Camino de Santiago: Day 10, Logroño, Spain
Distance from Sansol to Logroño, Spain 20.34 kilometers
It is almost impossible to sleep in a large dorm room when you are traveling the Santiago de Camino. At 5 AM the sounds of rustling and coughing and general getting ready to go started, so Sarah and I figured we might as well start getting ready to leave as well. We already had a few kilometers behind us as the sun was rising and we crossed the Linares river into the ancient Basque village of Torres del Rio.
We had skipped breakfast in Sansol and were temped by the “on honor” fruit stand, but we opted to continue on for a proper breakfast in front of the spectacular Renaissance era Church of Santa María further along “The Way” in Viana. Here we had, of course, café con leche, and breakfast tapas with chorizo, eggs and pan fried potatoes with local cheese. Muy deliciosa!
It was a perfect day to just sit and enjoy, our friend Ian had even caught up with us to have a coffee, but we wanted to continue walking and enjoy the sunshine. Just out of town we came upon a grove of almond trees and a man selling the nuts prepared in various ways along the trail. We couldn’t resist and, after sampling them all, bought a bag of caramelized almonds for the rest of the walk to Logroño.
At Logroño we checked into a nice little pensione in a non-descript office building just out of the city center. It was a little strange taking the stairs up to the third floor to what looked like a typical office building door, only to find several nice, normal looking, hotel rooms behind.
We unpacked our things and rushed out to explore the streets and find what is renowned to be the best pintxos (tapas) in all of Spain and we certainly were not disappointed. After being presented with an unending variety that, for us, (just scraping the surface) included pimento, anchovies, smoked salmon, blood pudding, gazpacho with bacon, goat’s cheese with wild berries, anchovies with caramelized onion and just the right amount of local Rijoa wine, we discovered we loved the area and are already plotting a way to return.