Overview for Camino Frances Stage 2: Logroño to Burgos
The Camino Frances is the most famous Camino route, walked by millions of pilgrims from all over the globe since the Middle Ages. More than just a pilgrimage, the Camino is a unique social and cultural experience and a truly memorable adventure.
Follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims, walking the second stage of the French Way. Starting from Logroño in the wine-growing region of the Rioja, you walk through undulating vineyards and fields dotted with small brooks and oak woods until you reach the Oca Mountains. Then you descend into the valley of the Pico river and reach the medieval city of Burgos, with its impressive Gothic Cathedral. Along the way you will pass castles, monasteries and charming medieval villages. One of the highlights of this section is the town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada with its historic centre, an important stop for pilgrims on the Camino since the Middle Ages.
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Day 1: Arrive in Logroño
Arrive in the city of Logroño, capital of La Rioja and home to some of the best tapas scenes on the Camino. Head for Calle Laurel to sample the local Rioja-style specialities.
- Overnight Logroño
Day 2: Logroño to Nájera
From Logroño, you can expect a long day but it should not be too challenging. Leave Logroño by the old pilgrims’ gate ‘Puerta del Camino’. The first part of the day takes you out of the city but you will eventually get back to the vineyards of La Rioja. Your first stop is Navarrete, a 12th-century town built by the ‘Knights of the Holy Sepulchre’. You will finish the day in Nájera, another medieval town with a history with a strong link to the Camino where you will enjoy get great panoramic views of the whole region.
- Walking for the day: 28 km, 6-7 hours
- Overnight Nájera
Day 3: Nájera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada
After your night in Nájera, your Camino takes you along some quiet country roads with the La Demanda Mountain to the South. You will pass the small village of Azofra, dedicated to the La Rioja patron: La Virgen de Valvanera. Azofra is also the starting point for the ‘Monasteries route’, off the Camino de Santiago route but is worth visiting if you have additional days, particularly the Yuso and Suso monasteries of San Millán de la Cogolla, considered the birthplace of the Spanish language. You will finally arrive in Santo Domingo de la Calzada, a town with a beautiful Medieval centre.
- Walking for the day: 21 km, 5 hours
- Overnight Santo Domingo
Day 4: Santo Domingo to Belorado
From Santo Domingo de la Calzada, you will be walking on uneven terrain through woodland and then crop fields. Part of today’s trail runs parallel to busy main roads. As you get closer to Belorado, you will start catching a glimpse of the Oca Mountains, the last mountain range before the Meseta (the central Spanish Plateau). Your stop for the night is Belorado, a small and pleasant village in the Burgos province. Visit the Santa María Church where you will find images of St James.
- Walking for the day: 23 km, 5 hours
- Overnight Belorado
Day 5: Belorado to Atapuerca
From Belorado, most of your journey today will be along earthen tracks and peaceful trails on your way to the little town of Villafranca Montes de Oca, the Camino weaves its way through gorgeous woodlands of fragrant oak and pines. Pass through the hamlet of San Juan de Ortega where you can visit its famous mausoleum before continuing onto Atapuerca famous for its UNESCO World Heritage prehistoric caves where fossils and stone tools of the earliest known hominins in Western Europe have been found.
- Walking for the day: 29 km, 6-7 hours
- Overnight Atapuerca
Day 6: Atapuerca to Burgos
After your night in Atapuerca, you will continue following your Camino trail to the town of Burgos. Take some time to explore Burgos: admire the beauty of its historic centre, enjoy a stroll along the magnificent promenade by the river and taste delicious local tapas in the old town. Burgos has been referred to as the Gothic capital of Spain and the city’s cathedral is probably one of the most impressive in the country.
- Walking for the day: 20 km, 5 hours
- Overnight Burgos
Day 7: Departure
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading back to the airport. We highly recommend booking additional nights in Burgos to explore this great city.
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Accommodations on this tour include a mix of welcoming country inns and comfortable 3-star hotels, located close to the route of the Camino. You will always have a private room and en-suite (attached) bathroom. In the larger cities, you will stay in larger 3-star hotels; the other nights will be in a mixture of rural hotels and inns, all with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms. They have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.
Breakfast is included (usually a simple buffet breakfast/coffee and toast/bread/croissant) on all days. When no restaurant location is available on the route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Where no dinner is included, most places serve hearty pilgrim menus – you can get a 3-course dinner including wine and water for about GBP 10 pp.
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The best place to fly into to get to is Bilbao Airport. Other good points to connect through to travel internationally are Madrid and Santander.
Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.
Transfers to/from Airports
Arrival to Logroño
- Bilbao Airport 136 km: Train takes 1.5h, bus takes 2h.
- Santander Airport 234 km: Regular Train takes 2.5h – check Renfe; there are also regular buses – check ALSA
- Madrid Airport 329 km: Train takes 3h – check Renfe
Departure from Burgos
All hotel to hotel luggage transfers on walking days are included (maximum one piece of 20 kg per person). When arriving at hotels, usually your luggage would have been taken to your room awaiting your arrival. However don’t be surprised if at some places your luggage is waiting for you at the reception desk – just politely ask someone from the staff if you need assistance to bring it to your room.
A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.
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Difficulty Grade: Moderate
This walk is graded moderate and includes walks of 4-7 hours a day; the terrain is mostly flat, rarely undulating with some occasional steeper ascents. You will follow a mixture of footpaths, dirt roads, and minor roads (read more about difficulty grades).
The routes are perfectly waymarked, and the itinerary is very easy to follow. The route is marked with yellow painted arrows and a yellow shell on a blue background. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to Go
This trip is available all year round, but the best months to visit are April – June and September – October as in summer months it may become too hot (and crowded). The flexibility of self-guided walking holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date during the season.
What to Bring
We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing no more than 20 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack.
- Good hiking boots or trail running shoes
- Hiking socks
- Several T-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying)
- Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
- Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
- Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside the accommodation
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
- Hat/Baseball cap
- Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)
Included for Camino Frances Stage 2: Logroño to BurgosGo to top of page
- 6 nights in private en-suite rooms (country inns and 3-star hotels)
- 6 breakfasts
- Detailed journey documentation and practical information
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel on all walking days (up to 20 kg per person)
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
- Single room supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
- This holiday is available for solo travellers; as costs are not shared, there is a solo traveller supplement to the standard price. As a solo traveller, you will be accommodated in a single room on all nights.
To see the price of the holiday for your desired dates, including the cost of different options and supplements, please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above.
Other Trip-Related Costs
- Entrance fees for attractions and museums
- Flights and airport transfers
- Travel insurance
- All lunches and dinners
- Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme
Extensions and Optional Extras
- Extra nights along the trail are bookable upon request
- Airport transfers