Today’s hike starts with an unusual sight. After some miles down the trail, you will walk by The Abbey of Eskirotz and Ilarratz. The building is thought to have its origins in the 12th century and many believe it might have been a Templar fort. The building was extensively renovated in the 16th century and is now currently being restored by ‘The Camino Abbey.’
You will eventually work your way into Pamplona after breakfast, where you will come across the 15th century Cathedral of Santa María la Real, known for its beautiful cloisters and intricate facade. Pamplona’s patron saint is San Fermín, and in keeping with tradition, this energetic university city is always filled with tourists and locals, ready to keep the festivities going! After today’s walk it is time to stop for a rest and perhaps a drink with some pintxos!
The city itself boasts a rich historical and architectural heritage and has preserved most of its medieval walls and the historic layout of narrow streets. While exploring the city we will come across notable sites including the Pamplona Cathedral, the Plaza del Castillo, and the Citadel of Pamplona. Indeed, the Camino de Santiago enters the city through the northern historic medieval gate, the same one used by pilgrims for centuries.
After an evening of city-exploring, it is time to sit down for a well-deserved supper and rest.