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Vía de la Plata

The Silver Route | Camino de Santiago

The Silver Route or Vía de la Plata was the main path used by the Christian pilgrims during the Muslim domination of Spain. It starts in Seville, South of Spain, being quite popular for those who get to Spain through North Africa. 

  • An alternative route to avoid the French and Portuguese way crowd.
  • Very peaceful, unlikely to meet lots of pilgrims.
  • Variety of scenery, from dry to green landscapes across Spain.
  • It has some short steep paths along the way.
  • Main cities & towns - Spain: Sevilla, Mérida, Cáceres, Salamanca, Granja de la Moruela, Astorga, Santiago de Compostela

Total distance: 960km

Weather

  • Summer – very warm (between 25° to 30° June-Aug)
  • Fall – warm (between 16° to 22° Sep-Nov)
  • Winter – cool (average 13°)
  • Spring – warm (average 15° to 19° March-May)

Suitable for cyclists: Yes, but not in summer as the temperatures can reach up to 40° in the South of Spain.

History of the Camino Vía de la Plata

The Silver way is full of Roman history. It was a way used by the former Roman Empire to cross Western Hispania from Mérida (Augusta Emérita) to Astorga (Artúrica Augusta), making it the main channel of communication to the current West of Spain. Habitants of South Galicia used to travel to the capital city through the Silver Way in the late middle ages.

After the Southern re-Christianization of the Mozarabic areas this way became larger and larger up to reach Southern Spain. In the past, it was used to communicate Andalusia with the North. In the 10 century, after the sacking of the cathedral’s bells by Almanzor, Christian prisoners had to take them to the South, to Córdoba. But it was after the return of the bells through this way and also after the Reconquista of Al-Andalus when this way from Mérida and Andalusia to Northern Spain became more and more popular.

About the Silver route

This route allows you to change your path once you get to the North of Spain. You can continue the French way after Astorga or divert to Puebla de Sanabria, shortening the way to Santiago de Compostela, also known as the Camino Sanabrés.

The Via de la Plata is very well indicated, with lots of yellow arrows that help us get easily to Santiago. We can also see granite blocks with little ceramic tiles of different colors; if it’s yellow it means that we can go through it but is not the original way and if it’s green means that is the original way of the Roman route. We should be careful to follow the ones that are yellow or yellow and green because there are the ones that take us to Santiago.

Why choosing the Via de la Plata

The Silver Route is a completely different path compared to the other Caminos. There are 700 kilometers (435 miles) from Seville to Astorga and then we should add the distance between Astorga and Santiago (it depends on the route that we choose). Not only the scenery changes quite a lot because of the heat, but it is full of history and Roman heritage that crosses millenary cities such as Seville, Mérida or Salamanca, where you can feel the essence of Spain.

Stages of Vía de la plata

StageRouteKmInfo
Stage 1
Sevilla - Guillena22,8
Stage 2
Guillena - Castilblanco de los Arroyos18,2
Stage 3
Castilblanco de los Arroyos - Almadén de la Plata28,8
Stage 4
Almadén de la Plata - Monesterio34,4
Stage 5
Monesterio - Fuente de Cantos21,2
Stage 6
Fuente de Cantos - Zafra24,6
Stage 7
Zafra - Villafranca de los Barros19,2
Stage 8
Villafranca de los Barros - Torremejía27
Stage 9
Torremejía - Mérida16
Stage 10
Mérida - Alcuéscar36,4
Stage 11
Alcuéscar - Cáceres38,2
Stage 12
Cáceres - Embalse de Alcántara33,4
Stage 13
Embalse de Alcántara - Grimaldo20,4
Stage 14
Grimaldo - Carcaboso30,8
Stage 15
Carcaboso - Aldeanueva del Camino38,6
Stage 16
Aldeanueva del Camino - La Calzada de Béjar22,2
Stage 17
La Calzada de Béjar - Fuenterroble de Salvatierra20,2
Stage 18
Fuenterroble de Salvatierra - San Pedro de Rozados28,6
Stage 19
San Pedro de Rozados - Salamanca23
Stage 20
Salamanca - El Cubo de la Tierra del Vino36,4
Stage 21
El Cubo de la Tierra del Vino - Zamora31,8
Stage 22
Zamora - Montamarta18,6
Stage 23
Montamarta - Granja de la Moreruela22,9
Stage 24
Granja de la Moreruela - Benavente27,2
Stage 25
Benavente - Alija del Infantado21,9
Stage 26
Alija del Infantado - La Bañeza22,1
Stage 27
La Bañeza - Astorga24,5
Stage 28
Astorga - Foncebadón25,8
Stage 29
Foncebadón - Ponferrada24,2
Stage 30
Ponferrada - Villafranca24,2
Stage 31
Villafranca - O Cebreiro27,8
Stage 31
O Cebreiro - Triacastela20,8
Stage 32
Triacastela - Sarria18,4
Stage 33
Sarria - Portomarin22,2
Stage 34
Portomarin - Palas de Rey24,8
Stage 35
Palas de Rey - Arzúa28,5
Stage 36
Arzúa - Pedrouzo19,3
Stage 37
Pedrouzo - Santiago de Compostela19,4
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Spain Square (Sevilla)
This spectacular square was built in a regional style in 1929 and is itself a monument to Spanish history and culture.

Theater of Mérida
It is one of the most significant vestiges of Roman times in Hispania. Its monumentality testifies to the relevance of Augusta Emerita, Merida, in the Empire.

Cathedral of Cáceres
It is the oldest temple in the city, built in the 15th century. It has a marked Mudejar style.

University of Salamanca
Salamanca is the oldest university city of Spain, built in the 15th century. The spectacularity of its original buildings show the relevance of the institution at the time.

Walking: 27 Stages / 960 km

Stage 1

Etapa 1 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 22,8 km (14 miles)
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Stage 2

Etapa 2 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 18,2 km (11,3 miles)
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Stage 3

Etapa 3 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 28,8 km (18 miles)
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Stage 4

Etapa 4 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 34,4 km (21,4 miles)
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Stage 5

Etapa 5 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 21,2 km (13,2 miles)
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Stage 6

Etapa 6 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 24,6 km (15,3 miles)
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Stage 7

Etapa 7 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 19,2 km (12 miles)
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Stage 8

Etapa 8 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 27,0 km (16,8 miles)
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Stage 9

Etapa 9 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 16 km (10 miles)
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Stage 10

Etapa 10 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 36,4 km (22,6 miles)
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Stage 11

Etapa 11 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 38,2 km (23,7 miles)
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Stage 12

Etapa 12 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 33,4 km (20, 75 miles)
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Stage 13

Etapa 13 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 20,9 km (13 miles)
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Stage 14

Etapa 14 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 30,8 km (19 miles)
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Stage 15

Etapa 15 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 38,6 km (24 miles)
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Stage 16

Etapa 16 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 22,2 km (13,8 miles)
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Stage 17

Etapa 17 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 20,2 km (12,5 miles)
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Stage 18

Etapa 18 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 28,6 km (17,8 miles)
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Stage 19

Etapa 19 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 23,0 km (14,3 miles)
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Stage 20

Etapa 20 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 36,4 km (22,6 miles)
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Stage 21

Etapa 21 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 31,8 km (20 miles)
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Stage 22

Etapa 22 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 18,6 km (11,6 miles)
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Stage 23

Etapa 23 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 22,9 km (14,2 miles)
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Stage 24

Etapa 24 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 27,2 km (17 miles)
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Stage 25

Etapa 25 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 21,9 km (13,6 miles)
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Stage 26

Etapa 26 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 22,1 km (13,8 miles)
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Stage 27

Etapa 27 Vía de la Plata
  • Length: 24,5 km (15,2 miles)
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Stage 23

Etapa 23 Camino Francés
  • Length: 25,8 km (16 miles)
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Stage 24

Etapa 24 Camino Francés
  • Length: 26,8 km (16,7 miles)
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Stage 25

Etapa 25 Camino Francés
  • Length: 24,2 km (15 miles)
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Stage 26

Etapa 26 Camino Francés
  • Length: 27,8 km (17,3 miles)
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Stage 27

Etapa 27 Camino Francés
  • Length: 20,8 km (13 miles)
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Stage 28

Etapa 28 Camino Francés
  • Length: 18,4 km (11,4 miles)
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Stage 29

Etapa 29 Camino Francés
  • Length: 22,2 km (13,8 miles)
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Stage 30

Etapa 30 Camino Francés
  • Length: 24,8 km (15,4 miles)
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Stage 31

Etapa 31 Camino Francés
  • Length: 28,5 km (17,7 miles)
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Stage 32

Etapa 32 Camino Francés
  • Length: 19,3 km (12 miles)
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Stage 33

Etapa 33 Camino Francés
  • Length: 19,4 km (12 miles)
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Cycling: 16 Stages / 960 km

StagesPathKmHardness
Stage 1Sevilla - Castilblanco de los Arroyos39
Stage 2Catilblanco de los Arroyos - Monesteiro63
Stage 3Monesteiro - Zafra45
Stage 4Zafra - Mérida65
Stage 5Mérida - Valdesalor61
Stage 6Valdesalor - Cañaveral55
Stage 7Cañaveral - Cáparra57
Stage 8Cáparra - Fuenterroble de Salvatierra60
Stage 9Fuenterroble de Salvatierra - Salamanca51
Stage 10Salamanca - Zamora66
Stage 11Zamora - Santa Croya de Tera87
Stage 12Santa Croya de Tera - Puebla de Sanabria67
Stage 13Pueba de Sanabria - A Gudiña53
Stage 14A Gudiña - Xunqueira de Ambía66
Stage 15Xunqueira de Ambía - Castro Dozón64
Stage 16Castro Dozón - Santiago de Compostela66
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