It is a Great Road connected by time, the Peninsula from north to south. Tartessos, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Carthaginians, Goths, Arabs, Christians, have roamed their ancient routes. It is the great Roman road, and it remains impeccable, with bridges, milestones, and names that recall the passage of travelers and pilgrims over the centuries.
The Pilgrim Route Via de la Plata leads pilgrims from the Andalusian city of Seville to Leon to Astorga. This route uses the natural corridor that has been the link since ancient time, to connect the west of the Iberian Peninsula, which gave rise under Augustus, but especially of Trajan and Hadrian, the Roman road known as the Via de la Plata, which connected Emerita Augusta ( Merida ) with Asturica Augusta ( Astorga). This route was followed throughout the centuries by both Arabs and Christians during the Middle Ages, to continues to play an important role in the communication network of the Iberian Peninsula.
Upon reaching Astorga, the route connects with the French Way, although the proposed route by BECICLON uses the variant that deviates northwest on Zamora to link Puebla de Sanabria with the Road Sanabres.
It's importance as a communication channel from the time of Tartessos has been staked in its route of cultural, historical and architectural wonders, and its configuration as a route of immense cultural heritage. So much so that in its route we find cities of Heritage such as Mérida, Cáceres and Salamanca, or cities like Seville and Zamora, which also have a vast historical and artistic heritage.
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We started the doors of the Cathedral of Seville, next to the door of the Assumption. From there to Santiponce. (9.5 Km.) Guillenay Castiblanco de los Arroyos are the following places of passage. After a few kilometers Circular carreteranos will lead us into the Berrocal forest park, whenever it is open, and from there, among oaks and small fords, reach nearby Almaden de la Plata where we rest.
In this long Stage, we will pass through Real de La Jara, Monesterio and Calzadilla. We will have to inquire for permission to pass through specific farms. Alternatively, we can roll down the carreteraA-483. From here we will be careful with the various existing signs, and between fields and crosses of different national roads we marked out in Monesterio. From there, we cross expanses of farmland and livestock areas. After passing through Fuente de los Cansos and Calzadilla de los Barros, until we arrive at Zafra.
No hiding the difficulties of this trail ,with light steady decline. It's worth arriving early to visit the historic Mérida, but first we have to deal with the duplication of signals that can cause unwanted errors. If the chosen path is correct, we will arrive at Villafranca de los Barros and rolling kilometer after kilometer to go through Almendralejo, Torremeiga and some extensive olive groves down to Mérida.
Its long and lonely travels here, nothing compared to our other busiest routes for pilgrims with even better hospitality coverage and hostels. But no one can doubt the beauty of the Vía de la Plata.
After the departure of Mérida seek arrival at the dam Proserpina, of Roman engineering, that we can still admire today. The arrows of all types and colors will generate confusion. Follow the yellow to get to El Carrascalejo and then to Aljucén, Casas de Don Antonio, Aldea del Cano, Valdesalor and Caceres. We insist on innumerable signal sequences and alternatives to travel. Our guides will accompany you on the best route, based on its characteristics and physical demands. Caceres is recommended to visit, the old, beautiful area where we can find a restaurant to try their cherished local cuisine.
Transition stage where we will ride, again alternating tracks between crops with stretches of national and regional road. Pass by Casar de Cáceres, Marsh Alcántara entering in areas where farmers will usually have to open and close access to farm fences. Beware livestock. After long tracks, very hard if done under the influence of scorching heat of the summer season, we begin to glimpse Galisteo, where we will surely arrive exhausted.
Now traveling through a stage with steep slopes. The obstacle to overcome will be around 700 meters with steep slopes in the port of Béjar. We will continue our work of opening and closing doors and fences of farms and fields to go through, adding, at this stage, the possibility of driving on the rebuilt Roman road itself.
A stage with little difficulty, awaiting transit to get to the beautiful Salamanca. Find many maze-like signals; because finding the right track will be a road game. Again the support of our guide will facilitate the success. Leaving behind Valdelacasa, Fuenterroble de Salvatierra, el Pico de la Duena, and Morile before reaching Tormes, bordering the river to Salamanca.
Leaving Salamanca,we ride the first kilometers by the road to Aldesaca of Armuña, Calzada de Villanueva de Campeán Vandulcel, and where we will find the Duero River at the entrance to Zamora.
Plains along the way will be the main feature of this stage of rapid speed.
Arriving in Puebla de Sanabria, which joins the Sanabres Way
Cathedral of Sevilla
Along the Real Alcázar and Archivo de Indias, Seville Cathedral was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987. It is the largest Gothic cathedral in the Christian world. Built on the site occupied by the old mosque, the Patio de Naranjos still retain its distinctive minaret: The Giralda de Sevilla.
Castle de Zafra
Today it is the Palace of the Dukes of Feria ,and belongs to the network of Hostels of Spain. Its construction began in 1437, and various reforms, especially during the sixteenth century, have given it the appearance it has today..
Roman theater in Mérida
It is part of Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida, one of the largest and most extensive archaeological sites in Spain, which was declared a World Heritage Site in 1993International Festival of Classical Theatre of Mérida.by UNESCO
The Old Town of Cáceres is a World Heritage Site since 1986 and is one of the world's most complete medieval and Renaissance urban complexes. An evening stroll through its streets will be an unforgettable experience..
Plaza Mayor of Salamanca
This baroque square, designed by Alberto Churriguera, and built in the first half of the eighteenth century, has became the center of social life of the city." It is a quadrilateral. Irregular, but surprisingly harmonious, as defined by D. Miguel de Unamuno.
Cathedral of Zamora
Dedicated to Salvador, belongs the so-called Romanesque del Duero, and the distinction of being the smallest and oldest of eleven of the Community of Castile and León. It was declared a National Monument by Royal Order of September 5, 1889.
Natural Park of Lake Sanabria
The Lake of Sanabria is the largest glacial lake in the Iberian Peninsula. Scattered in the mountains, you can find more than twenty lakes, with glacial action and countless waterfalls and pools which have given rise to an area with incredible aesthetic and scenic value.