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A walk through the Alfaro groves

 

In the wide alluvial plain of La Rioja Baja, among fluvial forests, the river Ebro as it passes through Alfaro draws, with its sinuous course, a changing landscape, where the Grove of the Estajao is located. In the Natural Reserve of Groves of Alfaro we will enjoy a privileged environment, habitat of innumerable species both animals and plants.

Grove of the Estajao

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The way takes us to cross the wandering course of the Ebro that conforms changing islands, "mothers", meanders and beaches of gravel, and next to the forest of bank, accustomed to the lows of summer and floods of the river, compose this natural space of great landscaping and ecological value. A comfortable itinerary of 6.2 km that begins in the car park next to the old Alfaro sugar factory, soon the path forks allowing us to approach the viewpoint of the Grove of the Nava if we continue along the main road, or descend by the one that goes to the recreational area, equipped with tables and benches, to meet again shortly after the path that comes from the viewpoint following the course of the Ebro, to continue in search of the Grove of the Estajao.

Alluvial Plain

This floodable area, a wild enclave between crops and poplars, provides an entangled and lush vegetation being a dynamic ecosystem and refuge for various animals. Shortly after joining the two paths we will find a path that descends to enter the Grove of the Estajao, thanks to an elevated footbridge we can cross this magnificent space, its circular layout returns us to the main path. In this same place there is another path that will take us to discover the gravel beach of Estajao, a spectacular corner from where we can contemplate the Grove of the Duquesa, on the other bank of the Ebro. The main path continues along the meander between fields and poplar groves, being able to approach the Alhama river if we follow a path that starts right where our path turns sharply to the right. The final section runs parallel to the earth slope, which years ago was excavated by the Ebro, to go out to the path that goes to the recreation area or back to the car park.

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Meander of the river Ebro

How to get to

 

 

 

The N-232 links Alfaro on one side with Calahorra, Logroño and on the other with Tudela and Zaragoza among other towns. If you take the LR-287 road towards Corella, you can also access the AP-68 motorway. The LR-288 connects it with the nearby town of Castejón de Ebro. Alfaro has a bus station and regular bus services that connect it with Logroño and Calahorra, as well as with nearby towns. There is also a railway station on the Logroño-Zaragoza line. From the town of Alfaro, leaving towards the railway station, as soon as you cross the river Alhama, turn left into the first street that we find, leaving the one that goes to the train station, continue along this street and after crossing the bridge that crosses the train tracks, continue straight on along the asphalted road that leads to the car park next to the old sugar factory. From here follow the signs for Grove of the Estajao that you will find.

 

​​Pet area, hiking with my dog

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Comfortable journey for our friends, on dirt roads in very good condition.

In the car park and recreational area we have water fountains, in the rest of the route we will not find more water points.

Remember that you are in a Nature Reserve, a protected area of special ecological value, find out about the regulations of the pet reserve. Try not to leave the signposted paths, without altering this space or disturbing its inhabitants.

 

 

 

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Description of the route of Grove of the Estajao

 

From the car park to Grove of the Estajao

 

The route starts at the car park (0h 00min), next to the chimney of the old sugar factory. It runs along the path and, shortly after the start of the march, we find ourselves with a detour.

Parking

The path that goes straight on takes us directly to the viewpoint of Grove of the Nava and the one on the right, where we will return, descends towards the Recreational Area (0h 10min), leaving several more paths on the right.

Recreational area

These two paths meet again a little further on, giving us the opportunity, if we choose the option that passes through the recreational area and continues in search of the Ebro, to get close to the Viewpoint of Grove of the Nava (0h 25min), crossing the scarce 600 m that separate us from it.

Viewpoint of Grove of the Nava

If, on the other hand, we decide to visit the viewpoint first, we will travel along this path that starts on the right of it. Following the course of the river, the path introduces us to the Grove of the Estajo (0h 55min), to reach the height of a footpath that descends towards the soto, and that continues closer to the riverside forest until it goes out again to the path.

Detour to Grove of thel Estajao

From the Grove of the Estajao to the car park

 

Once united again and shortly before reaching the curve that the meander forces us to make to our way, we will leave the path to descend a few meters to where the elevated footbridge begins to take us to the Grove of the Estajo. This footbridge has a circular route bringing us back to the beginning. Once back we will continue along the path we brought, continuing between poplars and farms of crops.

Grove of the Estajao Footbridge

From this same place there is another path that will lead us to the gravel beach of Estajo, returning by the same path to the main road. A little further on, just where the path turns radically to the right, there is a path that would take us to the Alhama River, near its mouth.

The path of the meander

We continue our march and shortly after we find a crossroads where we follow the path on the left. This section of the route runs through the old meander of the river, finding us with a couple of more crosses where we follow on our right, after going parallel to the slope of earth that the Ebro formed, reach the crossroads where we find the path that descends to the recreational area on our right or that ascends to the detour and the car park on our left.

Earth slope, at the end of the route

Following the path on the left, leaving behind the option that comes from the viewpoint, we will arrive at the car park (1h 20min).​

 

This route has been carried out on the ground by SENDITUR on 03-03-2015. The route can vary a lot depending on the time of year, the weather conditions and the terrain, as well as the actions of third parties and the evolution suffered by the natural environment where it is located. SENDITUR is not responsible for any misuse or inadequate use of the comprehensive guides of its routes and/or publications, nor for the variations for the above-mentioned reasons that could exist in their descriptions and recommends that each person be responsible and prudent in the realization of the activity. Likewise, we invite you to get information from books and specialized guides to complement the information described. All times are approximate and are for guidance only. Stops, however small, have not been taken into account. All the information related to the route, texts, images, videos, maps, diagrams, tracks, towns and places of tourist interest are published as a guide and may not coincide with the current state of each place. Before carrying out any activity, value your technical knowledge, your physical form, inform yourself about the meteorology and the variations that the route could have suffered, equip correctly, be prudent and responsible at all times, not surpassing your capacities.

Technical data sheet of the route

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Total distance. 6,2 Km

 

Total time. 1h 20min

This time includes the circular route by the footbridge of the interior of the Grove of the Estajo, if in addition we approach by the footpath until the beach of gravel we must add approximately 30min more.

 

Time of year. Any time.

We must bear in mind that the groves are undoubted areas, so in times of flooding it is advisable to inquire in advance at the interpretation center.

 

Required equipment. Nothing special.

Footwear and sportswear according to the time of year and the weather. Consult our list of material and equipment for hiking. Read more.

 

Slope acumulate. 32 m   Slope positive. 16 m   Slope negative. 16 m

 

Difficulty. Low

 

Physical

A route with no physical demands, practically flat, except for the short ramp that descends near the car park to the recreational area, which also has a small car park that we can reach with our vehicle.

 

Severity of the environment

No difficulty, although if being an undoubted zone in certain occasions we can find some muddy or flooded zone, for that reason in time of floods it is advisable to be informed before the state and the forecasts.

 

Orientation

The paths and trails are in good condition well defined and signposted, on the way back that runs along the meander, between poplar groves and farms, it is possible to get lost as we cross three other roads, but they are signposted and the path of the grove borders it next to the slope of earth that the Ebro formed many years ago. 

 

Important places to pass through

NAME PLACE OF PASS TIME TO HIM ALTITUDE DISTANCE COORDINATES UTM
1-Parking 0h 00min 275 m 0 Km 30T 604071 4671653
2-Recreational area 0h 10min 267 m 0,5 Km 30T 604452 4671965
3-Viewpoint of Grove of the Nava 0h 25 min 269 m 1,3 Km 30T 604135 4672119
4-Grove of the Estajao 0h 55 min 266 m 3,3 Km 30T 605282 4672479
5-Parking 1h 20min    275 m 6,2 Km 30T 604071 4671653

Coordinates UTM Datum WGS84

 

Profile of the route

Grove of the Estajao Profile

 

Cartography, maps and tracks

Map of the Grove of the Estajao route

This sketch 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 of the Grove of the Estajao route

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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional  "Cuadrante 244-3 1:25.000". 

 

Senditur has manipulated the tracks to correct the aberrant points that may exist, caused by problems with the reception of the GPS signal. In any case the tracks are always approximate.

 

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The groves are riverside woods that protect the floodable areas on the banks of the river from the great floods of the Ebro, filtering the water and retaining the soil.

 

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You will find the interpretation centre of the Groves of Alfaro in the town centre in the square next to the town hall.

 

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