Today El Camino de Santiago takes the pilgrims through Logroño, the capital of the region of La Rioja. In fact, many guides advise Logroño as the end of stage and many pilgrims do so. Actually, it is not a bad option since Logroño is a small nice city with much medieval architecture and famous areas for wine and tapas. It’s most renowned street is Calle Laurel which is full of typical bars of Rioja wine and tapas.
The path of El Camino de Santiago is not so nice along the strech from Viana to Logroño, being most of the time a paved road but it’s really good after Logroño, passing by a nature park and a lake and the ruins of a medieval pilgrims’ hospital: “San Juan de Arce”.
Finally Navarrete is another tipical Camino de Santiago medium-size nice village quiet, monumental and tidy, still surrounded by vineyards. If you have started the day in Logroño probably you’ll walk further to Najera. As I said these are only the stages that I chose to walk in El Camino de Santiago but you’re free to plan you own ends of stage since there are accommodation options in nearly every small village in El Camino de Santiago.
A personal anecdote for this day: when arriving in Navarrete I found that the public pilgrims’ hostel was full. So together with other Italian pilgrims we decided to go to sleep in our sleeping bags to the public soccer pitch. We had a surprise for the night: at about 2am the automatic irrigation system started to water the grass and by the time we managed to wake up, realize what was going on and move we had already enjoyed a free shower. Funny, isn’t it?