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The Ignatian Way through Navarre. Stages 5, 6, 12 and 13

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The Ignatian Way recreates the route taken by Ignatius of Loyola in 1522 from his birthplace in Azpeitia (Gipuzkoa) to the Catalan city of Manresa. A pilgrimage that commenced after his spiritual conversion in Loyola, and which finally ended in the holy city of Jerusalem.

The complete route is about 650 km, divided into 27 stages that cross 5 Autonomous Communities, offering a wide range of landscapes, cultural and gastronomic experiences.

The Way in Navarre enters via Genevilla, passes through Meano and Lapoblación to re-enter Alava. The Way then runs alongside the river Ebro up to Castejón, passing through Tudela and Cortes, until it reaches Zaragoza.
Information about the 4 stages of the Way in Navarre is available below: 

Stage 5. Alda - Genevilla: 23.3 kilometres and 740 metres total height. It starts in the village of Alda in Alava province, and there are two alternative routes. One takes you to Santa Cruz de Campezo via the two villages of Oteo and Antoñana; the other passes through Orbiso. The latter route is 18.3 kilometres long and is recommended if you are doing the route by bike.

The first route reaches Antoñana and then continues via the beautiful Green Route of the Basque-Navarre train, with trees shading the way, passing through Santa Cruz de Campezo, the largest village in the area, to finally arrive at Genevilla and the end of this stage. An outstanding feature of this small village is the altarpiece, one of the best examples of Gothic-Renaissance art in Navarre.

Stage 6. Genevilla - Laguardia
: 27 kilometres and 1305 metres total height. It passes through the Navarrese villages of Lapoblación and Meano and ends at Laguardia in Alava. This is the last stage of the Way and has some steep slopes. The church of Lapoblación has another attractive Renaissance altarpiece.

Stage 12. Alfaro -Tudela: 24.6 kilometres and 377 metres total height. A fork in the route allows you to enjoy the fields that make use of the waters of the river Ebro to produce their locally renowned vegetables. It ends at the city of Tudela, capital of the "Ribera de Navarra", and full of monuments, such as the cathedral portal and the plaza de los Fueros.

Stage 13. Tudela - Gallur: 36 kilometres and 212 metres total height. This is a very long stage, which means having to get up early and taking plenty of water with you. The spectacular Castillo de Cortes is well worth a visit, as are a number of points on the route such as the Canal Imperial, a magnificent feat of engineering, and the Ebro valley.

Did you know that...?

Ignatius of Loyola was a classmate at the University of the Sorbonne of the Patron Saint of Navarre, St Francis Xavier, both of whom were founders of the religious order of the Company of Jesus.

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Type of route: Cement, Earth, Empedrado, Gravel, Road

Form: Linear

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