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Logroño and Pamplona

Location: Spain

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During this two-day excursion, students will travel by bus first to Logroño and then to Pamplona.

Logroño is the capital of the La Rioja autonomous community, located on the Ebro river. Its geographical location and climate make it ideal for agriculture and viticulture, its award-winning reds having made Rioja a household work throughout much of the world. At Bodegas Ontañón, students will visit a combined winery/museum combined, hearing detailed explanations of the historical and cultural importance of wine to the human race, going back thousands of years.

From Logroño the excursion continues to Pamplona, historic capital city of the autonomous region (and former independent kingdom) Navarre. The city is famous throughout the world for the running of the bulls during the San Fermín festival, held annually from July 6th to the 14th. Students will walk through the old part of the city—a medieval crossroads on the pilgrimage to Santiago—surrounded since the 16th centuries by an impressive fortress which remind calls to mind Pamplona's conflictive history of wars and political annexations.

From there students will visit the hermitage of Santa María de Eunate, also called "Saint Mary of the hundred gates," one of the most enigmatic temples of the Camino de Santiago. The nearby town of Puente La Reina, located nearby, is an example of medieval fortress city, entirely dedicated to the pilgrims to Santiago, has been declared of Cultural Interest for its particular urban structure and architecture.

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