CAMINO FRANCES from Logroño to Burgos.
The French route from Logroño to Burgos begins in the capital “La Rioja” and is therefore the wine capital of this designation of origin, one of the most famous in the world. In the first stages we hike through landscapes with olive groves, almond trees and of course vineyards.
Logroño, our starting point:
The entire historic center of Logroño preserves traces of the city’s important Jacobean tradition, in which the arrival of 11th century pilgrims was fundamental to its development. Proof of this are monuments such as the pilgrims’ fountain. The city of Logroño was already mentioned in the Calixtino Codex, which is considered the first travel guide on the Camino de Santiago. Of course, on the first day of our trip, it is important to take a stroll down the famous Laurel Street.
The French way from Logroño to Burgos leads in the part that goes through La Rioja through areas with some ups and downs. As soon as we leave La Rioja to enter Castilla León, the ground becomes flatter when we enter the plateau. On the way from Logroño to Burgos we won’t find any major climbs and descents as this is a very flat section of the French way. For example, in the first stage we find “Alto de la Grajera” and Alto de San Antón, the climbs of which are quite progressive.
In this section of the French route from Logroño to Burgos we also walk through another city with a great Jacobean tradition, Santo Domingo de la Calzada. The historic center, with medieval streets and a magnificent wall, is of national historical interest.
In the penultimate phase we pass the well-known Atapuerca deposit.
Because in the city of Burgos we can opt for the river. The traditional layout has turned into an industrial area which is a little less pleasant for walking.
At our destination the city of Burgos awaits us, one of the top works of Spanish Gothic. The magnificent Burgos Cathedral, a must-see once we have completed this section of the French Way.
The arrival in León is not the end, but a break on the way, which must continue until we reach Santiago de Compostela.