Stage 7 – Torres del Río (Navarra) to Logroño (La Rioja)
Total Distance – 21.6 km
Adjusted for Climb – 23.1 km (accrued ascent 300m = 1.5 km)
High Point: Ermita de Nuestra Señora del Poyo 570m (1,870 feet)
This stage featured some short but very steep sections into the Linares and Cornava river valleys. We started it with a brief visit to the XII century Iglesia de Santo Sepulcro. It’s a very small Templar church that is based on the octagonal church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. It has a cross-ribbed vault forming an 8-sided star with is emblematic of the Knights Templar. The acoustics are excellent also. I’ve pictures of the the interior and the exterior as we exited Torres del Río.
You will also see road pictures of a large french group we encountered on and off, Robert’s Spanish friends, the Aussie/US group and other Peregrinos doing their thing (including yours truly and Robert)
Both Robert and I enjoyed the town of Viana (I previously posted a video of a religious procession there). It’s a border town , little changed from medievial times, that has seen a lot of fighting and it’s where Cesare Borgia, the illegitimate son of Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia), died defending the town after being exiled there by Alexander’s successor. Cesare is buried outside the church here. Viana was a highlight of this stage.
You will also see pictures of our entry into the Rioja region and Logroño, it’s a beautiful university town of 130,000 inhabitants. Our prize for reaching Logroño was a delicious dinner of a suckling pig washed down by some fine Rioja wine. I’m positive that Robert and I were not the first peregrinos to reward themselves in this manner!