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ascent after Najera

Leaving Najera, the road climbs briefly but sharply, leading out of the city into the middle of the vineyards of the Rioja region.

route through vineyards

The Camino runs through the vineyards of the province of Rioja.

Busstation Torricella sobre Alesandro

After a few kilometers in Azofra, the alternative route for cyclists branches off on secondary roads to Cañas. It's always uphill and the pace slows down. We ride through endless vineyards. There is nothing to photograph. There my colleague Hans wishes that I take a photo of this bus station (The sign says: Torricella sobre Alesandro).

So it becomes noon when we arrived in Cañas.


In Cañas we visited the Gothic monastery of Santa Maria de Cañas - a Cistercian abbey founded in 1170.
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The lack of sleep suddenly became very noticeable to me at noon. I had to rest under a tree in my sleeping bag for half an hour. But then my strength returned. In my imagination, that was the miracle of Cañas.

With fresh strength, I pedaled hard again and after a short climb, it was all downhill to Santo Domingo de la Calzada. In Cirueña we met up with the pilgrims' path again.

church of Cirueña

The parish church of Cirueña is dedicated to St. Andrew. It was built in 1965 on the foundations of a pre-Romanesque church from the 10th century.

Santo Domingo del Calzada in the distance

A first view of Santo Domingo del Calzada.