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Walking the Via de la Plata from Plasencia to Salamanca

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Stage 5
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138.5km
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8 days
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€790
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Plasencia to Salamanca Map
We start this section in the very north of the province of Extremadura and soon we enter Castilla y Leon with its more mountainous landscapes. Here, the Camino combines all types of scenery, from meadows with grazing cattle to woodland to the imposing Duena Peak (an elevation of 1,140m), 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.

Highlights

Plasencia

Plasencia has of lot of things to offer because of its rich history. One of them is the impressing Plasencia Cathedral. Besides its architecture, the building also offers amazing paintings and a Museum that is located in the old Cathedral.

Roman thermal baths

Banos de Montemayor offers a special treat for hikers: a spa that is inspired by Roman thermal baths. Immerse in one of the jacuzzis and pools, lean back on a lounger or sooth your muscles with a relaxing massage. The fine interior with marble statues and ancient walls truly brings you back in time and lets you experience the Roman lifestyle.

Carcaboso

Near the Rio Jerte, the charming town Carcaboso is a link that connects the past with the present. Part of the historical Via de la Plata, it still has some of the  2000 year old “Miliarias” (Roman stoneposts). You can find them near the seventeenth-century Iglesia de Santiago.

Plasencia to Salamanca
Via de la Plata
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  • Airport Pick-Up
  • Additional Nights
  • Dinners
  • Luggage Transfers from Hotel to Hotel
  • Day Tours to Local Sites of Interest
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  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch

Itinerary

Day 1

PLASENCIA (Arrival)

Night in Plasencia. If you have the time before you start your Camino, visit the impressive Plasencia Cathedral, with its amazing paintings and museum located inside the cathedral. A walk along Plasencia’s double line of walls stretching around the town is also a sight to see.


Day 2
29.36km

PLASENCIA
to
ZARZA DE GRANADILLA

In the morning we will arrange your transfer to Carcaboso. Carcaboso is a charming town historically linked to the Via de la Plata as it still has some 2,000 year-old ‘miliarias’ (Roman stone posts) intact. When leaving Carcaboso, we follow the Canal del Jerte before starting a long climb uphill. Then we start to see evidence of the Roman times from the panorama as we walk through the magnificently 2,000 year-old Arco de Caparra. We’ll pick you up at the Roman city of Caparra to transfer you to your hotel in Zarza de Granadilla.


Day 3
25.27km

ZARZA DE GRANADILLA
to
BANOS DE MONTEMAYOR

We will transfer you back to the Roman city of Caparra, which will be your starting point for this day’s walk. 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, where you will stay overnight. After the day spent walking, you can treat yourself to the magical Roman-inspired spa and thermal waters of the town!


Day 4
12.22km

BANOS DE MONTEMAYOR
to
CALZADA DE BEJAR

Leaving Banos de Montemayor, we start with a steep climb up a series of hills, 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.


Day 5
20.17km

CALZADA DE BEJAR
to
FUENTERROBLE DE SALVATIERRA

Today, you will come across more ‘miliarias’ and paved road segments - mementos of 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. At the end of the day, we will arrange a transfer to a hotel in Guijuelo.


Day 6
27.63km

FUENTERROBLE DE SALVATIERRA
to
SAN PEDRO DE ROZADOS

After your transfer from the 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 countryside. The main difficulty of the day is climbing the Duena Peak (an elevation of 1,140m) but it is 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.


Day 7
23.82km

SAN PEDRO DE ROZADOS
to
SALAMANCA

The last day of this section offers little shade but the open landscape and great views over the countryside will surely distract you and help you to enjoy this final walking day before you reach Salamanca, a lively city full of history.


Day 8

SALAMANCA

After breakfast, we bid you farewell. Salamanca is known for its remarkable Plateresque buildings, as well as the oldest active university in Spain, founded in 1218. Besides that, it is a lively city full of culture and energy, so get out and explore while you can!


Plasencia to Salamanca Elevation


How to Get There

Getting to Plasencia, Spain

It is best to fly to Madrid.

Fly into Madrid

Virtually every company flies to Madrid. See Spanish national company. See Spanish low-cost.

From Madrid airport, bus to Autobus de Sur bus station. Then Cevasa bus to Plasencia (3h).

Getting home from Salamanca, Spain

Fly from Madrid

From Salamanca bus station, bus to Madrid bus station (2h30). Departure every 30 min. Then bus to Madrid airport (20min).



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