From Cirauqui to Lorca was the most important stretch of Roman road left on the French Way. The path started gently rolling through vineyards and farmland… The original road was not always clear, but when I saw the laid-out stones, I slowed and watched every step… Millions of pilgrims had walked on this very road, and I felt special and honored to be able to join them… From Page 53, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days.
At the end of my last post, On The Camino de Santiago in Spain, Uterga to Puente la Reina, I looked back at the magnificent bridge that spanned the Arga in Puente la Reina. I was in such awe, but that was only one of many incredible features on this memorable day. Now, I’ll continue with my journey on the Camino de Santiago, in the chapter, Day 3: Canadian Boy. 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).
The poppies in full bloom adorned this part of the Camino.
I also admired the rock walls of red earth or stone that look brilliant with the green vegetation and flowers.
This worn and broken-down boot was turned into an interesting memorial.
From Puente la Reina, the Camino gently climbed into the hills, with low pine trees and again, the red earth was prominent. I believe this area was a park and since it was Saturday, many day walkers were among the pilgrims. Well, maybe not right here.
The 18th century Iglesia de San Pedro and the village of Mañeru.
The village of Cirauqui is in the distance.
According to Gitlitz & Davidson on page 89 in their book, The Pilgrimage Road To Santiago, Cirauqui is a Basque name meaning “nest of vipers.” I’ll never forget the mud on sections such as these. The joys of walking during a rainy Spanish Springtime.
Narrow streets of Cirauqui. The Camino was well marked. Otherwise, it would have been a maze for those who don’t know their way around.
Farmland and scrubby hills outside Cirauqui.
Between Cirauqui and Lorca was the most important stretch of Roman Road left along the French Way. This photo is a particular favorite. Although it took me a while to figure out, but I believe it’s the Roman bridge that Gitlitz & Davidson referenced on page 91 in their book, The Pilgrimage Road To Santiago. The yellow of the mustard flowers makes this scene all the more beautiful.
Vast vineyards were common in this area of Navarra as it is an important wine producing region. In the far distance, the hills were covered with snow.
Medieval bridge where pilgrims rested.
Another vineyard along the Camino. I’m not quite sure why the south-facing hillsides were not used for vineyards instead of the muddy, lower area.
The Roman Road, another highlight from the French Way.
The bridge over the Río Salado.
Again, the contrasting colors were striking.
Lorca had more modern building than I would have expected.
The colorful window of a home along the Camino in Lorca.
The bridge and the Río Iranzu, in Villatuerta.
Freshly changed into my shorts, here I’m in front of the church in Villatuerta.
The simple and very rustic 11th century Ermita de San Miguel Arcángel was about 100 meters off the Camino.
I tired from the small climb to an alto overlooking the city of Estella. The afternoon had much better weather than the morning.
I hope you enjoyed this post as I’ll stop here with Estella in the distance. On my next post, ON THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO: ESTELLA TO VILLAMAYOR DE MONJARDIN, SPAIN, I walked through Estella, indulged (not really) at a wine fountain in Irache, walked through more peaceful farmland and vineyards, before scrambling to find a place to sleep in Villamayor de Monjardín. Please join me.
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