Walking the Via de la Plata from Plasencia to Salamanca
This Walking Holiday explores the 5th section of the Via de la Plata, 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.
We start this section in the very North of the province of Extramedura and soon we enter Castilla y Leon with more mountainous landscapes. Here, the Camino combines all types of landscapes, from exposed open landscapes to woodland or meadows and grazing cattle, not to forget the Duena Peak (1140m), one of the highest points of this route. We finally arrive in Salamanca, famous for its Renaissance architecture and one of the country’s most lively cities. This section is a bit demanding and requires a reasonable level of fitness.
Night in Plasensia.
Plasencia to Zara de Granadilla (7h, 27km)
Transfer to Carcaboso. Carcaboso is a charming town in Extremadura, located near the Rio Jerte. It is historically linked to the Via de la Plata as it still has the 2000 year old “Miliarias” (Roman stoneposts) standing near the seventeenth-century Iglesia de Santiago. The first day of this section combines both beautiful countryside and history. When leaving Carcaboso, we follow the Canal del Jerte before starting a long climb up. Then we start to see evidence of the Roman times and soon wel walk through the magnificiently 2000 year old Arco de Caparra. We spend the night in Zara de Granadilla.
Zara de Granadilla to Banos de Montemayor (4h30, 20km)
Soon after we start, the landscape becomes more arid and we begin to see the Sierra de las Candelaria ahead in the distance: we are leaving the Extremadura basin behind us. We spend most of the day walking gently uphill until we reach Banos de Montemayor. After the day spent walking, you can treat yourself to the magical Roman thermal waters of the town!
Banos de Montemayor to Calzada de Bejar (3h, 13km)
Leaving Banos de Montemayor, we start with a steep climb up, at the top of which we can enjoy beautiful views of Banos de Montemayor. Further on, we go downhill on a well preserved stretch of the Roman road, lined with chestnut, beech, and oak trees. The last leg to Calzada de Bejar is uphill, offering open views to the beautiful valley of Rio Cuerpo.
Calzada de Bejar to Fuenterroble de Salvatierra (5h15, 20km)
Today, you will come across more “miliarias” and paved road segments, memories of the ancient Roman times. The landscape still looks arid as we go further into this high tableland but it is easy to find shade from oak trees along the wall-lined tracks. Transfer to hotel in Guijuleo.
Fuenterroble de Salvatierra to San Pedro de Rozados (7h30, 28km)
Transfer from hotel back to Fuenterroble de Salvatierra. We continue our way through the high plateau and find ourselves walking most of the day on good tracks through the country. The main difficulty of the day is when climbing up the Duena Peak (1140m) but as usual, it worth it as there are good views of the Meseta from the top. Then we walk down through oak woods and farmlands to reach San Pedro de Rozados.
San Pedro de Rozados to Salamanca (6h30, 24km)
The last day of this section offers little shade but the open landscape and great views over the countryside will surely distract you to enjoy this final walking day. Finally, we reach Salamanca, a wonderful lively city, full of history.
Salamanca. End of the Camino
After breakfast, we bid you farewell.
- Great mix of comfortable accommodation in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
- Bed & Breakfast
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack
- 24/7 Customer Service
- Great dinners with local food
- Extra nights
- Upgrade to authentic & luxury accommodation
- Airport transfers
Virtually every company flies to Madrid (can book return flights).
Spanish national company: www.iberia.com
From Madrid airport, bus to Autobus de Sur bus station. Then Cevasa bus to Plasencia (Approx. 3hrs), 2-3 departures a day.
From Salamanca bus station, bus to Madrid bus station (Approx.2h30). Departure every 30 min Then bus to Madrid airport (Approx. 20min).