In this section of the Vía de la Plata you will travel 225 kilometres from Salamanca to Puebla de Sanabria. A trip that, although solitary, is of great interest as it gives you the chance to get to know small villages in the provinces of Salamanca and Zamora. A route that starts on the Vía de la Plata and goes into the Camino Sanabrés from Granja de Moreruela.

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Salamanca is a beautiful and historic city where you can relax and enjoy yourself. Among its many monuments and must-see places, we recommend you to visit the Plaza Mayor and the cathedral complex, the Historic Building of the University, the Casa de las Conchas, or the Torres de la Clerecía. Gastronomically you will marvel at the traditional cuisine of this place, where you should not miss the ham, meats, cheeses and sausages from Salamanca.

The route of this stage is quite long and there are areas with no services. For these reasons we can consider dividing this stage in two, spending the night in Calzada de Valdunciel.

We start this first stage of our Vía de la Plata leaving the beautiful city of Salamanca towards Aldeaseca de la Armuña, to continue towards Castellanos de Villiquera. Walking among paths and dirt tracks you will reach Calzada de Valdunciel, from where you will have 20 kilometres to go to El Cubo del Vino. This last part of the stage is the most complicated, as there are no services or towns until you reach the end, so we recommend that you prepare yourself well before setting off.

El Cubo de la Tierra del Vino, is a small village that owes its name to its wine tradition, and its large extensions of vineyards. Unfortunately these spaces were destroyed by a plague and nowadays only small redoubts and a multitude of cellars are preserved underground. Here you can visit its transept and the church of Santo Dominfo de Gurzmán. Of course, they have a rich gastronomy based on lamb, pork and sausages, which you should try accompanied by one of their rich wines from Toro or De Tierra de Vino.

In this stage you will head towards Zamora, leaving El Cubo del Vino by the old railway line that linked Salamanca with Zamora. The first village you will pass through is Villanueva de Campeán. From here you will continue along dirt tracks until you cross the Perdigón stream and the industrial estate of Los Llanos, to reach the end of the stage: Zamora.

The historic centre of Zamora was declared a Historic-Artistic Site, due to the great value of its buildings, especially Romanesque, such as its imposing Cathedral. This building stands out for its impressive dome of scales and is the oldest cathedral in Castilla y León. In addition, you can visit the Castle (dating from the 11th century), the Casa del Cid, several museums, the Interpretation Centre of the Medieval Cities, and more than twenty Romanesque churches. On the gastronomic level, you will have the opportunity to enjoy its star dishes, such as Zamorano rice or Zamorano stew.

Today you will leave Zamora along Puebla de Sanabria street towards La Hiniesta. You will have to cross the A-11 motorway (be careful) to get to Roales del Pan. From here your route will follow agricultural tracks parallel to the national road, until you reach the end of the stage in Montamarta.

In Montamarta, you can visit the Renaissance church of San Miguel Arcángel and the hermitage of Santa María del Castillo.

You will leave Montamarta in the direction of Fontanillas and you will have the opportunity to make a short detour through Castrotorafe, “Zamora la Vieja”, to visit the ruins of this interesting medieval town. Afterwards, from Fontanillas you will pass through Riego del Camino, before arriving at the end of the stage in Granja de Moreruela.

In Granja de Moreruela, you will have the opportunity to visit the church of San Juan Bautista, built with stones from the monastery of Santa María de Moreruela. This monastery is located 3 kilometres from the village and is currently in a state of reconstruction, as it was a historically important building, being considered the first Cistercian monastery in Spain.

From Granja de Moreruela, you can decide whether to continue the original route of the Vía de la Plata from Salamanca, to join in Astorga with the French Way and continue the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela; or continue the itinerary along the Sanabrés Way.

This is the first stage of connection with the Sanabrés Way from the Vía de la Plata. You will leave Granja de Moreruela in the direction of Ourense. You will cross the river Esla by the bridge Quintos and you will ascend to a high place. Afterwards, on the way down you will pass by the Val de la Rosa estate until you reach Faramontanos de Tábara. From there we continue 5 more kilometres to Tábara.

In Tábara you can visit the church of Santa María, which was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument. You can also visit the statue of León Felipe and the palace of the Marquis of Tábara. In this small village you will be able to give yourself a culinary tribute enjoying its delicious dishes based on game meat.

In this stage you will have two possible options to do the Camino. You can choose whether to go through Bercianos or Villanueva de las Peras. You will leave Tábara towards Pueblica de Valverde until you reach the stream of Zamarrilla. Afterwards you will have to choose whether to walk among vineyards and chestnuts in the Bercianos de Valverde area, or visit a stone monolith in Villanueva de las Peras. In any case, both routes will end in Santa Croya de Tera, separated only by the river Tera from Santa Marta de Tera, the end of the stage.

In Santa Marta de Tera you can learn about the history of the Camino Sanabrés in its homonymous museum. This is also home to what is known as the treasure of the Camino Sanabrés, a very old carving of St. James the Pilgrim that rests in the Romanesque church of Santa Marta de Tera, dating from the ninth century. It was declared a National Historic and Artistic Monument in 1931 and is currently considered an Asset of Cultural Interest.

You will leave Santa Marta de Tera in the direction of Calzadilla de Tera, where the Roman road Via Augusta to Astorga used to pass. Just 2 kilometres later, you will reach Olleros de Tera and then Villar de Farfón. From here the path climbs to a high point, from where you will have views of Río Negro del Puente. From here you will continue to Mombuey.

In Mombuey, you can visit the parish church of La Asunción, which has a tower dating from the 13th century. From it you can see the bust of an ox, which is what has given its name to the town. Among the typical dishes of the cuisine of Mombuey, you can enjoy sweetbreads, chorizo and other meats such as veal.

In this stage you will start your way to Puebla de Sanabria leaving Mombuey towards Valdemerilla. Later you will come across Cernadilla and then Palazuelo. From here you will continue along forest paths to Entrepeñas and Asturianos. From here, half a stage remains, passing through the villages of Palacios de Sanabria, Remesal, Otero de Sanabria and Triufé, until reaching Puebla de Sanabria. And this is the last stage of the Via de la Plata from Salamanca to Puebla de Sanabria.

Puebla de Sanabria is a beautiful village where you can 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 enough strength in this day we recommend you to visit the Natural Park of Sanabria Lake.

Congratulations! You have completed the section of the Via de la Plata from Salamanca to Puebla de Sanabria. We hope you enjoyed the experience. Remember that you can add as many extra nights as you wish to get to know Puebla de Sanabria at your leisure. You can’t leave without visiting the Natural Park of Sanabria Lake!

And if you want more… you can complete the remaining stages to Santiago de Compostela and feel the satisfaction of entering the Plaza del Obradoiro having completed the Camino Sanabrés.

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Type of accommodation

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Services included

10 days / 9 nights accommodation10 days / 9 nights accommodation
Luggage transfer during the stagesLuggage transfer during the stages
Complete documentationComplete documentation
Pilgrim’s CredentialPilgrim’s Credential
24 hour emergency telephone assistance24 hour emergency telephone assistance
Travel insuranceTravel insurance

Optional Services

ServiceIn hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Salamanca to Puebla de Sanabria
BreakfastBreakfast70€ per person
MP (Breakfast and dinner)MP (Breakfast and dinner)175€ per person
Supplement for single roomSupplement for single room215€ per single room
Extra nightExtra night55€ (sing. room) / 70€ (doub. room)
Breakfast Breakfast
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Salamanca to Puebla de Sanabria 70€ per person
MP (Breakfast and dinner) MP (Breakfast and dinner)
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Salamanca to Puebla de Sanabria 175€ per person
Supplement for single room Supplement for single room
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Salamanca to Puebla de Sanabria 215€ per single room
Extra night Extra night
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Salamanca to Puebla de Sanabria 55€ (sing. room) / 70€ (doub. room)

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Frequently Asked Questions

In this modality you will do the Camino de Santiago at your own pace and you will only have to worry about choosing the route you like the most, the type of accommodation and your departure date. If you choose this option you will travel alone or with the people that appear in your reservation, and you will have all the services included so that you only have to worry about walking and enjoying the experience.
The Way of Saint James on your own includes the following services
  • Accommodation
  • Luggage transport
  • Dossier with information about the stages
  • Pilgrim's credential
  • 24-hour helpline
  • Travel insurance
In addition, you can customize your trip by adding the following optional services
  • Breakfast or half board
  • Private transfers to the start of the stage from Santiago de Compostela or from the airport.
  • Extra night at the beginning or end of the stage
Unlike the group trips, no bus service, guide or support vehicle is included between stages. But you will have a 24-hour hotline where you can contact us in case of any problem or unforeseen event, which we will solve quickly.
Yes, you will have total freedom to choose your departure date. However, if you want to do your Camino de Santiago in the months of December, January and February, we recommend that you check availability before making your reservation. At this time of year most accommodation is closed and many services may not be available.
In your travel documents, you will find the names of the accommodations assigned to you, as well as their contact telephone number and location.   As a general rule, all accommodation is located in the centre of the different towns along the Pilgrims' Route to Santiago de Compostela, without the need to deviate too far from the route. But sometimes, due to lack of availability, it is possible that some accommodation may be a little far from the village or even in neighbouring towns.   For all the accommodations that are at a considerable distance from the route of the Camino, we will provide you with a free taxi service that you can use to get to your accommodation and return to the Camino the next morning.   In any case, these are exceptions that we will inform you at the time of booking.
Luggage transport service by default is included in all our trips and it is not necessary to request it. You will be able to do the Camino de Santiago without your luggage on your back with the peace of mind that your suitcase will be at your next accommodation on your arrival.   Along with your credential you will also receive stickers, which you must cover with the requested information and stick it in a visible place on your suitcase.   Once you have arrived at your accommodation, we recommend that you ask at reception where you can leave your luggage. You will have to leave your luggage at the indicated place first thing in the morning for our carrier to pick it up. This way, when you arrive at your next accommodation your luggage will already be there.
We have a taxi service that you can hire whenever you need it. You can hire it, for example, to go from the airport to the start of your Camino, or to go from Santiago to your starting point to pick up your car once you finish the stage.   The price of the transfers will depend on the distance from your point of origin to the destination. If you have any questions about this service do not hesitate to contact us.
We include a compulsory insurance with each trip that will cover you for any inconveniences that may arise during the Camino de Santiago. We will send you the insurance policy together with your travel documents.
The basic travel insurance included in our packages has a wide coverage against unforeseen events, with which you will also have guaranteed medical assistance and numerous benefits that you can consult in the General Conditions of Travel Insurance.
In your travel documents you will find an emergency telephone number where we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This way you will travel with peace of mind knowing that one of our companions will help you to quickly solve any problem, incident or doubt that you may have along your Camino de Santiago.
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