Caminho Francês

Puente la Reina/Gares - Estella/Lizarra

22 km Difficulty
The day begins leaving Puente de la Reina through Zubiurrutia, a stretch of 5 kilometres first following the river Arga and then descending to Mañeru, the town giving its name to this county of fabulous landscapes and amazing wines.

The next remarkable spot on the route is Cirauqui, a medieval town still preserving its old wall and a section of a Roman calzada (road). The river Iguste flows through the town and is traversed by a Roman bridge. Once we leave the town behind, towards the other side of the motorway, a local road passes under the viaduct of the Alloz Canal until the Salado River in its last push towards Lorca.

Lying 13 kilometres from where we started, this village offers a break before departing for the second part of the day’s itinerary leading from there to Villatuerta, with its Gothic Anunciación church.

A footpath avoids having to walk on the NA-132 and the river Ega leads walkers to the gates of Estella, with its church of San Pedro de la Rúa and its Palace of the Kings of Navarre.

Tips from our postmen and women

“In Estella, pilgrims must not miss the chance to enter any of the bakeries in order to taste the “Rocas de Puy”, a local sweet made up of almonds, chocolate and butter that makes most people swoon”. Juana María Martínez, Correos of Estella-Lizarra.