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The Whole Via de la Plata

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The Whole Via de la Plata Map

The Via de la Plata is a historic and popular pilgrimage route in Spain that spans approximately 1,000 kilometers (620 miles). It is also known as the Silver Route or the Camino Mozárabe. The route starts in the southern city of Seville and ends in Santiago de Compostela, the final destination of the famous Camino de Santiago.

The origins of the Via de la Plata date back to Roman times, when it served as a major trade route between the cities of Seville and Astorga. The name "Via de la Plata" actually derives from the Arabic word "balata," meaning road. Over the centuries, the route gained significance as a pilgrimage path to Santiago de Compostela, joining the main Camino Francés in Astorga.

The Via de la Plata offers a unique and diverse experience to pilgrims, showcasing the rich cultural heritage and natural beauty of Spain. The route takes travelers through a variety of landscapes, including vast plains, rugged mountains, and charming villages. Along the way, pilgrims can explore historical sites, Roman ruins, medieval bridges, and impressive cathedrals.

We offer customised holiday packages on the Via de la Plata to suit all budgets. So please get in touch if you would like to find out more about completing the full Via de la Plata and to get a personalised quote and itinerary.


Historical and Architectural Gems

Mérida: As you pass through Mérida, you’ll encounter a treasure trove of well-preserved Roman ruins. Marvel at the grandeur of the Roman Theatre, the impressive Aqueduct of Los Milagros, and the Temple of Diana, all testaments to the city’s rich ancient history.
Cáceres: The city of Cáceres is a UNESCO World Heritage site, known for its exceptionally well-preserved mediaeval architecture. Explore the narrow streets of the old town, admiring the splendid palaces, fortified walls, and historic squares, such as the Plaza Mayor, which transports you back in time.
Salamanca: Salamanca boasts one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious universities and is famous for its golden sandstone buildings. Visit the Plaza Mayor, a stunning Baroque square, and marvel at the intricately carved façades of the Old and New Cathedrals. The university buildings, including the ornate Plateresque façade of the Escuelas Mayores, are also worth exploring.

Natural Wonders and Scenic Landscapes

Sierra de Francia: In the province of Salamanca, you’ll encounter the Sierra de Francia, a mountain range characterized by its rugged beauty and charming hilltop villages. Explore places like La Alberca and Mogarraz, with their stone houses, narrow streets, and breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
Los Montes de León: As you approach Galicia, the Montes de León mountain range offers stunning vistas and a serene atmosphere. The mountain landscapes, lush forests, and peaceful valleys create a sense of tranquillity, providing a welcome respite for pilgrims on their journey.
Rías Baixas: Once you reach Galicia’s western coast, you’ll encounter the picturesque Rías Baixas, a series of estuaries known for their beautiful beaches, green hillsides, and charming fishing villages. Explore coastal towns like Pontevedra and Combarro, with their quaint historic centres and delightful seafood cuisine.

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Day 1

Sevilla (Arrival)

Seville, the capital of Andalucia, enchants visitors with its rich architectural heritage, including the UNESCO World Heritage cathedral, Alcazar, all complemented by its sunny weather and vibrant atmosphere.

Day 2

Sevilla to Guillena

From Seville we journey through industrial estates to reach Santiponce’s Roman ruins of Italica, followed by a serene walk through flat landscapes concluding the day with a short transfer to Castilblanco de los Arroyos.

Day 3

Guillena to Castilblanco de los Arroyo

From Castilblanco de los Arroyos, the Via de la Plata continues through the Andalusian countryside, entering the rocky National Park of Sierra Norte de Sevilla, and concluding with a challenging ascent to the town of Castilblanco de los Arroyos.

Day 4

Castilblanco de los Arroyo to Almaden de la Plata

Starting uphill from Castilblanco de los Arroyos, we pass the Ermita de Santa de Escardiel, continue through the oak-filled Parque Forestal de El Berrocal, and reach Almaden de la Plata along an undulating path.

Day 5

Almaden de la Plata to El Real de la Jara

The route today immerses us in traditional Andalucia with sightings of black pigs, bulls, and horses. Passing through El Real de la Jara, the Camino eventually leads to Santa Olalla de la Cala, where a short transfer awaits to take you to your hotel.

Day 6

El Real de la Jara to Monesterio

Returning to El Real de la Jara, the Via de la Plata enters Extremadura, with mostly flat terrain, offering panoramic views of the Sierra Morena, and passing through landscapes occupied by cows and sheep on the way to Monesterio.

Day 7

Monesterio to Fuente de Cantos

Today, the Camino leads you along rolling tracks, providing intermittent shade from scattered oak holms and fig groves. Keep an eye out for a 5000-year-old megalith after Monesterio, and continue until you reach the charming village of Fuente de Cantos.

Day 8

Fuente de Cantos to Zafra

From Fuente de Cantos, the Via de la Plata follows an ancient Roman route, passing vineyards and olive groves, and eventually reaches the charming town of Zafra.

Day 9

Zafra to Villafranca de los Barros

After Zafra, the Via de la Plata climbs and descends to Los Santos de Maimona, followed by an enjoyable undulating walk through farmland, vineyards, and olive trees with scenic countryside views.

Day 10

Villafranca de los Barros to Amendralejo

Leaving Villafranca de los Barros, the Via de la Plata takes us through vineyards, making for an easy and pleasant stroll to Amendralejo across flat terrain.

Day 11

Amendralejo to Merida

From Almendralejo, the Via de la Plata reveals distant mountains and a varied landscape with sunflower fields, vineyards, and olive groves. Passing through Toremegia, the route continues through the countryside before approaching the historically significant city of Merida.

Day 12

Merida to Aljucen

Leaving Merida, we cross a 2000-year-old Roman bridge with stunning views of the Roman Acqueduct. Continuing towards the Prosperina dam, the landscape becomes hillier with oak trees offering shade. After a short walk, we reach Aljucen and transfer back to our hotel in Merida.

Day 13

Aljucen to Alcuescar

Leaving Aljucen, the Via de la Plata passes through the scenic National Park of Cornalvo with its diverse landscape. Continuing through farmlands adorned with cork trees, vines, olive trees, and livestock, the day ends in Alcuescar.

Day 14

Alcuescar to Aldea del Cano

From Alcuescar,walk to Las Casas de Don Antonio, featuring a restored Roman Bridge. Continuing on the original Roman road, we pass a Roman milestone and another Roman bridge before reaching Aldea del Cano.

Day 15

Aldea del Cano to Caceres

Leaving Aldea del Cano, the Via de la Plata crosses a Roman bridge in Valdesalor and continues through the hilly landscape with scattered shade until reaching Caceres and its historic hilltop old town.

Day 16

Caceres to Casar de Caceres

From Caceres, the Via de la Plata follows a main road surrounded by flat crop fields, offering little shade from the sun. However, this is a short walking day, allowing ample time to relax at your hotel in Casar de Caceres.

Day 17

Casar de Caceres to Canaveral

After Casar de Caceres, we walk on wide dirt tracks through a flat landscape with endless skies and views. We also encounter “miliarios,” ancient stone posts from the Roman road along the Via de la Plata.

Day 18

Canaveral to Galisteo

Today is challenging with a long walk and a steep climb after leaving Canaveral. However, it’s an enjoyable journey through woods and farmland.

Day 19

Galisteo to Plasencia

Leave Galisteo by crossing the town’s beautiful 14th-century bridge. It’s an easy stroll to Carcaboso through a greener landscape, thanks to canals in the area. Then, transfer to your hotel in Plasencia.

Day 20

Plasencia to Zara de Granadilla

Transfer to Carcaboso, a charming town in Extremadura near Rio Jerte.The first day combines beautiful countryside and history. Leaving Carcaboso, we follow the Canal del Jerte, climb up, and pass the ancient Arco de Caparra. Overnight in Zara de Granadilla.

Day 21

Zara de Granadilla to Baños de Montemayor

The landscape becomes arid as we leave the Extremadura basin and spot the distant Sierra de las Candelaria. We walk uphill until we reach Banos de Montemayor. Treat yourself to the magical Roman thermal waters after a day of walking!

Day 22

Baños de Montemayor to Calzada de Béjar

Leaving Banos de Montemayor, we climb steeply for beautiful views of the town. Then, we descend on a well-preserved Roman road adorned with chestnut, beech, and oak trees. The final stretch to Calzada de Bejar is uphill, offering open views of the Rio Cuerpo valley.

Day 23

Calzada de Bejar to Fuenterroble de Salvatierra

Today, you’ll encounter more Roman stone posts and paved road segments, remnants of ancient times. The arid landscape of the high tableland is mitigated by oak trees providing shade along the tracks. Transfer to a hotel in Guijuelo.

Day 24

Fuenterroble de Salvatierra to San Pedro de Rozados

Transfer to Fuenterroble de Salvatierra. We continue through the high plateau, walking on good tracks. Climbing Duena Peak (1140m) offers great views of the Meseta. We descend through oak woods to reach San Pedro de Rozados.

Day 25

San Pedro de Rozados to Salamanca

The final day offers open landscapes and great views, although with little shade. Enjoy the distractions of the countryside on this last walking day. We reach Salamanca, a lively city rich in history.

Day 26

Salamanca to Calzada de Valdunciel

Leaving Salamanca, we enter La Meseta, a vast plateau in Central Spain. Today’s stage is a short one, crossing flat crop fields on red earth tracks with little shade. Transfer to hotel in Forfoleda.

Day 27

Calzada de Valdunciel to El Cubo de Tierra del Vino

After transferring back to Calzada de Valdeunciel, you’ll find today’s walk similar to yesterday’s: crop fields and red earth tracks. Upon arrival, there’s a short transfer to your hotel in Forfoleda.

Day 28

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 29

Zamora to Montamarta

After being transferred to El Cubo del Vino, you’ll soon enter a rural area before reaching Zamora, a pleasant city known as “The Little Salamanca.”

Day 30

Montamarta to Granja de Moreruela

Transfer from hotel to Montamarta. Today’s walk covers similar terrain as the previous day, with the only difference being multiple encounters with the Elsa dam and river.

Day 31

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 32

Tabara to Santa Marta de Tera

Leaving Tabara, we head towards Santa Marta de Tera. The Camino passes through a plateau between the Elsa River and Rio Tera, resulting in lush vegetation. In Santa Marta, don’t miss the 12th century Romanesque church.

Day 33

Santa Marta de Tera to villar de Farfon

Leaving Santa Marta de Tera, we enter the Sanabria Valley along the Rio Tera. It’s a beautiful stroll through the countryside, passing quiet tracks, charming hamlets, and water channels. Short transfer to hotel in Camarzana de Tera.

Day 34

Villar de Farfon to Mombuey

The walk begins through peaceful countryside, home to wildlife like boars and Iberian wolves. The landscape transitions to scrub and bushlands as we approach Mombuey, offering great views of Sierra de la Cabrera.

Day 35

Mombuey to Puebla de Sanabria

Leaving Mombuey, the Camino takes us through open countryside with poplar and oak trees providing shade. In the village of San Salvador de Palazuelos, climb the bell tower of Iglesia de Santiago for magnificent views. We cross the Rio Tera one final time.

Day 36

Puebla de Sanabria to Requejo

Walk calmly from Puebla de Sanabria to Requejo, crossing Rio Castro. Climb through pine and oak woods, passing Iglesia de Santiago de Terroso. Enjoy mountain views and reach Requejo. Transfer to Puebla de Sanabria hotel.

Day 37

Requejo to Lubián

Transfer from your hotel to Requejo in the morning. Experience the allure of Galicia before officially entering it the next day. Enjoy the peaceful countryside and a scenic route through oaks and bracken, despite the occasional rocky and muddy paths.

Day 38

Lubián to A Gudina

From Lubian, visit the Baroque church of Santuario de la Virgen de la Tuiza. The day’s walk is challenging, with steep ups and downs through woodlands and farmlands. Pass charming villages and reach A Gudina.

Day 39

A Gudina to Campobecerros

From A Gudina, take a scenic route to Campobecerros, passing remote hamlets with stunning mountain views. It’s a challenging stage, but the rewarding vistas make it worth it. Highlights include the Las Portas dam and descending to Campobecerros. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 40

Campobecerros to Laza

Transfer to Campobecerros for scenic mountain views and charming hamlets like Portocomba and As Eiras. Descend on a shady road to Laza, offering spectacular vistas. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 41

Laza to Vila de Barrio

Transfer to Laza. Pass through Soutelo Verde and its old church. Climb through pines and heather to reach Albergueria with its beautiful stone balconies. Descend to a flatter, greener area before reaching Vila de Barrio.

Day 42

Vila de Barrio to Xunqueira de Ambia

Transfer to Vila de Barrio. Walk through plains, farmlands, and modern villages. Pass through Bobadela, alternating between oak woods, eucalyptus trees, and open landscapes. Reach Xunqueira de Ambia with its 12th-century monastery.

Day 43

Xunqueira de Ambia to Ourense

From Xunqueira de Ambia, leave the isolated mountains and encounter merging hamlets as you walk towards Ourense. Follow the main national road, passing through industrial areas before reaching your final destination.

Day 44

Ourense to Casarellos

Leave Ourense via Puente Viejo, a XIIth century bridge. Follow the main road with river views. Experience steep uphill climb, enjoy views. Pass through Cea to reach Monasterio de Oseira. Transfer to casa rural in Casarellos.

Day 45

Casarellos to Estacion de Lalin

Transfer to Monasterio de Oseira. Climb to a hilltop for scenic views. Traverse farmlands, passing hamlets like Gouxa and Vidueiro. Encounter N-525 road briefly. Continue to Estacion de Lalin.

Day 46

Estacion de Lalin to Silleda

Short stage with gentle up and downhill sections through farmland, woodland, and villages. Start by climbing to Botos from Estacion de Lalin, passing through multiple villages. Reach Silleda, a modern town with all necessary facilities.

Day 47

Silleda to Ponte Ulla

Stroll to Bandeira, known for its empanadas. Descend through farmlands and villages. Visit the old castle for great views. Explore the Romanesque facade of Iglesia de Santa Maria de Magdalena in Ponte Ulla.

Day 48

Ponte Ulla to Santiago de Compostela

Last day of the section and the entire Via de la Plata route! Leave Ponte Ulla, ascend to Pico Sacro for scenic views. Rural atmosphere on the way to Santiago. Reach the famous UNESCO World Heritage Cathedral.

Day 49

Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast, we bid you farewell. If you wish to stay in the area, we recommend that you: – Take your time and visit the magnificent historic centre – Continue with us along the wild “Camino Fisterra” (Finisterre Way), and stay overnight at the 2* hotel in the light house! – or take a bus to Fisterra. (Bus to fisterra: 9am, 10am, bus back in Santiago 16:45 & 19:00. takes 3hours) – Visit the unspoilt sandy coves and beaches of the west coast. With very few tourists, you are guaranteed a very special experience.

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How to Get There

Getting to Seville, Spain

It is best to fly to Seville.

Fly into Seville

Iberia, Vueling and Ryanair fly to Seville, amongst other companies. Ryanair flies from Dublin, London, Liverpool and Bristol. Iberia also flies from Dublin and the UK. More information.

From Seville Airport, bus to Seville city centre, (25min).

Getting home from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Fly from Santiago de Compostela

Shuttle buses from Santiago city centre to the airport (20mins).

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