Vineyards and Olive Groves and Irish all the way to Estella

Sheamus, the Irish Guy

After a well deserve first weekend of rest I was ready to tackle the next week. A mere 22 km of walking to Estella felt like a breeze. Breakfast could not come sooner. Though, breakfast at Bidean Puente de la reina is not something to write home about. It was basically dry toasted bread with jam and coffee. While somewhat unenthusiastically eating the dry toasted bread with jam and washing it down with coffee, Sheamus and his wife came down for breakfast. We acknowledge each other politely.

The Old Bridge and Roman Road

One of the best treats on this led of the journey was walking over a restored Roam Bridge and original Roman Road just outside Cirauqui. I couldn’t find out how old the Roman Bridge was nor when the Roam Road was build. However, we do know that Rome occupy, then, Hispania from about 200 BC to 500 AC. The Bridge and the Road is very old – older than the churches I have visited so far.

It is quite something to think I have walk across a bridge made by the hands of, most probably, slaves. Also, just think how many people have walked across this bridge over the many-many years it stood guard over the land. I was impressed with the Roman Road as well. It was interesting to see the workmanship that went into its construction with carefully laid out stones to form squares.

I am sure this was a very good road 1800 or 2000 years ago. Though, technological wonder that it was, walking on the stones didn’t do any favours to my feet. However, the Roman Road was beside an Olive Grove … if I loved eating Olives, I would have been in heaven.


I arrived at Estella early the afternoon. The hotel I stayed it was quite a ways from the Camino, instead of calling for a pick up I decided to walk there and explore the city. Imagine my surprise that evening when I met Sheamus and his wife. They were going back to Ireland the following morning since the two of them walk the Camino in stages. Sheamus made an interesting observation, “I wonder how many people do this for spiritual reasons rather than just a challenge or something off their bucket list.” It made we wonder.

My journey on the Camino de Santiago started in September 2017. At the time I wrote Blog entries with pictures whenever I could. Now, almost a year later, I am re-posting the entries with a few updates. Enjoy.


  1. Great post again. Hard to imagine 12&13th century churches when most of ours are 19th or 20th. What I think was the Roman road that you referred to would have been interesting to walk. Many excellent photos..

  2. Terry Hagen

    Enjoyed the new photos. Wish I had been on that trail where the olive groves were. I could have spent a lot of time there.

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