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Haro to Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Both by mileage and by orography is one of the softest stages
Information about the stage 8: Haro to Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Points of interest in the stage 8: Haro to Santo Domingo de la Calzada
We returned on the steps of yesterday to Plaza Bartolomé Cossio and folded to the left when we reached the roundabout (as a reference we will leave on the right hand, on the other side of the sidewalk, the picturesque building of the Courts) to take later Avenida San Millán de la Cogolla, popularly known as the road of Zarratón. On the right hand we find the plaza de Toros de Haro and, always straight down the avenue and surrounded by townhouses, we progressively abandon this locality of the Rioja Alta. At the exit the avenue is transformed into the road LR-203. We advance through its arcén and between kilometric points 2 and 3 we pass over the AP-68 highway, after which we left the road on the right to take a runway (Km 2,7).
We walked parallel to the highway for three hundred meters and turned left by another plot to face a repeat between vines. Saved the small slope we can enjoy a great panorama full of depth. On a clear day you can see from the first town of the stage to the last and to the bottom the sierra de la Demann, with the silhouette of the San Lorenzo peak exceeding the barrier of 2,200 meters. In short, the runway is cut off by the N-232, a road that we can cross directly under our responsibility or using a bridge that is 500 meters to the right (although there is a roundabout of about a kilometer the Association of Friends of the Road of Haro has marked this step and recommends crossing the road by the bridge because it is safer and prevents possible accidents). After crossing we continue along a track that smells its direction to the cultivation plots and reaches the fertile vaguada formed by the Zamaca River. An arduous cost brings us closer to the entrance of Zarratón and its parish of Asunción (Km 8.7).
Leaving on the right hand the front cover of the church we continue in front about fifty meters and turn left onto Somo de Villa Street. In short, we turn right and outline the path that was born next to the chapel of San Andrés, the former headquarters of the Veracruz. More of the same. With the same backdrop, the path opens way between vast cultivations adorned with some reduction of pinyon pine. In the view, on the left hand is Cidamon, but the itinerary avoids it and chooses to go next to Madrid de los Trillos (Km 11.5). Inhabited by a family, this is a couple of isolated houses guarded by a pack of tied dogs that get more noise than fear. Seven hundred meters later, we crossed the secondary road that heads to San Torcuato, on the left hand side, and we went ahead. Kilometer and a half later (Km 13.7) the track goes to the road LR-203 and through it we arrived to Bañares, municipality of the valley of the river Oja. Calle Real de Abajo leads to Plaza de España, where is the City Hall (Km 14,8).
Where the facade of the consistorial house ends we turn to the right - avenue of the Blood Donors - where the parish church of the Santa Cruz and the Romanesque chapel of Santa Maria de la Antigua are located, which is well worth a close visit. We turn left by the street next to the bar Caparrones and we continue in front to leave Bañares by Calle El Castillo. We go down the agricultural road that is paved and leave it when it gives a curve to the left, following forward by the track that advances straight towards Santo de la Calzada. About two kilometers (Km 18,3) the runway prevents the N-120 thanks to a bridge and then we continue in front towards the entrance of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, specifically to Calle Calvario, which we follow to turn left onto Europa Avenue. Then we cross the road on the avenue of Calahorra and head into the street las Monjas. Finally we turn right and access Calle Mayor, which leads to the same cathedral square. Here it links the Camino del Interior with the French after Santiago de Compostela (Km 20).
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