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 has several stages of great length, because of the distance that separates the populations of this area. However, it is perhaps one of the parts of the Via de la Plata with the most historical-cultural heritage to visit. During this fascinating journey through the history of the western peninsula, you will walk along this ancient route, discovering at each 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 1st 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.
Good Way pilgrims!
Mérida – Alcuéscar
In this first stage you will leave Mérida in the direction of the aqueduct of Los Milagros, in the direction of the Roman reservoir of Proserpina. Surround the reservoir by a path until you turn to El Carrascalejo. From here you will continue passing through Aljucén, a village of Muslim origin, walking through the Natural Park of Cornalvo. When you pass the reference of the Cruz de San Juan, you will find yourself very close to Alcuéscar, your end of stage.
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
En esta etapa dejaremos Cáceres atrás y encontraremos Casar de Cáceres como primera población. El Camino le llevará a través de una sucesión de caminos de tierra, campos abiertos e hitos. Pasaremos por la ermita de Santiago y avanzaremos hasta cruzar el río Tajo hasta llegar al embalse de Alcántara, final de la etapa actual.
Por la tarde disfrutará de un agradable entorno natural, perfecto para conectarse consigo mismo y relajarse. Le recomendamos que aproveche esta parada silenciosa para recargar sus baterías para las etapas restantes.
Embalse de Alcántara – Grimaldo
On this day you will leave the surroundings of the Alcantara Reservoir to go to your next destination: Grimaldo. You will ascend a path that climbs the Garrote hill, from where you will be able to enjoy beautiful views of the reservoir. Continue your way towards the Sierra de Arco and cross the bridge of San Benito before reaching Cañaveral. From here you will cross the port of Los Castaños surrounded by cork oaks 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 start the last stage towards Salamanca. You will start the route heading towards the town of Morille, walking between large pastures. Then you will arrive at Miranda de Arzán and after 9 kilometres, at the end of the stage in 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.
In Salamanca you will finish a path that may well be the beginning of many. This last day you will dawn with one more road in your lives, but not a road of miles, but of experiences, emotions and new friendships, we encourage you to continue the Via de la Plata to Santiago de Compostela!
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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. // 35€ pax/double
- Breakfast: 70€/pax
- Half Board: 185€/pax
- 545€ pax double room
Accommodation will be in private rooms in hotels or hostels up to 3 stars of the best quality verified and certified by the company.
Hostels, guesthouses and rural accom. 545€
* All accommodations are of the best quality, carefully selected after years of experience and approved by our customers.
Accommodation in hostels, guesthouses and/or rural accommodations
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.
Alojamiento en Hostales, hoteles y alojamientos rurales
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.