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Salvatierra/Agurain to Vitoria/Gasteiz
Between Salvatierra and Vitoria, a landscape whose villages have no services
Information about the stage 5: Salvatierra/Agurain to Vitoria/Gasteiz
Points of interest in the stage 5: Salvatierra/Agurain to Vitoria/Gasteiz
In the Plaza de San Juan, next to the host church and in front of the stands, we begin this fifth stage that runs entirely through Alavese territory. We channeled Portal del Rey Street, we drove down it to the roundabout and we drove through the second on the right: Calle Fueros, next to the bank branch. For one kilometer and seven hundred meters we will continue straight through it, next to the road link and industrial buildings. In this section we will pass a couple of rounds and, upon reaching a third, we will turn left towards the Agurain Polygon (Km 1,8). Then right, next to the DHL platform, and then left, where a signal indicates Gazeo 1.2 km. We went under the A-1 and took an agricultural track that, after passing the graveyard, reaches Gazeo. At the same entrance we receive the apse of the church of St. Martin de Tours, Romanesque and amused by the Gothic mural paintings inside (Km 3.8).
We leave Gazeo on a road that we leave shortly to twist to the right (direction Ezkerekotxa) on a paved runway that advances between labor grounds. For it we reach Ezkerekotxa, where the church of San Román stands on the village's low houses. The Romanesque window of the apse and the sober cover well deserve a pause (Km 5,8). We leave this population by paved runway, passing by the train's cradle, where we start a repecho, and then passing by near the railways. Arriving by a metal walkway that crosses the tracks, the road rotates to the right and reaches by a raft of water (Km 9.1). They abound in the Alavesa Plain, vast agricultural extension sown with cereal and sugar beet, and are artificial irrigation rafts built on ancient springs. Comfortable, we continue along the runway for about a kilometer and a half to cross the road A-3112 (Km 10.5). Kilometer and a half later we left to the right the path that heads to the hermitage of Our Lady of Ayala and turn left to immediately take the deviation from the right. Thus the Camino does not enter Alegría/Dulantzi, leaving this population to the left (Km 12,1).
According to Micaela J Portilla in his work A European Route. By Álava to Compostela. From the Pass of San Adrián to the Ebro, the itinerary left the hermitage of Ayala on the path known as ‘the Romans’, the same agricultural track that we are now riding. By her we approached the hermitage of San Juan, former parish of the unpopulated Arrarain and one of the oldest in the Alavese Romanesque. After crossing the irrigation canal, a bridge over the tracks and then, with caution, the A-3110 road, we entered Elburg (Km 14,8). On the right hand we left the church of San Pedro and we walked out on Calle Mayor. On the outskirts we take the paved track on the right, which ascends slightly and makes it on its way. After several crossings we reached the one that signalizes 0.8 km to Alentbaliz and 0.4 km to Villafranca. Optionally we can deviate to visit the Shrine of Stimubaliz, with an interesting Interpretation Center of the Romanesque in Álava inaugurated in early 2015, but the official road goes down direct to Villafranca (Km 17.4). It is another small town where, as in so many others close to the capital, the single family also live with the old houses. A line leads to the nearby Argandoña, where stairs reach the parish of Santa Columba, from the 13th century and nice window on the apse. Together with the church, you want a break, necessary for the two hours remaining to the center of the capital alavesa (km 18,7).
At the exit of Argandoña, after a roundabout, we took a road that dies and that forces us to take the arcén of Highway A-132. Through it we continue until the cross of the Salvador cemetery, on the left hand by the A-2130 (Km 21.4). At the same crossing we have two options: the first is to continue as until now through the A-132, reaching directly to Elorriaga and from there to Vitoria. For the second (marked) option we take the crossing and leave the road on the right after 700 meters. We passed by a runway and, upon reaching another highway, turned left to enter Arcaya. Today, after the church of the Nativity, we continue on the right to go down the roads and head to the Salburua urbanization. From this large residential consisting of four neighborhoods we reach Elorriaga. Santiago Avenue is here to guide the pilgrim to the entrance of Vitoria. The City Hall has marked the urban itinerary with 40×40 granite tiles with the relief of the vieira. It travels from Santiago Avenue through Portal del Rey Street and San Francisco Street, where it rotates right by Cale Nueva En. From here it remains straight down St. Vincent Paul street and twists to the left by Canton of Santa Ana street, following a periplo through the streets that form the almond of the old city of Vitorian. It flows into the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca (Km 27,4).