That La Rioja is a land full of contrasts is something that few people no longer know, but thanks to the GR 93 we can appreciate it with almost every step we take. In this stage we once again jump from one valley to another, from the river Leza to the river Manzanares, taking us even deeper into the Mediterranean climate landscapes that surround us on this route of the GR 93 section 6 from San Román de Cameros to Munilla.
We begin this long stage of the GR 93 by saying goodbye to San Román de Cameros (0h 00min), to retrace our steps of the previous day following the course of the road. This first part of the route is unfortunately by road, with all the inconveniences and dangers that this implies. Not long after passing the Molino del Corregidor we come across the turn-off to Ajamil, which we follow. As soon as we cross the bridge we come to another junction. Here it is the road that leads to Vadillos and Hornillos that we must follow. A long stretch of road awaits us without ever leaving it.
This path quickly leads us to the old Munilla path that continues to take us up the river that has accompanied us until now. This river, the Vadillos, which we will cross thanks to a wooden bridge. Almost immediately we say goodbye to the river that has accompanied us until now and start to go up the ravine formed by the stream that flows into it. A long stretch lies ahead of us, always climbing steadily, following the course of the ravine. We will cross the occasional ravine that descends towards our companion. We will also cross the wire fence that separates the municipalities of San Román and Ajamil. After a while we can already see the tower of the church of Torremuña, although we still have to overcome a steep slope before we can say that we have reached the village of Torremuña (2h 10min).
In fact, the GR 93 on its current route barely touches this village in La Rioja, our path comes out onto a track that we must follow and which skirts Torremuña below without letting us enter the village. This path in turn comes out onto the track that leads to Torremuña from the road. We have to continue ascending along the old path that runs parallel to the track. This road or track leading to Torremuña has several wide bends, which fortunately we will avoid. Shortly after passing next to a livestock farm, we will find ourselves back on the track that we left before and that we will have to cross. We continue ascending in search of the pass that we have to overcome. Once again we meet up with the track again, and together we reach the col and begin the descent. Here we will have to be attentive as we will pass several crossroads. After enjoying the panoramic views offered by the col, we start to lose part of the height we have gained before quickly leaving the track again, following a path that avoids another long curve.
Once back on the track, we will have to go uphill for a few metres to find the path we have to follow. We will find this path at the crossroads, next to a livestock pavilion. This path leads us to the Alto Valle ravine. Once there we will have to ford it to, almost immediately, begin the ascent that will take us to a new pass. The Cidacos valley, another of the great valleys of La Rioja, can be seen from the pass. Once again we descend again towards another new ravine that we have to cross. The slides are constant and once again we are forced to climb back up part of the lost height.
This area of the divide between the Manzanares and Ezquerra streams precedes the start of the long final descent to Munilla. A sometimes steep descent that leads us to a new path that we will follow for a few minutes. We soon come across the path that will take us down to this town in La Rioja. Our path, after a good while, takes us to the very heart of Munilla (5h 40min), to the church square where this section of the GR 93 comes to an end.
|1-San Román de Cameros||0h 00min||820 m||0 km||30T 543348 4675535|
|2-Torremuña||2h 10min||1090 m||11,8 Km||30T 547976 4672200|
|3-Munilla||5h 40min||790 m||19,5 Km||30T 558161 4670925|
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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 242-3 y 242-4 1:25.000".
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In La Rioja there are numerous uninhabited villages and hamlets whose population was abandoning them in the 1960s and 1970s. This mainly affected the villages of the Alpujarras, Alto Cidacos and Camero Viejo. Today, however, many of them are beginning to see their houses and streets regaining part of their lost life thanks to the repopulation that the descendants of the former settlers are gradually carrying out, as is the case of the village of Torremuña.
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A visit to the Ecomuseum El Molino del Corregidor, in San Román de Cameros. This is an old cereal mill that has now been converted into a museum that revives the old miller's trade. Throughout its three didactic rooms we can discover this ancient trade and its close relationship with water.
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