On this fifth stage the route runs through its last kilometres in Navarra before entering La Rioja. As soon as you leave Estella-Lizarra the Monasterio de Iratxe awaits you; it is an ensemble of buildings which has played various roles throughout history and which brings together a wide variety of styles. Moreover, its curious and justly famous fountain of wine should not be forgotten. There is a magnificent view from the peak of Montejurra, which seems to be its natural wall.
Leaving behind the castle on the rock of Villamayor de Monjardín, the route comes to Los Arcos, an ancient town splendidly favoured by the kings of Navarra. It is crossed by the River Odrón, an unquestionable milestone on the Pilgrims’ Route to Santiago, and offers at each turn a blend of history, art, folklore, and gastronomy. On the outskirts of the town we can visit the Circuito de Navarra, an infrastructure for speed tests that is unique in northeast Spain.
Halfway towards Viana, between a high hill and a deep basin, stands Torres del Río. This charming village has steep narrow alleyways with large baroque houses with decorative coats of arms, protected on high by the Gothic Church of San Andrés. In the lower part of the village and hidden among the houses there is a 12th-century Romanesque treasure; the Church of the Santo Sepulcro.
Viana, which stands on a hill, looks placidly towards the horizon and towards Álava and La Rioja. It is no longer on the watch but now at rest after a busy historical past as a defensive fortress against Castilla and a frequent residence of monarchs. Its walls now open their gates to show numerous interesting baroque stately homes, mansions, and churches reflecting the splendour of the 16th to the 18th centuries. Before abandoning Navarra on the way to the capital of La Rioja, Logroño, we come to the Laguna de las Cañas, a nature reserve which owing to its uniqueness and ornithological richness is one of the most important wetlands of Navarra.