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Greenway of the Oja de Stº Domingo de la Calzada to Ezcaray, the ascent to the mountains

In the region of La Rioja Alta, between the towns of Santo Domingo de la Calzada and Ezcaray, under the protection of the Sierra of La Demanda is the Greenway of the Oja, section 2 St º Domingo de la Calzada-Ezcaray.​

Greenway of the Oja, section 2 St º Domingo de la Calzada-Ezcaray

The extensive plain of cereal fields gives way to the rounded mountains of the sierra and the unmistakable silhouette of the Peña San Torcuato, habitat of a good number of rupicolous birds. The landscape evolves from cultivated fields to beech forests that await us from Santurde de Rioja.

Greenway of the Oja, section 2 St º Domingo de la Calzada-Ezcaray

This beautiful stage of the greenway with 14 km takes us to cross, from Santo Domingo de la Calzada, the wide alluvial plain of the valley of the Oja and the varied coloring of its fields in each season of the year, to almost without realizing to begin to cross streams and ravines that descends in search of the nearby river Oja.the way passes between Santurde and Santurdejo, and near Ojacastro having already taken the sufficient height with respect to the valley as to be able to enjoy a magnificent panoramic of it.

Greenway of the Oja, section 2 St º Domingo de la Calzada-Ezcaray

The final part of the route enters the foothills of the sierra, cutting through the lower part of the mountain and continuing between the typical earth slopes that flanked the railways in certain places. The path skirts the limestone cut from the San Torcuato rock to reach the old Ezcaray station, where the Bobadilla track ends.

How to get to Santo Domingo de la Calzada

To get to Santo Domingo de la Calzada the main access routes are the A-12 and the N-120, which link the towns of Logroño and Burgos, and the LR-111 which links with the nearby towns of Ezcaray and Haro, as well as with the A-68. At the same time the LR-204 that communicates it with San Millán de la Cogolla. Santo Domingo de la Calzada has a bus station and stops for regular and interurban lines, both with nearby towns and with nearby capitals. Once there, the beginning of the greenway is next to the red cross barracks at the exit towards Logroño along the old national road, just at the height of the detour of the road towards Cirueña and San Millán de la Cogolla. In the nearby streets we will be able to leave our vehicle.

Pet area, hiking with my dog

Good route for our friends, although almost totally by asphalt. No shaded areas until almost the end of the journey.

We will only find water points in the towns and rest areas of Ezcaray.

Once we leave the wide valley where we pass some recreational property and its corresponding guard dogs, we arrive at an agricultural exploitation with a kennel next to the way, usually the dogs are in the interior of the enclosure. In the localities of the route is usual we find more pets.


Description of the Greenway of the Oja. Section 2 Stº Domingo de la Calzada-Ezcaray

The path, which begins next to the red cross barracks of Santo Domingo de la Calzada (0h 00min), leaves the town along the old Ezcaray road, continuing straight along this street between industrial and agricultural pavilions.

Start of the greenway in Stº Domingo de la Calzada

At the end of this street, leaving a couple of paths to the left and right, the asphalted layout of the greenway begins in front of it, crossing a first crop field to reach a small rest area just when we find the road that leads to Gallinero de Rioja.

The first kilometres between the cereal fields

Crossing this one, the route continues to run straight through the characteristic cereal fields in which different private estates alternate. After a good stretch of walking we arrive at the building of an old station. From here, the close presence of the mountains towards which we are heading reminds us that the gentle ascent that will take us to save the slope of Mount Bellifera will soon begin.

Building of the old stop

The road crosses a couple of roads that lead to Santurdejo. Also, by means of a bridge, the bed of the river Santurdejo affluent of the Oja.

Crossing at the old station of Santurde-Santurdejo

The building of the old Santurde-Santurdejo station is located on the second road that leads to this village in La Rioja. From here the landscape changes, the greenway is escorted by the wooded road that will accompany it until the end of its route and the gentle ascent that takes it towards Ezcaray begins.

Typical earth slopes

Between some slopes that cut the skirt of the mountain and crossing the Navisio ravine, where San Asensio de los Cantos is located, the road approaches Ojacastro. Taking step by step height and seeing, thanks to her, as little by little the valley loses its amplitude.

Navisio Ravine

The itinerary of the route, after passing next to some agricultural pavilions, continues escorting by the earth slopes, to arrive until the vicinities of Ojacastro, from which we are separated by the old bridge over the river Oja. Here we can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the Peña San Torcuato, which we will border later on.

Junction at San Pelayo stream

At this point, the path continues between the walls of a couple of houses and then crosses the San Pelayo stream and a path that ascends from Ojacastro through the ravine of this stream, to continue its not-so-straight passing drawing the long curves that cross the slopes of the mountain.

Recreational area at the entrance of Ezcaray

In one of these long curves and almost without realizing it, we bordered the vertical walls of the Peña San Torcuato to begin to contemplate Ezcaray and the high course of the Oja, before hidden by this imposing peña. We pass by a recreational area and shortly after, next to the detour towards the Virgen de Allende hermitage, to arrive at another recreational area from where Gr-93 leaves towards Turza and San Millán de la Cogolla.

Detour from Gr-93 and entrance to Ezcaray station

From here we travel the few meters that separate us from the old building of the station of Ezcaray (3h 35min), where this greenway ends.


Technical data sheet of the route

ico-distancia-totalDistance. 14Km

Our route through both Santo Domingo de la Calzada and Ezcaray will mark the final distance of the route.

ico-tiempo-totalTime. 3:35h

Total time without counting the approximately 20 minutes more that it supposes to go up to visit the hermitage of the Virgin of Allende.

ico-calendarioTime of year

The proximity of the Sierra of La Demanda makes this route a pleasure to behold, especially in winter wit:the peaks of the nearby snow-covered mountains. In spring it shows us a wide range of greens, without forgetting the autumn spectacle.

ico-materialRequired equipment

Clothes and sports footwear, according to the time of the year and the meteorological conditions, canteen wit:water, sun protection cream, walking sticks and cap as there are no shaded areas until the end of the journey. Consult our list of material and equipment for hiking. Read more.

ico-dificultadDifficulty. Low


The gentle slope that little by little ascends the road does not suppose any difficulty, the scarcity of shade in its first part does that in days of heat this simple route is hardened.


Practically asphalted, wit:good road surface and sufficient width, we will be forced to cross some local roads.


Its straight layout, althoug:it crosses countless roads, is not lost and is well signposted, being at the beginning when the road passes throug:the industrial area of Santo Domingo de la Calzada where it can make us think that we have been confused.

Important places to pass through
1-Santo Domingo de la Calzada 0:00h 637m 0Km 30T 504520 4698564
2-Ezcaray 3:35h 810m 14Km 30T 499196 4686068

Coordinates UTM Datum WGS84

Profile of the route

Profile of the Greenway of the Oja. Section 2 Stº Domingo de la Calzada-Ezcaray

ico-desnivel-acumuladoSlope: 289m

ico-desnivel-positivoSlope +: 231m

ico-desnivel-negativoSlope -: 58m

ico-altitud-maximaMaximum altitude: 810m

ico-altitud-minimaMinimum altitude: 637m

Cartography, maps and tracks

Map of the Greenway of the Oja. Section 2 Stº Domingo de la Calzada-Ezcaray

This sketc:of the route is not made to scale nor does it contain all the information relating to the area, it is merely indicative.

Topographic map Greenway of the Oja. Section 2 Stº Domingo de la Calzada-Ezcaray


This schematic wit:the pat:is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrantes 202 y 240, 1:50.000".

Senditur has manipulated the tracks to correct the aberrant points that may exist, caused by problems wit:the reception of the GPS signal. In any case the tracks are always approximate. SENDITUR encourages you to use the new technologies within your reach, using them as support and consultation in your activity, not basing the realization and orientation of the same only and exclusively on them, since they may see their functioning altered by very diverse causes, not functioning correctly and their indications may not be precise.

Bridge over the Santurdejo stream
Cereal Fields
San Torcuato Rock
The greenway enters the forest
The transit from the valley to the mountain
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Ideal paseo con los crios!!! como se lo pasaron.

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