THE SILVER ROUTE: FROM MERIDA TO SALAMANCA (292 Kms)
The section of the Via de la Plata that joins the cities of Merida and Salamanca, is a section that presents several stages of great length, by the distance that separates the populations of this zone. However, it is perhaps one of the parts of the Vía de la Plata with more historical-cultural heritage to visit. During this exciting journey through the history of the western part of the peninsula, you will walk along this ancient route, discovering at every step some of the most iconic places it hides.
*If you are interested in doing only part of this stretch of the Silver Route, merge stages of this stretch with others, or simply don’t have so many days, don’t hesitate to contact us and ask for a personalised estimate.
Arrival in Mérida
Merida is a very historic city that was founded by the Roman Emperor Augustus in the first century BC. The Archaeological Site it possesses 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, of which some are still very well preserved today. It is because of many of these aspects that Merida seems to us a unique place to start the Via de la Plata. We recommend you to visit among others: the bridge, the theater, the circus, the amphitheater or the Trajan’s arch. If you are also passionate about art and history, you are in the perfect city; here you can visit the Roman Art Museum and the Visigoth Art Museum.
Mérida – Alcuéscar
In this first stage of the Via de la Plata you will leave Merida and go to the aqueduct of Los Milagros, in the direction of the Roman reservoir of Proserpina. You will go around the reservoir on a path until you turn off towards El Carrascalejo. From here you will continue passing through Aljucén, a village of Muslim origin, walking through the Natural Park of Cornalvo. Once you pass the Cruz de San Juan, you will be very close to Alcuéscar, your final destination.
Alcuéscar has in its surroundings a basilica of great heritage interest, dating from the seventh century, is the basilica of Santa Lucia del Trampal, a temple of Hispano-Visigothic origin. In the village itself you can visit the church of the Assumption, a Gothic construction. At lunch time you should try the typical dishes of the place, such as migas, calderetas or tencas en escabeche, all accompanied by their wines from Pitarra.
Alcuéscar – Cáceres
You will leave Alcuéscar walking among olive groves and pastures until crossing the bridge of the Ayuela river and arriving at the village of Casas de Don Antonio. Continue parallel to the national road and you will pass through two milestones and a Roman bridge that crosses the Santiago stream. From here you must decide whether to stop at Aldea del Cano or continue along the marked path, arriving in both cases at Valdesalor. The small village of Valdesalor has food services and precedes the Camellia Port, the hardest part of this stage. You will have to cross the port and an open field to get to Cáceres.
Cáceres, like its sister from Extremadura, Mérida, has a well-preserved network of historical architecture, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. From its Plaza Mayor you can admire the Arco de La Estrella, the Torre de Bujaco, the Town Hall, the Torre de la Hierba and the Foro de los Balbos. Among other things, you should visit the Santa María Cathedral and the Provincial Museum, where the impressive Aljibe Almohade resides. At the gastronomic level, Cáceres will conquer you, it has its own cheese from the area, the torta de Casar, as a product with its own Denomination of Origin, which is still produced today in a very traditional way.
Cáceres – Embalse de Alcántara
At this stage we will leave Cáceres behind and find Casar de Cáceres as our first town. The Way will take you through a succession of dirt roads, open fields and landmarks. We will pass by the chapel of Santiago and advance until we cross the river Tajo to reach the Alcántara reservoir, the end of the current stage.
In the afternoon you will enjoy a pleasant natural environment, perfect for connecting with yourself and relaxing. We recommend that you take advantage of this silent stop to recharge your batteries for the remaining stages.
Embalse de Alcántara – Grimaldo
On this day you will leave the environment of the Alcantara Reservoir to go to the equator of this section of the Via de la Plata that begins in Merida. Your next destination: Grimaldo. You will ascend by a path that goes up to the Garrote hill, from where you will be able to enjoy beautiful views of the reservoir. You will continue your way towards the Sierra de Arco and cross the San Benito bridge before reaching Cañaveral. From here you will cross the Puerto de los Castaños surrounded by cork trees until you reach Grimaldo.
Grimaldo is a village belonging to the municipality of Cañaveral, which has historically been a place of passage for the people who made the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela along the Via de la Plata. You can visit the church of Santa Marina and deletairos tasting their traditional dishes: migas, morcilla or caldereta.
Grimaldo – Carcaboso
You will begin today’s stage walking along paths that run between cork oaks until you reach Riolobos. From Riolobos you can continue the path or take a little detour to visit the village. Your steps will take you to Galisteo, a village that you will border for its impressive wall of pebbles put in foot in century XIII. Leaving Galisteo behind, continue along the Via de la Plata in the direction of the Plasencia road, cross the Jerte river and reach Aldehuela del Jerte. Finally, in a few kilometres, you will reach Carcaboso, the end of the stage.
Carcaboso is a small village where you can visit the parish church of Santiago Apóstol and taste typical dishes of the local gastronomy, such as patatas revolconas, morcillas, callos or sausages.
Carcaboso – Aldeanueva del Camino
Starting from Carcaboso, today’s road will take you again between paths full of cork oak trees until you reach Finca Dehesa Venta Quemada. From here you will continue on your way, encountering the Roman arch of Cáparra, one of the most emblematic icons of the Silver Route. You will continue alternating asphalted tracks with wooded paths until you reach the end of your stage in Aldeanueva del Camino, after crossing the Roman bridge of La Garganta Buitrera.
Aldeanueva del Camino is a small village set in an old Roman campsite. Here you can enjoy strolling through its cobbled streets and visiting the church of Nuestra Señora de San Servando. Here, the star dishes will be stews and stews, with which we hope you will recover your strength to continue the Way.
Aldeanueva del Camino – La Calzada de Béjar
On this day you will leave Extremadura to enter Castilla y León. You will leave Aldeanueva del Camino heading towards the village of Baños de Montemayor. From here you will continue walking towards Puerto de Béjar, which you will cross. The itinerary will continue crossing the bridge of La Magdalena, which crosses the river Cuerpo de Hombre, until arriving at the small village of La Calzada de Béjar. La Calzada de Béjar is a nucleus of less than 100 inhabitants.
In it, you can visit the church of the Assumption or the hermitage of the Holy Christ of Mercy. La Calzada de Béjar still conserves its old Roman watchtower, located around the Calzada Romana. At the gastronomic level, you will begin to make mouth with the typical plates of the Castilian kitchen, like the paltillas of lamb.
Fuenterroble de Salvatierra – San Pedro de Rozados
This stage will be short like the previous one, perfect to rest a bit from the long days. Continue from La Calzada de Béjar through the valley of Sangusín, alternating the road between asphalt and path, until you reach Valverde de Valdelacasa. You will continue along asphalted tracks and rural paths accompanied by oak groves and Roman milestones until you reach the end of your stage in Fuenterroble de Salvatierra.
Fuenterroble de Salvatierra is a place very culturally linked to the Via de la Plata, in fact, it houses a theme park of this route that is part of the Interpretation Centre of the Via. In addition, you can visit the temple of Santa Maria de la Blanca, Gothic style dating from the fifteenth century, and the chapel of Christ of Help. Among its traditional meals, you can taste the famous salmantinos sausages and Guijuelo ham.
San Pedro de Rozados – Salamanca
Today you will undertake the last stage towards Salamanca. You will start your journey by heading to the town of Morille, walking among large pastures. Later you will arrive at Miranda de Arzán and after 9 kilometers, at the end of the stage in Salamanca. You have arrived. This is the end of the Vía de la Plata from Mérida to Salamanca. What if we continue to Santiago?
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.
You are facing the most difficult stage of all, that of returning home. It has been eleven days since you started this journey along the Via de la Plata in the wonderful place that is Merida. You have had adventures, your feet have gotten used to the Camino, but now it is time to abandon the friends you have made, say goodbye to this beautiful route, and return home.
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THIS TRIP INCLUDES
- 11 days / 10 nights of accommodation
- Backpack transfer service (1 package – máx. 20 kg.)
- Credencial (Pilgrim’s passport)
- Telephone assistance service 24/7
- Travel assistance insurance
- Single room supplement: 230€/pax
- Extra night in Santiago: 55€ ind. / 70€ double
- Breakfast: 70€/pax
- Half Board: 185€/pax
- 545€ pax double room
Accommodation in hostels, guesthouses and/or rural accommodations
We have selected for you the best accommodations so that you don’t have to worry about anything else but walking this path. From Merida, La Via de la Plata presents a series of small hotels, hostels and rural houses with a lot of charm. They are simple, comfortable and without great luxuries, but very cozy, ideal for sleeping and resting.
* For individual bookings, it is necessary to pay a supplement.