Via de la Plata

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705 km – 26 stages

Via de la Plata

The Via de la Plata is sometimes incorrectly known in English as the Silver Route or Way – “Plata” is a corruption of the arabic word BaLaTa, meaning paved road. The Via de La Plata (once a Roman causeway starting in Emérita Augusta (Mérida) and ending in Asturica Augusta (Astorga) starts in Seville from where it goes north to Zamora via Zafra, Cáceres and Salamanca. It is much less frequented than the French Way or even the Northern Way. After Zamora there are three options. The first route, or Camino Sanabrés heads west and reaches Santiago via Ourense. It totally deserves its own chapter, so read on about this itinerary in the next paragraph! Wiki is not complete on this one, but Eroski resource always is!
Another route (original Via de la Plata) continues north to Astorga, from where pilgrims can continue west along the Camino Francés to Santiago.
A third, seldom traveled route, crosses into Portugal and passes through Bragança, rejoining the Camino Sanabrés near Ourense. The Camino Mozárabe route from Granada or Malaga, passes through Córdoba and later joins up with the Via de La Plata at Mérida.

Most pilgrims start either in Sevilla or Mérida when their choice is less restricted by time.

Salamanca is also a very popular starting point.

"Doing the last 100 km to Santiago" is not possible on this Camino. Mainly because the last 100 km belong to a different Camino: either the Camino Francés, which you will follow from Astorga onwards, or the Camino Sanabrés (starts in Granja de Moreruela).

22,7 km – 4 albergues

Km 0: Sevilla (All services)

Km 9,5: Santiponce (All services)

Km 22,7: Guillena (All services)

Via de la Plata Stage 1

17,5 km – 1 albergue

Km 0: Guillena (All services)

Km 15,7: San Benito Abad

Km 17,5: Castilblanco de los Arroyos (All services)

Via de la Plata Stage 2

29,3 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Castilblanco de los Arroyos (All services)

Km 16,5: Parque Natural los Berrocales

Km 29,3: Almadén de la Plata (All services)

Via de la Plata Stage 3

34,5 km – 4 albergues

Km 0: Almadén de la Plata (All services)

Km 14,7: El Real de la Jara (All services)

Km 29,5: Camping Tentudía

Km 34,5: Monesterio (All services)

Via de la Plata Stage 4

21,6 km – 1 albergue

Km 0: Monesterio (All services)

Km 10,7: El Cerrillo

Km 17,4: Villa Camino de Santiago

Km 21,6: Fuente de Cantos (All services)

Via de la Plata Stage 5

24,6 km – 4 albergues

Km 0: Fuente de Cantos (All services)

Km 6: Calzadilla de los Barros (Albergue outside the village, Hostal, Bars, Shops ATM, Pharmacy, Info centre)

Km 20,3: La Puebla de Sancho Pérez (Albergue, Hostal, Bars, Shops ATM, Pharmacy, Info centre)

Km 24,6: Zafra (All services)

Via de la Plata Stage 6

36,7 km – 5 albergues

Km 0: Zafra (All services)

Km 3,9: Los Santos de Maimona (All services)

Km 19: Villafranca de los Barros (All services)

Km 36,7: Almendralejo (All services)

Via de la Plata Stage 7

29,6 km – 3 albergues

Km 0: Almendralejo (All services)

Km 14: Torremejía (All services)

Km 29,6: Mérida (All services)

Via de la Plata Stage 8

36 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Mérida (All services)

Km 13,1: El Carrascalejo (All services)

Km 15,9: Aljucén (Albergue, Bars, Shops, Pharmacy, Spa)

Km 36: Alcuéscar (All services)

Via de la Plata Stage 9

25,7 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Alcuéscar (All services)

Km 7,8: Casas de Don Antonio (Bar, Shop, Pharmacy)

Km 14,5: Aldea del Cano (Albergue, Bar, Shop, Pharmacy)

Km 25,7: Valdesalor (Albergue, Bar, Shop, Info center)

Via de la Plata Stage 10

22,8 km – 3 albergues

Km 0: Valdesalor (Albergue, Bar, Shop, Info center)

Km 11,6: Cáceres (All services)

Km 22,8: Casar de Cáceres (All services)

Via de la Plata Stage 11

33,2 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Casar de Cáceres (All services)

Km 21,7: Albergue del Embalse de Alcántara (CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)

Km 33,2: Cañaveral (Albergue, Hostals, Bars, Shop, ATM, Pharmacy, Info center)

Via de la Plata Stage 12

28 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Cañaveral (Albergue, Hostals, Bars, Shop, ATM, Pharmacy, Info center)

Km 7,8: Grimaldo (Albergue, Rural house, Bar)

Follow the indication arrows to Riolobos, this is an alternative route created by the Association of Friends of the Camino de Santiago of Sevilla to solve the problem of not being able to cross a private area (the owner won in court… can you believe it…). The sign will say ‘Camino de Santiago, Riolobos – 4 km’.

Riolobos (All services, Rural house with special price for pilgrims)

Km 28: Galisteo (All services)

Via de la Plata Stage 13

29,5 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Galisteo (All services)

Km 5,3: Aldehuela del Jerte (Bar en el Hogar del Pensionista)

Km 10,2: Carcaboso (All services)

Km 23,3: Carretera de Oliva de Plasencia (Rural house Vía Cáparra at more than 6km)

Km 29,5: Cáparra (Info center)

Via de la Plata Stage 14

28,5 km – 3 albergues

Km 0: Cáparra (Info center)

Km 19,2: Aldeanueva del Camino (All services)

Km 28,5: Baños de Montemayor (All services)

Via de la Plata Stage 15

32,9 km – 6 albergues

Km 0: Baños de Montemayor (All services)

Km 12,7: Calzada de Béjar (Albergue, Bar)

Km 21,7: Valverde de Valdelacasa (Albergues, Bar)

Km 25: Valdelacasa (Bars, Shops, Pilgrim’s Inn – Pousada del Peregrino)

Km 32,9: Fuenterroble de Salvatierra (Albergue, Rural house, Bars, Shops)

Via de la Plata Stage 16

28 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Fuenterroble de Salvatierra (Albergue, Rural house, Bars, Shops)

Km 28: San Pedro de Rozados (Albergues, Rural Tourism Center, Bars, Shop, Bakery, Pharmacy)

Via de la Plata Stage 17

23,4 km – 4 albergues

Km 0: San Pedro de Rozados (Albergues, Rural Tourism Center, Bars, Shop, Bakery, Pharmacy)

Km 4,1: Morille (Albergue, Rural house, Bar, Shop)

Km 10,8: Aldeanueva

Km 14: Miranda de Azán

Km 23,4: Salamanca (All services)

Via de la Plata Stage 18

35 km – 3 albergues

Km 0: Salamanca (All services)

Km 6,1: Aldeaseca de Armuña (Bar, Shop)

Km 11,1: Castellanos de Villiquera (Bar, Shop, Pharmacy)

Km 15,1: Calzada de Valdunciel (All services)

Km 35: El Cubo de la Tierra del Vino (Albergues, Bar, Shop, Pharmacy)

Via de la Plata Stage 19

31,6 km – 3 albergues

Km 0: El Cubo de la Tierra del Vino (Albergues, Bar, Shop, Pharmacy)

Km 13,5: Villanueva del Campeán (Albergues, Rural Inn, Bar)

Km 31,6: Zamora (All services)

Via de la Plata Stage 20

18,5 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Zamora (All services)

Km 7: Roales del Pan (Inn, Bar, Shop, Pharmacy)

Km 18,5: Montamarta (Albergue, Bar, Shop, Pharmacy)

Via de la Plata Stage 21

22,7 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Montamarta (Albergue, Bar, Shop, Pharmacy)

Km 12,5: Fontanillas de Castro (Inn, Bar, Shop in the Gas station)

Km 16,2: Riego del Camino (Albergue, Bar, Shop)

Km 22,7: Granja de Moreruela (Albergue, Bar, Shop)

From here, you may choose to take the Camino Sanabrés, or continue on to Astorga to take the Camino Francés.  Another option would be to find your way to Ponferrada and do the Camino de Invierno – also a very nice alternative to the last part of the French Way.

Via de la Plata Stage 22

25,5 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Granja de Moreruela (Albergue, Bar, Shop)

Km 8,5: Santovenia del Esla (Bar, Shops)

Km 14: Villaveza del Agua (Bar, Shop)

Km 16,5: Barcial del Barco (Albergue, Bar)

Km 22: Villanueva de Azoague (Bar)

Km 25,5: Benavente (All services)

Via de la Plata Stage 23

22,1 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Benavente (All services)

Km 7,5: Villabrázaro (Albergue, Bar, Shop, Pharmacy)

Km 16: Maire de Castroponce (Bar)

Km 22,1: Alija del Infantado (Albergue, Bars, Shops, Pharmacy, ATM)

Via de la Plata Stage 24

20,5 km – 1 albergue

Km 0: Alija del Infantado (Albergue, Bars, Shops, Pharmacy, ATM)

Km 8,3: Quintana del Marco (Bars, Shop, Pharmacy)

Km 20,5: La Bañeza (All services)

Via de la Plata Stage 25

24,2 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: La Bañeza (All services)

Km 6: Palacios de Valduerna (Bar, Shop)

Km 20,5: Celada de la Vega (Bar, Shop)

Km 24,2: Astorga (All services)

Via de la Plata Stage 26

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