Vía de la Plata
Uniting the south with the Camino French
La Vía de la Plata begins in the Andalusian city of Seville.
We will start what is perhaps the Camino longest within the Iberian Peninsula. We will leave Seville through the famous Triana neighborhood. Let us remember that we are in Andalusian lands and in summer here the sun will hit us with all its force. So we must be well protected and loaded with water. The day passes quietly by caminos plains that will take us through the archaeological site of Itálica to Guillena.
Short stage to which we will have to comply, since we will not have the possibility of extending it. Today we will experience the loneliness of the Vía de la Plata. We will not find services in the whole camino, so we must bring enough water and food for the entire stage.
Today we don't find much life around the Camino. We will continue for caminos quiet land and paved sections that will take us to Alto del Calvario. From there we only have one descent to Almadén de la Plata
Today we will have a long stage that may be too extensive for some. For these they can divide this stage into two parts resting on the border with the community of Extremadura in the town of El Real de la Jara. The rest will continue for about 20 km until you reach Monesterio.
On today's stage we will enjoy a standard distance to rest from yesterday's long stage. We will walk through the flat lands of Extremadura until we reach Fuente de Cantos. Today it will be our turn again to carry everything we need in our backpack since we will not have any point to recharge energy in the camino.
Today we can enjoy the hospitality of this area and after walking along dirt tracks we can rest in the towns of Calzadilla de los Barros for breakfast and later in Puebla de Sancho Perez for a small snack before arriving in Zafra.
Short and simple stage. We will continue for caminos of land that will take us to Villafranca de los Barros. Where without a doubt we must visit its Gothic church of Nuestra Señora del Valle.
Today we will once again feel the characteristic loneliness of the Vía de la Plata. We will not have services unless we make a detour, stretching about 5 km, to Almendralejo. We will follow a camino straight that will make us remember the plateau.
Today we will discover the capital of Extremadura. Being a short day and without services it will be worth getting up early to arrive as soon as possible and thus be able to enjoy the museums and Romanesque monuments that Mérida has.
Today after regaining our strength we return to a demanding day. Almost 37 km separate us from our destination Alcuésar. We can divide it into two sections, being able to spend the night in Carrascalejo or in Aljucén. We will pass through the Cornalvo Natural Park and enjoy the Roman aqueduct of Los Milagros. In Alcuesar we can enjoy the convent-hostel of pilgrims of the order of the Slaves of Mary.
Again we will have a long day but more enjoyable than the previous days. We can also divide it into two sections if we decide to spend the night in Valdesalor. Maybe it is worth that little effort for the next day to visit Caceres quietly.
Again we will have another long stage. We can reduce spending the night in Casar de Caceres. We can also spend the night in the pilgrims' lodge, reopened in 2017, in the Alcantara reservoir. Remember that it is a hard and very sunny stage in summer, so it is convenient to be well provided with water and sun protection.
Today the Camino or the Via in this case gives us a little respite. A shorter stage which runs through more mountainous terrain so it will be much more pleasant when walking in summer. We will have to deviate a little to reach our destination Grimaldo. It is located a little more than half a km from Camino official.
Today we must plan very well where we want our Camino. Since we have multiple variants in this long journey that can become a journey of almost 40km. So take our app and decide which is the route to follow.
And we go on…. another journey of almost 40 km. It is the queen stage of the Vía de la Plata for its beauty. Despite being long, it does not have steep slopes so it will not be hard, just long. We will discover what some consider the image of the Vía de la Plata, the Cáparra Quadriform Arch. We will not have bars at mid-stage but the Interpretation Center has food and drink machines.
In today's stage we leave Extremadura to enter the community of Castilla y León. We will pass the Sierra de Béjar to reach the area of the plateau. We will walk along an ancient Roman road that was recently restored.
Today we will go up altitude until almost reaching 1000 m. But the length and the places will make this a very pleasant day. In Fuenterroble we will meet Father Blas. A religious man who has been running one of the most famous hostels on the Vía de la Plata for many years.
And loneliness returns to the Vía de la Plata. Stage without services in which we can take a variant less traveled by pilgrims that will shorten about 2 km.
Today we will arrive at the famous university city of Salamanca. After crossing forests and meadows we will arrive at Morille, the only town that we will find if we do not want to deviate from the Camino. In Salamanca we cannot stop visiting the two Cathedrals, the Plaza Mayor and the University. At the university we invite you to look for the famous frog that is hidden on the cover of this one.
This stage can be divided into two stages depending on whether we see ourselves with strength or not. We can spend the night in Calzada de Valdunciel or Villanueva de Cañedo (for which we will have to leave the Camino official)
Today we will arrive in Zamora, following caminos of land bathed by cereal plantations. In Zamora we can enjoy its beautiful Cathedral and all the Romanesque monuments that are in its streets.
Today the apostle finally gives us a rest stage. We will continue surrounded by cereal fields. We will only have provisioning in Roales de Pan, from which we will walk along an infinite straight until we reach Montamarta.
Today we will arrive at one of the main detours of the Vía de la Plata. In Granja de Moreruela we must decide whether to continue north where we will meet Astorga and the Camino French, or continue northeast through Sanabria and Ourense.
Today we will say goodbye to the comrades who decided to continue on the Sanabresa road. We will already start to have more options to lengthen or shorten the stage depending on the outside fences that remain. Today we will walk through an old train track which presents us with a new experience in this Camino.
Today we will have a lonely and quiet stage of a few kilometers. That will take us on local roads through the towns of Villabrázaro and Marie de Castroponce to Alikja del Infantado.
In today's stage we will walk along flat dirt tracks following the Jamuz river. We will have services in almost all the towns that we will find in our camino.
Today we will meet with our colleagues from Camino French… so take advantage of the last stage of tranquility. We will walk along dirt tracks and probably until Celada de la Vega we will not find services available for the pilgrim. So for the last time let's load the backpack with water and food for this stage.
Points of interest
University of Salamanca
The University of Salamanca (in Latin, Universitas Studii Salmanticensis) is a Spanish public university located in the city of Salamanca. It is the oldest university in Spain and the Hispanic world and the third oldest in Europe.
The Studium Generale, germ of the university, instituted in 1218 by Alfonso IX of León, was the second oldest in Spain, after its Palencia's counterpart - founded between 1208 and 1214. It was the first European educational institution to obtain the title of the University, by the royal certificate of Alfonso X the Wise dated the 9 of November of 1252, later ratified by the ubique docendi licentia of Alexander IV in the year 1255.
ZAMORA, ROMANIC COT
The Romanesque of the Zamora capital is overwhelmed by its hybrid and synthetic character, exquisite border architecture, with Roman solar chords and exotic Moorish notes. Able to put the spiky hairs for their frank arpeggios and their military orders.
Romanesque threshold of the Extremadura of Leon, threads ingredients tested upstream of the Esla and twinned with Castilian sapings arrived from Ávila de los Caballeros to - following the path of the Silver - fertilize the Salamanca and Mirobrigense foci.
The head of Santo Tomé, the Puerta del Obispo, the sepulcher of the Magdalena, the capitals of the interior of San Juan de los Caballeros or the crumbled calendar of San Claudio are just a few beats that allow auscultate the heart of a unique Romanesque ensemble capable of spell the busiest traveler.
O Cebreiro Pallozas
Palloza (also known as pallouza and pallaza) is a traditional construction of the Spanish peninsular northwest, mainly of the Ancares leoneses and La Cabrera, and other points of El Bierzo (León), some areas of Lugo, and the valleys of Furniella and of Ibias in Asturias.
Its origin is pre-Roman, presumably Celtic. The pallozas have similarities with the round houses of the Iron Age of Great Britain or with the buildings of the military culture.