4.90km → Proserpina
Altitude: 
210

This remarkable aqueduct once carried water into Mérida from the Embalse de Proserpina 5km away.

The Road: 

From the shadow of the aqueduct, the camino proceeds northward to a set of roundabouts. At the first roundabout it bears left, and at the second roundabout, it does the same to follow along with the Avenida del Lago to Proserpina.

Altitude: 
240

Most of Proserpina sits to the east of the camino, but there is a restaurant along the road before the embalse and a few more after it.

7.40km → El Carrascalejo
Altitude: 
245

The Roman built dam here still stands and is still in use, though no longer does it supply water to the aqueduct in Mérida.

The Road: 

The camino follows a paved road away from the embalse for 4km before turning sharply left to leave it (just before a bridge turns right). From here it follows a path for another 3.5km into El Carrascalejo.

Vía de la Plata Map 8
2.60km → Aljucén
Altitude: 
300
The bar adjacent to the church maintains irregular hours.
The Road: 

The camino climbs gently up to the village, passes counterclockwise around the church, and down the hill to the left and past the shuttered municipal albergue. It passes beneath the A-66 before arriving at Aljucén.

Accommodation in El Carrascalejo

Closed

1

Albergue Annalena​ "El Carrascalejo"
Closed
La Cuesta, sn
24 10€ Photo in Albergue Annalena​ "El Carrascalejo" on the Camino de Santiago
19.20km → Alcuéscar
Altitude: 
265

There is a shop, but the opening hours (10-14) make it impractical. Both bars do food. There are Roman baths open to the public which offers pilgrim discounts.

The Road: 

The camino follows a paved road out of town and joins the N-630 before crossing the Río Aljucén. Once over the river, it leaves the road (before the gas station) to follow a long path through the countryside.

Along the way to Alcuéscar, there are two detours. The...

Accommodation in Aljucén

Municipal

1

Albergue Annalena
Municipal
San Andrés, 23
12 10€ Photo in Albergue Annalena on the Camino de Santiago
Private

2

Albergue Río Aljucén
Private
Santiago de Compostela, 2
14 10€
Casa Rural

3

Casa Romana Aqua Libera ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Casa Rural
Cáceres 20
Photo in Casa Romana Aqua Libera on the Camino de Santiago
Closed

4

Casa Rural La Bóveda
Closed
Extremadura, 25
Photo in Casa Rural La Bóveda on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
485
Notice: 

The signage for the accommodation and restaurant at Las Herrerías is unofficial and somewhat misleading. Just know that it is a detour to the left and that the official camino and Alcuéscar are to the right. 

The Road: 

If you made this detour, follow the main road (the EX-382) in the direction of Alcuéscar.

Accommodation in Detour to Cruce de Las Herrerías

Hostal

1

Hostal Canuto
Hostal
Cruce de las Herrería

2

Hostal Los Olivos
Hostal
Ctra. N-630 Km 591
Altitude: 
455

There are no arrows in town since the camino enters along the road and leaves town at the Casa de Beficiencia. If you have the afternoon energy and have not seen the town get out there and take a stroll. If you fancy an extra 6km along a quiet road, keep an eye open for signs to the...

The Road: 

The camino leaves town at a left turn just after the albergue. It is a paved road which gives way to a dirt road to follow through the countryside to Casas de Don Antonio.

Accommodation in Alcuéscar

Private

1

Casa Peregrina
Private
Fuente la Orden, 32
7 13€
Parochial

2

Casa de Beneficiencia de los Esclavos de María y de los Pobres
Parochial
Extremadura, 2
12 Donativo€
Casa Rural

3

Casa Rural Casa Grande
Casa Rural
Travesia Doctor Huertas
6.80km → Aldea del Cano
Altitude: 
395

The camino completely bypasses the small village, you will need to step away from the marked trail to get to the small bar/shop located in the local social center.

The Road: 

Beyond Casas de Don Antonio the camino returns to the N-630 but follows a path adjacent to it. It crosses the N road and begins to veer away from Aldea del Cano.

Vía de la Plata Map 9
10.90km → Valdesalor
Altitude: 
395

Located 500m off of the camino. Ask for the key to the albergue in the bar next door (Las Vegas).

The Road: 

If you stayed in Aldea del Cano, take the road adjacent to the albergue to return to the camino. It follows country roads again, passes under the motorway, and over the Aeródromo de la Cervera. When it gets to the Río Salor take the left-most bridge straight to Valdesalor...

Accommodation in Aldea del Cano

Municipal

1

Albergue Miliario del Verdinal
Municipal
N-630
9 6€
Casa Rural

2

Casa Rural Vía de la Plata
Casa Rural
Plaza Mayor, 8
Altitude: 
390

The albergue is one of the first buildings in town, instructions for getting the key are on the door... generally located at Ayuntamiento or the Hogar de Penionista. Early morning coffee available at the gas station when leaving town.

The Road: 

The camino leaves town along the N-630 for a short distance. At the Repsol gas station, it turns towards the right to cross over the motorway. It climbs gently to the Puerto de las Camellas (4.9km). The path is soft until the suburbs of Cáceres begin.

The camino enters the...

Accommodation in Valdesalor

Municipal

1

Albergue de Valdesalor
Municipal
Valdesalor
14 6€
Closed

2

Habitaciones Casa Belén
Closed
6.70km → Cáceres
Altitude: 
475
10.80km → Casar de Cáceres
Altitude: 
445

When passing through Cáceres, go slow through the old town. It is small but is packed with the majority of the popular sites. The camino enters via the Arco del Cristo (1st century Roman), one of the few remaining gates to the original wall. Just uphill from the gate is the Casa...

The Road: 

The best landmark for exiting Cáceres is the bull ring, where the arrow visibility increases. Cross the main road at the bull ring and follow the signs to Casar de Cáceres, you will quickly find yourself leaving town along a divided collonade with trees for shade. The pedestrian...

Accommodation in Cáceres

Municipal

1

Albergue Municipal Ciudad de Cáceres
Municipal
Universidad
60 16€ Photo in Albergue Municipal Ciudad de Cáceres on the Camino de Santiago
Private

2

Albergue turístico Las Veletas
Private
General Margallo, 36
40 15€ Photo in Albergue turístico Las Veletas on the Camino de Santiago
Pension

3

Pensión El César ⭑⭑
Pension
General Margallo, 61
Photo in Pensión El César on the Camino de Santiago

4

Pensión Zurbarán
Pension
Roso de Luna, 11
Photo in Pensión Zurbarán on the Camino de Santiago
Hotel

5

Hotel Casa Don Fernando ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Plaza Mayor 30
Photo in Hotel Casa Don Fernando on the Camino de Santiago

6

Hotel Alfonso IX ⭑⭑
Hotel
Parras, 9
Photo in Hotel Alfonso IX on the Camino de Santiago

7

Hotel Don Carlos Cáceres
Hotel
Donoso Cortés 13-15
Photo in Hotel Don Carlos Cáceres on the Camino de Santiago
Parador

8

Parador de Cáceres ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Parador
Ancha, 6
Photo in Parador de Cáceres on the Camino de Santiago
Vía de la Plata Map 10
17.80km → Río Almonte
Altitude: 
365

Plenty of food choices along the camino, and opportunities for shopping as well. The local swimming pool is a good way to cool down. The Museo del Queso is small and has a bit of charm, but leaves a bit to be desired after the jamón of Monesterio.

Notice: 

PACK WATER. The camino ahead is through remote pastures with little opportunity to refill.

The Road: 

The camino leaves Casar de Cáceres along the road to the north. It almost immediately turns to dirt and continues through the countryside. Along the way, you will pass beside and through walled pastures. It is a quiet stretch of road which, when dry, is rather enjoyable. It is remote, and...

Accommodation in Casar de Cáceres

Municipal

1

Albergue Municipal de Casar de Cáceres
Municipal
Plaza de España
18 Free€
Private

2

Albergue Turistico Ruta de la Plata Casar
Private
Paseo de Extremadura
Hostal

3

Hotel Rural Vía de la Plata
Hostal
Plaza de Extremadura
Photo in Hotel Rural Vía de la Plata on the Camino de Santiago
3.50km → Río Tajo
Altitude: 
200

There is a municipal albergue down the road, it is a wonderful new building with an excellent view but also with a history of problems related to its construction which make it hard to predict if it will be open for the season.  It is included here for the sake of completeness, but you are...

The Road: 

Rejoin the camino at the road, making sure to follow the trail upwards and not the road downwards. 

Altitude: 
200
Vía de la Plata Map 11
10.80km → Cañaveral
Altitude: 
260

The albergue in Alcántara may or not be open (it has a history of construction-related problems that are being fixed). You are advised to call ahead.

The Road: 

There is a municipal albergue down the road, it is a wonderful new building with an excellent view but also with a history of problems related to its construction which make it hard to predict if it will be open for the season. It is included here for the sake of completeness, but you are...


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