This part of the French Camino goes along vineyards of the well-known Rioja Wine to reach some historical places such as Nájera, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Montes de Oca, San Juan de Ortega y Atapuerca. We may visit both Romanesque churches and medieval castles. We finish our today´s route in the city of Burgos, where the Cid Campeador´s remains lie under the spectacular Gothic Cathedral.
(* Remember that the check-In date is the night before starting walking)
This stage leaves Logroño by Rua Vieja and Puerta del Camino towards the park of La Grajera. From up there, we can see Logroño at one side and Navarrete at the other side. Navarrete is a known pottery town and we will arrive in there after passing the old pilgrims hospital of San Juan de Acre. The last part of this stage drives us to Ventosa and San Antón before getting the vineyards of Nájera; a great Jacobean tradition place.
We leave Nájera by the Monastery of Santa Maria and we realize how the landscape starts changing. We forget the vineyards and the great plains of cereals becomes more usual. We walk along gravel roads to arrive in Azofra. After two hours walking through a valley we reach Cirueña and then we will go down to Santo Domingo de la Calzada. This town shelters a great Jacobean tradition and it´s here where we can listen to that legend of the hen that crowed after being roasted.
This is quite a plain stage which starts in Santo Domingo de la Calzada by the bridge of the Oja River and leads us to the town of Grañón along the N-120. From there, and going through fields of wheat, we arrive at Redecilla del Camino, the first town of the province of Burgos and after one hour walk we will have reached Castilldelgado. In the last part of the stage, we will pass Viloria de la Rioja, Villamayor de Río and Belorado.
We leave Belorado by the bridge of Tirón River and through fields of cereals we will find the towns of Tosantos, Vilambistia, Espinosa del Caino and Villafranca Montes de Oca. Here, the stage becomes a little bit harder since we start Montes de Oca, a very feared part in the Middle Ages but quite a pleasant walk for pilgrims nowadays. We have a small descent to the town of San Juan de Ortega, closely linked to the Camino, and finally we will arrive in Agés and Atapuerca.
The stage doesn´t go near the famous archaeological sites, although there is a variant that goes there to visit the caves. We will go through the towns of Cardeñuela de Río Pico, Orbaneja and Villafría. The final part of the stage leads us to an industrial area but we can avoid it by taking a way that goes to Castañares and a path along the Arlanzón River that goes to Burgos by the bridge of San Pablo. Burgos is one of the main cities of the French Camino and its spectacular Gothic cathedral stands out.