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Camino de Santiago from Logroño

Camino de Santiago desde Logroño

Tour Description

El Camino de Santiago from Logroño, an unforgettable journey that combines the natural beauty, rich history and unique spirituality of this famous pilgrimage. if you are looking for a unique and challenging experience, you are in the right place.

Our organised tour of the Camino de Santiago from Logroño has been meticulously designed for those pilgrims who wish to fully immerse themselves in this exciting journey. With a total of 27 stages and a walking distance of 533 kilometers, we will take you through some of the most breathtaking landscapes of northern Spain.

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Experience details

Included Services

Lodging in private room with private bathroom
Luggage transfer between stages
Half board: breakfast and dinner
Travel insurance
Walking notes
Pilgrim passport
24/7 telephone assistance

The Camino de Santiago from Logroño has a total distance of approximately 533 kilometres. If you decide to venture out on the French Way from this city, you will start in the autonomous community of La Rioja, passing through Santo Domingo de la Calzada and Nájera, crossing the autonomous community of Castilla y León via Burgos, León and Astorga, entering Galicia via Pedrafita do Cebreiro and finally arriving in Santiago de Compostela.

The most frequent starting points of the French Way are Burgos, León, Astorga, Ponferrada and Sarria, the last two being the most important, as they comprise the last 200 and 100 kilometres of the Way, respectively.

Stage 1: Logroño - Najera (27 Km)

This first stage of the Camino de Santiago takes you from the city of Logroño to Najera, through vineyard landscapes and through beautiful villages. The route takes you through hills and forests, and at the end of the day you can visit the church of Santa María la Real in Najera, an important pilgrimage site.

Stage 2: Nájera - Santo Domingo de la Calzada (24 Km)

In this stage, you will start from Najera and walk to Santo Domingo de la Calzada. On the way, you will enjoy panoramic views of the region of La Rioja and pass through charming villages and vineyards. In Santo Domingo de la Calzada, don’t miss the cathedral and the famous henhouse, where, according to legend, a rooster crowed after roasting.

Stage 3: Santo Domingo de la Calzada - Belorado (24 km)

From Santo Domingo de la Calzada, you will head towards Belorado. This stage passes through rural landscapes and charming villages. Along the way, you can admire the traditional architecture of the houses and churches in the villages you pass through. In Belorado, you can visit the church of Santa María and enjoy the rich local gastronomy.

Stage 4: Belorado - San Juan de Ortega (24km)

The stage from Belorado to San Juan de Ortega will take you through beautiful natural landscapes and farmland. During this day, you can visit the Monastery of San Juan de Ortega, an important place of pilgrimage that houses the tomb of the saint of the same name. You can also enjoy the tranquillity and serenity of the rural surroundings.

Stage 5: San Juán de Ortega - Burgos (24 km)

This stage will take you from San Juan de Ortega to the historic city of Burgos. As you approach Burgos, you will be able to see the majestic Burgos Cathedral, a magnificent example of Gothic architecture. In Burgos, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Stage 6: Burgos - Hornillos del Camino (20 km)

Departing from Burgos, this stage will take you through hills and farmland to Hornillos del Camino. Along the way, you can enjoy panoramic views and the tranquillity of the countryside. In Hornillos del Camino, you can rest and enjoy the hospitality of the locals.

Stage 7: Hornillos del Camino - Castrojeriz (18 km)

In this stage, you will walk from Hornillos del Camino to Castrojeriz. The varied landscape will take you through hills, valleys and wheat fields. In Castrojeriz, you can admire the ruins of Castrojeriz Castle and visit the church of Santa María del Manzano, a beautiful Romanesque church.

Stage 8: Castrojeriz - Fromista (25 km)

From Castrojeriz, you will head towards Fromista in a stage that crosses rural landscapes and small villages. In Fromista, don’t miss the church of San Martín, a jewel of Romanesque art. You can relax and enjoy the tranquillity of this charming village before continuing your pilgrimage.

Stage 9: Fromista - Carrión de los Condes (19 km)

This stage will take you from Fromista to Carrión de los Condes through beautiful rural landscapes. Along the way, you will pass through small villages and admire the traditional architecture of the area. In Carrión de los Condes, you can visit the church of Santa María del Camino and discover its rich historical and cultural heritage.

Stage 10: Carrión de los Condes - Calzadilla de la Cueza (17 km)

In this stage, you will start from Carrión de los Condes and walk to Calzadilla de la Cueza. Along the way, you will enjoy the beauty of the Castile and León countryside and the tranquillity of the rural setting. In Calzadilla de la Cueza, you can rest and enjoy the hospitality of the locals before continuing on your way.

Stage 11: Calzadilla de la Cueza - Sahagún (17 km)

From Calzadilla de la Cueza, you will head towards Sahagún on a stage that will take you through farmland and rural landscapes. In Sahagún, you can visit the Church of San Tirso and the Church of San Lorenzo, two important historical monuments. You can also enjoy the local gastronomy in the town’s restaurants and bars.

Stage 12: Sahagún - El Burgo Ranero (18 km)

In this stage, you will walk from Sahagún to El Burgo Ranero through rural landscapes and small villages. Along the way, you can admire the traditional architecture of the villages and enjoy the tranquillity of the surroundings. In El Burgo Ranero, you can rest and enjoy the hospitality of the locals before continuing on your way.

Stage 13: El Burgo Ranero - Mansilla de las Mulas (19 km)

From Mansilla de las Mulas, you will head towards the city of León on a short but beautiful stage. Along the way, you’ll pass through rural landscapes and along historic roads. In León, you will have the opportunity to visit its impressive Gothic cathedral, known as the Pulchra Leonina, and explore the charming old town, where you will find numerous monuments and squares.

Stage 14: Mansilla de las Mulas - León (17 km)

From Mansilla de las Mulas, you will head towards the city of León on a short but beautiful stage. Along the way, you’ll pass through rural landscapes and along historic roads. In León, you will have the opportunity to visit its impressive Gothic cathedral, known as the Pulchra Leonina, and explore the charming old town, where you will find numerous monuments and squares.

Stage 15: León - Villavante (31 km)

This stage will take you from the city of León to Villavante, passing through fields and small villages along the way. In Villavante, you will be able to rest in a quiet environment and enjoy the peace and serenity of rural life. Take the opportunity to connect with nature and recharge your batteries for the stages ahead.

Stage 16: Villavante - Astorga (21 km)

Departing from Villavante, you will walk to the city of Astorga on a stage that will take you through beautiful rural landscapes and small villages. In Astorga, you can visit the Cathedral of Santa María, designed by the famous modernist architect Antoni Gaudí, and the Episcopal Palace, which houses the Museum of Roads. Don’t miss the opportunity to try Astorga’s famous chocolate with churros.

Stage 17: Astorga - Rabanal del Camino (19 km)

From Astorga, you will head towards Rabanal del Camino on a stage that crosses mountainous and rural landscapes. Along the way, you can enjoy panoramic views and breathe in the fresh mountain air. In Rabanal del Camino, you can visit the church of Santa María, an important pilgrimage site, and experience the hospitality of the locals.

Stage 18: Rabanal de Camino - Ponferrada (32 km)

In this stage, you will walk from Rabanal del Camino to Ponferrada through mountainous landscapes and forests. Along the way, you can enjoy panoramic views and admire the natural beauty of the El Bierzo region. In Ponferrada, don’t miss the Castillo de los Templarios, an impressive medieval fortress that houses a museum.

Stage 19: Ponferrada - Villafranca del Bierzo (23 km)

From Ponferrada, you will head towards Villafranca del Bierzo on a stage that crosses mountainous landscapes and vineyards. Along the way, you can enjoy panoramic views and feel the peace and serenity of nature. In Villafranca del Bierzo, you can rest and enjoy the rich local gastronomy, especially its famous dish of roasted peppers.

Stage 20: Villafranca del Bierzo - O Cebreiro (28 km)

This stage will take you from Villafranca del Bierzo to O Cebreiro, through beautiful mountain scenery and forests. In O Cebreiro, you will experience the authenticity of a Galician mountain village, with its characteristic pallozas, stone buildings with thatched roofs. Here you will also find the Church of Santa María la Real, an important pilgrimage site.

Stage 21: O Cebreiro - Triacastela (21 km)

Stage 21: O Cebreiro – Triacastela (21 km)

Stage 22: Triacastela - Sarria (18 km)

From Triacastela, you will head towards the town of Sarria on a stage that will take you through beautiful rural landscapes and small villages. In Sarria, you can visit the Church of Santa Mariña and enjoy the lively atmosphere of this town, which marks the starting point for many pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago.

Stage 23: Sarria - Portomarín (22 km)

In this stage, you will walk from Sarria to Portomarín through rural landscapes and forests. Along the way, you can enjoy panoramic views and breathe the fresh air of the Galician countryside. In Portomarín, you can visit the Church of San Juan and discover the old village that was moved stone by stone to build the Belesar dam.

Stage 24: Portomarín - Palas de Rei (25 km)

From Portomarín, you will head towards Palas de Rei on a stage that crosses rural landscapes and small villages. Along the way, you can enjoy the tranquillity of the surroundings and admire the natural beauty of the region. In Palas de Rei, you can rest and enjoy the hospitality of the locals before continuing on your way.

Stage 25: Palas de Rei - Arzúa (29 km)

This stage will take you from Palas de Rei to Arzúa, passing through rural landscapes and small villages along the way. Along the way, you will be able to enjoy the beauty of Galician nature and connect with the serenity of the surroundings. In Arzúa, you can rest and enjoy the delicious local gastronomy, including its famous cheese.

Stage 26: Arzúa - Pedrouzo (19 km)

Starting in Arzúa, you will walk to Pedrouzo on a stage that will take you through beautiful rural landscapes and forests. Along the way, you can enjoy the tranquillity of the surroundings and admire the natural beauty of Galicia. In Pedrouzo, you can rest and prepare for the last stage of your pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

Stage 27: Pedrouzo - Santiago (20 km)

You have reached the final stretch of your journey! From Pedrouzo, you will walk the last 20 kilometres to Santiago de Compostela. As you get closer to your destination, you will feel a growing excitement. Arriving at the famous Plaza del Obradoiro, you will witness the majesty of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, one of the main Christian pilgrimage sites.
Perfil ruta Camino de Santiago Francés desde Saint Jean de Pied de Port

The French Way from Logroño is a route of medium-high difficulty. It has gentle hills and some slopes, but in general, it is affordable for most pilgrims with a normal physical condition. Keep in mind that the total lenght of the route (533 km) and the long daily walking days mean that faitgue accumulates and that the Camino can present a physical challenge for some pilgrims.

Layout

This route offers you a variety of landscapes, from rolling hills, mountains, picturesque valleys and the endless plains of the northern Meseta.

You will walk on vountry roads, paths through forests, back roads and also some urban areas as you approach major cities. The terrain can vary from gentle and easy walking to more demanding at certain stages,

Slope

The gradient can vary significantly in the different stages of the Camino from Logroño. You will be confronted with stages that are not very steep and others that combine moderate ascents and descents through hills and mountains. The most mountainous section is generally between the region of León and the entrance to Galicia.

Signposting

You can follow the route without any problem by following the signs that indicate the route: stone cairns, the iconic scallop shell tile on the facades of buildings or urban constructions, yellow arrows or bronze scallops embedded in the floors of the streets.

We recommend you to look for these signs among the rural urban geography to be able to follow the Camino to Santiago, as sometimes they can be hidden or covered by some element such as cars or people, making you follow the wrong way. If you arrive at a crossroads without any indication and you do not know how to continue, we recommend you to go back to the last sign you have seen to try to reorient yourself.

Important note:
You may come across signage in the shape of the iconic scallop but it may not be accompanied by a yellow arrow pointing the way forward. If this is the case, you should follow the open part of the shell, i.e. the semi-circular part with the largest diameter, as if it were an imaginary arrow.

Standard Category Accommodations on The Camino Francés | French Way

1* and 2* hotels

These hotels offer private rooms with private bathrooms as well as other additional services that may vary depending on the type of category: restaurant service, television, room service, dry cleaning, ironing service, etc. It is common to stay in this type of hotels in the cities along the Camino.

Hostels and pensions

These accommodations have the necessary services to cover the basic needs of cleanliness and rest at a more moderate price than the hotels . Officially, hostels and guesthouses are 1-star accommodations. However, this rating should not be taken into account when evaluating the level of comfort and quality of their services.

Trip cancellation insurance
Upgrade to superior room
Extra night at the beginning of the tour
Extra night at the end of the tour
Private transfer airport-starting location
Private transfer Santiago-Airport
Other private transfers
Organized visits and excursions
Pilgrim massage

Route map

Touristic information

History of the French Way from Logroño

The Camino de Santiago is one of the oldest and most famous pilgrimage routes in the world. Its origin dates back to the 9th century, when the remains of the apostle St. James were discovered in Compostela, in the region of Galicia, Spain. The French Way thus established itself as the main pilgrimage route during the Middle Ages, providing an important channel of cultural, intellectual and commercial exchange between pilgrims and local communities.

At that time, La Rioja became a crucial passage for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. Logroño, in particular, benefited from this influx of pilgrims, growing and developing as an important stop on the Camino.

Today, the Camino de Santiago remains a symbol of spirituality, adventure and community. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world venture along this route, seeking not only a connection to history and faith, but also a journey of self-discovery and personal enrichment.

If you decide to start your pilgrimage in Logroño, you will be following in the footsteps of countless people who over the centuries have undertaken this incredible journey to Santiago de Compostela.

Villages that you will visit on the Camino de Santiago from Logroño

The French Way from logroño passes through several charming villages as pilgrims make their way to Santiago de Compostela. Here are some of the most outstanding villages along this stretch:

Nájera

Nájera is the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Navarra, known for its impressive monastery and medieval bridge over the river Najerilla.

Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Famous for the legend of the hen and the cockerel, this town has a beautiful cathedral and a lively central square.

Redecilla del Camino

A small village that welcomes pilgrims with its tranquillity and rural charm.

Belorado

A village with a beautiful historic centre and a welcoming atmosphere, ideal for a break on the way.

San Juan de Ortega

Known for its monastery and the legend of the saint of the same name, it is a historic place of great importance on the Camino.

Agés

Agés is a small village with a welcoming atmosphere and a Romanesque church that is well worth a visit.

Atapuerca

Famous for archaeological sites that have yielded important findings on human evolution.

Burgos

Burgos is a large city with an impressive Gothic cathedral, a cultural and architectural landmark on the French Way.

Frómista

With its impressive Romanesque church of San Martín, Frómista is a historic town with fascinating architecture.

Carrión de los Condes

A town with a rich historical and cultural heritage, housing several notable churches and a monastery.

Mansilla de las Mulas

Situated by the river Esla, this village has interesting architecture and a peaceful atmosphere.

León

A large and significant town on the route, famous for its gothic cathedral and lively atmosphere.

La Virgen del Camino

A small village with a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it is a common resting place for pilgrims.

Rabanal del Camino

A village nestled in the mountains, known for its spiritual atmosphere and the Church of Santa Maria.

Ponferrada

Ponferrada

A town with an imposing and well-preserved Templar castle, a must for history lovers.

Villafranca del Bierzo

A town with an important church and a charming atmosphere, known as “little Compostela”.

O Cebreiro

situated in the hills of Galicia, is famous for its ancient pallozas and its pre-Romanesque church.

Triacastela

A quiet and picturesque village in the Galician hills, ideal for relaxing and enjoying nature.

Sarria

A popular starting point for many pilgrims, as it is the last stage before the final 100 km to obtain the Compostela.

Portomarín

A historic place with a Romanesque church and a strategic location next to the river Minho.

Palas de Rei

A typical Galician village with a rich cultural tradition and a charming parish.

Arzúa

Known for its cheese, it is an important point before reaching Santiago de Compostela.

Places of interest on the Camino Francés from Logroño

Las Médulas (León)

Las Médulas (León)

Las Médulas is a landscape environment formed by a former Roman open-pit gold mining site located in the vicinity of the region of El Bierzo. This area was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 1996 for its archaeological interest; it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Natural Monument in 2002.

Although it is not directly on the route of the French Way, many pilgrims choose to visit this impressive site for its historical importance and natural beauty.

Atapuerca (Burgos)

If you are a lover of history and archaeology, you must make a stop at Atapuerca on your way through Burgos. This archaeological site, the cradle of the oldest human beings in Europe, is located in the Sierra de Atapuerca and was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000.

Despite not being a common place to visit for pilgrims on this route, many of them choose to make a detour to visit this important palaeontological and archaeological site.

If you wish to visit Atapuerca, you should bear in mind that the site is located about 15 kilometres east of Burgos, so it will require additional time. To get there, you can consider taking public or private transport from Burgos, such as a bus or taxi.

The most important monuments on the Camino from Logroño

Santo Domingo de la Calzada (La Rioja)

This municipality is one of the most important points on the Camino de Santiago in La Rioja. This town is known for its cathedral and its legend of the hen and the cockerel. Visit the cathedral and discover the history surrounding this curious tale.

León Cathedral

La Catedral de León

As you pass through León, you will come across one of the monumental jewels of the French Route, its Cathedral. This Gothic basilica dates back to the 13th century and is one of the city’s most important points of historical relevance and interest. Its imposing Gothic-style façade, adorned with polychrome stained-glass windows that filter the light in heavenly tones, will leave you in awe.

Cruz de Ferro

The Cruz de Ferro is located between the villages of Foncebadón and Manjarín, in the province of León. The tradition of placing a stone at the foot of the cross is said to come from the ancient Celts, and symbolises leaving sins behind and carrying a new hope as you continue on the road to Santiago de Compostela. Over the centuries, this custom has endured, making the Cruz de Ferro a meeting point for pilgrims.

Castle of the Templars

Approaching the end of the route, we reach the municipality of Ponferrada. Situated on a hill, we find the Castle of the Templars, a Romanesque-style building dating from 1187 and one of the wonders of the Middle Ages, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest and a National Monument.

This historic site has a special relationship with pilgrims. During the Middle Ages, the Knights Templar were known for their work protecting and lodging travellers on their way to Santiago de Compostela.

Other places of interest to visit if you are on the French Route are: Burgos Cathedral, the Monastery of San Juan de la Peña in Aragón and the Church of San Martín de Frómista in Palencia.

What to do the French Way from Logroño?

It’s not just about walking. You can add extra activities to your trip to make the pilgrimage experience to Santiago even more enriching.

Wine testing

Many of the places that make up the Jacobean routes have an extensive tradition in the production and marketing of exquisite wines. The French Way, in particular, is one of the most famous routes in this sense, given that it crosses three important wne.growing areas such as La Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Ribeira Sacra.

Cultural Exploration

Visit churches, cathedrals, monasteries and villages along the way. Learn about the history, architecture and culture of the region.

Tasting of local food

Try the local cuisine in every region you pass through. Each place has delicious local dishes that are part of the experience.

Visit Cocinandos

Considered one of the best restaurants in Spain for its value for money. Awarded a Michelin star since 2009, it marks a turning point in Castilian cuisine. You can visit it on your visit to León.

Frequent questions

From Logroño Airport

By car: 13.8 km with an estimated duration of 16 minutes.

From Vitoria airport

By car: 100 km with an estimated duration of 1 hour and 4 minutes.

From Bilbao airport

By car: 148 km with an estimated time of 1 hour and 33 minutes.
By bus: From Bilbao airport, take a bus (BIZKAIBUS) towards Bilbao Intermodal, a 35-minute journey. At Bilbao Intermodal, leave the station, walk 3 minutes and take a bus (ALSA) towards Barcelona (Nord) to Logroño bus station, journey time 1 hour and 30 minutes. For timetables and more information visit www.bizkaia.eus and www.alsa.es

FromMadrid airport

By car or taxi: It is about 326 kilometres with an estimated duration of 4 hours and 12 minutes.
By bus: From T4 take a bus (ALSA) towards Logroño, a journey time of 4 hours and 7 minutes to Logroño bus station. For timetables and more information visit www.alsa.es

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Camino de Santiago desde Logroño

TOUR SUMMARY

DISTANCE: 533 Km
STAGES: 27 Stages
DURATION: 28 Nights
DIFICULTy: 4/5
START: Logroño
PRICE: desde 2227€

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