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Pilgrim´s Way to Santiago via Jaca. From Sangüesa to Monreal

Pilgrim's Way to Santiago
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Sangüesa
Sangüesa
Monreal
Monreal
Sangüesa
From the bridge at Sangüesa, take the road to Pamplona and then take the turning off to Rocaforte. A few metres along the road turn off once again onto a path that goes around the site of a paper factory. The old road heads up to the centre of Rocaforte, which is on the brow of a mountain range, hanging over the valley. This town, called "Sangüesa la vieja" (Old Sangüesa), with the beauty of its streets and old houses, provides a contrast to the industrial landscape found immediately below.



From the lower part of Rocaforte the path is flat until it reaches a steep riverbank along which it climbs, leaving behind (on the right) the impressive building of the Oratory of San Bartolomé, now in ruins. A little further ahead, it passes by the Fountain of San Francisco, a welcoming spot that is ideal for taking a break. At the end of the climb the traveller comes faces to face with a wide open, shallow valley, bordered by two mountain ranges, one of which - the Salajones mountain range - is crowned by wind turbines. The route continues through vineyards and fields of grain and past old farmyards that have deteriorated over the years through lack of use.


After the road sign indicating the town of Aibar, you meet the drover's road that goes from Murillo el Fruto to Salazar. It runs perpendicular to your route, along which the valley becomes narrower and the path more rural.

The route easily climbs the valley along a country path, passing by a river-less poplar grove. Almost at the top of the valley, cross under the road via an underground passageway and climb the last slope along a stony path. On the other side is the town of Lumbier and its surrounding basin and at the end, on a clear day, is the impressive silhouette of the Pyrenees.

The path on the northern side heads down between young pines planted for repopulation, which are close to the road at the beginning. On reaching the small hill of San Babil, the path enters a repopulated area of mature black pines and goes down to a ravine where you will find a gravel path, from which the route soon veers onto on a narrow path. The path goes along the hillside for a long time through a mountain of wild pines, oaks and boxwood, where the outlines of old farmland can still be seen. This path leads to the small valley of Olatz, which you will climb up along a dirt track.



A small archway along the route leads into Olatz, the name of a medieval town that was abandoned, like so many others, at the end of the 15th century, possibly due to the plague. Nowadays, it is a small valley whose lower part is filled with a narrow slither of farmland and hillsides populated with dense forests. The route continues along a dirt track up the valley until it reaches a metal gate, where you will find a tarmac track that you leave after a few metres for a smaller path into a pine grove. Once more, the route leads into a new valley, this time at Ibargoiti. As you emerge onto farmland, a track takes you on a pleasant walk to Izco.


From Izco another farm track leads to the most direct path to Abínzano. On the left, along the Izco mountain range, the giant blades of the wind farm turn and turn.

Once you have crossed the centre of the small village of Abínzano, the path carries on out of the village on a farm track alongside some large livestock sheds. This hilly route involves continuous ups and downs between large grain fields, small interspersed oak woods and frequent streams, which, along with their rows of poplars, make the landscape more pleasant. A landmark on the route rises ahead of us - the mass of mount Elomendi (otherwise, and more popularly, known as the 'Higa de Monreal'). On the other side of the valley stands the less graceful mass of mount Izaga, on whose crest stands the chapel of San Miguel. After crossing the Puente Grande Bridge over the river Elorz, the next village is Salinas de Ibargoiti.


Before reaching the church in Salinas there is a dirt track that goes down towards the river Elorz, which needs to be crossed directly, without a bridge - a situation that can pose some problems when the river is in full flow! On the left bank of the river the path disappears into a shady wood of pines and then oaks. Almost in Monreal, the path crosses the Elorz again, this time over a footbridge, and enters the village's paved streets.

Un portillo en el camino nos indica la entrada a Olatz, nombre de un pueblo medieval deshabitado a finales del siglo XV. En la actualidad es un pequeño valle con su fondo ocupado por una estrecha lengua de cultivo y las laderas pobladas de densos bosques. El camino continúa remontando el valle por una pista de tierra hasta alcanzar el portillo metálico de salida, donde encontramos una pista afirmada que, a los pocos metros, dejamos por un menguado camino que entra en un pinar. Una vez más, la ruta cambia de valle; entramos en Ibargoiti. Al salir a terreno cultivado, una pista agrícola conduce plácidamente a Izco.

Otra ruta alternativa para conocer la Foz de Lumbier es, saliendo de Sangüesa por el puente de hierro, continuamos hacia Liédena para entrar en la foz, la cruzamos y salimos en dirección al alto de Loiti para retomar el camino en Izco.

De Izco por pista agrícola a Abínzano. A nuestra izquierda, sobre la Sierra de Izco, giran las aspas gigantes de un parque eólico. Cruzado el casco urbano de Abínzano, el camino sale junto a unas naves ganaderas por pista agrícola. Ésta discurre por un trazado de continuas subidas y bajadas entre campos de cereal, bosquetes de roble intercalados y frecuentes regatas, que con sus hileras de chopos alegran el paisaje.

Marcando la dirección de nuestra ruta, se alza imponente la Higa de Monreal. Al otro lado del valle, menos esbelta, se halla la masa montañosa de Peña Izaga, en cuya cresta reposa la ermita de San Miguel.

Por el Puente Grande sobre el río Elorz, llegamos a Salinas de Ibargoiti. Antes de llegar a la iglesia, un camino de tierra baja hacia el río Elorz, cauce que vadearemos con la ayuda de un puente. Por la margen izquierda del río, el camino se interna en un paraje de bosque umbroso, primero de pinos y luego de robles. Cerca ya de Monreal, el camino vuelve a cruzar el río Elorz, esta vez por puente peatonal, y entra por las calles empedradas del pueblo.
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Starting point: Sangüesa

End point: Monreal

Path classification: Others

Type of route: Earth, Gravel

Form: Linear

Services

  • Fountain
  • Pub
  • Signposting

Observations

¿Qué ver y qué hacer al terminar la etapa?

- Paseo por Monreal: calle del Burgo, acogedora y enlosada con cuidadas viviendas
- Visita de la iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Natividad (en verano abierta de 10:30 a 13:00 y de 17:30 a 20:00. En invierno sólo antes de la misa.
- Baño en la piscina de Monreal en verano (de junio a septiembre) Precio de entrada: se cobra el precio íntegro. No hay descuentos especiales para peregrinos.
- Comida y/o cena en el centro parroquial (sociedad del pueblo)


Otros datos de interés:

- Para consultar información: Albergue de peregrinos y centro parroquial
- Para sellar la credencial: Albergue de peregrinos y centro parroquial
?Para comprar y/o desayunar: Tienda "Comercio a Mano"
?Esta ruta atraviesa campos de cereal y viñedo y las sombras escasean, lleva agua suficiente y protégete del sol.

How to get there and move around

Desde Pamplona tomar la A-21, desviarse en la salida 39 y continuar por la carretera N 240 y NA 127 hasta Sangüesa.

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

Practical information