Camino Frances | Day 9

Logroño to Nájera

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Brace yourselves the dreaded Meseta is ahead of me. I left the Albergue eating a banana before the sun came out on a seven-degree Celsius morning. Did I mention that it rained? That’s right, my first rainy day and once it started, it didn’t stop. It took me an hour of walking through suburbia just to get out of the city on a 30 km day.  

It was at Navarrete that I had breakfast with other pilgrims at the first bar on the first street in town. With a full belly, I took a moment to visit the church of Santa Maria where I got a stamp and left my mark, first Cuban on a map. By the way, the lighting system stole a Euro from me, just saying. I walked by the ruins of San Juan de Acre, an ancient Pilgrim’s Hospital on the way out of town.

It was time to walk on muddy terrain by more vineyards on my way to Ventosa. Not as many farm life as in days past but I did see two rabbits and a black cat. El Camino today has trailed the highway and cars are in my peripheral vision at all times. Made it to town at 11:40 and decided to buy a sandwich. I was still full of the breakfast I had but this is the last town before Nájera, and I would much rather take something for the road.

I walked by a vineyard advertising the distance on a sign as 593 km to Santiago.

I walked by both a chozo and an old timer selling beverages and religious memorabilia out of his truck.

It was almost 1:00 pm when I decided to have my lunch just as I was getting close to town. I had some water from a well and met Francisco from Brazil at a wooden bridge.  We walked together all the way to the Municipal Albergue.

I’ve noticed more vending machines catering to pilgrims starting to pop up in the rural towns.

I made it to the first donativo Albergue under lite rain at 2:40 pm, and to my surprise, there was a line or queue outside waiting to get it at 3:00 pm. The Albergue is just one massive open room with over 90 beds. I got a bottom bunk bed and used my clothes to create a barrier, shielding myself from view, a little privacy goes a long way.

I was in luck as they had a washer and a dryer. It took two spins to get them dry, all in all, four euros to dry one set of clothes. It is better to buddy up with other pilgrims to bring the cost down.

I had a full, three-course, pilgrim meal at a bar and headed back to the Albergue. The temperature started to drop, and I decided to get some rest.


Daily Cost Breakdown

€04.00 Breakfast
€01.00 Church Donation
€01.20 Snack
€03.50 Lunch
€04.00 Dryer
€13.80 Dinner
€05.00 Albergue
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€32.50 Total

 

 

Albergue de Logroño

+34 941 248 686

C. Rua Vieja, 32

info@asantiago.org

Albergue Santiago El Real

+34 941 209 501

C. Barriocepo, 8

info@santioagoelreal.org

Albergue Albas

+34 941 700 832

Pl. Martínez Flamarique, 4 bajo

www.alberguealbas.es

albas@alberguealbas.es

Albergue Check In Rioja

+34 941 272 329

C. Los Baños, 2

www.checkinrioja.com

info@checkinrioja.com

Albergue Logroño

C. Capitán Gallarza, 10 entpta. y 2º izq.

+34 608 234 723

+34 941 254 226

www.alberguelogrono.es

info@alberguelogrono.es

Albergue Santiago Apóstol

+34 941 256 976

+34 670 993 560

C. Rua Vieja, 42

Hostel Entresueños

+34 941 271 334

+34 941 271 335

C. Portales, 12 bajo izq.

www.hostellogrono.com

info@hostellogrono.com

Winederful Hostel & Café

+34 941 139 618

C. Herrerías, 2-14 bajo

winederful.es

winederful@winederful.es

Albergue de Navarrete

+34 941 440 722

C. San Juan, 2

info@asantiago.org

Albergue La Casa del Peregrino

+34 630 982 928

C. las Huertas, 3

alberguenavarrete.wordpress.com

alberguenavarrete@gmail.com

El Camino de las Estrellas

+34 618 051 392

+34 941 441 603

Ctra. de Burgos, 9

albergueelcaminodelasestrellas.com

alberguedelasestrellas@gmail.com

Casa Peregrinando

+34 674 552 545

C. Mayor Alta, 34

casaperegrinando20.wixsite.com

Pensión Posada Ignatius

+34 941 124 094

Plaza de Arco, 4

posadaignatius.com

Albergue San Saturnino

+34 941 441 899

+34 657 823 740

C. Mayor, 33

www.jacobeos.net

ventosa@jacobeos.net

Hotel Las Águedas

+34 941 441 774

+34 636 220 629

Pl. de Santa Coloma, 11

www.hotellasaguedas.com

Apartamentos Loft and Garden

+34 607 855 432

Callejón San Andrés, 3

www.loftgarden.es

Albergue de Nájera

Pl. de Santiago, s/n

Albergue Puerta de Nájera

+34 941 362 317

+34 683 616 894

C. Ribera del Najerilla, 1

www.alberguedenajera.com

albergue@alberguedenajera.com

Albergue Nido de Сigüeña

+34 611 095 191

Calleja Cuarta San Miguel, 4

alberguenajera.es

booking@alberguenajera.es

Albergue Las Peñas

+34 621 209 432

+34 621 209 410

C. Costanilla, 56

alberguelaspenas@gmail.com

Pensión Calle Mayor

+34 941 360 407

C. Dicarán, 5

Pensión San Lorenzo

+34 941 363 722

+34 626 709 783

C. Garrán, 10

pensionsanlorenzo.es

Hostal Hispano

+34 941 363 615

C. La Cepa, 2

www.hostalhispanonajera.com

Hostal Ciudad de Nájera

+34 941 360 660

Cuarta Calleja San Miguel, 14

www.ciudaddenajera.com

Hotel Duques de Nájera

+34 941 410 421

C. Carmen, 7

www.hotelduquesdenajera.com

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