Distance Pamplona to Puente la Reina, Spain – 20.0 kilometres
Pamplona was such an amazing place it was hard to leave but we had a schedule to keep. I can feel in my bones that we will see Pamplona again. After we walked out of the city walls the landscape changed, at first, to pleasant suburbs then, after the Universidad de Navarra, mostly green wheat fields and oceans of yellow canola flowers. In the far distance loomed Alto del Perdón or the Mountain of Forgiveness.
Climbing the 780 meter peak at first seemed daunting, but the approach and the decent down the other side was surprisingly easy, especially compared to crossing the Pyrenees just a few days before. One of the more interesting features of crossing the blustery peak is a massive wind farm consisting of dozens of electricity generating windmills and the famous, recently created, metal sculpture depicting medieval pilgrims with the inscription, ” donde se cruza el camino del viento con el de las estrellas”, meaning, “where the path of the wind crosses the stars”.
We arrived at Puente la Reina around 4PM and checked into our double room at the albergue tired, but anxious to go out and explore this ancient city. It didn’t take long until we found a small restaurant offering a fragrant seafood paella and pitchers of fruity sangria. Just another day on the Camino.