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Walking the Via de laPlata from Merida to Caceres

Walking the Via de laPlata from Merida to Caceres map

This Walking Holiday explores the 3rd section of the Via de la Plata (Camino Mozárabe) from Merida to Caceres, 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.

In this section, the Camino heads North, through Extremadura Province, a land of dry and gently hilly landscapes that sometimes seems to be more inhabited by cerdos ibericos (dark brown pigs typical of the region) than by people. Indeed, there can be long enough gaps between villages, giving you time to enjoy open landscapes of crop fields and vines, cork oak forests and wild flowers all year round. We know the long stretches with little shade can make the Via de la Plate route challenging, so we have split most stages into shorter walking days so anybody with an average level of fitness can make it to Caceres.

Trip Stats

75km

distance to walk

days of walking

difficulty level

Itinerary

Day 1

Merida
(Arrival)

Merida was founded in 250 BC and the Roman heritage is still visible at every corner of the city nowadays. More than a UNESCO World Heritage site, this small-sized city has plenty to offer, and tourists always enjoy its lively buzz, hopping from tapas bars to wonderful restaurant

Day 2
16km

Merida
to
Aljucen

Leave Merida crossing over the river via a Roman bridge (over 2000 years old), from which there are beautiful views of the impressive Roman Acqueduct. Then we head towards the Prosperina dam which once was the biggest water reservoir in the Mediterranean Roman Empire. The red-earth landscape becomes hillier and there are also more oak trees to provide you with shelter from the sun. After a short days walking, we reach Aljucen from where we will be transferred back to our hotel in Merida.

Day 3
21km

Aljucen
to
Alcuescar

Transfer back to Aljucen. Shortly after Aljucen, we enter the National Park of Cornalvo, a landscape of scrubland, red earth tracks, pasture and oaks. Then the farmlands alternates between cork trees, vines, olive trees and livestock until you reach the first and last village of the day: Alcuescar.

Day 4
15km

Alcuescar
to
Aldea del Cano

From Alcuescar, it is at first an easy and peaceful walk to Las Casas de Don Antonio and its well restored Roman Bridge. Later, we walk on the original Roman road as we pass by what is known as miliario (Roman milestone) and cross one more Roman bridge before reaching Aldea del Cano.

Day 5
23km

Aldea del Cano
to
Caceres

On this last day, we leave Aldea del Cano and continue through the flat and dry lands of Extremadura. We later cross a long Roman arched bridge at the entrance to Valdesalor. It is then a hilly landscape with little and scattered shade all the way to Caceres and its old town, perched on top of a hill.

Day 6

Caceres

After breakfast, we bid you farewell.

Section 1

Merida
to
Aljucen

Merida was founded in 250 BC and the Roman heritage is still visible at every corner of the city nowadays. More than a UNESCO World Heritage site, this small-sized city has plenty to offer, and tourists always enjoy its lively buzz, hopping from tapas bars to wonderful restaurant

Section 2

Aljucen
to
Alcuescar

Leave Merida crossing over the river via a Roman bridge (over 2000 years old), from which there are beautiful views of the impressive Roman Acqueduct. Then we head towards the Prosperina dam which once was the biggest water reservoir in the Mediterranean Roman Empire. The red-earth landscape becomes hillier and there are also more oak trees to provide you with shelter from the sun. After a short days walking, we reach Aljucen from where we will be transferred back to our hotel in Merida.

Section 3

Alcuescar
to
Aldea del Cano

Transfer back to Aljucen. Shortly after Aljucen, we enter the National Park of Cornalvo, a landscape of scrubland, red earth tracks, pasture and oaks. Then the farmlands alternates between cork trees, vines, olive trees and livestock until you reach the first and last village of the day: Alcuescar.

Section 4

Aldea del Cano
to
Caceres

From Alcuescar, it is at first an easy and peaceful walk to Las Casas de Don Antonio and its well restored Roman Bridge. Later, we walk on the original Roman road as we pass by what is known as miliario (Roman milestone) and cross one more Roman bridge before reaching Aldea del Cano.

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How to get there

Fly In

Option 1 – Sevilla
Sevilla airport with Aer LingusIberiaVueling, Ryanair or Easyjet (can book return flights).

Option 2 – Madrid
Virtually every company flies to Madrid
Spanish national company: www.iberia.com



Starting Point

1- Seville Airport, bus to Seville bus station (Approx. 25min). Then, bus to Merida (Approx. 2h30), 7 departures a day

2 – Madrid Airport, bus to Madrid bus station (Approx. 20min). Then bus to Merida (Approx. 4h30), 7 departures a day.



Getting Home

Option 1 – Sevilla
From Caceres, bus to Sevilla, 7 departures a day (Approx. 4hours).

Option 2 – Madrid
From Caceres, bus to Madrid, 7 departures a day (Approx. 4hours).



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
  • Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack
  • 24/7 Customer Service

Not Included

  • Flights/train
  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch

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Package Details

Active

from €611

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

19km

per day (average)

6 days

(5 nights/4 walking days)

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