Stage 5: Puente la Reina - Estella

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Distance
21,6 Km
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Length
5 h
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Difficulty
Low
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Mountain - Urban

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Puente la Reina is a town that owes its name to the bridges that were built over the Arga River as a means of passage between this river and the Camino de Santiago.

The city has an important religious influence that can be noticed through its number of churches, being examples to highlight the Church of the Crucifix, the Church of San Pedro and the Church of Santiago. All three were built at the same time (12th century).

The Church of Santiago retains its captivating design of Romanesque and Moorish influence, undoubtedly with a variety of details that show the pride of the city. One of the main reasons for the strong religious presence is that Puente de la Reina acted as a meeting point for pilgrims heading west towards Santiago de Compostela.

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Now that we are far from Pamplona, today is much quieter than the previous two days. Most of the day is spent on tracks through farmland and sometimes on special pilgrim trails made of compacted earth.

After crossing the Pilgrims Bridge leaving Puente la Reina, walk down to the next bridge to get the best views and pictures of the most famous bridge on the Camino.

This is one of those days where you can easily cover more distance if you want to complete the French Way in less than 33 days.

The village of Maneru has a small local parish church dedicated to San Pedro, as well as the ruins of a Gothic church. This village has less than 500 inhabitants.

Leaving Maneru, you will pass the cemetery and see the village of Cirauqui in the distance. Just before reaching Lorca, you will cross the Salado River over a small medieval double-arched bridge.

Between Lorca and Villatuerta, you will pass the ruins of a pilgrims' hostel built in 1066, called Hospital de Peregrinos de Arandigoyen. From there to Estella it is 3.7 km.

Hostels Puente la Reina - Estella

Hostel Address Place Telephone Property Management Staff
Albergue de Lorca Calle Mayor, 40 Lorca (Navarra) 948 54 11 90 Private Private José Ramón Echeverría
Albergue de ANFAS de Estella C/ Cordeleros 7, bajo Estella (Navarra) Hostel: 639 011 688 / ANFAS: 948 55 45 51 ANFAS ANFAS Estíbaliz
Albergue la Bodega del camino C/ Placeta 8 Lorca (Navarra) 948 54 13 27 - 948 54 11 62 Private Private Malvina y Polina
Albergue Maralotx Pza. Grande, 4 Cirauqui (Navarra) 678 635 208 Private Private Juanma y Paloma
Albergue Alda Estella Hostel Plaza de Santiago 41 Estella / Lizarra 948030139 – 622194890 Alda Castilla S.L. Unknown Jose
Albergue parroquial San Miguel Mercado Viejo, 18 Estella (Navarra) 654 480 239, 687 500 960, 675 967 411 Parroquia de San Miguel Parroquia de San Miguel José Miguel Arellano
Albergue Hostería de Curtidores C/ Curtidores, 43 Estella (Navarra) 948 550 070 Private Private Amaia García y José Antonio Sanz
Albergue Capuchinos Rocamador C/ Rocamador, 6 Estella (Navarra) 948 55 05 49, 948 55 00 13 Hermanos Capuchinos Hermanos Capuchinos Ramón Barandalla Mauleón
Albergue El Cantero C/ Esperanza, 2 Mañeru (Navarra) 948 34 21 42 Private Private Roberto
Albergue Juvenil Oncineda C/ Monasterio de Irache, 11 Estella (Navarra) 948 55 50 22, 948 55 39 54 Municipal Escur, SL Amaia García, José Antonio Sanz.
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