Day 17 Tue 08 Apr
A short day, 8 kilometers to Estella, to arrive early. We like Estella, its streets curved to follow the fast flowing stream cutting it in two. Short history – over 1,000 years ago, Estella was established half way between Puente la Reina and Los Arcos to provide overnight shelter for pilgrims to Santiago. It prospered and today numerous buildings of that era remain. We lunched at an excellent restaurant featuring typical local food. Pam went for lamb chilindrón (lamb, red peppers, onion & garlic); and for me the chicken in apple juice sauce – both cooked on a wood fire.
Remote chapel of San Miguel
Church of the Holy Sepulchre approaching Estella ...
... features intricate 14 th century carvings of the Deciples
Reconstructed in 1973, blown up in 1873
One of three large monasteries in Estella
Baroque former City Hall, Estella
Palace of Navarra kings, Romanesque topped by 17th century brickwork
Day 18 Wed 09 Apr
Departing at 0800, we easily made opening time at the free pilgrim’s wine fountain at Irache, a few kilometers out of Estella. Properly strengthened for the 19 kilometers more to Los Arcos, we took the low path, passing through a couple of nice villages. Perfect weather, nice walking.
Fortifying ourselves at the Irache wine fountain
Moorish water cistern
Great idea - wayside coffee stall
Casa de la Abuela (Grandma's House)
Wine from the village (Los Arcos) - nice!
Day 19 Thu 10 Apr
After a good nights sleep at the best place on the entire Camino, Casa de la Abuela (Grandma’s House), we set off energized and made good time to Torres del Rio. After eating a delicious, but huge, apple pastry for breakfast it felt like lead in the boots for the following climb. Still, good weather and good walking, 19 kilometers to Viana – a lovely old town atop a hill. Next – La Rioja.
All the pilgrims, two by two
Torres del Rio
Torres del Rio church
This part of Navarra is studded with old stone refuges
Entrance, Viana Catedral