San Roman de Cameros and the Ghostly Village

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From just outside San Roman we begin hiking NW up a well-established track through delightful farming countryside, which soon becomes a woodland footpath requiring care to follow our route.

Initially we follow GR red and white signs. We pass a poetic exhortation by the Spanish poet A Machado and eventually emerge into open country at about 1,126 metres altitude. From here our way takes us down through dense beech forest. In autumn, with leaf fall, it is hard to find your way and can be slippery.

Always north and downwards brings us to stream Barranco del Hayedo, which we cross and make our way up to the abandoned village of Santa Maria (see notes in additional information). Having explored the village, now occupied only by cattle which particularly enjoy the church (including one very docile and contented-looking bull when we were there) we now make our way downwards SE, to join a dirt road following the streambed Barranco de Santa Maria which will return us to San Roman. We finish by walking along the road to return to the car.

Spain - North East Spain - La Rioja - Sierra de Cameros


Church, Great Views, Woodland
5/11/2022 - Jim Arymar

So pleased to be able to re-walk this beautiful and varied hike in May 2022 14 years since I first submitted it! There are no navigational changes but I have sharpened the text in places. This really is a stunning hike and should not be missed if you are in the La Rioja Region.