Camino de Santiago from Roncesvalles

The Camino de Santiago from Roncesvalles is an ideal route for all those who want to enjoy the first kilometres on the Camino Frances, but without having to face the hard stage of Saint Jean Pied de Port, where the route officially begins.

The route is completed over a natural mountain environment, reaching its highest point in Alto del Perdón, where you can enjoy a spectacular panorama of the region. On your path there will be numerous medieval bridges, as well as castles and ancient churches.

In addition, the Camino Frances from Roncesvalles will allow you to visit one of the most famous cities in Spain, Pamplona, world famous for the San Fermin festival. You will also have the opportunity to discover picturesque towns such as Puente la Reina or Estella. 

The route ends in Logroño, capital of the la Rioja wine region. Throughout the tour, you can enjoy a landscape characterized by the presence of vineyards and taste numerous wines from the region. The Bodegas Irache wine fountain, from which free wine emanates, 365 days a year, is a visit that you should not miss.

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    Day 1
    Arrival in Roncesvalles
    Surrounded by mountains and with an air of mystery, Roncesvalles is an ideal place to embark on the Camino de Santiago Frances. The village is small but very picturesque, full of stone houses and cobblestoned streets.

    On the day of your arrival, we recommend that you come to visit the Church of the Real Colegiata de Santa Maria, the pilgrim’s door and the chapels of Santiago and the Holy Spirit.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Roncesvalles.

    Day 2
    From Roncesvalles to Zubiri
    The first stage of the Camino de Santiago from Roncesvalles is especially beautiful. During the first few kilometres, you will cross a mysterious oak forest, known as the Robledal de las Brujas.

    On the route, through a landscape dominated by the presence of beech and oak trees, you will reach two mountain passes. One is known as the Alto de Mezkiritz, at an altitude of 920 metres, and the other as Alto de Erro, at 800 metres.

    Following the banks of the River Arga, you will reach the end of the stage in Zubiri, a village located in the Esteribar Valley. We advise you to take advantage of the afternoon to enjoy the bucolic environment surrounding el Puente de la Rabia.

    Distance: 20 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Zubiri.

    Day 3
    From Zubiri to Pamplona
    On this day, you can choose between following the original path of the Camino Frances or taking the quiet river bank on the River Arga to Pamplona. We recommend the second option.

    The main feature of these kilometres on the Camino de Santiago from Roncesvalles are the numerous medieval bridges that you will have to cross in the route. The day ends in Pamplona, where you will find many places of interest, such as the Cathedral or the Plaza del Castillo, where one of the cafes frequented by the famous Ernest Hemingway is located.

    In addition, it is also an excellent place to enjoy the gastronomy of the region. If you haven’t already, we suggest you try some Pacharán. To enjoy Pamplona to the fullest it takes at least two days, if you want to add an extra night to your tour, please contact us.

    Distance: 20 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Pamplona.

    Day 4
    From Pamplona to Puente la Reina
    Today you will start the day by setting off to the Alto del Perdón. During the ascent and from the top, you will enjoy an excellent panorama over the entire valley and the city of Pamplona.

    The descent from Alto del Perdón is made on stony terrain, but surrounded by a very pleasant environment. The day ends in Puente la Reina, a medieval village, dominated by the presence of a beautiful bridge that gives the town its name.

    Distance: 23 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Puente la Reina.

    Day 5
    From Puente la Reina to Estella.
    Today you will advance over undulating terrain, on which, little by little, vineyards will become present. By following small trails and crossing various rivers such as the Salado, Iranzu and Erga you can visit medieval towns, such as Cirauqui. You will also have the opportunity to complete a few kilometres following the Roman road.

    The day ends in the walled town of Estella, where you can spend the afternoon visiting various churches and medieval palaces or the saltwater springs.

    Distance: 23 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Estella.

    Day 6
    From Estella to Los Arcos
    Today, shortly after leaving Estella, you will find the free wine fountain at Bodegas Irache, where you can start the day toasting to your good fortune. Afterwards, a walk awaits you surrounded by olive tree plantations and huge vineyards that announce the proximity of La Rioja.

    The tour is made in a totally natural environment, with very few villages along the way. The day ends in another medieval villa, Los Arcos. We recommend you to walk its long streets in search of the Estanco and Castile portals.

    Distance: 21,5 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Los Arcos.

    Day 7
    From Los Arcos to Logroño
    On your last day of walking, you will leave Navarra and enter La Rioja. Wine crops will be increasingly present on the landscape.

    During the day, you won’t find many locations on your path. However, before you reach Logroño, you can visit villages such as Sansol and Torres del Río, with strong Baroque architecture, or the old noble town of Viana.

    Distance: 27 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Logroño.

    Day 8
    Logroño is a beautiful city, where it is worth losing yourself around the streets of its old town. Some essential visits are the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria la Redonda, the church of San Bartolomé and the Paseo del Espolón.

    The city, capital of La Rioja, is also an ideal place to discover Riojan gastronomy and wines. In streets such as Laurel, Mercado or San Juan you will find a wide culinary offer and many places specialized in tapas. The wineries also abound in Logroño, some of them are: Marqués de Murrieta, Campo Viejo or Marqués de Vargas.

    If you want to discover all the gastronomy and wine culture of La Rioja, as well as enjoy the pleasant atmosphere that is found in Logroño, you can add an additional night to your trip. Please contact us for more information.

    On the other hand, if you think that 8 days on the Camino de Santiago are not enough, do not hesitate to contact us so that we can add into your trip some of the stages along the stretch that joins Logroño and Burgos.


    Selection of hotels and cottages

    Our partner travel agencies only works with accommodation that have private bathrooms and that guarantee maximum comfort and convenience to those pilgrims who book with us.

    Since reservations are subject to availability, the name of the hotels and cottages you will stay in will be provided to you 1 month before you start your pilgrimage.

    Booking single rooms

    You can book your stay on the Camino de Santiago by staying in single rooms, which also include a private bathroom. Single rooms are subject to an additional charge for the selected route.

    Accommodation in single rooms is subject to availability in hotels and cottages as it is a highly sought-after service. Reservations must be made in advance.

    Commitment to quality

    To ensure the quality standards of the accommodation with which we collaborate, our partner travel agencies teams travels to each of them to check that their facilities and services, as well as the quality of their attention, are excellent. Only in this way, can we guarantee you the best rest and an unforgettable stay while you are on the Camino de Santiago.

    In addition, if due to the low capacity of some of the hotels or cottages with which we collaborate, there is no availability, we guarantee that they will offer you other accommodation of the same range or even of superior quality.

    Accommodation partners

    All hotels and cottages have been selected with the utmost care, to guarantee your rest and comfort on all stages of the Camino de Santiago

    • Staying in hotels and cottages.
    • Accommodation with a private bathroom in your room.
    • Detailed itinerary of the reserved route.
    • Selected meal plan.
    • Baggage transfer between stages.
    • Personal assistance 24/7, by phone, throughout the trip.
    • Emergency assistance car available
    • Information dossier for the Camino de Santiago from Roncesvalles.
    • Taxes included.
    • Booking of single rooms at an additional cost.
    • Picnics to go (includes sandwich, drink and dessert).
    • Additional night in Santiago de Compostela (breakfast included).
    • Transfer from Pamplona (from the city or airport) to Roncesvalles.
    • Transfers according to your needs.
    • Assistance insurance during the tour.
    • Travel cancellation insurance.
    Excellent and well organised walking
    We walked from Lugo to Santiago. All of the accommodation was very good, good meals and drink. All in all a very good holiday and walking experience. We’ve already booked to do another walk next year as they make it so easy to do.
    Well done!
    They arranged all accommodation and transport of luggage flawlessly. Not a single glitch was experienced. Well done!
    Camino Trail
    Amazing experience and I was very satisfied. I would highly recommend booking with this company as they were organized, helpful and I never had to worry about anything other than enjoy hiking the Camino.
    They really are excellent!
    The tour was really superb! We were impressed with all aspects of communications both during the booking and planning stage as well as during the trip. Transfers were flawless and the standard of accomodation excellent! Highly recommend… And will surely use them again!
    Fabulous experience
    Fabulous experience. Walks in Spain were a very good company to travel with. Highly recommend them. Accommodation was very good and food excellent.