Via de la Plata (The Silver Route)

27 Stages | 689 km

With almost 1,000 km in length, the Silver Route is the longest route to Santiago de Compostela.

Its starting point is the city of Seville, from where the pilgrims begin a long journey that crosses the Iberian Peninsula from north to south. An itinerary that runs through Andalusian lands, crossing important towns such as Castilblanco de los Arroyos or Almadén de la Plata; to fully immerse in Extremadura lands and in a typical landscape of pasture, discovering to the walkers important towns such as Zafra, Mérida or Cáceres. Already in Castilla y León, the Vía de la Plata crosses the province of Salamanca until it reaches Zamora.

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Vía de la Plata Information

Via de la Plata

Although it is not one of the most popular routes of the Camino de Santiago, it is gradually gaining popularity, especially among those pilgrims who seek to escape from the overcrowding and the tourist atmosphere of other routes, or are in search of an experience that retains the essence of the first pilgrimages.

However, the entire route is perfectly signposted with yellow arrows that will make it practically impossible to get lost; it also has an infrastructure of accommodation and services more than enough for walkers who walk this route every year.

But a very important factor that you must take into account when doing the Silver Route is to avoid the hot months. In summer the temperatures are usually extremely high, especially in the south of Spain. Many pilgrims suffer from heat stroke, forcing them to abandon the journey. For this reason we recommend to discard this route especially in July and August.

What to see and do in the Via de la Plata

  • Plaza España – Seville
  • The Giralda – Seville
  • Seville Cathedral
  • Royal Alcazar of Seville
  • Theater of Mérida
  • Procathedral of Santa María – Cáceres
  • University of Salamanca
  • Monastery of Santa María de Moreruela
  • Sanabria Lake Natural Park
    Thermal baths of Ourense
    Monastery of Oseira

Where to start the Via de la Plata?

From Seville

The magical city of the Guadalquivir is the traditional starting point of the Silver Route. If you decide to start your pilgrimage from Seville, besides being able to enjoy all the attractions of one of the most touristic cities in Spain, you will be amazed walking through Andalusian and Extremaduran lands, through olive groves and extensive pasture landscapes that will be diluted as you approach the north of the peninsula. From this point, you will walk a total of 23 stages to join the Sanabrés Way in Granja de Moreruela or 27 stages to join the French Way in Astorga.

From Merida

Mérida is an idyllic starting point to begin the Silver Route. Called Augusta Emerita by the Romans, the city of Extremadura breathes Rome through every pore, with its amphitheatre, its Roman bridge and the famous Temple of Diana. A place that will make you travel to another time, before starting your pilgrimage. From Mérida you will travel a total of 13 stages until you join the Sanabrés Way in Granja de Moreruela; or 17 stages until you join the French Way in Astorga.

From Salamanca

The brand new university city of Salamanca is a symbiosis of history, culture, tradition, architecture and knowledge. The southern half of the Salamanca section of this route has an important Roman legacy. You can still see parts of the Roman road, such as the Roman culverts, milestones and bridges. From Salamanca, you can follow the Silver Route in 8 stages until you join the French Route in Astorga or 4 stages until you join the Sanabrés Route in Granja de Moreruela.

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