French Route stage 09: Nájera - Santo Domingo de la Calzada



Nájera, Azofra, Cirueña, Santo Domingo de la Calzada



The Way of Saint James

French Route

19,50 Km

  • 5,15. Horseback

  • 2,30. Bicycle

  • 3,56. Walking

On leaving Nájera the route leads uphill for one kilometre. This stage has only two kilometres of asphalted track on the road to Azofra, where it is advisable to stock up with provisions, as this is the last town before Santo Domingo de la Calzada.

Although the La Rioja region is small in extension, it is home to approximately 60% of the vertebrate species on the Iberian Peninsula, namely 21 species of fish, 10 amphibians, 21 reptiles, 173 nesting birds and 63 mammals, including 22 out of the 24 species of bats detected on the Peninsula. 21% of the animals endemic to the Iberian Peninsula live in La Rioja. Five of these are fish (the Ebro barbel, red-tailed barbel, bermejuela (Rutilus arcasii), lamprehuela (Cobitis calderoni) and colmilleja (Cobitis paludica); two mammals (Iberian muskrat and the Iberian hare), one amphibian (west Iberian painted frog), and one reptile (Bedriaga's skink). According to the 1998 regional catalogue of threatened species of wild flora and fauna of La Rioja, the following species of fauna have been classified as endangered: the freshwater blenny, Bonelli's eagle, grey partridge, little bustard, the European mink and the white-legged freshwater crayfish or local freshwater crayfish; and for flora: the rock redcurrant and the Portugal laurel (Prunus lusitanica). The main crops pilgrims will find on this part of the route are grapevines, olive trees and cereals.

The most typical local products are sausages and cured meats (chorizo from Baños), preserves (red peppers, vegetables), and wine. The most typical dishes are potatoes à la riojana (with peppers and chorizo), snails, sautéed vegetables, cod à la riojana, and baby lamb chops grilled over vine shoots. The most typical dessert is the ahorcaditos de Santo Domingo

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