Vía de la Plata
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. Total distance: 960km
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.
Total distance: 960km
- 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
Walking: 27 Stages / 960 km
Cycling: 16 Stages / 960 km
|Stage 1||Sevilla - Castilblanco de los Arroyos||39|
|Stage 2||Catilblanco de los Arroyos - Monesteiro||63|
|Stage 3||Monesteiro - Zafra||45|
|Stage 4||Zafra - Mérida||65|
|Stage 5||Mérida - Valdesalor||61|
|Stage 6||Valdesalor - Cañaveral||55|
|Stage 7||Cañaveral - Cáparra||57|
|Stage 8||Cáparra - Fuenterroble de Salvatierra||60|
|Stage 9||Fuenterroble de Salvatierra - Salamanca||51|
|Stage 10||Salamanca - Zamora||66|
|Stage 11||Zamora - Santa Croya de Tera||87|
|Stage 12||Santa Croya de Tera - Puebla de Sanabria||67|
|Stage 13||Pueba de Sanabria - A Gudiña||53|
|Stage 14||A Gudiña - Xunqueira de Ambía||66|
|Stage 15||Xunqueira de Ambía - Castro Dozón||64|
|Stage 16||Castro Dozón - Santiago de Compostela||66|