In the final foothills of the Cameros mountains, separating the valleys of the Iregua and Leza rivers, next to the Ebro valley, is this Path of the Rocks of Clavijo. The natural space of the Clavijo rocks surprises us with a challenging rock, marked out by the Clavijo Castle of Muslim origin that guards this enclave. The way rewards us with splendid panoramic, after the ascent to the mount Laturce by the hermitage of Santiago, besides leading us by the ravine of Fuentezuela until the ruins of the monastery of San Prudencio.
This simple 4.6-kilometre route begins in the town of Clavijo, and runs partly along an asphalt track that will lead us to our destinations. The track runs along the scant Km that separates Clavijo from the Santiago hermitage, an 18th-century building located on the southern slope of Mount Laturce and from where the path that climbs to the summit of Mount Laturce starts at 1035 metres. In the asphalted track and shortly after leaving the town we find an informative sign, which indicates the detour, by which a path, conditioned, descends through the ravine of Fuentezuela to find the ruins of the ancient monastery of San Prudencio, which house the remains of a primitive church of the twelfth century, a later seventeenth century and those of a huge farmhouse that surrounded them, it is advisable given the deterioration of these, avoid entering and contemplate its ruins from its highest part. The route returns to Clavijo along the same route.
Just 16 Km separate Clavijo de Logroño, the access to the town of Clavijo is made following the road LR-460 that joins the towns of Alberite and Clavijo. The town has a stop for the metropolitan bus service, which connects it with the nearby towns and Logroño. Its unmistakable rock crowned by the Clavijo Castle is visible on the horizon from Logroño, following this marked course we will go towards the town of Alberite, either from the N-111 that connects Logroño with Soria and turning towards this town or taking from Logroño direction Villamediana de Iregua and then continue on the road that joins both. Once in Alberite we will go towards the wine cellars district where we will take the LR-460 which, after crossing La Unión, a town belonging to the municipality of Clavijo, ascends the road that ends in the Clavijo square next to the church.
In the Clavijo Square (0h 00min) is the church, the town hall and the fronton, we will find where to leave our vehicle, also in this place has its stop the intercity bus. The route begins passing by the fronton and leaving on our right the sign that indicates the hermitage of San Román, crossing the street Don Tomás Muro that ascends softly until leaving Clavijo, continuing by an asphalted track, we will arrive until an informative sign of the route to the monastery.
At this Bifurcation (0h 15min) we will have to decide whether to continue ascending the asphalt track towards the hermitage or descend the path that leads to the ruins of the monastery.
The asphalt track continues its ascent, initially smooth, until it meets a chain that prevents vehicles from passing, from this place you can already sense the magnificent landscape that awaits us a little higher. From this point a short but important ramp awaits us that will not let us rest until arriving at the Royal Basilica Hermitage of Santiago (0h 30min).
In the esplanade in front of the entrance door to the hermitage, we find the beginning of the path that, a little stark at first, quickly gains height leaving to our right the hermitage, the wall that protects it from the slope of the mountain and another path that continues parallel to this wall.
After crossing the initial steep slope, the route softens until reaching the crest of the mountain, where all that remains is to follow the marked path that stretches along the escarpment to reach the cross erected in commemoration of the famous battle of Clavijo and that marks the summit of Laturce 1,035m (0h 55min).
From this privileged viewpoint we can enjoy wide panoramic views that show us the marked landscaping differences between the valley of the Ebro and the Leza. The descent is made by the same path to reach the chapel, continuing along the asphalt track to reach the information sign and the Bifurcation (1h 20min) where we undertake the descent by the path to the monastery.
The route runs through the ravine of Fuentezuela, descending to the ruins of the monastery by a conditioned path, the orientation of the ravine gives more abundant vegetation than usual in the area. After a quick descent we reach the old wall of the monastery, the path continues close to the wall to, taking advantage of an opening in its continuity, enter the Monastery of San Prudencio (1h 40min).
The way back is by going up again the Fuentezuela ravine, along the path we use to descend, until we reach the road and from there follow the Don Tomás Muro street that will leave us in the Clavijo Square (2h 30min).
If we climb up to the castle we will have to add the additional distance.
Time if we make the complete tour, if we also include the visit to the castle in the town of Clavijo, we will have to add 30 minutes more, approximately.
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The route is simple without great demand, its difficulty is marked by the unevenness that we have to overcome in a short distance, although this unevenness is divided into short ramps distanced from each other enough to recover before facing the next. The points of greatest physical demand are found next to the detour, where there are the ramps with the greatest unevenness to overcome and in the final area next to the monastery.
Severity of the environment
The path to the top of Mount Laturce has at its beginning, next to the hermitage of Santiago, the stretch that may be somewhat more complicated given its slope and its somewhat decomposed state, otherwise is a well-defined path that ascends the slope of the mountain overlooking the wide ravine of Fuentezuela, to continue along the comfortable crest area to the top. The path to the monastery has no difficulty.
The path that goes down Fuentezuela in search of the ruins of the monastery is perfectly defined, largely delimited by a wooden railing and with areas equipped with benches to be able to take a rest. The path that ascends to the top of the Laturce is not signposted, at the beginning next to the hermitage we have to be careful as there are several paths that can throw us off.
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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.
This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base. © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 204-3 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. 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.
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The participation of the Apostle Santiago in the Battle of Clavijo has been a common iconographic motif in the representation of the Apostle.
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A visit to the remains of Clavijo castle, the wall with its four towers, the homage tower and the cisterns carved in the rock, all presided over by the cross of Santiago.
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This route has been carried out in the field by SENDITUR on 15-07-2015. The route may vary greatly depending on the time of year, weather conditions and terrain, as well as the actions of third parties and the evolution suffered in the natural environment where it is located. All opinions, advice and/or assessments made by SENDITUR in their descriptions are for guidance only and are subject to and/or refer to the specific conditions of the specific day of the route, referring to that specific day, taken from trained people, with the appropriate experience and with a high level of physical and technical preparation as a reference, as well as correctly equipped.
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