R1 – Day 6 : Pamplona – Puenta la Reina 24km

Today you walk out of Pamplona through beautiful parks until Cizur Menor. Here you start your climb to Alto del Perdón (Hill of Forgiveness) a steep ascent to the iconic sculpture of Pilgrims by Vicente Galbete. On one of the figures, you can read: “Donde se cruza el camino del viento con el de las estrellas.” (Where the path of wind crosses with the stars).  From this summit, you have an incredible panoramic view of Pamplona and the Pyrenees up to the north and Navarras plains down to the south.

After Alto del Perdón you have 3-4km of a difficult stony, steep descent.

Another Iconic point today just before you reach Puente la Reina is the church of Santa Maria de Eunate. Built in 1170, an unusual example of Romanesque architecture which has been declared a national monument. Standing in solitude in the middle of a flat, open landscape approximately 2 km off the Camino well worth the extra walking if you have the energy. There is a legend of a tradition whereby those who walk around the building three times are freed from their sins!

Note: It is worth a visit, asking a local for direction may avoid getting lost.

Finally, you will arrive at Puenta la Reina a magnificent medieval village with its perfectly balanced 11th Century stone bridge crossing the river Arga, truly a sight to behold. Walk through Rua Mayor to discover the architectural delights of its historical buildings and churches of St. James and St. Peter