CYCLING THE CAMINO: THE SILVER WAY (960 Kms)
We present you the option of carrying out the Via de la Plata in its entirety, from Seville to Santiago de Compostela, in 16 stages. Carrying out this itinerary by bicycle allows you to travel the Via in less time. In addition, this route is perfect for cycling, as it is very cyclable and quite flat, with hardly any unevenness. The Silver Route will allow you to travel through 4 different regions and marvel at the changes in the landscape.
You will pedal through the typical Andalusian and Extremaduran pastures, through olive groves, through fruit tree crops, through cereal fields and Castilian meadows; and you will cross the Galician mountains discovering forests of Atlantic vegetation of great value.
Arrival in Sevilla
The city of La Giralda is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the south of the peninsula. The historic centre of the capital of Andalusia is considered the largest of the Spanish cities, and you can visit impressive heritage sites such as the Cathedral, the Alcazar or the Giralda. The Torre del Oro (Golden Tower) and the Plaza de España (Spanish Square) are also heritage elements not to be missed.
Seville is a big city, so the possibilities about what to see and do in it are very high. So, we recommend that if you only have one day to visit it, see the main heritage sites, and then relax and enjoy. Strolling through the city is a good way to get to know its reality, let yourself be seduced by its rich gastronomy in the form of “tapas” and by the art of its people.
Sevilla – Castilblanco de los Arroyos
You will start your way out of the city by Puerta de Triana square and crossing the Guadalquivir river, and continue towards Santiponce where you will be able to visit the remains of the ancient Roman city of Italica. Then you will continue towards Guillena and the meadow of the Cortigo del Chaparral, to arrive at the end of the stage in Castilanco de los arroyos. In Castilblanco de los arroyos, city mentioned by Cervantes in his novel “Las dos doncellas”, you can visit religious constructions of Mudejar origin, such as the church of Divino Salvador.
This small town on the way between the provinces of Seville and Cordoba, is located in the first foothills of the Pedroso mountain range. As far as the gastronomy of the place, the traditional recipes stand out like the rabbit in salmorejo, the venteras or the migas; very nutritious plates with which you will be able to replace forces.
Castilblanco de los Arroyos – Monesterio
In this stage the first kilometres will be by road, so we recommend extreme caution. At the height of El Berrocal, the path enters a meadow and then reaches Almadén de la Plata, a small white village. From here you will continue along the Camino Viejo de Almadén de la Plata to El Real de la Jara. You are in the westernmost part of the Sierra Norte de Sevilla so the slopes will accompany you during these kilometers. During the way you will find a medieval castle of the XIV century and to his right, you will cross the creek of the viper, entering extremeñas lands to arrive at Monesterio.
Monesterio has an interpretation centre of the Silver Route that is undoubtedly worth visiting. On the monumental level, you can visit the Church of San Pedro Apóstol. This village, located in the land of ham and meadows, has a Ham Museum. In Monesterio you will enjoy a rich gastronomy based on game meat and Iberian ham.
Monesterio – Zafra
During this stage you will pedal through pastures and dirt tracks in an environment without populations. You will continue along the Calera de León road, crossing landscapes of cereals and fields, until you reach the village of Fuente de Cantos. From this village you will continue your way to Zafra, passing through the towns of Calzadilla de los Barros and Puebla de Sancho Pérez.Zafra is a town that lived the Reconquest from a strategic position.
A good example of this is its medieval defensive remains, still preserved today. The medieval town of Zafra was declared a historical-artistic site, as it has a wall of which three gates are still preserved, as well as an extensive heritage. We recommend you to visit the Alcázar de los Duques de Feria, the collegiate church of Candelaria or the Casa del Aljímez, among others. To have a moment of leisure, food and rest, you can go to the Plazas Chica and Grande, the area with more atmosphere of the village.
Zafra – Mérida
You will take the road from Zafra up to the Alto de San Cristóbal, and then descend towards Los Santos de Maimona. Continue along a dirt track surrounded by olive groves and vineyards until you reach the town of Villafranca de los Barros. From here, the stage continues along dirt tracks and the El Chaparral path. Then you can take a detour to pass through Almendralejo or continue towards Torremejía. From Torremejía, the route will run through fields on the banks of the Guadiana River until it reaches Mérida. Merida is a very historic city that was founded by the Roman Emperor Augustus in the first century BC.
The Archaeological Ensemble was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993. Due to its Roman origin, the city possessed a multitude of monuments of this culture throughout its history, some of which still exist today very well preserved. We recommend you to visit among others: the bridge, the theatre, the circus, the amphitheatre or the arch of Trajan. If you are also passionate about art and history, you are in the perfect city; here you can visit the Museum of Roman Art and the Museum of Visigothic Art.
Mérida – Valdesalor
You will leave Merida approaching the Roman aqueduct and continue along paths in the direction of El Carrascalejo. You will continue pedaling along dirt tracks, crossing places such as Aljucén and entering the Cornalvo Natural Park. You will continue through Alcuéscar and pedal through olive and holm oak forests. Afterwards, the path will run parallel to the national road and you will pass through two milestones and a Roman bridge (Santiago stream), before reaching Valdesalor.
Valdesalor will be the end of your stage, in order to avoid the ascent to the port of Las Camelias as a final stretch to Cáceres. In Valdesalor you will be able to enjoy a calm and relaxed environment where you can rest and prepare for the next stage.
Valdesalor – Cañaveral
You will begin today’s day climbing the Camellias harbour. Afterwards, you will pass through an open field before entering the city of Cáceres. You can take the opportunity to stop in Cáceres and get to know the city a little, as it has a sample of historical architecture, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. From Cáceres you will reach the town of Casar de Cáceres, cross the Tagus River and pass through the Alcántara Reservoir. The road will continue through the Sierra de Arco and you will cross the San Benito bridge until you reach Cañaveral.
In Cañaveral you will be able to get to know the historical reality of the villages in this area, hand in hand with their typical architecture in the form of ancestral homes. As for its religious heritage, you can visit a sample of late Gothic in its church of Santa Marina. The municipality also has a medieval carving of the Virgin and Child in its Sanctuary of Our Lady of Cabezón, of incredible historical value. Of course, in Cañaveral you can still enjoy the wonderful gastronomy of Extremadura.
Cañaveral – Aldeanueva del Camino
You will take the road again, passing through Grimaldo, to follow a path surrounded by cork oak trees to Riolobos. Then you will arrive at Galisteo and you will border this beautiful population by its wall, to continue pedaling towards the road of Plasencia. At the end of the route, you will pass through Aldehuela del Jerte, Carcaboso and the Roman City of Cáparra, before reaching the end of the stage in Aldeanueva del Camino.
Before reaching Aldeanueva del Camino, you will cross the Roman bridge known as La Garganta Buitrera. In terms of heritage, you can visit the churches of Nuestra Señora del Olmo and San Servando, dating from the fifteenth century.
Aldeanueva del Camino – Fuenterroble de Salvatierra
You will start today’s stage crossing again the Garganta Buitrera to take direction to Baños de Montemayor, place that owes its name to the existence of old Roman thermal baths in its territory. Then you will leave Extremadura and enter Castilla y León through the port of Béjar, arriving at La Calzada de Béjar. Already in the last kilometers of the stage you will set course to Fuenterroble de Salvatierra passing by Valverde de la Casa and Valdelacasa.
Fuenterroble de Salvatierra is a place very culturally linked to the Via de la Plata, in fact, houses a theme park of this route that is part of the Interpretation Center of the Via. In addition, you can visit the temple of Santa María de la Blanca, Gothic style dating from the fifteenth century, and the hermitage of Cristo del Socorro. Among its traditional meals, you can taste the famous salmantinos sausages and Guijuelo ham.
Fuenterroble de Salvatierra – Salamanca
At this stage, nature will be the protagonist. You will pedal almost a total of 30 kilometres without encountering any population, riding through meadows and ascending the Pico de la Dueña, until you reach San Pedro de Rozados. From this locality you will continue in the direction of Morille and Miranda de Arzán, until you reach the end of your stage: Salamanca. Salamanca is a beautiful and historic city where you can relax and enjoy.
Among its many monuments and places of obligatory visit, we recommend you to know the Plaza Mayor and the cathedral complex, the Historic Building of the University, the House of the Shells, or the Towers of the Clergy. Gastronomically you will marvel at the traditional cuisine of this place, where you should not leave without tasting the ham, meats, cheeses and salmantine sausages.
Salamanca – Zamora
You will leave Salamanca in the direction of Aldeaseca de la Armuña, continuing towards Castellanos de Villiquera. Continue along dirt tracks towards Calzada de Valdunciel, where you can visit an Interpretation Centre of the Historical Paths. Later you will arrive at the Wine Cube, having completed about 35 kilometres of stage, so this will be a good place to make a stop. From here, the road continues almost entirely along plains between dirt tracks, which makes it a very relaxed stretch. You will pass through Villanueva de Campeán before reaching Zamora.
Zamora is a city that conserves a great Romanesque medieval heritage. In its historic centre, you can visit places such as the Castle, the Cathedral, the Plaza Mayor and El Merlú, the Puente de Piedra, the church of San Juán Bautista, and of course its wall, with the Puerta del Obispo de Olivares. After strolling and visiting its heritage, you can come to rest and have some good tapas in one of the bars in its old area.
Zamora – Santa Marta de Tera
In this stage you will pedal through the classic Castilian fields, in the direction of Roales del Pan and Montamarta. You will pass through the uninhabited town of Castrotorafe, an ancient medieval city known as “Zamora la Vieja” (Old Zamora). Later you will arrive at Granja de Moreruela and you will continue ascending in latitude marking the course for the itinerary of the Sanabrés Way, until arriving at Santa Marta de Tera.
In Santa Marta de Tera you will be able to know the history of the Sanabrés Way in its homonymous Museum. This is also the home of the treasure of the Sanabrés Way, a very old carving of Santiago Peregrino that rests in the Romanesque church of Santa Marta de Tera, dating from the 9th century. It was declared a National Historic-Artistic Monument in 1931 and is currently considered a Site of Cultural Interest.
Santa Marta de Tera – Puebla de Sanabria
In this stage you will begin to pedal accompanied by the riparian vegetation of the river Tera, in the direction of Calzadilla de Tera. Afterwards, you will pass through the villages of Villar de Farfón, Río Negro del Puente and Mombuey, the latter being the perfect place to make a stop along the way. You will leave Mombuey crossing tree-lined paths to Valdemerilla and Cernadilla. Once you get to Palazuelo you will continue along forest tracks and roads, crossing several villages until you reach the end of your stage in Puebla de Sanabria.
Puebla de Sanabria is a beautiful village where you will be able to discover the structure and the typical architecture of the houses in this area. You should visit the Castle of the Counts of Benavente, one of the best preserved in Spain, and the church of Nuestra Señora del Azogue. If you have more than enough energy on this day, we recommend you visit the Natural Park of Lake Sanabria.
Puebla de Sanabria – A Gudiña
In this stage the unevennesses and the mountainous panoramas that indicate that you are approaching the border with Galicia begin. Your route will run through wooded areas and roads, passing through the villages of Requejo and Padornelo, at an altitude of 1300 metres. From here you will continue towards Lubián, located in the Alta Sanabria, where you will be able to contemplate the glacial valley of the Fraga de Osa. The Way continues through the municipality of A Mezquita, already in Galician lands, until you reach A Gudiña.
In A Gudiña, you will be able to get to know the typical architecture of the villages of the Galician eastern mountain, get to know the typical crafts of the place and enjoy the rich Galician gastronomy for the first time along the way. Come pilgrims! the goal is getting closer and closer.
A Gudiña – Xunqueira de Ambia
You will depart from A Gudiña in the direction of Laza, passing through several abandoned villages in Serra Seca. Your way will continue running through the mountain of the Galician interior and every kilometer you will be discovering the reality of this area. You will arrive to Vilariño de Conso and later to the village of Campobecerros (Castrelo do Val), located very close to the Natural Park of Invernadoiro. The Way will take you to Laza, a village with a great tradition of “entroido” (carnival) in Galicia. From Laza, you will climb Mount Requeixada to Alberguería and then the path will run from Vilar de Barrio through wooded paths that will lead you to the Allariz valley.
The landscape will now be dominated by hórreos and crops until you reach Xunqueira de Ambía. In Xunqueira de Ambía you can visit its collegiate church of Santa María la Real, founded in the 10th century, and also its Romanesque church, which has an organ from the 18th century. But above all, you can enjoy the landscape and the wonderful natural environment that surrounds you.
Xunqueira de Ambia – Castro Dozón
In this day you will set course for Ourense and you will arrive at the city with about 20 kilometres in your legs. We recommend you to make a stop here and get to know this beautiful city. Then you will continue towards Cea, where you can buy one of its famous and rich Denomination of Origin breads, and continue towards Castro Dozón, your end of stage.
We recommend you to rest at the end of this stage and go to bed early to start the last stage the next day as soon as possible, and take advantage of the day in Santiago de Compostela.
Castro Dozón – Santiago de Compostela
Today you will embark on your final stage. You will begin the march leaving Dozon in the direction of A Laxe. From here you will cross the river Deza until you reach the town of Silleda. You will move through a much more populated area than at your entrance to Galicia, and you will discover small villages with each pedaleo until you reach Outeiro, and in the province of A Coruña. From Outeiro you will set course for Boqueixón and continue along the Camiño Real to Angrois. Finally, you will enter Santiago de Compostela through the district do Sar and after climbing its slope of Castrón Douro, you will fully enter the historic centre of the city through the Arco de Mazarelos. The long-awaited finish line is just a few minutes away: the Plaza del Obradoiro.
You have arrived in Santiago de Compostela, the city where the rain makes magic on the wet stones. After having stamped your credentials in each stage and having collected your Compostelas, after all the effort, it will be time to enjoy the city, you will have earned it. We hope you will enjoy strolling through the historic quarter, enjoying a fresh beer accompanied by a delicious tapa, dancing and singing in a foliada, or trying some of its traditional liqueurs, among a thousand and one things that this small but great city offers.
Santiago de Compostela
This is a day of farewells for many, the end of a road, and why not, the beginning of many. The last day will dawn with a road more in your lives, but not a road of miles, but of experiences, emotions and new friendships, a journey that will project into your lives and help you to continue walking free towards your own goals.
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THIS TRIP INCLUDES
- 18 days / 17 nights in the chosen accommodation
- Backpack transfer service (1 package – máx. 20 kg.)
- Credencial (Pilgrim’s passport)
- Telephone assistance service 24/7
- Travel assistance insurance
- PRIVATE SHELTERS
- Extra night in Santiago: – €/pax
- Single room supplement: – €/pax
- Extra night in Santiago:– € double room / – € single room
- Breakfast: – €/pax
- Half Board: – €/pax
- HOTEL OR SUPERIOR ACCOMMODATION
- Single room supplement: – €/pax
- Extra night in Santiago:– € double room / – € single room
- Breakfast: – €/pax
- Half-Board: – €/pax
- BIKE RENTAL
- Electric Bike rental: 645€/pax
- Mountain Bike rental 27”: 385€/pax
- Mountain Bike rental 29”: 445€/pax
- 550€ pax private shelters
- 940€ pax hostels
- 1185€ pax hotel or superior accommodation
We offer three options:
Private Shelters 550€
Priv. Hostels and Guesthouses 940€
Hotels or sup. accommodation 1185€
* All the accommodations are of the best quality, carefully selected after years of experience and approved by our clients.
Alojamiento en Hostales, hoteles y alojamientos rurales
The accommodation in Hostels and Guesthouses has double, triple or quadruple rooms, always with private bathroom. They are simple and comfortable room ideal for sleeping and resting.
* For individual bookings, it is necessary to pay a supplement.
Accommodation in double private rooms in hotels, hostels or rural accommodation
El alojamiento en Hostales o Pensiones cuenta con habitaciones dobles, triples o cuádruples, siempre con baño privado. Son habitaciones sencillas,confortables y sin grandes lujos, pero muy acogedoras, ideales para dormir y descansar.
*En el caso de una reserva individual tendría un suplemento.