Vía de la Plata Map 4

Vía de la Plata Map 4
8.40km → Monesterio
To end of camino: 
879.90
Altitude: 
520

24h truck stop and road interchange between the A-66 and the N-630, named for the small river here. To your right is the rather bizarre looking Iglesia de San Isidro.

The Road: 

From the truck-stop, the camino navigates around a pair of heavily trafficked roundabouts to pass beneath the A-66. From there if follows adjacent to the N-630 all the way into Monesterio.

Accommodation in El Culebrín

Photo of El Culebrín on the Camino de Santiago
13.20km → Arroyo del Bodión
To end of camino: 
871.50
Altitude: 
755

The streets of Monesterio are paved with cured ham. The monesterienses celebrate the día del jamón, and the local town hall has built a wonderful, incredibly informative, and free museum in its honor. Make time to go and you will get the inside scoop on where to find the best jamón tasting spots in town.

Notice: 

A new type of trail marker appears for the first time near Monesterio. It is a square bollard which depicts a Roman arch and pathway, is painted with two colored stripes, and is meant to indicate that you are following along a Roman road.

WARNING: The road beyond...

The Road: 

The camino through Monesterio keeps along the N-630 but there are a few arrows which direct you left and into the town and the municipal albergue. At the far end of town, the camino leaves the N-630 by turning left just after the football field.

This stretch of the camino is poorly...

Accommodation in Monesterio

Municipal

1

Albergue Las Moreras
Municipal
50
10€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Las Moreras
Parochial

2

Albergue parroquial de Monesterio
Parochial
12
10€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue parroquial de Monesterio
Photo of Monesterio on the Camino de Santiago
7.40km → Fuente de Cantos
To end of camino: 
858.30
Altitude: 
545
To end of camino: 
850.90
Altitude: 
585

Situated directly on the camino, the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Granada is a fine example of baroque architecture and a smart way to beat the heat while taking in a bit of culture.

The Road: 

There are as many marked routes through town as there are pilgrims to follow them, it is a bit of a mess. Follow whichever set you can find carefully and they will eventually exit the north side of town (NOT along the N-630) onto another farm track. It is level walking all the way to ...

Accommodation in Fuente de Cantos

Pension

1

Pensión Casa Vicenta
Pension
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Pensión Casa Vicenta
Hotel

2

Hotel La Fábrica
Hotel
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel La Fábrica
Apartment

3

El Zaguán de la Plata
Apartment
Booking.com

Vía de la Plata Map 5

Vía de la Plata Map 5
4.70km → Arroyo Atarja
To end of camino: 
844.50
Altitude: 
560
The Road: 

Pass straight through Calzadilla and pick up the farm track once again. It returns to the road but only for 500m before it turns left sharply away from the road to return to farm tracks all the way to Puebla de Sancho Pérez, passing the Arroyo Atarja (4.7km).

Accommodation in Calzadilla de los Barros

Municipal

1

Albergue Juvenil de Calzadilla de los Barros
Municipal
36
6€
Pension

2

Pensión Los Rodríguez
Pension
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Pensión Los Rodríguez
Photo of Calzadilla de los Barros on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
839.80
Altitude: 
495
3.30km → Zafra
To end of camino: 
830.40
Altitude: 
525
The Road: 

After passing the Plaza España and Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) the camino passes to the right of the Iglesia de Santa Lucía and heads straight to join the BA-160 out of town. It bears left after passing a gas station to follow a smaller paved road into Zafra.

Accommodation in Puebla de Sancho Pérez

Hostal

1

Hostal El Monte
Hostal
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal El Monte
Photo of Puebla de Sancho Pérez on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Puebla de Sancho Pérez on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
827.10
Altitude: 
515

The albergue Van Gogh is run by volunteers who promote the Vía de la Plata and their rooftop terrace is the perfect place to wrap up an evening of exploring the old town. 

The Museo Santa Clara (adjacent to the convent) is donativo and has a fine collection of medieval artifacts and art. 

To the north of the museum, in the heart of the old town, are the humorously named Plazas Grande and Chica. Neither are magnificent, but both are lined with tables and chairs for a late afternoon refreshment.

History: 

A whopping 221 of Zafra’s inhabitants joined Hernando de Soto on his journey to the New World in 1539. 

The Road: 

The camino through Zafra crosses most of the important landmarks. It enters town near the train station (if you arrived by train, leave the station and turn right) and follows the boulevard straight towards the Plaza España and the large Parque de la Paz. It turns left at...

Photo of Zafra on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
823.30
Altitude: 
615
8.40km → La Almazara
To end of camino: 
822.20
Altitude: 
535
Notice: 

Pack extra water when leaving Los Santos de Maimona, the next source is 15km away.

The Road: 

The arrows bring you through Los Santos, but near the albergue they are not too clear. In fact, they pass behind the albergue which sits like a walled island between two small roads. It returns to the countryside for a long (15km+) road to Villafranca.

Accommodation in Los Santos de Maimona

Pension

2

Pensión Sanse II Michey
Pension
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Pensión Sanse II Michey
Hostal

3

Hostal Rosa
Hostal
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Rosa
Photo of Los Santos de Maimona on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
813.80
Off Camino: 
0.40
Altitude: 
535

Accommodation in La Almazara

Private

1

Albergue Turístico La Almazara
Private
28
12€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Turístico La Almazara

Vía de la Plata Map 6

Vía de la Plata Map 6
To end of camino: 
807.10
Altitude: 
415

Villafranca de los Barros is a large city with all of the services you could need, including 4 albergues for pilgrims.

The Road: 

The stretch of the camino between Villafranca and Torremejía includes a long straight gravel section which is an original Roman road. It makes a few minor twists and turns but eventually heads directly into, through, and out of Torremejía.

Accommodation in Villafranca de los Barros

Photo of Villafranca de los Barros on the Camino de Santiago
12.40km → Torremejía
To end of camino: 
793.00
Altitude: 
375

The stage between Villafranca de los Barros and Torremejía 26.5km can be shortened by making a detour to the nearby city of Almendralejo. This alternate route turns left off of the camino along the long straight section of the former Roman road.

Off Camino: 
8.00
Altitude: 
340

Vía de la Plata Map 7

Vía de la Plata Map 7
15.10km → Mérida
To end of camino: 
780.60
Altitude: 
300

Most services are located on the N-630, which runs parallel to the camino two streets to the west (your left).

The Road: 

If you made your way to the N-630 while in Torremejía there is no need to retrace your steps. Follow it out of town and you will rejoin the camino which emerges from your right. If follows adjacent to the road before arrows and a bollard direct you towards a path on your right. It passes...

Accommodation in Torremejía

Private

1

Albergue Rojo Plata
Private
22
14+€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Rojo Plata
Altitude: 
205

The Puente Romano (Roman bridge) over the Río Guadiana carried cars as recently as the early 90’s before being retired to pedestrian use only. It remains the longest surviving ancient bridge and from the entrance, at the park, it is over 400m to the other side.

The Road: 

Once over the bridge the camino immediately turns left to follow a path along the river, avoiding altogether any meaningful entrance into the city of Mérida.

Photo of Río Guadiana on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
765.50
Altitude: 
210

The land where Mérida stands has been inhabited since prehistoric times, but it is the Romans who have made the most lasting impact. In 25 B.C. it was known as Emerita Augusta and together with Astorga (Asturica Augusta) it formed the original Vía de la Plata, an important route used to transport gold from the northern mines to the capital.

To see most of what Mérida has to offer, you’ll need to step off the camino after it crosses the Puente Romano. Immediately after the bridge, looming large on your right, is the Alcazaba, a 9th century Islamic...

The Road: 

The camino does not make any real entrance into the oldest parts of Mérida and with the exception of the Alcazaba (the castle at the end of the bridge) and the Acueducto de Los Milagros it avoids passing any of the most significant buildings in the city.

From the...

4.90km → Proserpina
To end of camino: 
764.00
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.

Photo of Acueducto de Los Milagros on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
759.10
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
To end of camino: 
758.60
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.

Photo of Embalse de Proserpina on the Camino de Santiago

Vía de la Plata Map 8

Vía de la Plata Map 8
2.60km → Aljucén
To end of camino: 
751.20
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 albergue. It passes beneath the A-66 before arriving at Aljucén.

Accommodation in El Carrascalejo

Municipal

1

Albergue El Carrascalejo
Municipal
24
10€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue El Carrascalejo
Photo of El Carrascalejo on the Camino de Santiago
19.20km → Alcuéscar
To end of camino: 
748.60
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

Private

1

Albergue San Andrés
Private
12
10€
Photo of Aljucén on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Aljucén on the Camino de Santiago
Off Camino: 
0.90
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

Private

1

Albergue Turístico Los Olivos
Private
9
18€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Turístico Los Olivos
Hostal

2

Hostal Canuto
Hostal
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Canuto
Photo of Detour to Cruce de Las Herrerías on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
729.40
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 Basilica. 

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

Photo of Alcuéscar on the Camino de Santiago
6.80km → Aldea del Cano
To end of camino: 
721.50
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.

Photo of Casas de Don Antonio on the Camino de Santiago

Vía de la Plata Map 9

Vía de la Plata Map 9
10.90km → Valdesalor
To end of camino: 
714.70
Off Camino: 
0.40
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
12
6€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Miliario del Verdinal
To end of camino: 
703.80
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
14
6€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de Valdesalor
6.70km → Cáceres
To end of camino: 
698.90
Altitude: 
475
10.80km → Casar de Cáceres
To end of camino: 
692.20
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/Museo de Arabe, which offers a glimpse of what life was like for a wealthy Muslim living in the 12th century. The first plaza you come to is the Plaza de San Jorge, and the church on the opposite end is the Iglesia de Preciosa Sangre (Precious Blood). The tower of the church can...

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...

Vía de la Plata Map 10

Vía de la Plata Map 10
17.80km → Río Almonte
To end of camino: 
681.40
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

Photo of Casar de Cáceres on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Casar de Cáceres on the Camino de Santiago
3.50km → Río Tajo
To end of camino: 
663.60
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 advised to check ahead.

The Road: 

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

Photo of Río Almonte on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
660.10
Altitude: 
200

Vía de la Plata Map 11

Vía de la Plata Map 11

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