IBERIAN    NORTHWEST

 

This trip begins in Catalonia, has stops in sites of Castilla y León, Santander, Asturias, Galicia and northern Portugal. The return is made from Bragança and crosses Castilla y León.

 

Other cities in northern Spain and the Basque Country are shown in other trips in the collection.

 

The route:



  

  1 – Berga _ Zaragoza _ Nájera _ Burgos-AS – 588 Km

  2 – Burgos _ Olleros-de-Pisuerga _ Sta.-Mª-de-Valverde _ Comillas – 209 Km

  3 – Comillas _ Bulnes-Carés _ Covadonga _ Cangas-de-Onis _ León-AS – 280 Km.

  4 – Leon _ Astorga _ Castrillo-Polvazares _ Lugo-AS – 227 Km

  5 – Lugo _ Ribadeo _ Foz _ Betanzos _ La Coruña – 265 Km 

  6 – A-Coruña _ Carnota _ Santiago-(AS) – 175 Km

 7 – Santiago _ Combarro _ Pontevedra-(AS) _ San-Cibrán _ Vigo _ Baiona-(AP-AS) – 162 Km.

  8 – Baiona _ Tui-(AS) _ Valença _ Monçao _ Ourense - 121 Km.

  9 – Ourense _ Chaves _ Guimaräes-(AS) – 201 Km

10 – Guimaräes _ Bom-Jesus-do-Monte _ Braga _ Ponte-de-Lima-(AS) – 78 Km

11 – Ponte-de-Lima _ Viana-do-Castelo _ Vila-do-Conde – 89,7 Km

12 – Vila-do-Conde _ Porto-(AS) – 38 Km 

13 – Porto II

14 – Porto _ Santa Maria da Feira _ Aveiro-(AS) – 107 Km

15 – Aveiro _ Silva-Escura _ Paradela – 49 Km

16 – Paradela _ Penalva-do-Castelo _ Mangualde _ Viseu-(AS) – 114 Km

17 – Viseu _ Lamego _ Solar-de-Mateus _ Vila-Real – 102 Km

18 – Vila-Real _ Bragança-(AS) _ Zamora-(AS) - 222 Km.

19 – Zamora _ Valladolid-(AS) _ Peñaranda-de-Duero - 222 Km.

20 - Peñaranda-de-Duero _ Caleruega _ Santo-Domingo-de-Silos _ Ucero _ Burgo-de-Osma-(AP) - 121 Km

21 - Burgo-de-Osma _ Calatañazor _ Muriel _ Berlanga _ Caltojar _ Morón _ Sta.María-de-Huerta-(AS) - 177 Km

22 - Santa-María-de-Huerta _ Nuévalos _ Daroca _ Cervera-(AS) _ Berga - 511 Km

 

Total 3.983 Km.

 Meaning of the points, example :    -(AS)  or  -(AP)  and other

 

                            AS = Motorhome service area             C = Camping        FC = Farm Camp Site             
                            AP = Motorhome parking area             P = Discretionary parking

                                                  

                                                         1 – Berga _ Zaragoza _ Nájera _ Burgos-AS – 588 Km

 

 

 

42.101300, 1.843664 - Berga

 

 

41.66200, 0.87956 – Zaragoza (AP)



42.414654, -2.733949 – Nájera – Calle Descampado (P)

Monasterio de Santa María la Real * - The Monastery of Santa María la Real was founded by the King of Navarra García Sánchez (1035-1054). The cloister galleries are attached to the rock. One of the monasteries with the most graves and tombs of nobles, kings and famous people there are. Highlights include the 12th-century grave of Blanca de Navarra, the 14th-century royal pantheon, and the 15th-century chairs of the upper choir.

From March to October (Day of the time change in Europe)
Tuesday to Saturday 10 - 13:30 and 16 - 19
Sundays and Holidays 10 - 13:30 and 16 - 18
(July, August and September open on Monday from 10 - 13:30 and from 16 - 19)

FREE VISIT: € 4

From 10 to 16 years old: € 2
Less than 10 years - Free

 

42.35018, -3.68078 – Burgos–(AS) – Juan Bravo  - Motorhome service area

 

42.340399, -3.694363 – Burgos-(AP) – Plaza Sta. Teresa – Park area

Burgos was intermittently the capital of the Crown of Castile, and from 1230 until the reign of the Catholic Monarchs (1516).

It has a green ring and a large monumental complex, among which are the Cathedral of Santa María, an exponent of Gothic architecture declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the monastery of Santa María de Las Huelgas and the Charterhouse of Miraflores. It also had the dubious honor of being the seat of Franco's first government during the Civil War, where he became head of state and government.

 

On the map, from left to right -

Real Monasterio de las Huelgas ** - Royal Monastery of Las Huelgas - Alfonso VIII and his wife Eleanor of England founded this Cistercian convent in 1180. The successive transformations have originated a very heterogeneous building with numerous Romanesque, Mudejar, Gothic and Plateresque elements. The church responds to the classic Cistercian type. In its halls there are numerous royal and noble sarcophagi. The altarpiece that closes the cloister is decorated with delicate polychrome Renaissance reliefs.

Catedral *** - Third in size in Spain after that of Seville and Toledo, the cathedral of Burgos knew how to combine the flamboyant European style with the exuberance of Spanish Plateresque. The numerous works of art inside it also make it a museum of European Gothic sculpture of inestimable value. It is worth highlighting the 54 m high transept, the choir chairs and the choir. Do not miss seeing the Constable's chapel and its magnificent grille or the side chapels.

Arco de Santa María * - This crenelated arch of the 14th century wall was renovated in the 16th century to receive Emperor Carlos V, adding, below, the statues of Diego Porcelos between the first two judges of Castile and, above, the of Count Fernán González, Carlos V and El Cid (right). Inside you can see the Priority room and an old apothecary.

Plaza Mayor - Insipid square that in the past received many other names. The current City Hall stands on the old gate of Carretas, from which the rulers presided over public events. The current city hall building is a neoclassical work from the 18th century made by González de Lara. The statue of Carlos III that presides over the square is from 1774.

Casa del Cordón * - Plaza de la Libertad - This House of Cord, was built in the 15th century for the Constable of Castilla, Hernández de Velasco. Its name alludes to the Franciscan cord in stone, that adorns its gate. In this elegant setting, the Catholic Monarchs received Christopher Columbus upon the return of his second voyage to America. Here Philip the Handsome died suddenly, compounding his wife's madness.

On the web we cannot include travel maps, but it is possible to acquire a pdf of all the stages in Spanish or English, with full-color maps of arrivals at tourist sites and with citys walk maps of the 22 stages of this trip, for the modest price of € 5 on the last page 22.​ The price is symbolic for you to order the PDF when you really need it.