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The union of the Basque Way of the Inside and the French Way

We cross La Rioja Alta transversally from Briñas, on the bank of the mighty Ebro, directing our steps along the Rioja plain towards Santo Domingo de la Calzada, closely guarded by the high summits of the Sierra of La Demanda, such as the 2271m San Lorenzo. Lands of crops and wine culture await us along the route, marked contrasts ranging from the orography of hills where the vines that give the famous wines of the area are lined up, through the exploited plain of cultivated fields.

Stage Briñas-Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Boxed between two mountain formations, the Sierra of the Toloño and the Obarenes Mounts on one side and the spectacular Sierra of La Demanda on the other, the almost completely free route of visual obstacles will allow us to enjoy with calm wonderful panoramic views that on clear days will allow us to contemplate as far as the eye can see. The stage Briñas-Santo Domingo de la Calzada with 24.3 km starts next to the church of the Concepción in Briñas, whose construction on the remains of the old Romanesque church began in the sixteenth century. We will take a pleasant walk along the banks of the majestic Ebro up to the medieval bridge, with seven arches, known as the Bridge of Briñas, being its first construction of the XI century although the current one is of the XVI century. From here we will enter fully into what has been and is one of the main engines and attractions of the area, the Neighborhood of the Wineries of Haro, where we walk discovering the largest concentration of centennial wineries known. We will be surprised to admire the mixture of classicism and robustness of historical buildings with the modernity of the present times.

Stage Briñas-Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Step by step we will enter Haro, a city of traditions, such as the Wine Battle or the Procession of the Lanterns and remarkable history, witnessed by its noble palaces. The Way in Haro passes next to El Torreón or Tower of the prisoners, the existing rest of the walls that defended the city since the 12th century. It reaches the Peace Square where several noble and important buildings await us, such as the neoclassical town hall, and runs through the beautiful gardens of the street of the Vega, place where the Basilica of Our Lady of the Vega, patron saint of Haro, it is said that the origin of the first buildings in this place date from the tenth century. The Way bids farewell to Haro, but not before letting us enjoy the Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente Park and its hundred-year-old poplars. The route now takes us to the next locality, through an almost imperceptible change in the landscape, as the vine gives way definitively to cereal crops among others. Zarratón welcomes us with its parish church of the Assumption from the XIII-XVI centuries and the Palace of the Counts of Casafuerte from the XVI century.

Stage Briñas-Santo Domingo de la Calzada

From this locality the route, as if it were a straight tiralíneas, leads us to Bañares not without first passing through the curious town of Madrid de los Trillos, formed by a group of houses and dependent on the nearby Cidamón. Bañares surprises us with the artistic ensemble formed by the church of Santa Cruz from the XV-XVI centuries which houses the Arca de San Formerio, a Romanesque relic from the XII century and the hermitage of Santa Cruz from the XII century, whose beautiful portico is a clear example of Romanesque. The silhouette on the horizon of the Tower of the Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, from the 15th century, grows bigger at each step, but before reaching it we must make two ways one, joining our journey to the French Way to travel together the last meters to finally enter the historic center of Santo Domingo de la Calzada.​

The Trick

The relative ease of the stage and the proximity of the last locality of La Rioja on the Way may encourage us, following the French Way, to extend the route to Grañón, on the border with Castilla y León.

Pet area, the Way of St. James with my dog

Comfortable stage, mostly on dirt roads in good condition, except for a few stretches of road generally without hard shoulders which forces us to take extreme precautions.

With many localities along the way and without great distances between them the water should not be a problem, although we do not have to forget to replenish the reserves as the route is full sun with hardly any shaded places and only in the towns we will find fountains. In times of drought it is not advisable to let them drink water from the few streams that we can find, for the fertilizers that could accumulate.

Typical stage in which we will find with more pets in the localities that in the route, as it is habitual to the entrance and to the exit of the populations we will pass next to enclosures, habitually closed, with guard dogs.

Description of stage Briñas - Santo Domingo de la Calzada

From Briñas to Haro 3,7 Km

We begin the stage in the square of the Church of Briñas (0h 00min) passing under the tower of the church and continuing by the street that in front of us descends towards the bank of the river Ebro.

We descend towards the banks of the river

Solana Street is a pleasant walk along the river, which to our left is hidden in the grove.

Calle Solana and walk along the Ebro

The Way of Saint James goes straight on the course of the Ebro to reach the bridge known as the Briñas turn left and cross it.

We cross the Ebro by the Bridge of Briñas

As soon as we cross to the other side we turn to the right again to take again the direction of the march, now in the other bank of the river.

We turn right again

The track begins then a smooth ascent that added to the turn that the Ebro makes in that place makes that we separate from him and thanks to the height that little by little we are gaining we can enjoy some beautiful panoramic ones. The asphalt track, but not in very good condition, takes us after passing a cruceiro and agricultural pavilions to the access road to the next town of the day.

We cross the national road by the bridge to continue towards Haro.

When you reach it the Way continues on the right crossing the bridge over the national and entering the Neighborhood of Wineries or Haro Station Neighborhood.

Pass under the railroad track

Following this street between hundred-year-old wineries we come across a tunnel on our right that allows us to cross the railway track.

We follow the street that comes to the station from Haro

As soon as we leave this short pass on our right we see the access road to the station and on our left a large car park with a fountain.

We cross the Tirón River

Continuing on the left, the wall of the cellars that form part of this neighbourhood takes us once again to the road that we left behind, and without taking a detour we reach the bridge over the River Tirón.

We enter Haro ascending the street Navarra

The route crosses this bridge and continues, as soon as it reaches the other side, along Navarre Street, which in front of us climbs towards the Peace Square in Haro (1h 00min).​

From Haro to Félix Rodríguez de La Fuente Park 2,3 Km

As soon as we enter the Peace Square we turn right

When you reach this beautiful square the route turns radically and skirting the building we have on our right continues along the street Virgen de la Vega.

Turn right again bordering the building

The itinerary takes us along this street without abandoning it at any time to the Basilica of Santa Maria de la Vega.

We follow the street of the Vega without deviating

Just when arriving at its height we turn to the left and leaving to our back the basilica we continue by this new street to the encounter of a roundabout, to which we arrive quickly.

We're heading for the roundabout.

The Way then turns to the right passing by the building that houses the courts of Haro, at that time we find a fork in the street, and must continue on the street on the left.

The roundabout and in the background the building with a circular façade that we have to leave on our right.

A building with the façade, which is located in front of us, in a circular shape serves as a reference as the route continues along the street that leaves this building on our right hand side. Continuing along this street, leaving to the right and left all the crossroads we find, we pass by the century-old bullring which, located on our right, confirms that we are going in the right direction.

We left Haro passing by the bullring.

Little by little we are leaving the locality and following the now local road that leads to Zarratón we arrive at Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente Park (1h 25min), a place where we can take a rest and recover our strength.

Poplars of the park

From Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente Park to Zarratón 7,2 Km

We leave behind this park and its hundred-year-old poplars to follow the layout of the road, the practically flat terrain and the scarcity of trees allow us to contemplate a wide panoramic view of what surrounds us.

We continue along the road

Shortly after and just after passing the motorway, at the end of the bridge that crosses it we have to turn right and continue along the dirt track that follows parallel to it.

We leave the road to follow the dirt track

A few hundred metres further on, on the first path we come across, we have to turn left, as the route goes up the hill to our left.

We left the nearby highway

This part of the route has a good number of plots of land that give access to the different estates along which our route runs, not having to leave the main track that continues in search of the top of the hill in front of us.

The track is in pretty good condition.

A small valley in the shape of a uve that draws the almost straight silhouette of the hill, serves as a reference in case of doubt, as the track uses this area of less height to climb to the plateau that awaits us in the upper part of it.

We go to the uve that draws the silhouette of the hill

Big yellow arrows in the irrigation wells show us the way from now on. Step by step we have been gaining height almost without realizing it and this together with the characteristics of the area allows us to contemplate, if the weather is good, practically the entire stage.

The marks in the water wells mark the route

The slope of the track is softened, it is cut in half by the new route of the national road that crosses it. The traffic of this road and the relatively high earth slopes that serve as a base discourage trying to cross it, for this following the layout of the earth track that brought us here we find on our right a bridge that serves to pass to the other side.

The national one stands in our way.

This obligatory detour of approximately 1 km does not take too much time and avoids unnecessary risks.

We took advantage of the bridge to cross the national road.

The track turns to the right following parallel to the national one until arriving at the height of the bridge by where we crossed, nothing more to do we turn again to the left. Following our footsteps, but on the other side of the national road, we return to the point where the road got in our way.

We return in search of the Way

When arriving at this place we find again with the earth track that to our right follows its straight course with the tower of the church of Zarratón and the Sierra of La Demanda in the horizon.

We return to the track that leads us to Zarratón

A few metres further on, the distribution of the plots obliges us to take the track on which we are going to turn right and continue a few steps until we reach a crossroads where, turning left again, we recover the direction of the march oriented towards our next objective.

The road runs through fields of crops

This new track that crosses fields of cultivation ends in turn in another one that returns to take us to the right.

We turn right again

Shortly after this new detour, we come across another path on our left which, continuing along it, allows us to recover once again the beautiful panoramic view of our destination.

On the first road we meet, we turn left again.

The track then undertakes a rapid descent thus hiding the high mountains of the horizon and crossing with some other track that we will leave behind.

Zarratón getting closer and closer

When we arrive at the beginning of an ascent zone, just at the height of a hut surrounded by vegetation, we see that some marks of the Way indicate us straight and others take us by the track of the left.

The road is divided in two

The option on the left is about 600 m more and takes us to the road that comes from Haro and from there enters directly into the town, crossing it until the meeting with the Camino.

The now asphalted track joins the road

The other one ascends straight on the track we are on and leads directly to the municipality, which we reach without turning off by entering the road that goes into it. This road takes us next to the church of Zarratón (3h 30min) whose tower served as a guide.

We entered Zarratón

From Zarratón to Madrid de los Trillos 2,6 Km

Again we have the option to continue straight the few meters that separate us from the road that arrives at Zarratón from Haro, where we will join with the variant that before we left behind, to already together continue by the right.

We decide again, for the church or down to the nearby road

Or to cross the interior streets that pass by the church to unite us a little further on, descending along the street that on the left allows us to join the two variants again.

We descend to join the other options

In the place where the two options meet is a small square, where if we come by the road, this draws a curve to the left, at which time we continue straight down the street in front of us ascends between the buildings.

Street where we will leave Zarratón

If, on the other hand, we come from the street that brought us from the church, when we reach the small square we leave the road in front of us and definitively joining the other variants, we turn right to continue along the street that takes us out of Zarratón.

We didn't leave the trail at any time.

This new dirt track is still surrounded by fields of cultivation with some sporadic tree that in the days when the sun squeezes us bring the little shade that we will find in this stage.

The straight path takes us to Madrid de los Trillos

The route follows its course practically in a straight line, arriving at a crossroads of tracks where it continues without diverting us to reach a wooded area shortly after this crossroads, where Madrid de los Trillos is located (4h 10min). ​

From Madrid de los Trillos to Bañares 3,3 Km

We continue on the straight path

The track crosses this town, dependent on nearby Cidamón, leaving on the left the track that comes here from the nearby road and follows its linear route.

We came across an asphalt track

The light posts next to the path keep us company along part of the route, leaving us shortly before reaching the height of an asphalted track that comes from the town of Santorcuato and that we cross to follow the straight track that takes us to the next town of the day.

The road goes out to the road

Our way, a while after leaving behind this asphalted track and another crossing, reaches the road that connects Bañares with Zarratón and that we left behind us before in this locality.

The route continues along the road to Bañares

Continuing to the right along this road and after a long stretch along it, we arrive at a roundabout that leads into the town and in front of us a little to the left begins the street Real de Abajo, where we continue.

At the roundabout we continue along the street Real de Abajo

We follow this street ignoring how many crossroads leave at our pace until we reach a fork where a reddish brick building divides the street in two. We follow the street on the left that brings us closer to the town hall square of Bañares (4h 55min). ​

Without leaving this street we arrive at the town hall

From Bañares to Santo Domingo de la Calzada 5,2 Km

At the end of the façade of the town hall, the Way turns right, as soon as it meets the first street, next to the church, it turns left again and continues its journey through Bañares.

Either before or just after the town hall we turn right

Continue along Iglesia street until you reach a crossroads, where a building forces you to turn a little to the left to continue straight on along the street in front of you that will take you out of the locality.

At the first street turn left again

We continue along this street that turns out to be the same one that introduced us to Bañares and that crosses from side to side the town, without turning off at any of the crossroads that we find until we reach the outskirts.

We go straight on

The street now turned into an asphalted track makes a small curve to avoid a fenced wall of a house and go straight ahead through this wall and some agricultural pavilions, leaving on the left a street that enters from the nearby road.

We turn back a little so we can go straight on.

Our route continues along this asphalted track, leaving another two paths on the left, in the distance you can already see the next objective.

The track is definitely coming out of Bañares

In the distance we see how the asphalted track seems to become a dirt road, at that point we leave the track that continues to turn left to continue straight along the dirt road.

We leave the asphalted track to continue along the dirt track.

This way continues crossing fields of cultivation crossing with the different tracks that communicate these fields, which we should not follow, since the route continues its rectilinear run crossing the highway of the Way thanks to a bridge that crosses it.

The route crosses the dual carriageway over the bridge

We follow the main track that meanders now between some recreational property until we come to find the route of the Greenway of the Oja, an asphalted road that crosses with ours, in this place we turn to the left to continue by this greenway the few meters that separate us from the first buildings of the city.

The road joins the greenway

After passing by an old pavilion, the route continues straight on, entering the locality and arriving at the crossroads where it joins the French Way of Saint James to cross the final stretch of the stage together.

The union of two ways

At this crossroads with the old Logroño road, the itinerary turns right, turning the corner of the building that houses the headquarters of the municipality's Red Cross.

We enter the main street of Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Continuing along the same sidewalk of the street Doce de Mayo we arrive at the end of it, where in front of us we see the beginning of the Main Street, which takes us to the square of the cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada (5h 50min) where this stage ends.

Technical details of the stage

ico-distancia-totalDistance. 24,3Km

Our start and end point will mark the total distance of the stage.

ico-tiempo-totalTime. 5:50h

It is the total time following, of the different variants, the shortest route, because there is not too muc:difference in distance from one to the other options, going for one or the other should not increase the total time too much.

ico-calendarioTime of year

In summer wit:hig:temperatures and without shady areas we have to be attentive wit:the water we carry. In winter the low temperatures make it possible to find persistent snow and frost that make the journey difficult. Bot:in rainy and non rainy seasons, given the special characteristics of the land and the crops that are irrigated in certain seasons and that from Haro we will find, we can find areas of the road quite muddy and even flooded.

ico-materialMaterial required

The good state of the itinerary allows the stage to be made wit:comfortable footwear, althoug:we have to take into account the possibility that even wit:good weather we may find areas of the dirt track between agricultural plots that are very muddy or flooded wit:water. Recommended sports clothes and footwear according to the time of year and the weather, backpack, water bottle and walking sticks, you can not miss the camera, cap or hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Consult our list of material and equipment to make the Way. Read more

ico-dificultadDifficulty. Medium


Smoot:stage bot:in the mileage and in the slope, practically flat wit:a couple of ramps in whic:the ascent becomes more pronounced but that does not involve great complications. It is the heat in the summer months and the lack of shady areas where we can cool what can harden a little, wit:the advantage of having population centers every few miles.


Unfortunately, the Way travels on some stretches on local roads without hard shoulders or wit:it very narrow, where we will have to take extreme precautions. As for the rest, unless we find areas that are too muddy or waterlogged, we should not have to face any major difficulties.


The route has been signposted again recently, wit:marks that from Haro are clearly visible, the possibility of throwing us off is at our passage throug:the localities either by the excess of marks that lead us by different variants or in the few cases by their lack in some crossroads. In Haro we will have to guide us by the shells of the sidewalks and some yellow arrow, watc:out, the hostel is out of the original route but it is also well signposted bot:the detour to it and then resume the Way from it. In Zarratón there are several routes all of them well signposted and in Bañares some marks send us by one side of the town hall and others by the other, but all of them take us out of the town, being to the exit where it will be more difficult for us to see the signs, althoug:the straightness of the route helps not to get lost.

Important places to pass through
1-Briñas 0:00h 455m 0Km 30T 513775 4716531
2-Haro 1:00h 470m 3.7Km 30T 512541 4713859
3-Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente Park 1:25h 480m 6Km 30T 511331 4712076
4-Zarratón 3:30h 560m 13.2Km 30T 509733 4707022
5-Madrid de los Trillos 4:10h 565m 15.8Km 30T 508797 4704698
6-Bañares 4:55h 595m 19.1Km 30T 507321 4701838
7-Santo Domingo de la Calzada 5:50h 640m 24.3Km 30T 503910 4698730

Coordinates UTM Datum WGS84

Stage Profile

Profile of the Stage Briñas-Santo Domingo de la Calzada of the Basque Way of the Inside

ico-desnivel-acumuladoSlope: 370m

ico-desnivel-positivoSlope +: 280m

ico-desnivel-negativoSlope -: 90m

ico-altitud-maximaMaximum altitude: 640m

ico-altitud-minimaMinimum altitude: 450m

Cartography, maps and tracks

Map of the Stage Briñas-Santo Domingo de la Calzada of the Basque Way of the Inside

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.

Topographical Map Stage Briñas-Santo Domingo de la Calzada Basque Way of the Inside


This schematic wit:the pat:is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrantes 169, 170, 202 y 203, 1:50.000".

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Bridge of Briñas
Centenary poplars
Cultivation fields
Felix Rodríguez de la Fuente Park
Mount Obarenes
Wine press
Zarratón with the Sierra of La Demanda in the background
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