Shell motif Camino de Santiago

Tunnel route
from Irun
to Santo Domingo de la Calzada

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Day 6 - Estibaliz to La Puebla de Arganzon

This was the second longest day of our planned route and a slightly problematic one, as on this day you have to navigate yourself either through or around Vitoria. The problem arises as you approach the city to be confronted with a Huge building site, however the workers on this site must be used to Pilgrims wandering through it as when we asked for directions, In spite of the Keep Out signs, they happily pointed us in the right direction. Once through this building site we chose to take the route avoiding the city centre as we were planning to spend a day in Vitoria at the end of the trip, This route is fairly simple to follow, but then you have another smaller building site to contend with when leaving the city, However once passed these minor difficulties you head out into some beautiful countryside with excellent paths and great views, Finally arriving at La Puebla de Arganzon.

German Peregrino in early morning mists leaving Santuario de Senora de Estibaliz

Approaching Villafranca in early morning mists

Church of Santa Columba in Argandona

Path along side of main road near Venta de Askarza

The church at Otazu

Aproaching Arcaya

The Church of Natividad de Nuestra Senora in Arcaya

The Massive Building site that spans the “Way” approaching Vitoria

Tower Cranes Soar overhead as you cross The Massive Building site approaching Vitoria

Calle Zumaquera, The route avoiding the city centre of Vitoria

The Church at Armentia

The first way mark (As mentioned in the guide book) in Armentia

New signing just after leaving Armentia

The Church of The Transfiguration at Gomecha

The route towards Subijana

Peregrino takes advantage of shady tree and fountain in Subijana

The Old Palacio, on the Hill route leaving Subijana

Good signing on the Hill route leaving Subijana

New signing now makes the Hill route to Villanueva de la Oca very easy to follow

Excellent views ahead towards La Puebla de Aranzon in the distance

Villanueva de la Oca comes into view

Aproaching Villanueva de la Oca

Where old donkey carts go to die, approaching La Puebla de Aranzon

The now almost deserted N1 through the now by-passed La Puebla de Aranzon

Calle de Santiago with The Church of the Assumption, La Puebla de Aranzon

The “Way” leading out of La Puebla de Aranzon