Shell motif Camino de Santiago

Tunnel route
from Irun
to Santo Domingo de la Calzada

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Day 4 - Segura to Salvatierra

This is the hardest day of the route But in my opinion also the "Highlight" of the Camino, as you pass through San Adrian's Tunnel on this day. The first 5k of the day is along a fairly quiet road to Zagama, Here you Must top up on supplies and liquid as it is the last chance you will have for more than 15k. Soon after Zagama you leave the "main" road behind you, and go onto, first a very minor road, then on tracks and paths you rapidly gain height, finally you walk through San Adrian's Tunnel, then you continue upwards for a short while on an old Roman Calzada before crossing the col and the highest point of the route. From here it is mainly downhill, first on tracks, then minor roads, through Zalduondo where there is a fou ntain and a bar (Closed when we passed through) and on to Salvatierra where there is a choice of accommodation.

Excellent and pilgrim friendly Ondarre Nekazal Turismoa at Segura

Looking back at Segura from Ondarre Nekazal Turismoa

Front view of Ondarre Nekazal Turismoa, Segora

The Main Street and very helpful tourist information office, Segura

Early Morning mist leaving Segura

Old Punta and agricultural scenes on the way to Zegaam

The route follows this quiet road to Zegaam

The quiet road approaches Zegaam

The route enters Zegaam

Mist clearing from mountains above Zegaam

The church of Saint Martin at Zegaam

) Blue Skies and clear mountains ahead leaving Zegaam

You follow this quiet road for another 1.5k after leaving Zegaam

The Right turn, signposted to Iruetxeta (Also signed Saint Adrian’s Tunnel 5.5k)

The route follows this Beautiful quite road up to Iruetxeta

Left turn off the road and onto cart-track at this house in Iruetxeta

New signing helps you stay on the right track as you head towards St Adrian’s Tunnel

Gaining height rapidly after Iruetxeta

Beautiful “Way” approximately 1.5k after Iruetxeta

Beautiful alpine flora

The “Way” follows an old paved roman road approximately 2k after Iruetxeta

Looking back the way we had come, See how much height we have already gained !!

New sign telling us that it’s only 2,3k to St Adrian’s Tunnel

Beautiful “Way” as we get closer to St Adrian’s Tunnel

Ermita de Santi Espirita, less than 1/2k to St Adrian’s Tunnel

The approach to St Adrian’s Tunnel

Horses on the “Way” as we approach St Adrian’s Tunnel

The mouth of St Adrian’s Tunnel looms ahead

Final shot looking back towards Zegama

The “Way” leads though this archway and into St Adrian’s Tunnel

Ermita de San Adrian, Sadly covered in Graffiti, within the Tunnel

The “Way” as it exits St Adrian’s Tunnel on the original Roman Calzada

The final pull up to the col on the original Roman Calzada and the high-point of this Camino

The path joins a minor road just below Zumarraundi

Signposting on the road to Zalduondo (3.4k away)

Minor road approximately 2k before Zalduondo

Zalduondo comes into view

Stand of Crosses on the outskirts of Zalduondo

Church of san Saturnino and Very Welcome fountain to fill up your water bottle in Zalduondo

Road leaving Zalduondo

The road in-between Zalduondo and Ordonana

Ermita da San Millan just before Ordonana

Church of The Assumption in Ordonana

First glimpse of Salvatierra in the distance

Former Pilgrims Hospital of San Lazaro y la Magdalena approaching Salvatierra

The Church of Santa Maria in Salvatierra

The main street through Salvatierra ) Pilgrims used to go around the town to avoid tolls) We stayed in the pension shown on left of photo

Church of Saint John in Salvatierra

Old buildings opposite The Church of Saint John in Salvatierra

The “Way” leaving Salvatierra showing new signing telling us to go left