• Day 2 Camino de Santiago - Puenta la Reina to Estella - 21.7km
  • Laurie Hurley
  • Camino

Day 2 Camino de Santiago - Puenta la Reina to Estella - 21.7km

One of our shorter days walking. We left Puenta la Reina early to avoid the heat of yesterday. The walk through Puenta la Reina is lovely. Lot's of lovely doors, you just want a peep inside!

Walking out of Puenta la Reina you cross the Pilgrim's Bridge. 

Crossing the Pilgrim's Bridge in Puenta la Reina

Outside of Puenta la Reina you reach the first and only major hill of the day. It's about 1.5km uphill but with fresh legs you'll power up in no time. 

The first village you reach is called Maneru, we stopped here for coffee. We then walked on to Cirauqui where we visited the Church of San Roman, which was fab and well worth a visit. The grandeur of the churches in these small villages throughout Spain is pretty incredible. 

Puenta la Reina to Estella

All day we walked through gorgeous rolling country-side, crossing small bridges into which we dipped our hot feet. This pic was taken outside Lorca, River Salado

 River Salado on the way into Lorca on the Camino

We wandered on through Lorca and Villatuerta. Passed some pretty cool Sunflowers...Phil was a fan. 

Sunflowers on the Camino

Reached Estella at around lunchtime and just as a massive thunderstorm started to hit. Our hotel for the night Hotel Yerri, Estella, was another 1.5km walk from the entrance to the town (to be honest it's a bit of a haul to get there but we found out after we left that they run a shuttle bus to and from the Camino route...although that's kind of cheating isn't it?). We took shelter in a little bar and had a lovely lunch, reading our books and watching the lightening. Then pulled on our water-proofs and started to hoof it to the hotel. 

The hotel is nice and clean, wifi etc but as I said above, a little far off the Camino. That night we walked around Estella, found a crappy restaurant, had a not very nice dinner but enjoyed ourselves none the less. Day 2 done and dusted.

Gear Note: We're both wearing Icebreaker Merino Wool Tech Tees. Merino wool can be worn for days without getting smelly. Highly recommend them.

  • Laurie Hurley
  • Camino