This is the last stage of the Camino Aragonés, before joining up with the Camino Francés in the stage Puente la Reina – Estella. Along this section, you will gain altitude by climbing the northern slope of the Alaitz mountain range. After following several paths, you will finally arrive to Puente la Reina, a special place for pilgrims, and the backdrop for the story “Leyenda del Txori” that we speak about in our blog entry called “Myths and Legends of the Camino de Santiago”.
We leave the village along Calle del Burgo, following a dirt path. When the moment comes, we should cross the River Elortz using a bridge that we will find to our left. We will cross through fields of crops and gain altitude along the north of the Alaitz mountain range, until reaching the high point of Yárnoz.
Following along the path located to the side of the mountain range, we should take special care, as the path isn’t in very good condition and we want to avoid any incidents. Further ahead on the right, we will see the Canal de Navarra, carrying water from the Itoiz Reservoir.
Once we reach a church, we leave it on our right-hand side and continue along the path until it reaches its end. There, we take the fork to the right, that will take us to Tiebas, which we will enter just beside the ruins for the castle.
Leaving the village behind, we descend until reaching a path running parallel to the AP-15 motorway, which we should cross beneath further on, and afterwards at a roundabout, cross again beneath the national road. Continuing along the path, we will go through yet another underground path, this time to cross some train tracks.
Continuing along the path, we will reach Olcoz, where we take a path to the right, that descends into the Valley of the River Robo, which will take us to a path on the left-hand side for a few metres, followed by a path heading right afterwards. We will reach the dual carriageway from Ucar to Tirapu, which we should cross and continue straight ahead, until reaching Enériz.
We will pass the previously mentioned region and a short time later, cross the dual carriageway in the direction of Puente la Reina. Be extra careful, as there is usually a lot of traffic, depending on the time of day. We continue along a path on the left-hand side in the direction of Óbanos. Before reaching this area, we must cross the precipice of Muruzábal. Don’t worry, it is no more difficult than the rest of the path so far. In this way, we reach Óbanos, where, next to the hermitage of San Salvador, two alternative routes of the Camino Francés join together; the Camino Aragonés and the Camino via Roncesvalles. Here we will notice an increase in the number of pilgrims.
What to see
- The Romanesque Hermitage of Santa María de Eunate
- Romanesque Bridge of Puente la Reina
We arrive to Puente la Reina, where the famous “Leyenda del Txori” takes place. If you are interested in finding out more about the legends along the Camino, visit our website and blog to discover all the hidden secrets of the Camino de Santiago.
What to eat
- Ham and cold cuts
- Legumes, escaroles, various soups
- Potatoes in Ansó Soup
- Lamb “a la pastora”
- Migas ( crumbs)
- “Ternasco de Aragón”, a local lamb dish
Bear in mind
We are in a relatively relaxed stage, without too many inconveniences and a good road surface. It is an easy stage for everyone.
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