We had a good night in Navarrete and the Albergue de Peregrinos Navarrete was nice and simple. The owner Micheal even put on a Paella for all the Pilgrims on the Camino that were staying there and it was delicious.
Day 7 Overview
We had an early start and it wasn’t long before we said goodbye to our Dutch friends like and her dad Piet. Great people and we really liked each other. We will see them again !.
We have decided to have a slow day today as we had a long days walk yesterday. Todays stage is about 24km but the weather isn’t so good. Its very windy with dull skies. Not far out of Navarrete is a little detour off the Camino to Ventosa, about half a km, and the cafe there is really good.
The pastries and cafe con leche were pretty good too. We seem to having this for breakfast everyday as most cafes do roughly the same thing.
Todays walk from Navarrete to Azofra sit the hardest or prettiest walk we have done on the Camino Frances so far as we were walking through fields and fields of Rioja grapes lined with poppies.. We are in the Rioja region. Our next stop was Najera.
We made it to Najera in good time and ready for some lunch. We picked up some lunch and made our way to the river.
There are some great cafes here and its a great place to stop and rest. We had completed 16km and a rest in the balmy weather by the river was much appreciated.
I would recommend stopping here if you get the chance.
After lunch we had about 6-7 km to get to Azofra which was relatively easy flat walk through grape fields and there was mile after mile of them. We are staying at the municipal albergue tonight and it’s half full with 2 people to a room.
The Albergue has 60 rooms and it’s only €10 euros a night and you can book via what’s app, although Ive never gone without a room at this great municipal Albergue. We hit a good milestone today as we passed under 600km to go until we reach Santiago de Compostela.
The facilities at this municipal albergue are pretty good. There is washing facilities here as well as a kitchen for cooking.
We have got into a routine of doing our washing every 2-3 days and this Albergue is perfect for it with lots of drying areas.
There is even a small plunge pool in the courtyard for dipping your weary feet in. The weather was really hot so a chance to dip our feet felt really good.
Azofra is a really small village and the village square is a fountain outside a bar. We went for a cold beer and a game of cards and a chat with the other Pilgrims on the Camino.
Tonight we’re eating at one of the only 2 restaurants in Azofra, Bar Sevilla. We had a full 3 course meal and wine for €12 euros. I have added a picture of the pilgrim menu we had to choose from to give you an idea of what a Pilgrim menu consists of. You see variations of these along the whole Camino Frances.
Azofra Municipal Albergue
A really nice municipal Albergue that is clean and tidy and always pretty busy. It has washing facilities, a courtyard, plunge pool and a kitchen for self catering. They have Free wifi.
Available beds – 60 beds in 30 rooms
Cost – €10 Euro per person for a share of a 2 bed room. Its not bookable but can be reserved via WhatsApp directly.
I hope you enjoyed reading about the walking stage on Day 7 Navarrete to Azofra. To follow our journey read about our travels on Day 8 Azofra to Viloria del Rioja.
Camino Frances Day 8 – Azofra to Viloria del Rioja
Today’s stage is Day 8 and we’re walking from the quiet town of Azofra to Viloria del Rioja, another quiet town on the Camino Frances. If you haven’t stayed in a