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Day 5 Puente la Reina to Lizarra/Estella
Saturday 30th March 2013
22km - 5.5 hrs


11thC Puente La Reina bridge spanning the River Arga

Entrance to the bridge



Puente La Reina (Spanish meaning literally the "Bridge of the Queen"; Basque: Gares) is a town and municipality located in the autonomous community of Navarra, in northern Spain. Puente la Reina lies between Pamplona and Estella on the Way of St. James pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. It is an important town as it is the first town after the junction of the French Way (Camino Francés), the most popular route, and Aragonese Way. Doña Mayor, wife of King Sancho III was the queen who gave her name to the town. She built the six-arched bridge over the Río Arga for the use of pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela along the Camino de Santiago.


Looking back over the river towards Puente la Reina

Cirauqui in the distance

Vineyards near Cirauqui

Rain clouds coming in near Cirauqui




Puente Medieval

Neat weather vane!

Fergus in Lorca


Sebastian and Fergus at Lorca

You think that Estella is coming into sight, but don't be fooled as this is Villatuerta

The three Danes pushing their disabled friend on the Camino. Halo is in the wheel chair,
Bjarne is pushing, Arno is just visible with his red berret, Casper is in
the yellow jacket and Fergus is walking alongside.

Church of San Pedro de la Rua


Accommodation Notes

Municipal Albergue, Estella