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French route Stage 5: From Puente la Reina to Estella (21 km.)

French route Stage 5: From Puente la Reina to Estella (21 km.)

The itinerary crosses Puente la Reina along Santiago Street, crossing the River Arga by the impressively high medieval bridge (11th-century Romanesque) and then crossing the road at a zebra crossing.

The route follows an abandoned road to reach the nearby neighbourhood of Zubiurrutia and a small area for pilgrims to rest. From here, follow the track that goes under the motorway viaduct; it takes you towards the river on flat ground.
Leave the waste water treatment plant of Puente la Reina behind, and the track follows a path between Mediterranean scrub and repopulated pines. It continues to rise and passes close to the abandoned part of Bargota.

Walk around a rest area and reach the edge of the expressway, which you avoid by taking a steep earth track at the start that has artificial gravel-filled ditches in its second half. Once at the highest point, the route brings the village of Mañeru into sight, where you will soon arrive via a farm track.

After leaving the village of Mañeru, the route continues along a road that heads for the cemetery, along the old road to Estella. From the graveyard, along a track, the route continues between cereal fields, vineyards, olive groves, asparagus fields and pine trees, with Cirauqui constantly in view thanks to its position at the top of a hill. Now and again the route leaves the track along different paths. Once you have reached Cirauqui, the route wanders through the streets of its beautiful medieval centre.

Leave Cirauqui along its renowned paved Roman road, protected by rows of cypress trees. Cross the Roman bridge and then the motorway thanks to an overhead bridge. First along a track and then a smaller path, the route follows the Roman road, which still retains the original paving in some sections. The path then crosses a restored bridge (Dorrondoa) and passes the abandoned village of Urbe further on.At the end of this section of the route you cross the motorway again, to come out onto the road to Alloz.

The route continues along a path parallel to the road to Alloz on the left, and goes under the expressway and then an aqueduct.It leaves the road near a mill and first crosses the canal and then the river Salado, over the so-called Puente del Camino Real (Drover’s Way Bridge). It heads upwards along a path in order to cross the motorway via an underground pass. After a few metres along an unused surfaced road, follow a pleasant path to the left that leads you directly to Lorca. The route crosses from one side of the village to the other and leaves along the local access road. Once this road comes to an end, it takes the track next to it that goes round a small oak wood that has some excellent specimens of this tree. Once on open ground, you soon meet the Tauste Drover’s Way to the Andía mountain range, which our route follows for a few metres, allowing us to stay away from the traffic.

The route continues – at times along tracks, at others along paths – through farmland dotted with hills. It crosses the motorway through an underground passage to arrive at Villatuerta, in the direction of Estella (you can avoid going through the town by taking the 'bypass' of Montejurra, also known as the “Camino de Zaraputz", that will take you along paths and tracks until you reach Luquin and then a little later through the main route that leads to Los Arcos).

From the church at Villatuerta the route runs between isolated houses towards the chapel of San Miguel, crosses the road to Nobeleta via an underpass and follows a path that goes down to the river Ega. After crossing the river over a footbridge, the route follows a path that heads towards the monumental town of Estella, a place that welcomes us with its Santo Sepulcro (Holy Sepulchre) church.

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What is there to do and see at the end of the stage?

  • Guided tour of Estella-Lizarra
  • Relax in the Los Llanos park or on the esplanade next to the church f the Holy Sepulchre
  • Films in the Golem cinema
  • An ice cream or drink on the café terraces of the Plaza de los Fueros (main square of the town)
  • Blessing of pilgrims in the churches of San Miguel (mass: Monday-Saturday at 7.00 pm; Sundays and public holidays, at 8.30 am and 11.30 am) and San Pedro de la Rúa (mass: Monday through Saturday at 7.00 pm; Sundays and public holidays at 9.00 am and 12.30 pm).
  • Monastery of Iratxe and wine drinking fountain (3 km) ("Tierra Estella Bus" city bus, line 2 or taxi - +34 948550001). The following day, they can go through the Monastery —or not, and make the trip shorter.
  • Go for a swim in the Obeki pools or the Agua Salda municipal swimming pool in the summer. In winter, there is the swimming pool in the Tierra Estella Municipal Sports Complex.

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  • For more information: Tourism Office of Estella
  • To stamp your credential: Pilgrims’ hostels / Tourism Office / Church of San Juan and Church of San Miguel

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