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The joining of two traditional paths

The Monastery of Valvanera, surrounded by the mountains of the Mountain Range of La Demanda, has been visited by numerous pilgrims and pilgrims since time immemorial along the traditional paths that connected this temple with the nearby villages. Today these paths have been converted into beautiful hiking routes, which allow us to discover and enjoy not only the monastery, but also its surroundings. These routes can be combined with each other, for example, thanks to the link between the GR 93 and the Valvanera Route. Paths that reach the Monastery of Valvanera, one coming from Anguiano and the other from the villages of Matute and Tobía.

Itinerary of the Link of the GR 93 with the Route of Valvanera

From Hill Cándalo to The La Mesa Pas 1,6 Km

In the middle of the GR 93, just before it starts the final descent towards the Monastery of Valvanera, in a clearing in the forest that it runs through, where it is situated on the Cándalo hill (0h 00min), begins this link with the Route of Valvanera. The signpost with the corresponding indications leads us to our objective. We start to climb up the shoulder of the mountain, surrounded by vegetation as we follow the signs that allow us to avoid the chaos of stones and vegetation that we are crossing. This entertaining section of the route quickly gives way to a much more open area. In front of us we can already see the hill we have to climb.

After a short while the thick vegetation again forces us to look for the best path to follow through it, to continue ascending almost in a straight line.

Once we have passed this stretch, both the vegetation and the slope give us a break. We continue without changing course towards the rocks that mark the summit of La Mesa. We pass the rocks and the summit and head towards the next section of our route. After a short walk along this wide peak with beautiful views, we begin the final descent that will take us to our objective. The route markers lead us along the shoulder of the mountain to the La Mesa pass (0h 45min) where the signpost awaits us to warn us that we have reached the route that follows the Route of Valvanera, along which we will continue either towards Valvanera or towards the Cervanco pass.

Tips for do the Link of the GR 93 with the Route of Valvanera

1-This link allows us to follow a circular route from Valvanera of just under 7 km or even a circular route of just over 12 km, depending on our tastes.

2-Bear in mind that in any case, in addition to the distance and the slope of this route, you have to add both the distance to reach it and the continuation that you develop.

3-The panoramic views from the top of La Mesa are spectacular, so take some time to enjoy them.

4-If you do the small circular route don't forget that you are in the middle of the mountains, so equip yourself correctly.

Waypoints of the route
1-Cándalo Hill 0:00h 1216m 0km 30T 512232 4676154
2-Pass of La Mesa 0:45h 1362m 1.6Km 30T 510992 4676853

Coordinates UTM Datúm WGS84

Profile of the Link of the GR 93 with the Route of Valvanera

Profile of the Link of the GR 93 with the Route of Valvanera

ico-distancia-totalDistance: 1.6Km

ico-tiempo-totalTime: 0:45h

ico-dificultadDifficulty: Low

ico-desnivel-acumuladoSlope: 217m

ico-desnivel-positivoSlope +: 180m

ico-desnivel-negativoSlope -: 37m

ico-altitud-maximaMaximum altitude: 1382m

ico-altitud-minimaMinimum altitude: 1216m

Cartography and maps

Map of the Link of the GR 93 with the Route of Valvanera

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.

Topographical map of the Link of the GR 93 with the Route of Valvanera

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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 240-4 y 241-3 1:25.000".

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Monastery of Valvanera
Anguiano, La Rioja
Monastery of Valvanera

Location of the Virgin of Valvanera, Patron Saint of La Rioja


¿Did you know that...

The section of the GR 93 that links Anguiano with the Monastery of Valvanera is a branch of the GR 93 itself that was created relatively recently to recover and conserve this traditional route that was used in ancient times to reach Valvanera.

Don't miss out...

The area with tables and benches next to the river Valvanera. It is a pleasant natural spot that you will find not far from the monastery, going down the path that continues after crossing the monastery complex.



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