncesvalles to Logroño is part of the itinerary of the Camino Frances to Santiago. It is a section of this road and, in fact, one of the most popular of all routes. We begin our journey in the village of Roncesvalles, one of the most beautiful in Spain.
Along its route, we pass through the city of Pamplona and arrive in Logroño, a beautiful enclave in the middle of the enchanting Rioja region. It should be noted that this is a really varied route where, in addition to mountainous areas, we will also cross vineyards and find heritage, mainly medieval, distributed in towns like Estella or Viana.
It has a length of 132 kilometres that are divided into a total of 8 days of pilgrimage with its corresponding 7 nights.
The most reserved routes on the Camino de Santiago from Roncesvalles to Logroño
Within the wide variety of routes available on the Camino Frances to Santiago, we want to highlight the most important and those that you can enjoy with Santiago Ways.
Camino de Santiago Frances from Saint Jean Pied de Port
The emblematic route from Saint Jean Pied de Port crosses different natural surroundings, as well as different enclaves of special tourist and historical interest. It is another of the most popular routes on the Camino de Santiago Frances and ends in the Navarre city of Pamplona.
Camino de Santiago Frances from Sarria
Finally, and with 111 kilometres of length spread over 7 stages with 6 nights, the route from Sarria to Santiago is the last stretch of the Camino de Santiago Frances. It is a perfect choice for those who want to get started on this adventure.
Route of the Camino from Roncesvalles to Logroño
Maps of the Camino de Santiago from Roncesvalles to Logroño
Here we offer you the maps related to the route of the Camino Frances from Roncesvalles to Logroño. We hope that they will help you to visualize your stages and the most important points for which we will pass on our way.
Map stage from Roncesvalles to Zubiri
Map stage from Zubiri to Pamplona
Map stage from Pamplona to Puente la Reina
Map stage from Puente la Reina to Estella
Map stage from Estella to Los Arcos
Map stage from Los Arcos to Logroño
Profile of the Camino de Roncesvalles to Logroño
We want to talk now about the profile of the Camino Frances de Santiago from Roncesvalles to Logroño. We will talk about its difficulty talking about the differences in altitude between its sections that will be perfectly represented in the altitude map that we will show you.
We can anticipate that this stretch of the Camino Frances from Roncesvalles is not a particularly complicated one in this case. The most difficult climb is between Zubiri and the pass at Venta de Puerto. There is a difference of approximately 200 metres that, later, smooth out the entire layout including even areas of pleasant descent.
Profile stage from Roncesvalles to Zubiri
Profile stage from Zubiri to Pamplona
Profile stage from Pamplona to Puente la Reina
Profile stage from Puente la Reina to Estella
Profile stage from Estella to Los Arcos
Profile stage from Los Arcos to Logrono
Stages on foot
We also detail what are the different stages that are to be faced on the Camino Frances to Santiago from Roncesvalles to Logroño.
How long does the Camino Frances from Roncesvalles to Logroño take?
As we have said before, the Camino Frances from Roncesvalles to Logroño has a total length of 132 kilometres. These are distributed in 8 days and 7 nights. In the case of the bike route, these stages can be reduced by half of the time.
However, you must remember, as we always remind you from Santiago Ways, the duration of your journey can be lengthened if you finally fall in love with one of its spots.
Therefore, if what you are thinking is to do it in a time that coincides with an emblematic festival like that of the city of Santiago or of any locality that you may pass on the way, we recommend that you take into account this information before starting the route. Leave everything in our hands and you'll see how easy it is.
The best time to do the Camino Frances from Roncesvalles
Then we will talk about the different times in which you can make the Camino de Santiago, as well as what are its advantages and disadvantages. We will say in each month what points are in their favour and which are against so that you can better make your choice.
We anticipate that, in general, autumn and spring are seasons in which there may be more precipitation and more climatic irregularity. On the other hand, in general, the temperatures are mild throughout the year due to the Atlantic interior influence of the area.
It is an option that is increasingly influential because of several reasons. The first is that many people take advantage of the last days of their holiday to embark on the route of the Camino Frances de Santiago from Roncesvalles to Logroño because the days available are a perfect fit.
In February the temperatures increase a little. Certainly, because it is an area that is actually within the climatic influence of the so-called transitional oceanic climate, however, we can still feel the cold during January and February.
Definitely, in March the approach of spring will begin to be noticed. The temperatures are much milder although the risk of rainfall is increased so we must be prepared for this possibility.
As at the end of March, throughout the month of April, we will be able to enjoy a colourful picture throughout our journey along the Camino Frances to Santiago from Roncesvalles. This is another of the most popular months to complete the route because it usually coincides with Easter.
In May the risk of rain is greater, but if you wear the right clothes, this will not be a problem. In addition, the temperatures are very pleasant and at the same time, we will avoid all the overcrowding that can occur during the summer.
If you have the opportunity to enjoy your holiday a little before others do, we recommend you choose the option of June. It is a month where the temperatures will definitely be ideal throughout all the cool regions that travel along the Camino Frances to Santiago from Roncesvalles.
July is one of the best months for two reasons. If you dare to arrive in Santiago, we would like to remind you that from the 15th to the 31st of July, there are the Apostle's festivities in the city. If you finally decide to go through Pamplona doing the previously mentioned tour, you can coincide with the San Fermín festivities.
It is the most popular month and the one that most pilgrims frequently choose. It is due to the high temperature found in these latitudes and that helps them "escape" from the other hotspots in Spain and at the same time, it is the time of year when people have spare time.
Thanks to Santiago Ways you will not have problems with crowding, because we offer the best hotels reserved in advance.
This month has the advantage that it still enjoys good temperatures and that at the same time, and being the beginning of autumn, we can begin to notice its influence. One of the most spectacular things on this route is the great beauty that in colours which can offer us deciduous trees along all of its route.
In October the beauty of autumn is completely felt, which is for many,more than enough incentive. We could say that it is the most romantic of months but we must bear in mind the risk of rains.
November has lower temperatures and some risk of precipitation. However, it also has its charm as it indicates the end of autumn and the beginning of winter, in addition to not having any kind of overcrowding in these times.
The month of December is a good option for many who want to enjoy Christmas away from home. Naturally, the charm of medieval villages which we will pass through at during this time of the year is especially evocative.
Guide to the places you cannot miss on the Camino de Santiago from Roncesvalles to Logroño
We have prepared a selection of places of interest both from the monumental and gastronomic point of view and, of course, your rest. We show them to you to follow:
Places of interest
Esculturas del Alto del Perdón
Since 1996, this monument intends to pay homage to all pilgrims who make the route of the Camino de Santiago. It is very comforting to find it after the efforts of the stage.
Bodegas de Irache
These wine cellars are famous throughout the region and are worth visiting. Their origin dates back to the end of the 19th century and we can find in them the legacy of several epochs that are still relevant in the present day.
As could not be otherwise, it is highly recommended to get lost also in the historic centre of the city of Logroño when we make our arrival. It is a wonderful enclave in terms of the cultural, artistic and historical endowment.
It is a municipality that, despite its small size, has been the protagonist of great history. Indeed, it was very important during the Carlist Wars, being, in fact, the capital of this side that faced the two Spains in the 19th century. It also played an important role during the Civil War.
Where to sleep – The best lodgings
In Santiago Ways, we always make sure that you rest well in the best hotels. We do it because we know first-hand how comforting and necessary it is a to get good rest when the Camino de Santiago is being undertaken.
Where to eat – The best restaurants
Also, and as eating well all along the way is fundamental, we want to introduce a selection of which we consider to be the best restaurants on the whole route.
Aritza: Located at the starting point, Roncesvalles, this restaurant offers some of the most succulent gastronomic pearls of all the gastronomy in the north.
La Parrilla: This restaurant is located in Estella, which, as its name suggests, specialises in grilled meats, mainly meats.
La Cocina de Ramón: if we want to give homage in the city of Logroño when we arrive from our pilgrimage, this place has a great assortment of local Rioja food products and all the care for its cuisine at an affordable price.
Origin of the Camino Frances from Roncesvalles to Logroño
The Camino de Santiago from Roncesvalles to Logroño is a stretch of the route of the Camino de Santiago Frances. It is one of the first to be carried out and is, in fact, one of the most beautiful on the route. Like the Camino de Santiago Frances, this route traces its origins to medieval times.
It was born, in fact, at a time when it gradually left the so-called Camino del Norte. The reason is that the Camino Frances was a less rugged route that could be traced as the Reconquista advanced.
With such a great legacy over time, it is not surprising that the Camino Frances has a wealth of heritage, historical and artistic that you cannot miss.
The Camino from Roncesvalles to Logroño with Santiago Ways
Other sections of the Camino de Santiago Frances
Other users’ opinions about the Camino from Roncesvalles to Logroño
We also want to offer you the opinion of some users who have already embarked on this adventure with Santiago Ways. We hope that they will help you to encourage you to experience it also with our help.
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Photos and videos of the Camino de Santiago from Roncesvalles to Logroño
Finally, we want to show you some images of the Camino Frances from Roncesvalles to Logroño. We do so with the intention of discovering how many things are waiting for you on this route and how much you have to discover in the company of Santiago Ways.
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