We begin this journey through ancient history, from the possible birth of this way. According to historians, the first steps preceding this route were in the time of the Tartessians, where it is believed that there was a route with the west peninsular called the “way of tin” in relation to the metal that was transported and traded on these routes.
However, the origin is uncertain, as the first deliberately documented steps are those of the Roman roads. The Vía de la Plata was once a set of Roman cobbled roads that connected the city of Augusta Emerita with Asturica Augusta, or as we know them today, Mérida and Astorga. These two cities were, perhaps, the most important of the ancient Lusitania, and maintained the commercial link between the south and north of the peninsula.
After the Muslim occupation, not only the peninsula was reconquered. The devout pilgrims of Santiago el Mayor conquered this route again as a pilgrimage route to the city where the saint was buried, giving it the name by which we know it today: The Silver Route.