Camino Frances – Day 6 – Los Arcos

Estella to Los Arcos

The Camino Francés route from Estella to Los Arcos offers a scenic 13.5-mile (21.7 km) stretch. Its subtle elevation changes from a starting altitude of 1,398 feet (426 m) to an ending altitude of 1,457 feet (444 m). This segment of the pilgrimage journey blends cultural heritage and natural beauty, connecting several historic villages along the way.

Ayegui

Ayegui – Monesterio de Iratxe

Leaving Estella, with its rich history and vibrant pilgrim community, the path soon leads to Ayegui. Here, pilgrims are greeted by the Monastery of Irache, which is not just a significant historical site but also home to the famous Wine Fountain. This unique fountain, offering wine and water, symbolizes the hospitality and spirit of the Camino, inviting travelers to pause and enjoy a moment of camaraderie.

Irache

Continuing on, the route meanders through the rolling landscapes of Navarre, entering the quaint village of Irache. The walk from Ayegui to Irache is marked by vineyards and fields, reflecting the agricultural tapestry of the region. The natural tranquility of this area offers a serene backdrop for reflection and connection with the environment.

Signpost on the way to Los Arcos

Azqueta

Further along, the journey takes pilgrims to Azqueta, a small village that epitomizes the rural charm of the Camino. With its stone houses and narrow streets, Azqueta provides a glimpse into the traditional lifestyles of the regions through which the Camino winds.

Azqueta

Villamayor de Monjardin

The next significant milestone is Villamayor de Monjardin. It is renowned for its winery, Bodegas Castillo de Monjardin. This celebrated establishment is known for producing a variety of high-quality wines, capitalizing on the region’s rich viticultural heritage and favorable climate. The winery’s commitment to tradition, combined with innovative winemaking techniques, results in wines that reflect the area’s terroir and appeal to modern palates.

Bodegas Castillo de Monjardin

Between Villamayor de Monjardin and Los Arcos lies a tranquil stretch of 7.6 miles (12.2 km), characterized by expansive fields and lush vineyards. This part of the Camino Francés offers pilgrims a serene passage, devoid of towns but abundant in natural beauty. As travelers make their way through this section, they are embraced by the quietude of the countryside, with the landscape’s gentle undulations and the vineyards’ orderly rows providing a meditative backdrop to their journey. This segment invites a moment of introspection and connection with nature, standing as a peaceful interlude before reaching the welcoming community of Los Arcos.

Vineyard

On the Camino Francés from Estella to Los Arcos, pilgrims have the option to take an alternative route via Luquin, which is 0,9 miles (1.4 km) shorter than the traditional path. This detour offers a unique journey through the heart of Navarre’s countryside, leading through areas less frequented by the masses and providing a more intimate experience of the region’s natural beauty. The highest point on this alternative route reaches an elevation of 2,356 feet (718 meters), offering panoramic views that are sure to be a highlight of the pilgrimage. Opting for this path not only presents an opportunity to explore the serene landscapes and vineyards in solitude but also challenges and rewards with its ascending trail to the route’s highest peak.

Los Arcos

Ruin near Los Arcos

Concluding the day’s walk, the path descends gently towards Los Arcos, a town that welcomes pilgrims with its splendid church and the promise of rest. At an altitude of 1,457 feet (444 m), Los Arcos marks the end of this segment with its own blend of history and hospitality.

Ayegui – Where to stay – Pilgrims Hostels and Hotels

Ayegui

Albergue Peregrinos San Cipriano Ayegui

Municipal Hostel – 42 Beds in 3 Rooms – Reservation by phone at 0034 948554311 – Registration begins at 11:00 AM.

Hotel Casa Luisa Ayegui

Private Hotel – 14 Private Rooms – Online Reservation

Irache- Where to stay – Pilgrims Hostels and Hotels

Colorful Field next to Irache

Camping Irache

Private Campground – 26 Bungalows – 30 Private Rooms – Online Reservation

Azqueta – Where to stay – Pilgrims Hostels and Hotels

Azqueta

La Perla Negra Azqueta

Private Hostel – 5 Beds in 1 Room – 2 Private Rooms – Online Reservation

Villamayor de Monjardin – Where to stay – Pilgrims Hostels and Hotels

Villamayor de Monjardin

Albergue Oasis Trails Villamayor de Monjardin

Private Hostel – 22 Beds in 4 Rooms – 1 Private Room – Online Reservation – Registration begins at 2:00 PM. Registration on Wednesdays and Sundays at 3:00 PM

Albergue Villamayor de Monjardin

Private Hostel – 20 Beds in 3 Rooms – 1 Private Room – Reservation by phone at 0034 948537139 – Registration begins at 12:00 PM.

Casa Rural Montedeio Villamayor de Monjardin

Private Hotel – 3 Private Rooms – Online Reservation

Luquin – Where to stay – Pilgrims Hostels and Hotels

Landscape around Luquin

Albergue Casa Tiago Loquin

Private Hostel – 16 Beds in 2 Rooms – 2 Private Rooms – Online Reservation – Registration begins at 12:00 PM.

Los Arcos – Where to stay – Pilgrims Hostels and Hotels

Los Arcos

Albergue Municipal Isaac Santiago Los Arcos

Municipal Hostel – 72 Beds in 8 Rooms – Reservation by phone at 0034 948441091. Registration begins at 12:00 PM.

Albergue La Fuente Casa Austria Los Arcos

Private Hostel – 36 Beds in 3 Rooms – 4 Private Rooms – Online Reservation – Registration begins at 1:00 PM.

Albergue Casa Alberti Los Arcos

Private Hostel – 30 Beds in 5 Rooms – Online Reservation – Registration begins at 12:30 PM.

Casa de la Abuela Los Arcos

Private Hostel – 20 Beds in 3 Rooms – 3 Private Rooms – Online Reservation – Registration begins at 12:00 PM.

Pension Los Arcos

Private Hotel – 12 Private Rooms – Reservation by phone at 0034 608585153

Pension Ostadar Los Arcos

Private Hotel – 6 Private Rooms – Online Reservation

Hostal Suetxe Los Arcos

Private Hotel – 8 Private Rooms – Reservation by phone at 0034 618724437

Hostal Monaco Los Arcos

Private Hotel – 14 Private Rooms – Online Reservation

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