The A-66 highway, known as Autovía de la Ruta de la Plata, runs from south to north or from north to south the western part of Spain. It starts in Seville and goes all the way to Gijón along 810 kilometres.
The name Ruta de la Plata comes from the ancient Vía de la Plata . It is a Roman road that covered the route from Mérida (Emerita Augusta) in Badajoz to Astorga (Asturica Augusta) in León. It served as a commercial and cultural expansion route for the Roman Empire.
Where do we drive along the Silver Route?
Our journey through the Silver Route by car starts in the north of the peninsula and will take us to four autonomous communities: Asturias, Castilla y León, Extremadura and Andalusia.
There will be many towns and cities that we can visit on our way along the Silver Route, we will be the ones to decide which one to stop in and which one to leave for another occasion. In any case, throughout this Silver Route we will soak up culture, thanks to the cities and Roman remains that we will visit, nature, with unforgettable landscapes, and gastronomy, with the delicious dishes and wines that we will taste.
What to see in Asturias on this route?
In the 76 kilometers of route that we can do in Asturias, the shortest of all, there are several localities that we will be able to visit, in each of them we will discover the culture, history, gastronomy and nature. Let’s start our journey along the Silver Route in Asturias.
In addition to enjoying its famous San Lorenzo beach, we can immerse ourselves in more than 2,000 years of Roman culture by visiting the following places the Archaeological Park of Campa de Torres, dating from 490 BC. The Roman Villa of Veranes or the thermal baths of Campo Valdés, a building from the 1st century A.D. We do not forget the more modern Gijón with its beautiful fishing district of Cimavilla. Other attractions are the Revillagigedo Palace and the collegiate church of San Juan Bautista, dating from the eighteenth century, the birthplace of Jovellanos, the Palace of Jove Huergo and the chapel of the Trinity await us. Before leaving, we will go to enjoy the sculpture of Eduardo Chillida, ‘Elogio del Horizonte’ in the Paseo de San Lorenzo, we will visit the Aquarium and the Botanical Garden to finish our stay in Gijón.
Of the Roman vestiges that we can find in this area we can highlight those that we can find in t