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Stage 3 - Larrasoaña - Cizur Mayor

Lenght 20,3 Kms  Time Long: 5h 30 min.

Leaving Larrasoaña we returned to the bridge over the Arga and then bend to the right. By a steep track reach Akerreta, a beautiful forest road descends slowly and reaches the river. Following the river we reach the village of Zuriain. At the end of the village we crossed the River to the right and climb up to the N135. After crossing a stretch by the shoulder continue to Irotz and Zabaldika. Past a rest area and cross the N135 road, continue climbing and arrive Arleta, continue along a mountainside towards N121 road until a medieval bridge crossing the Ultzama River before arriving at Trinidad de Arre/Villalva.

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0 Larrasoaña

From Larrasoaña the road ascends first by a paved slope until it ends in Akerreta, a village from which it continues by a path through forests of pines and oaks until Zuriain.

4.2 Zuriain

The Camino ends at the N-135, which runs along a shoulder for more than half a kilometer. A road then leads to Illurdotz, which continues towards Irotz by a path that ascends and descends besides a nearby quarry.

The pilgrim crosses the river Arga by a Romanesque bridge, and then continues on near the national road until it ends at Zabaldika.

7.7 Zabaldika

Across the general road, in a recreational area of ​​the same the pilgrim takes a path that ascends with wooden railing. It crosses the hamlet of Arleta, from which you can see in the distance the Aragonese Way.

After Burrin, the pilgrim must travel along unpleasant stretch due to the presence of a link to the N-121. Continuing up a track, then going to the beautiful medieval bridge over the river Ulzama of Trinidad de Arre.

Photo: Commons Wikipedia, Jaume

 

12.5 Trinity of Arre

The Camino reaches, on the other side of the bridge, the complex of the convent-hospital of Trinidad de Arre, currently sheltering pilgrims. Shortly after reaching the streets of Villava, it crosses through its main street, continuing then always in a straight line until reaching the town of Burlada.

13 Burlada

From Burlada, the pilgrim continues through Larraínzar street in the direction of Pamplona. You will have to cross the Pamplona by-pass, fortunately through a well-controlled passage with traffic lights. From there, it advances along a small track towards the center of the city, running near the river.

 

WHAT IS WORTH VISITING?

Larrasoaña / Larrasoaina

It is one of the many villages that have emerged and developed along the Camino, with an elongated structure or road. It was an important centre in the Middle Ages, repopulated in the s. XII when two hospitals were founded. Today, as part of its historical heritage, stands the church of St. Nicholas which retains much of its Gothic features.

Irotz

Another town born and developed along the Camino, no doubt, thanks to the service offered by its Romanesque bridge to the pedestrians. Next to the bridge stands the church of San Pedro, that conserves a beautiful main altarpiece with paintings dating from the   XVIth century.

Zabaldika

It is worth visiting this medieval church dedicated to San Esteban, with XIIIth century transition from Romanesque to Gothic. In its interior a main altarpiece dating from the XVIth century is preserved.

Arleta

Here is a palace that once served as a main barracks throughout the centuries, organized around a central square it has buildings dating from the XVI to the XVIIIth centuries. Next to the palace stands the parish church of Santa Marina, with an interesting Romanesque portal.

Trinidad de Arre

Beautiful village of the Arga Valley. There still stands a medieval bridge with six arches - over which the pilgrim will   be led into a large convent building. It is a centre that includes, now and in the past a hospital for pilgrims and a church of Gothic origin.

20.1 Pamplona

The pilgrim reaches the city centre by crossing the medieval bridge of La Magdalena, which crosses the river Arga. On the other side of the bridge begins a climb through the Tejería Park, then continues along Carmen Street to the heart of the historic city center.

Pamplona/Iruña

The city of Pamplona is world famous for its fiestas and enclosures of San Fermín, which take place from the 6th to 14th of July. There are few who will not have heard of these celebrations, whether by films as well as novels and short stories, particularly in ‘Fiesta’ by Hemingway.

The city that the pilgrim will find offers a whole host of activities, from visiting monuments and historical landmarks to the enjoyment of the many green areas, parks and places of meeting and rest.

Next to the Gothic bridge of the Magdalena, the entrance of the city takes place through the walls and bastions of the s. XVI, the remains of the fortified town Pamplona once was.

One thing that should not be missed is known as the palace, a group of edifices that includes not only the old building but also some new constructions and is currently home to the Navarra Museum. In this museum the pilgrim can follow the history of the Kingdom of Navarre and enjoy numerous examples of its artistic heritage.

The Pamplona Cathedral is located in the old neighborhood of La Navarrería. Its façade is neo-classical and was the work of the architect Ventura Rodríguez, but in the interior, on the other hand, its Gothic architecture has been preserved almost intact. The cathedral preserves a large number of works of art worth visiting. Among the sculptures we would point out the image of St. Maria la Real, a jewel of the Romanesque. Among the royal tombs of Carlos III of Navarra and Leonor de Trastámara (15th century), as well as the Romanesque image of St. Maria la Real. The visit of the cathedral museum also allows you to visit its Gothic cloister (13th-14th centuries), with the beautiful covers of Preciosa and the Amparo as well as the chapel of Bishop Barbazan.

The number of buildings and monuments of the city is very large, with numerous houses and churches of medieval origin, among them the church of San Cernín and the temple-fortress of San Nicolás.

It is also worth strolling through its streets and squares, to contemplate the facade of its Ayuntamiento,or Town Hall, an eighteenth-century building richly ornamented, the squares of San Francisco and the Castle, or Plaza Mayor, with beautiful arcades and spots of modernist or eclectic architecture .

Among the parks we highlight the Sarasate Mall, a beautiful example of the walks designed in the s. XIX. Another interesting walk is the one of the Taconera, in the vicinity of the square of Recoletas, where is the church of San Lorenzo with its chapel of San Fermín. Finally, the walk of the Citadel that was created around the great fortress of the sixteenth century.

Regarding leisure and meeting places, the streets of S. Nicolás, Estafeta and San Gregorio are good wine and tapas areas.

 From here, the road becomes urban, continuing without interruption along the main street we arrive at Burlada. At the end of the village follow the yellow arrow to the right, towards the street C/Larrainzar to reach towards the N121. Soon we can see the silhouette of the city of Pamplona and by the bridge of the Magdalena entered the old town of Pamplona. The road that crosses the city is well signposted and follow it until you reach the Citadel Park.  We continue along an iron bridge until reach the University and leave Pamplona. Go along the road and you'll find Cizur Menor Town.

Camino Frances. Etapa 2 Larrasoaña

At the entrance of Pamplona, just past the bridge of la Magdalena, take your left hand until the Hostel Casa Paderborn. In this hostel, Jesus and Mary Hostel and in the Cathedral Hostel there are credentials.  

In Carmen St., 10, pass the private hostel House Ibarrola and you'll find a massage Center called Ultreia with prices and special services for the pilgrims. The phone is 948 04 54 01.

Recomended hostels

Xarma Hostel, Pamplona

Un pequeño refugio en la ciudad, cómodo, acogedor, decorado con mimo y en el que los anfitriones hacen sentir al peregrino como en casa.

A little haven in the city, comfortable, cozy, decorated with care and in which the host fell like at home.

Av. Baja Navarra 23 - Pamplona

Mobile: +34 658 843 820 Tel.: +34 948 04 64 49

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Hostels and accommodations

Casa Ibarrola

Calle del Carmen, 31. 31001Pamplona. Tel. 948 223 332 - 692 208 463. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hotel Pamplona Plaza

Avenida Marcelo Celayeta, 35. 31014 Pamplona. Tel. 948 136 012

Hotel Puerta del Camino

Calle Dos de Mayo 4. 31001 Pamplona Tel. 948 226 688. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Albergue Familia Roncal

Paseo de Lurbeltzeta. Cizur Menor (Navarra). Tel. 670 323 271. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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