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Walking the Via de la Plata from Salamanca to Zamora

Walking the Via de la Plata from Salamanca to Zamora map

This Walking Holiday explores the 6th section of Via de la Plata, from Salamanca to Zamora, 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 entirety offers most of Spain’s rich and mixed culture.

As we leave Salamanca and its lively buzz, we follow the well-indicated Scallop shells and we soon find ourselves walking across flat cultivated lands and along endless red earth tracks. The last walking day to Zamora is challenging for its length but as the first walking days are of short enough distances, anybody with an average level of fitness can do it. We finish this section in Zamora known as the “little Salamanca” for its architectural heritage.

Trip Stats

69km

distance to walk

4

days of walking

difficulty level

Trip Highlights

Salamanca

Salamanca is a beautiful city that has so many things to offer. One of them is the Plaza Mayor which was built in Baroque style in the 18th century or the Cathedral that actually consists of two churches that were joined together. If you want to go for dinner or lunch afterward the city has a lot of good places to offer.

Calzada de Valdunciel

A nice place to pass by in Calzada de Veldunciel is the Iglesia parroquial de Santa Elena. It is a small church with an open space in front of it so you can relax after a long day of walking!

Itinerary

Day 1

Salamanca
(Arrival)

Many consider Salamanca as one of the most spectacular Renaissance cities in Europe and its old centre was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1988. As well as being a favourite destination for both Spanish and foreigners, the city has also a strong student culture. The thirteenth-century university is still in use today and is one of the many tourist attractions of the old town.

Day 2
16km

Salamanca
to
Calzada de Valdeunciel

Leaving Salamanca, we enter what is known as La Meseta, the long high plateau of Central Spain. Shade is almost inexistant today as the Camino runs through flat crop fields split by red earth tracks. We have split it into a short stage, so it enables you to walk through the freshness of the first half of the day! Short transfer to hotel in Forfoleda.

Day 3
20km

Calzada de Valdeunciel
to
El cubo de tierra del Vino

After you are transferred back from your hotel to Calzada de Valdeunciel, you’ll notice that today is quite similar to yesterday’s walk: crop fields and red earth tracks. Once arrived, you will have a short transfer to your hotel in Forfoleda.

Day 4
33km

El cubo de tierra del Vino
to
Zamora

After you are transferred back from your hotel to El Cubo del Vino, after the first few kilometres you are back into a rural area before finally arriving in Zamora, a pleasant city, known as “The Little Salamanca.

Day 5

Zamora

Breakfast and don’t hesitate to visit the beautiful city of Zamora famous for its 24 characteristic Romanesque style churches of 12th and 13th  centuries.  In fact, it has been called the best museum of Romanesque style churches in all of Europe.

Section 1

Salamanca
to
Calzada de Valdeunciel

Many consider Salamanca as one of the most spectacular Renaissance cities in Europe and its old centre was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1988. As well as being a favourite destination for both Spanish and foreigners, the city has also a strong student culture. The thirteenth-century university is still in use today and is one of the many tourist attractions of the old town.

Section 2

Calzada de Valdeunciel
to
El cubo de tierra del Vino

Leaving Salamanca, we enter what is known as La Meseta, the long high plateau of Central Spain. Shade is almost inexistant today as the Camino runs through flat crop fields split by red earth tracks. We have split it into a short stage, so it enables you to walk through the freshness of the first half of the day! Short transfer to hotel in Forfoleda.

Section 3

El cubo de tierra del Vino
to
Zamora

After you are transferred back from your hotel to Calzada de Valdeunciel, you’ll notice that today is quite similar to yesterday’s walk: crop fields and red earth tracks. Once arrived, you will have a short transfer to your hotel in Forfoleda.

Map

Via de la Plata from Salamanca to Zamora

How to get there

Fly In

Option 1 – Madrid
Virtually every company flies to Madrid (can book return flights).
Spanish national company: www.iberia.com

Option 2 – Vallalodid
Ryanair fly from London to Vallalodid.



Starting Point

1 – From Madrid airport, take a bus to Madrid bus station (Approx. 20min). Then, bus to Salamanca (Approx. 2h30). Departure every 30 min.

2 – Take a bus from Valladolid Airport to the bus station (Approx. 20 min). Then bus to Zamora (Approx. 1hr), 8 departures a day.



Getting Home

Option 2 – Vallalodid
Bus to Vallodid bus station (Approx. 1h), 8 departures a day. Then bus to Vallalodid airport (Approx. 20 min)

Option 1 – Madrid
Bus to Madrid bus station (Approx. 3hrs), 6 departures a day.



What you get with us

Included

  • Great mix of comfortable stay in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Dinners
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack

Not Included

  • Flights/train
  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch

Add-On Options

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Package Details

Active

from €569

For active walkers of a reasonable fitness level who want a more challenging walk

23km

per day (average)

5 days

(4 nights/3 walking days)

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