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brambles

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My daughter and I have walked from St Jean and we are now in Villatuerta. Today's heat and no shade was pretty brutal Tomorrow morning we will walk 4k or so to Estella and that is all because of the extreme temperatures
I think we will visit the market and churches in Estella. As much as I dont want to, it is not safe to walk the long sections after Estella without villages and/ or shade I think we should take a bus after Estella. So I have 2 questions: 1 any recommendations for a place to stay in Estella? And 2. Where should we take a bus to? I think I might want to avoid Logrono as it sounds like a busy town/city. What might be a nice place to go or plan to deal with this next few days of heat in this area? My only time constraint is to meet a friend in Belorado on July 1. Any and all ideas welcome.
P.s. I know walking up very early and walking is always an option but we tend to walk very slow and dont have unlimited time. Also as I e posted before, my husband and son will meet us in Ponferrada on 16 July so again, just looking for a temporary next few days plan.
 

Bella2017

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Don't forget the wine fountain is at irache not far from Estella . Lo s arcos was cool and shady we had a good stay in pension los arcos I recommend it. You can easily catch a bus from los Arcos to logrono I enjoyed the tapas. You could easily stay there a few days. Viana looked nice but I only had a coffee there. The walk to los Arcos from Estella in the heat made me blistered and then I had to go by bus. The walk from los arc is to Lo grono was very gruelling especially the last bit. I think you are well advised to go on the bus in this heat
 

Darby67

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I've only stayed in the Municipal Albergue in Estella so I can't be of much help with that.

It sounds like you have a few days before you need to be in Belorado. I wouldn't necessarily skip Logroño but perhaps one day is sufficient to see the cathedral and walk the Calle Laurel during the evening for tapas.

Depending on what you might like to see and if you don't necessarily NEED to remain on the Camino until you meet up in Belorado I have a few recommendations.

Santo Domingo de la Calzada. There is a lot to do close to in or around here and it's only 23 km on foot to Belorado from here.
-San Millán de la Cogolla is about 20 minutes by taxi. Fantastic village and 2 significant monasteries; Suso and Yuso
-Haro, also a short ride by taxi from Santo Domingo. Historical significance for wine in the Rioja Alta. Some older wineries offer tours.
-Other villages that I have visited over the years that I enjoy that are all pretty close too: Casalarreina, Briones and perhaps Ezcaray.

Closer to Logroño but off the route.
-Laguardia, About 20 minutes from Logroño by car. Fantastic old city at the base of the Cantabric mountains.
-Elciego, beautiful little village about 30 minutes from Logroño. The 2nd oldest winery in Rioja is here, Marques de Riscal. If you like architecture, Frank Gehry made an interesting addition to the winery a number of years ago.
-San Vicente de la Sonsierra, about 40 minutes by car. Another fantastic older village with great views of the region.

If you have some other ideas on what you'd like to do or see I have others.
 
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Logrono is a great place! Too often overlooked by peregrinos, but very pilgrim friendly! Easily worth a rest & relax day! Imposing cathedral, historic churches, lovely parks, museums, great tapas and great cheap Rioja wine!

Accomodations: I can recommend La Numantina, and La Redondela (both in city center) and the Calfred II (near the bus station).

Bus schedule Estella to Logrono:

https://www.laestellesa.com/themed/laestellesa/files/uploads/22/35/55/(PAMPLONA-LOGRO_321O- JUNIO 2016 -FORMATO MAESTRO.pdf

Bus schedule Logrono to Belorado:

https://www.autobusesjimenez.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Guia-Horarios-Burgos-Zaragoza17-10-17.pdf
 
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davebugg

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Anamiri

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I really enjoyed my stay at this albergue. The do have private rooms with ensuite bathroom, if so inclined .
Yes I can vouch for them as well - great bedrooms but eat somewhere else. we stayed in a room with 2 bunks, on a very hot day. In there was cool - outside hanging up washing was hot
 

brambles

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We ended up walking to and around estella, bought a lot of fruit (too many cherries in the market ;) then taking a bus to Los arcos and we are staying in albergue here. Thank you everyone for you replies. My new friends on the camino could not believe that I posted and received so many replies over night
 

ShaLaw

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Logrono is a great place! Too often overlooked by peregrinos, but very pilgrim friendly! Easily worth a rest & relax day! Imposing cathedral, historic churches, lovely parks, museums, great tapas and great cheap Rioja wine!

Accomodations: I can recommend La Numantina, and La Redondela (both in city center) and the Calfred II (near the bus station).

Bus schedule Estella to Logrono:

https://www.laestellesa.com/themed/laestellesa/files/uploads/22/35/55/(PAMPLONA-LOGRO_321O- JUNIO 2016 -FORMATO MAESTRO.pdf

Bus schedule Logrono to Belorado:

https://www.autobusesjimenez.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Guia-Horarios-Burgos-Zaragoza17-10-17.pdf
Sorry, I can't contribute to the actual question being asked here, but I agree that Logrono is fantastic! We took our first rest day there, as I felt like I was coming down with a cold and was feeling very tired and run down. It was amazing and there was some sort of wine competition going on the day we were there. We stayed at the Carlton for two nights and just enjoyed the luxury of a big bed, a bathtub, etc. We did venture out at night and had the BEST burgers at Burgerheim. Highly recommend Logrono! And just like that, I felt 100% by the time we left! :)

Buen Camino!
 
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SJPP to Najera Sept. 2017; Najera to Astorga Oct. 2018; SJPP to Pamplona May 2019
I also recommend Albergue Hermanos Capuchinos Rocamador in Estella. The beds are lovely and everything is spotless but as someone else mentioned, eat elsewhere. There is lots to see in Estella if you want to just stay out for a day.
 

lt56ny

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CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
Logrono is a great place! Too often overlooked by peregrinos, but very pilgrim friendly! Easily worth a rest & relax day! Imposing cathedral, historic churches, lovely parks, museums, great tapas and great cheap Rioja wine!

Accomodations: I can recommend La Numantina, and La Redondela (both in city center) and the Calfred II (near the bus station).

Bus schedule Estella to Logrono:

https://www.laestellesa.com/themed/laestellesa/files/uploads/22/35/55/(PAMPLONA-LOGRO_321O- JUNIO 2016 -FORMATO MAESTRO.pdf

Bus schedule Logrono to Belorado:

https://www.autobusesjimenez.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Guia-Horarios-Burgos-Zaragoza17-10-17.pdf
I totally agree about Logroño. Unless you want to completely avoid bigger cites than Logroño may be a great option. It has a all the amenities of a bigger city. Probably would be easy to find a place with an air conditioner right now. I took a rest day once and spent a few hours there on another Camino. It never feels intense or rushed. It is a lovely city with things to do. Or if you don't want to do much because of the heat you can hang out in the hotel with your face in front of the a/c. I am sure either way it could be a really good option as I am sure there are lots of people looking to escape this dangerous heat wave.
 

Via2010

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You may bus from Logrono to Sto. Domingo de la Calzada. I would not miss the lovely church in Torres del Rio, neither Sto. Domingo de la Calzada, though I might walk on to Granon the same day.

possible stages

If you start early, at 6 or 6.30 in the morning you should be able to walk 15-20 km before it becomes really hot. Heat increases from 11.00 o'clock anwards but still is tolerable until 1 or 2 in the afternoon, as it reaches it´s maximum level by 4 o'clock in the afternoon. I have just returned from the Via de la Plata (Seville to Zamora) and coped well with this strategy.

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easygoing

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I have walked the Camino Francis 7 times, twice in 2017 and 2018. (2019)

I really enjoyed my stay at this albergue. The do have private rooms with ensuite bathroom, if so inclined .
I stayed there in the beginning of June and it is a great place but we had a private room and it was very hot because the windows couldn't be opened.
Also I would not skip Logrono, it has a lovely old town and many good places to stay.
 

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