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Navarrete

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21 travelers at this place:

  • Day20

    We have had a lovely, not too demanding walk to Navarrete this morning. I say this morning because we arrived here a bit before 11.30! It was a pleasant route, taking about an hour just to get out of Logroño, but mostly through parks - not too much of boring city outskirts. Logroño is quite large - it is the capital of the Rioja, but you don’t realise when mainly staying in the old historic centre.

    We still see mountains surrounding, but there was only one gradual rise today, and many vineyards in their red earth, and always olives trees. We passed the famous bull - a huge replica that appears on the skyline (equivalent to the big banana etc maybe)....your see it for miles in every direction.

    Then before we knew it, there was Navarrete on a hill in the distance. Last time we just walked straight through, though I do remember the little Plaza Mayor with its trees and water fountain, as we still had a further 17 kms to go to get to Najera. Thankfully today Navarrete was our destination, and we sat at a bar and had a fresh OJ, heaven as usual, and then went to the hotel. No one seemed to be around, and it was early, so we went off for a bit and went up a huge set of stairs to a park on the very top of the town with a 360° panoramic view....could even see the bull in the distance! We sat in the shade up there for a while, listening to a podcast of Outsiders that Amr had on his phone! Then finally went back to the hotel, rang a very loud bell, and a young, friendly, skinny girl appeared who spoke in rapid Spanish ....fortunately Amr got the gist and we got checked in and found that dinner is in the restaurant that has its entrance outside on a lower level...this town is totally on a hill and very charming.

    Our room is spacious and airy. Amr couldn’t make the shower work (this is a daily IQ test - actually sometimes they are straightforward) so he had a bath....I will try my skill later. Now we are at a bar, having a bocadillo and a glass of wine to keep us going till dinner. And we found that 2 Canadian women we had talked to, but lost in the melee of Logroño, are in the same hotel and we may have dinner together tonight. Very peaceful.
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  • Day14

    Navarrete to Najera

    May 3 in Spain

    Hola from Najera, Spain! I left the Albergue at around 0715 this morning...first stop...a cafe for breakfast. After a breakfast of fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee and a ham & cheese croissant and a stop at the town fountain to fill my water bottle...I was off. The hike to Najera was blustery and partly sunny....a bit cold but I am prepared for any weather so not a problem. The hike took me through mostly vineyards but did add the occasional path with a never ending hill just to remind you who is the boss. I arrived in Najera around 1pm and stopped into a cafe for lunch...a chorizo & egg bocadillo and a coke. I arrived in town and decided to get a small hotel instead of an albergue. A hotel is more expensive but you have a private room and a bathroom instead of a bunk room and shared facilities in an albergue. Also, albergues have lots of rules...lights out at 10pm..lights on at 7am...bunk rooms, so it is difficult to sleep...that type of thing. My hotel tonight is the best yet...a great room and bed and a bathtub! Heaven on the Camino! Tomorrow I set out for Santo Domingo...a 14 mile hike. That’s all from Najera for now...hope all is well!Read more

  • Day14

    Too darn hot

    May 16, 2017 in Spain

    It's been a hot couple of days, especially the afternoons on unshaded roads. Still, I covered another 40km, passing through the capital of Spain's wine region, Logroño. The place I stayed there was unlike any I've ever been in.

    Picture an apartment in a dingy residential high-rise, dimly lit, smelling strongly of disinfectant. The sounds of other people staying there, heard but never seen. A poorly repaired lamp, whose wires came apart in my hand as I plugged it in.

    I survived the night, while relearning the "cheap ain't always best" lesson. And while this walk is still young, I do have to dub this place the odds-on favorite to take "Location most likely to host a drug overdose or electrocution" award.

    Tonight I treated myself to a nice hotel. Wish I could sleep in, but I'll be out by 7am to beat the heat.
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  • Day7

    No room at the Inn

    September 16, 2017 in Spain

    Arrived this evening and all the albuerges are full. The town is putting up about 40 pilgrims in a library building which is bring renovated. Only 1 bathroom amongst us all. Looks like a refugee camp. Fortunately, most of us are used to sleeping in tight quarters. Hopefully the snorers will be at the end of the hall.Read more

  • Day12

    Viana to Navarrette

    May 7, 2017 in Spain

    Thinking we had a short walking day, we got a late start, leaving albergue Izar at around 8am. We were surprised to find we'd messed up the math somehow as we walked 14.5 miles rather than the 11 miles we'd planned on. Luckily, we found some beautiful parks and motivational artwork in the form of local graffiti to keep us going. We arrived at Navarrette around 2pm and checked into the municipal albergue, with cheaper boarding and communal rooms/ bathrooms. We're both excited to have moved out of the Baswue country and into the kingdom of Rioja, known for it's wine and wealth.

    Tom, who listens to Spanish podcasts as walk, is already so conversational in Spanish that other pilgrims ask him how to say things in Spanish and locals compliment him on how well he speaks the language. This has earned him the nickname "polyglot" from me, in return, he has christened me "grass-waterer" for reasons that are self evident and earn me no praise from the locals.
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  • Day15

    Logroño to Navarrete

    September 21, 2017 in Spain

    9.20 Wednesday
    Well rested, our journey continued on a pleasant 8 mile walk Leaving Logroño, we were treated to beautiful hillside views of the city. As we entered Navarrete we decided to have a little picnic lunch. We happened upon the local street market and purchased delicious olives and cheese. And of course, nearby, was a grocery store where we found pate, fresh bread and yummy local wine. We sat in a courtyard and enjoyed our lunch and chatting with other peregrinos.

    By far, my most moving experiences was today, in Navarrete. We walked into the most beautiful church I had ever seen. I can't describe how it's beauty and solitude overwhelmed me. Shortly after we were very fortunate to be able to attend mass there and even receive a special peregrino blessing.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Navarrete, Navarret, Նավառետե, Наваррете, 纳瓦雷特

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