Rioja

09:30 h. Departure from the hotel

11:00 h. Arrival in NÁJERA. The town of Nájera was, between the years 923 and 1076, the most important political site in the Peninsula during the Spanish Reconquest. It was also the seat of the Kingdom of Pamplona-Nájera. The King Sancho III,”el Mayor“, designed a new route to Santiago through the lands of the region of La Rioja.

12:30 h. Visit to SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA. An emotive legend – with an important documentary base- explains how this town was founded by a hermit called Dominic, who settled down in the forest to open up a road, to build a bridge over the Oja river and to build up a temple and a pilgrims hospital.

14:00 h. Lunch.

16:30 h. Visit to the MONASTERY OF SUSO. It was founded in the XI century and rebuilt between the XVI and XVIII centuries. It is considered to be the cradle of the modern Spanish language as it was here where phrases in the Spanish language  were written for the first time.

19:30 h. Arrival in Pamplona, dinner and accomodation.

Photograph: © Antonio Marín Segovia / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

More routes: Pamplona, Medieval Route, The Way of Saint James, traditional French routeThe Way of Saint James, via ToulouseThe Navarrese PyreneesThe Valley of BaztanLa RiberaThe Basque coast.