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Hiking in Anguiano, discovering hidden and beautiful places



Anguiano, in La Rioja, is the gateway to the High Najerilla Valley, hidden behind the vertical rocks under which this Riojan town sits. Its surroundings, marked by high mountains, leafy forests and abundant streams, are the cradle of unbeatable hiking routes, such as the Trail The Holm oaks, an attractive route marked by the visit to hidden places.

Trail The Holm oaks



The route takes us, through its 9.4 km, from the heart of Anguiano to the interior of the mountains that surround it, but not before taking us to travel, after crossing the unique Mother of God Bridge, the Caves Neighborhood, one of those that make up the famous town, famous for its traditions and cuisine among other virtues. The path allows us to say goodbye to the town and following the steps of his brothers to approach the vicinity of the Chestnut tree of the Nisia, one of the lords of the mountains of Anguiano. From there, a pleasant walk awaits us, crossing a thick holm oak forest, the sign of identity of the route we are travelling. Soon we will see ourselves saying goodbye to another of the routes that start from Anguiano, and following the marks of the new path that joins the GR 93 with the GR 190, or what is the same Anguiano with its Monastery of Valvanera. The route leads us, under the protection of imposing holm oaks along the tracks and paths that have seen so much activity over the years, to one of the mute witnesses of life in this region, the remodelled Hut of the Estopares.​

Hut of the Estopares

This old corral marks the point of return to Anguiano, which we will do after visiting another of the places that gives this route all its beauty. We will again follow a narrow path that cuts the slope of the mountain while the Najerilla River runs under our feet deepening the valley that has been carving for years. A rapid descent awaits us, which will take us to the very edge of the river, to the Dam of the Benitones. A waterfall that for years has regulated the flow of the river and provided irrigation to the farms that populate its banks.  Once we have enjoyed this bend in the river, the path will take us back to the town following the downstream course of the Najerilla River, which seeks to escape from the mountains that imprison it in the sierra. Once again, the Neighborhood of the Caves marks our journey through Anguiano, just before facing the void again and crossing the Bridge of Mother of God in search of the point and end of this Trail The Holm oaks.

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Dam of the Benitones



The Trick


The network of trails that surround Anguiano, all of them perfectly signposted, offers those who travel them the possibility of configuring the itinerary that best suits their tastes or characteristics, and this trail is no exception as it coincides with several routes along its itinerary. This gives us the option of shortening or lengthening it in various ways to suit our needs.



How to get to




The municipality of Anguiano is reached by following the LR-113 that links Nájera with the Burgos town of Salas de los Infantes. This same road, in Nájera, connects with the A-12, Autovía del Camino and with the N-120, between Burgos and Logroño. There is also an extensive schedule of intercity buses that connect Anguiano with both Nájera and Logroño. Once there, in the middle of the road that crosses the town we will find, at the exit of Anguiano towards Monasterio de Valvanera, a parking area where we can leave our vehicle.


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Pet area, hiking with my dog



Perfect route to accustom him to more demanding routes, by distance and unevenness will be a good layout to see its condition and to make us as much him as we to practice hiking with our dog.

It is important to bring some water and food, although we will find points where you can probably drink without problems. It is not too good idea to let him get into the river, he can carry more strength than we think.

Cattle and bees are the owners and masters of different sections of the route, without forgetting the dogs that, both in Anguiano and in the surroundings, we have to find.





Description of the Path The Holm oaks


From Anguiano to the Hut of the Stopares 4.3 km


Anguiano (0h 00min) marks the start of this path that begins next to the parking area of the narrow canyon that crosses the Mother of God Bridge towards which we are heading.

We start the Path The Holm oaks

We follow, for a few meters, the road that comes from Valvanera until we reach the detour we must take. The imposing Mother of God Bridge allows us to cross the Najerilla River that runs under it.

We leave on our right the GR 93



There are several trails that cross this bridge, as shown by the large number of signs we find on our way.

We follow the street on the right

We follow our course which for now coincides with the beautiful Route of Rocks and the Path of the Chestnut tree of the Nisia, leaving on our left the marks of the link of the GR 93 with the GR 190 Anguiano Valvanera. We go through the neighbourhood of the Caves passing at the foot of the church of San Pedro, leaving behind us as many streets as possible.

We begin the ascent

Almost at the end of the town, we will say goodbye to the Route of Three Villas, another of those that have accompanied us so far, to get ready to leave Anguiano.

We left Anguiano

A good stretch of ascent awaits us ahead, which quickly makes us leave the town behind.

We crossed the gate

Now we see ourselves following a marked footpath regulated by a wooden gate that blocks the passage of the animals.

We continue to ascend

The unevenness gained allows us to enjoy magnificent views both in front of us and at our back, encouraging us to turn around to contemplate them and catch our breath a little.

We leave the Route of Rocks

Soon we will arrive at the crossroads where we will say goodbye to the Route of Rocks that continues its considerable ascent, to undertake a rapid and short descent in search of the stream that flows under the feet of the Chestnut tree of the Nisia.

We left behind the Chestnut tree of the Nisia



After crossing the stream we will arrive at the detour of the Chestnut tree of the Nisia (0h 20min) that leads to this old tree, moment in which our footpath already begins its walking introducing us in a leafy holm oak grove.

We go through the holm oak forest

We advance, sheltered by the holm oaks, following the path that guides us through the forest, gaining height with each step, but without the demand of the previous ramps.

The trail cuts through the mountainside

This section cuts the slope of the mountain that if it were not for the lush vegetation would surely let us see some area of land whose slope would be quite impressive.

The trail is hardly difficult

The footpath allows us to advance with a certain comfort, protected at all times by the holm oak forest that hardly leaves any clearings where we can contemplate the Najerilla valley that runs under our feet.

We started to zigzag down

After a short while the course of our trail changes abruptly, indicating the proximity of the next junction we have to go through.

We continue to descend

After a rapid descent we come across, almost without warning, the cobbled trail that follows the Route of Three Villas (0h 35min) on its way to the Cervanco pass.

This section of the trail of the Route of Three Villas is a little decomposed

We continue with our descent, now with the fleeting company of this trail that also belongs to the Routes between Beeches.

The trail comes to an end

The battered trail ends quickly when it meets a road that will take us to the track where we must continue.

We leave the Route of Three Villas

We quickly reach this wide track that comes from the nearby Anguiano, a track where we will say goodbye again to the route with which we coincided, at least until the final stretch of the itinerary.

We continue for now without further detours

We continue to go up the course of the Najerilla River, leaving behind for the moment the paths that invite us to get even closer to its, for now, distant course.

Now for the left path

Soon we will reach the fork in the road where our route will force us to abandon the track that goes into the ravine of the holm oak.

We crossed the creek

On the contrary, we lose some height by heading towards the small bridge that will allow us to cross the stream of the Holm oak.

We coincide with the marks of the link between the GR 93 and the GR 190

Shortly after crossing this stream we will come to a new junction, the starting point of a new stretch of ascent that we must face by turning right at this point.

Up again

After forcing us to make a greater effort than expected, the ramp reaches its end leaving us at the gates of another new crossroads, where we will have the detour to the Hut of the Estopares (1h 00min).

We're approaching the Hut of the Estopares.

If we continue straight ahead, paying attention to the GR marks that have accompanied us up to here, we will quickly come across the well-tended Hut of the Estopares (1h 05min), a short but interesting detour.


From the Hut of the Estopares to the Dam of the Benitones 1.6 km


Once we have enjoyed this cozy corner we will have to retrace our steps to the previous junction.

Again at the crossroads we take the route

Once there we will follow the path on the right, on the left if we have not continued to Estopares.

Watch out for detours in this area

At the moment a new path emerges before us making us change our orientation radically as if it wanted to bring us back to the hut we just visited.

We start the trail to the bottom of the valley

But nothing is further from the truth, just a few meters ahead, on our left, the footpath that we must follow emerges.

This part of the tour is the most abrupt

So we change course again as we continue down the steep slope of the mountain. We are undoubtedly facing the most abrupt section of those we have to pass.

Better to stick to the left side, next to the rope next to the rock

Proof of this are the chains and ropes that, as a small via ferrata, allow us to tackle a short stretch of the steep trail with greater safety.

We're up.

This area also provides us with wonderful panoramic views of our next destination.

The slope is important

Once this hurdle has been cleared, we will begin a steeper descent than the one we have already undertaken.

We're still losing altitude

The trail winds around trying to make the journey ahead more comfortable.

Rope is appreciated, especially if there's mud

Even so, we will still find quite steep areas, but also equipped with an invaluable rope as a railing, ideal especially if the area is muddy.

We approached the dam of the Benitones

The slope seems to come to an end at the same time as we reach the detour that leads to the Dam of the Benitones (1h 30min).

We follow the bank of the Najerilla River

We followed this short detour in search of the dam that we used to observe from the top of our trail. The trail leads us through the bank of the nearby river, leaving us practically on its shore.

The dam is very close

Now we just have to follow its course fitted between it and the ditch that comes from the next Dam of the Benitones (1h 35min).​


From the Dam of the Benitones to Anguiano 3.5 Km

We return to our route

After the visit to the dam we will have no other option but to return to the crossroads where we turn off to take the trail that we left parked for a moment.

The trail comes to an end

The trail that served as a perfect guide comes to an end, leaving us in the hands of an old road.

We follow the hidden course of the Najerilla River

It is this road that will lead us through the valley, following in the distance the descending course of the Najerilla.

We didn't leave the path at any time

We will not have greater complications than some stream that at certain times crosses our path in search of pouring its waters into the nearby river.

Anguiano is already showing

This area runs along the riverbank, approaching us with every step towards Anguiano and towards the end of our route.

We go out to the asphalt track

The power station marks our reunion with the itinerary of the track and the Route of Three Villas that we had abandoned a few kilometers ago.

All the way to Anguiano with no more detours

Ahead of us is the part of the route that, following the firm asphalted road that the track enjoys in this area, will take us to the very doors of the town.

We call Anguiano

When we arrive we will not change our course and we will go directly between the first buildings that receive us.

We have to go out to the square

At the moment the street where we are going gives us a first option to go out to a wide square or to advance a few meters more and go out to it by the next street.

We continue along Valvanera Street

In any case, at the right end of this square begins Valvanera Street, the street where we must continue.

We follow its course

This long street will lead us without detours through the neighbourhood of the Caves leaving us at the beginning of the well-known Mother of God Bridge.

We crossed the bridge

Bridge that we will cross again to go out to the road that crosses the town from Nájera and Valvanera.

We're right back where we started.

Once on the road we only have to cover the distance that separates us from the parking of Anguiano (2h 30min), where we started this Path The Holm oaks.

Technical data sheet of the route



Total distance. 9,4 Km


Total time. 2h 30min

The small detours to the hut and the dam are included in the total time, being the time we can entertain ourselves in each place what can influence the total most.


Time of year. Recommended almost all year round

The special uniqueness of the area provides different and abundant attractions throughout the year that justify walking this path, making it a beautiful experience. Perhaps autumn and spring, one for its colourful carpet and the other for the brightness of its days, the liveliness of the streams, the river and in general the nature around us, are the most striking periods of this path. But we must not forget that we walk through a leafy holm oak grove and visit hidden corners or rooted pieces of the history of this land that maintain all its splendour throughout the year.


Required equipment. Equip yourself properly

The relative simplicity of the route, the proximity of a town or the kilometres we will cover on tracks and roads should not make us fall into the error of underestimating a route. It is essential to wear hiking shoes, preferably boots, especially if you are not very experienced, which will give you a good grip and stability. You should bring enough water and food, warm clothes and a waterproof jacket, a small first aid kit and information about the route that will help you to continue with the route if you have any doubts. Walking sticks can also be helpful, protect us from the sun and do not forget your photo camera, it is not a bad idea either. Consult our list of material and equipment for hiking. Read more.




Slope acumulate. 756 m   Slope positive. 378 m   Slope negative. 378 m


Difficulty. Moderated



As far as the physical demand is concerned, we are facing a route with some demanding slopes that add to the mileage we must do, so it is preferable to be used to this type of activity and have a certain physical shape.


Severity of the environment

To a large extent, we will go along tracks and trails in good condition which, except for some cobbled areas, should not put us in more difficulty. The vegetation is in charge of hiding the slopes that we are cutting when we cross the mountainside. The most exposed area is on the descent to the Benitones dam, coinciding with the most abrupt part of the route. This part of the route has points equipped with sections of chains and ropes that provide us with greater security, as they act as a railing and guardrail. We are not facing technically complicated areas or steps, but they can stress people without experience, besides it is easy to slip on it, even if we have a lot of experience. Of course always in normal conditions, since if we find them with mud, snow or ice its difficulty is considerably extended as well as its exposure, advising against crossing this section under those conditions.  It is also important to be aware of the river's flow since the area of the dam can become flooded.



Perfectly signposted at all times, it is the great coincidence of signs and different routes that can create some doubt. Doubts that will probably be solved quickly, thanks to the explanatory signs available at the main crossroads.


Important places to pass through

1-Anguiano 0h 00min 644 m 0 Km 30T 519250 4678582
2-Detour Chestnut tree of the Nisia 0h 20min 757 m 1,3 Km 30T 518167 4678959
3-Link Route of Three Villas 0h 35min 723 m 2,3 Km 30T 517954 4678083
4-Detour Hut of the Estopares 1h 00min 754 m 3,8 Km 30T 517327 4677234
5-Hut of the Estopares 1h 05min 760 m 4,3 Km 30T 516952 4677046
6-Detour Hut of the Estopares 1h 10min 754 m 4,8 Km 30T 517327 4677234
7-Detour Dam of the Benitones 1h 30min 660 m 5,5 Km 30T 517550 4676716
8-Dam of the Benitones 1h 35min 655 m 5,9 Km 30T 517366 4676938
9-Detour Dam of the Benitones 1h 40min 660 m 6,3 Km 30T 517550 4676716
10-Anguiano 2h 30min 644 m 9,4 Km 30T 519250 4678582

Coordinates UTM Datum WGS84


Profile of the route

Profile of Path The Holm oaks


Cartography, maps and tracks

Map of Path The Holm oaks

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 with the route Path The Holm oaks



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

Dam of the Benitones
Hut of the Estopares
Najerilla River
Najerilla Valley
Rocks of Anguiano
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Sendero que pasa por tres joyas de Anguiano...el Castaño de la Nisia, la cabaña de los estopares y la presa de los Melitones. Muy recomendable para familias.

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Esta ruta me sorprendió gratamente, es muy entretenida y pasa por sitios bien bonitos.

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