Walking the Via de la Plata from Monesterio to Merida
This Walking Holiday explores the 2nd section of Via de la Plata, Monasterio to Merida, the longest of all Camino routes to Santiago de Compostela! It runs through the whole country from South to North, from the hot Andalucian plains to the green mountains of Galicia, from Moorish influenced buildings to traditional stone farmhouses and much more! This Camino in its whole offers most of Spain’s rich and mixed culture.
From Monesterio, the Camino stretches through the South of Extremadura, a region of dry and sparsely populated farmland. Walking through dry land with little shade can be seen as challenging but we have split most stages into shorter days and the geography of the flat ground presents no particular difficulty, so it only requires an average level of fitness. Olive tree orchards, vineyards and wild flowers add patches of colour to the dominant red earth landscape. Roman influence is still predominant in the area as you will notice, either with the many bridges crossed along the day, or in cities such as Zafra or Merida where there is plenty to see and enjoy!