Next to a vineyard at the bottom of a hill stood what I thought was a rustic farmhouse. I was so tired that if it had been a casa, I would have considered taking a room. Although the location was very peaceful, I discovered the building was a large storage shed for the vineyard. It was no longer enticing… From Page 62, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days.
On my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Villamayor de Monjardín to Los Arcos, I was grateful to find solace in the peaceful Iglesia de Santa María in Los Arcos. I recommend everyone stop and spend some time at the church. You won’t regret it. Now, I’ll continue with my journey on the Camino de Santiago. Even if you don’t have my book, you can still enjoy this post, and learn more about walking the French Way or Camino Francés (map from Wikipedia Commons).
Once you leave Los Arcos, the path takes you through gently rolling farmland. The village of Sansol is in the distance.
I wish I had blue sky for this photo. I always enjoyed the flowers and rock walls.
This time, the poppies were scattered in a field.
After leaving the gravel and dirt path, the Camino joined the highway for the last stretch to Sansol. This is one of my favorite photos.
I loved the mustard flowers in Navarra.
The steep pathway down to the Río Linares, between Sansol and Torres del Río, two villages that are very close to each other. Be careful not to slip here if the stone is wet.
The short climb from the river into Torres del Río. If you’re ready, this is a good place to stop for the night. It’s a long 10 kilometer walk to Viana. When I walked, an alberque in Torres del Río had an internet station which I utilized.
The 12th century Iglesia del Santo Sepulcro. The symmetry of the architecture was rather striking with the octagon shape, and unlike anything so far on the Camino Francés.
The gentle rolling landscape west of Torres del Río.
An orchard with ancient Olive trees.
After a climb of 150 meters, this is the small monastery at El Poyo. According to Gitlitz & Davidson in, The Pilgrimage Road To Santiago, El Poyo is derived from the Latin word podium, meaning high place. They also claim it’s one of the highest points on the Camino.
Garbage was a problem along the entire Camino. I won’t include many photos of garbage in my posts, but seeing a pile such as this was difficult to understand.
The small shrub, Lithodora, and phlox ( I believe it’s phlox ), growing wild along the path. American gardening personality, Ed Hume, has a good description of Lithodora on his website.
The Camino follows this valley all the way to La Rioja, one of Spain’s most important wine producing regions. Grapes were first planted during Roman times, but the reputation of the area’s fine wines was established by pilgrims talking about them after returning home from the Camino de Santiago.
The scrubby hillsides and the path led down to the valley bottom, and back up again.
An old shelter of some sort. I suppose if there was harsh weather, one could spend some time there. It may have been used in the past by one of the wineries.
The building was a storage shed for the vineyard.
Ruins of a home next to the Camino made an interesting planter.
Ruins of another building, overlooking the vineyard and valley.
With darkening skies overhead, the Camino followed the highway to the town of Viana, on the hill to the right.
The portal leading to the old town of Viana. Above, there was a sign or banner commemorating 500 years since the death of Caesar Borgia, an Italian who had died defending Viana in 1507.
The Iglesia de Santa María was originally built in the 13th century but the beautiful façade and tower was from the 17th.
The cold wind rushed through the narrow streets of Viana which were quiet in the early evening.
The Viana Town Hall or Ayuntamiento next to the Plaza de los Fueros.
Although it may not look like it from this angle, the Iglesia de San Pedro, on the left, was actually ruins. If you find yourself needing a good rest and a break from the pilgrim hostels, this hotel is a viable alternative.
I hope you enjoyed this post. If you walk the Camino Francés starting from St. Jean Pied de Port, by the time you get to Viana and Logroño, you’ll have a better understanding of the life of a modern pilgrim. You will also better understand your body and mind. On my next post, ON THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO: VIANA TO LOGROÑO, SPAIN, I’ll cross the border into La Rioja, and take you into the beautiful city of Logroño. Please join me.
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