Step 8. Navarrete – Logroño (13 km)

A man who finds the path to virtue difficult yet sets out on it bravely to conquer himself, gains double the reward of those whose mind and slothful nature gives them no trouble

No difficulties for cyclists

 

Navarrete: Km 0. La Grajera: Km 6,5. Logroño, Km 13.

Today we follow the arrows on the Camino de Santiago but in reverse direction.  We depart from the Pilgrim’s Refuge, and go along Cruz street, which follows the curvature that constitutes the whole village around the hillock that crowns the town. We reach and cross the Burgos road, and go further looking for an asphalt trail that begins on our right after a curve.

We arrive at the ruins of the old pilgrims’ hostel of Saint John of Acre (1185). A sign indicates the location of the hospital church. A bridge enables us to cross the AP-68. We continue along the same trail that brings us to cross a side road of the Motorway A-12 towards Navarrete. We move ahead until we find the road to Burgos, which we take to our left.

After 250 m we can leave the road and go on to an asphalt trail that runs parallel to the road and enables us to avoid the pressure of the traffic. We continue to walk parallel the road until it separates and makes us go around bordering fields. We follow the signs to Logroño. At the entrance to La Grajera Park, turn left on the dirt road: here we find a fountain and benches for a welcome rest. We move along a dirt trail that winds and brings us to the artificial lake and to the Alto de La Grajera.

A bar and restaurant serves us generously. We continue straight on in the direction from which we came, until we find a dirt trail that skirts the lake. We take the trail on our right and enjoy the view of the lake. The arrows indicating the Camino de Santiago remind us that we are going “against the tide.” We reach a road that we are going to take towards our left, but only for 100 m, as far as the next bend. At that bend, we take the road straight in front of us, which is bordered by a neat row of trees.

A bridge brings us to the other side of the road and, after a little while, it brings us to the other side of the motorway through a tunnel. On the other side we continue to our right through a park until we reach the first street “Prado Viejo”.  We cross it to go straight up into San Miguel Park.

Following the signs to the park, we look for the gran Avenida de Burgos, which we take to our right, and after 2 km, that will take us in a straight line through Logroño. The name of the street changes to Calle del Marques de Murrieta, but not its direction. We go through the Gran Via de J. Carlos I and arrive at Plaza de los Alféreces Provisionales, and go down Los Portales street until we reach the cathedral of Santa Maria la Redonda (XV century), with its Baroque towers. We take Herrerias street to Travesia del Palacio street, which we take to our left. The pilgrims’ hostel is located just 100 m (200 m from the cathedral).

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Lodging

Logroño

Albergue de peregrinos . (100 beds). C/ Rua vieja, 32. Tel.: 941 248 686.
Albergue de Peregrinos Albas . Plaza Martínez Flamarique, 4 bajo Tel: 941 70 08 32
Albergue de Peregrinos Check in Rioja . C/ Los Baños, 2 Tel: 941 27 23 29
Albergue Logroño . C/ Capitán Gallarza, 10 Tel: 941 25 42 26
Albergue parroquial de Santiago . C/ Barriocepo, 8, 1º Tel: 941 20 95 01
Albergue Santiago Apóstol . C/ Ruavieja, 42 Tel: 941 25 69 76 / 670 993 560
Asociación Juvenil Ayedo . Plaza Alférez Provisional, 1. Tel.: 941 229 014.
City Hall . Tel.: 941 277 000
Hostal Niza** . C/ Capitán Gallarza, 13. Tel.: 941 206 044.
Hostel Entresueños . C/ Portales, 12 Tel: 941 271 334
Hotel La Numantina . C/ de Sagasta, 4. Tel.: 941 251 411.
Pensión El Camino . C/ Industria, 2. Tel.: 618 655 001

Navarrete

Albergue Navarrete . Contact name: Angel 630982928
Taxi Navarrete . Tel: 656 684 950

Comments

[en pleno Camino Ignaciano, en bici tipo gravel] En Logroño, he tenido la posibilidad de visitar la Parroquia de San Ignacio el día de la fiesta grande, el 31 de Julio (2017). Misa solemne y emotiva. El acogimiento de la Comunidad de la Compañía también muy emotivo. Además de sellarte la credencial también te dan la bendición para seguir adelante con el Camino! Cuestiones logísticas: el trayecto de Navarrete a Logroño, pasando por el embalse de la Grajera es muy fácil para las bicis tipo gravel, con alforjas y bien cargaditas. Eso sí, después de Navarrete recomiendo dirigirse por la carretera hacia Logroño y antes de llegar a la Autovía está el camino del pelegrino. Casi todo es asfalto y sólo unos metros son de tierra.

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