Bodegas Irache, Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago day 5-8

Day Five: Estella-Torres del Rio,
28,26 km, asc/desc 528/526m, 8:48h
September 16th, 2016

  • Started the day with a couple of shells of free Wine at the Fountain of Irache.
  • In Los Arcos I saw a man walking the entire Camino carrying a cross the size Jesus carried.
  • Torres del Rio is an atmospheric, small village.
  • Again, I was completely alone on the trail after 3 pm.
  • I have now established a walking rhythm: Aim >30 km. I walk from 9 am-7 pm. Three breaks: After 10 km (coffee), 20 km (lunch) and around 28-30 (Coca-Cola).
  • I prefer booking cheap hotels/private hostels to communal refuges: Arriving late, the only spaces left are upper bunks next to the entrance.

    The Wine Fountain of Irache
    The Wine Fountain of Irache

The complete photogallery of this day is available on flickr.

Day Six: Torres del Rio-Logrono,
18,64 km, asc/desc 318/440m, 6:42h
September 17th, 2016

  • Great tapas places can be found in all villages on the road, I stopped for lunch in Viana.
  • I tasted some grapes at one of the numerous Riojas wine fields and they tasted surprisingly well.
  • In Logrono, it was the first day of the annual Rioja Wine Festival.
  • I have decided to wait doing long stages (35+ km) until after Burgos, to be sure I will not be exhausted too early on.

    Mobile coffee shop on the way to Logrono
    Mobile coffee shop on the way to Logrono

The complete photogallery of this day is available on flickr.

Day Seven: Logrono-Ventosa,
22,48km, asc/desc 343/133m, 9:24h
September 18th, 2016

  • Ventosa is a beautiful little hilltop village, where I stayed in the wonderful casa rural Las Aguedas.
  • Tried a Pilgrim´s Menu for the first (and last) time: The menu generally consist of soup/salad + pasta + dessert. Filling, but I´d rather order only one dish for dinner.
  • The church in Navarette is stunning, as well as huge, considering how small this village was.
  • Trying to book accommodation for the next days, avoiding the communal albergues if possible. Not so easy, but not impossible either. I wish I had brought my tent. There are places to camp everywhere.

    Church of Navarrete
    The Church of Navarrete

The complete photogallery of this day is available on flickr.

Day Eight: Ventosa-Santo Domingo de la Calzada,
31,07 km, asc/desc 435/443m, 7:57h
September 19th, 2016

  • The Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada is exceptional and include two live chicken.
  • I participated in the Pilgrim´s mass, during which a funeral also took place.
  • I stayed in the famous Parador, which was slightly disappointing, more like a basic hotel and very dark
  • Najera has a great location and is the a common overnight stop
  • Met several people, who had arranged their accommodation via Caminoways – the downside being the lack of flexibility when walking, it nevertheless makes sense to have the accommodation arranged in advance to avoid the race-to-the-next-refuge:
  • In order to secure a spot at the next communal refuge, many people get up around 6 am, then walk very fast to arrive at a refuge around 1 pm. Glad I never participated in that race, it would have ruined my trip.

    The chicken inside the Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada
    The chicken inside the Cathedral of Santo                        Domingo de la Calzada

The complete photogallery of this day is available on flickr.

This post is part of the Camino de Santiago in 24 days series.

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