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Pilgrim´s Way to Santiago via Orreaga/Roncesvalles. From Estella-Lizarra to Los Arcos

Pilgrim's Way to Santiago


Monasterio de Irache
Villamayor de Monjardín
Los Arcos
Monasterio de Irache
Leaving the medieval town of Estella-Lizarra behind, the route passes a petrol station and takes a path that goes around the back of a supermarket, reaching the village of Ayegui up the slope. From Ayegui the route gives you the option of heading for Azqueta or passing by the nearby Monastery of Irache (if you take the latter option you will be able to pick up the route to Azqueta later on or take the diversion to Montejurra mentioned above, first of all heading for Luquin and then, a little later, meeting the route that will take you to Los Arcos).

If you choose the path to Azqueta, you cross Ayegui along its highest street and then head down towards some open farmland. The path passes a fountain and is then surrounded by vineyards, soon after entering the residential complex of Irache with its bungalows, houses and hotel. Once again back in open land, it crosses a diversion to Igúzquiza via an underground passageway and heads into a kermes oak wood. It crosses a local road and, once out of the wood, follows a track until it reaches Azqueta. Once out of the village, the route heads downwards and passes in front of a dairy; the track becomes a path for a short while, leading to the Gothic fountain of Villamayor de Monjardín, soon reaching this picturesque village situated at the foot of its famous ruined castle. Once the route has passed by the church, it heads along a concrete path that soon becomes a track once again, heading downwards until it reaches a wide track. It crosses the local Urbiola-Olejua road and continues on a gravel path, meeting soon after the diversion that it left behind in Villatuerta (that would have avoided having to pass through the town of Estella-Lizarra). Along flat land, between vineyards, cereal fields, small pinewoods, lone almond trees and tiny streams, you reach Kapanaldia.

As you leave a livestock shed behind, the route abandons the main track for a short while and continues on a dirt track, which is not exactly in the best condition. This track skirts a hill on which the so-called Corral Santo (Holy Enclosure) is found before it rejoins the main track. A little further on the route makes a right angle turn and crosses the fields until it reaches the other side of the watercourse, approaching a small hill range repopulated with pine trees (La Raicilla). The valley becomes narrower and the route enters an area of tamarisks that cross the Gardiel ravine, between bull rushes and reeds. The wide track returns and, walking through cereal fields and olive groves, you arrive at Los Arcos.

Starting point: Estella-Lizarra (c/ De la Rúa)

End point: Los Arcos

Path classification: Others

Type of route: Cement, Earth, Gravel, Road

Form: Linear


  • Car park
  • Fountain
  • Information point
  • Picnic spot
  • Pub
  • Signposting
  • Tourist Resources


¿Qué ver y qué hacer al terminar la etapa?

- Visita guiada a Los Arcos, desde la iglesia (es necesario cita previa, 649909514)
- Visita a la casa de cultura Carmen Thyssen.
- Disfrutar de un helado o una bebida en las terrazas de la plaza del Coso o en la plaza de la iglesia.
- Bendición de los peregrinos en varios idiomas al final de la misa de la tarde en la iglesia de Santa María (Horario de la misa: a las 19:00 en invierno y a las 20:00 en verano, (excepto domingos que es a las 12:30)
- Darse un baño en las piscinas municipales.
- Visita y cata en alguna de las bodegas de Los Arcos:
?Fernández Arcaya (en el propio casco urbano)
?Valcarlos o Alzania (a las afueras. Se puede llegar en 20 minutos a pie o en taxi 948 640764/650965250)
Otros datos de interés

- Para consultar información: Oficina de turismo de Los Arcos (948640021)
- Para sellar la credencial: albergues de peregrinos, oficina de turismo e iglesia de Santa María.

How to get there and move around

Tomar la Autovía del Camino A-12, desviarse en la salida 40 y continuar por la carretera N-122 llegar hasta Estella-Lizarra.

Opening hours, dates and guide prices. We recommend you confirm with the entity in question.

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