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Walking the Via de la Plata from Zamora to Puebla de Sanabria

Walking the Via de la Plata from Zamora to Puebla de Sanabria map

This Walking Holiday explores the 7th section of Via de la Plata, from Zamora to Puebla de Sanabria, 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 you head North West through Castilla y Leon, the landscape begins to change and switches from red earth farmlands to greener hills and woodland, inhabited by a wide range of wildlife. The major Rio Tera is also part of the landscape as the Camino comes across its banks on several occasions. We also walk through many typical rural villages, some of them mainly occupied by deserted stone houses and old churches. As on any other sections, the Camino is well established and this section requires a reasonable level of fitness, mainly for its amount of days spent walking on the Camino rather than for the difficulty of its terrain.

Trip Stats

159km

distance to walk

7

days of walking

difficulty level

Trip Highlights

Zamora

If you are visiting Zamora for a day or two I would suggest you go to Chillon. It is an excellent Tapas bar in the city which offers authentic Spanish food.

 

Granja de Moreruela

A really impressing place to see in Granja de Moreruela is the Monastery of Santa Maria. It is an old gothic church from the 12th century. The front of the building is still fully intact while the back is fully deconstructed, which makes the building even more impressive.

Puebla da Sanabria

The town of Puebla da Sanabria is an amazing place to spend some time exploring since it has been recognized as a Historic-Artistic Site. It still preserves most of the walls which once protected the city. Its magnificent castle dates from the second half of the 15th century and is the archetype of a medieval defensive structure; it stands at a height of 960 meters on a wide piece of flat land on top of a hill occupied by the town.

Itinerary

Day 1

Zamora
(Arrival)

With a Romanesque cathedral, fortified walls and overlooking the Rio Duero, Zamora has it all to charm visitors from all over. Its architectural heritage is so rich it is commonly called “The little Salamanca”!

Day 2
20km

Zamora
to
Montamarta

For this first walking day, the Camino runs through the typical Castilla y Leon landscape: red earth crop fields cut across by endless flat wide tracks that seem inhabited only by storks. There is little shade along the way, but the reasonable length of the day gives us a chance to get to Montamarta before the heat hits its peak. Short transfer to Zamora

Day 3
23km

Montamarta
to
Granja de Moreruela

Transfer from hotel back to Montamarta. On this day, we walk through the same background as on the previous day. The only difference being that we come across the Elsa dam and river several times.

 

Day 4
25km

Granja de Moreruela
to
Tabara

Today the landscape is a little bit greener with more trees and shelter from the sun but it keeps its flat shape and red earth. Overall, it is an easy and enjoyable stroll to Tabara.

Day 5
23km

Tabara
to
Santa Marta de Tera

We leave Tabara to continue our way towards Santa Marta de Tera. The Camino runs through a plateau set between the Elsa River and Rio Tera so it is no wonder where all this sudden vegetation comes from! When arriving in Santa Marta, you can visit its 12th century Romanesque church.

Day 6
21km

Santa Marta de Tera
to
Villar de Farfon

Leaving Santa Marta de Tera, we enter the Sanabria Valley as the Camino now follows the course of the pretty Rio Tera. This is an enjoyable and beautiful stroll as we spend most of the day through the countryside. Quiet tracks, poplar trees, charming rural hamlets, water channels and dams will form part of the day. Short transfer to hotel in Camarzana de Tera.

Day 7
15km

Villar de Farfon
to
Mombuey

Transfer from hotel back to Villar de Farfon. The first few kilometres after Villar de Farfon are through the peaceful countryside, home of wild boars and even shy Iberian wolves! The vegetation then starts to change to scrub and bush lands and as we approach Mombuey, we have great views of the Sierra de la Cabrera in the distance.

Day 8
32km

Mombuey
to
Puebla de Sanabria

As we leave Mombuey, the Camino heads to more open countryside even though there are still many poplar and oak trees to provide us with shade. When passing the village of San Salvador de Palazuelos, you can climb up the bell tower of Iglesia de Santiago to enjoy magnificent views over the surrounding landscape. We cross Rio Tera one last tim

Day 9

Puebla de Sanabria

After breakfast, we bid you farewell.

Section 1

Zamora
to
Montamarta

With a Romanesque cathedral, fortified walls and overlooking the Rio Duero, Zamora has it all to charm visitors from all over. Its architectural heritage is so rich it is commonly called “The little Salamanca”!

Section 2

Montamarta
to
Granja de Moreruela

For this first walking day, the Camino runs through the typical Castilla y Leon landscape: red earth crop fields cut across by endless flat wide tracks that seem inhabited only by storks. There is little shade along the way, but the reasonable length of the day gives us a chance to get to Montamarta before the heat hits its peak. Short transfer to Zamora

Section 3

Granja de Moreruela
to
Tabara

Transfer from hotel back to Montamarta. On this day, we walk through the same background as on the previous day. The only difference being that we come across the Elsa dam and river several times.

 

Section 4

Tabara
to
Santa Marta de Tera

Today the landscape is a little bit greener with more trees and shelter from the sun but it keeps its flat shape and red earth. Overall, it is an easy and enjoyable stroll to Tabara.

Section 5

Santa Marta de Tera
to
Villar de Farfon

We leave Tabara to continue our way towards Santa Marta de Tera. The Camino runs through a plateau set between the Elsa River and Rio Tera so it is no wonder where all this sudden vegetation comes from! When arriving in Santa Marta, you can visit its 12th century Romanesque church.

Section 6

Villar de Farfon
to
Mombuey

Leaving Santa Marta de Tera, we enter the Sanabria Valley as the Camino now follows the course of the pretty Rio Tera. This is an enjoyable and beautiful stroll as we spend most of the day through the countryside. Quiet tracks, poplar trees, charming rural hamlets, water channels and dams will form part of the day. Short transfer to hotel in Camarzana de Tera.

Section 7

Mombuey
to
Puebla de Sanabria

Transfer from hotel back to Villar de Farfon. The first few kilometres after Villar de Farfon are through the peaceful countryside, home of wild boars and even shy Iberian wolves! The vegetation then starts to change to scrub and bush lands and as we approach Mombuey, we have great views of the Sierra de la Cabrera in the distance.

Map

Via de la Plata from Zamora to Puebla de Sanabria

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 Zamora (Approx. 3h). 6 buses a day.

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

Madrid
From Puebla de Sandabria, take a bus to Madrid bus station (Approx. 4 hrs), 6 buses a day. Then, bus to Madrid airport (Approx. 20min).



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

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Package Details

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from €980

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

23km

per day (average)

9 days

(8 nights/7 walking days)

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