After breakfast we lace up our boots (or sneakers!) and get ready for another day of walking on the Camino de Santiago. We begin the morning with a good climb and descent and shortly come across the Gothic bridge known as “La Rabia,” once used by farmers in a ritual to prevent their livestock from developing rabies (rabia) in Zubiri. We continue to Larrasoaña, a town with strong ties to the Camino, as it was mentioned in the 12th-century Codex Calixtinus, the official Camino guidebook of the time!
The Abbey of Eskirotz and Ilarratz is situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees directly on the Camino de Santiago between the village of Zubiri and Pamplona. 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.’
Soon we take a break from walking and sit down to enjoy a Fresco Tours picnic lunch made with fresh local produce. While we eat we can enjoy the landscape and get to know our fellow pilgrims a bit better. After lunch we continue on our journey, passing through Larrasoaña, a small village that originates from the founding of the San Agustín Monastery in the 10th century.
Finally, after a full day of walking, we arrive in Zuriain, a village located on the Arga River. We visit the Iglesia de San Millán, a gothic-style church known for its vaulted portico entrance.
After a day of beautiful views, rewarding walks, and local cuisine, your Fresco Tours guides will sit down with the group for the evening meeting where we will talk about tomorrow’s walk, and explain the map, including the terrain, the support vehicle checkpoints, and our picnic spot, to get us ready for the next day.