Vía de la Plata Map 4
8.40km → Monesterio
Altitude: 
520
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

Hotel

1

Complejo Leo 24H ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Polígono de la Encina, 14
13.20km → Arroyo del Bodión
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...

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
Ronda Segura de León, 3
50 10€
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Parochial

2

Albergue parroquial de Monesterio
Parochial
Extremadura, 218
12 10€
Hostal

3

Hostal D.P. El Pilar ⭑
Hostal
Extremadura, 221
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Hotel

4

Hotel Moya ⭑
Hotel
Extremadura, 278

5

Hotel Leo ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Extremadura, 2
7.40km → Fuente de Cantos
Altitude: 
545
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

Private

1

Albergue Convento Vía de la Plata de Fuente de Cantos
Private
Fraile
31 12€
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Pension

2

Pensión Casa Vicenta
Pension
Real, 33
Hotel

3

Hotel La Fábrica
Hotel
Real, 117
Apartment

4

El Zaguán de la Plata
Apartment
Llerena, 40
Closed

5

Hostal Extremadura
Closed
Real, 32
Vía de la Plata Map 5
4.70km → Arroyo Atarja
Altitude: 
560

The municipal albergue which was located outside of the village has closed. A replacement in town is planned but no opening has been confirmed.

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

Pension

1

Pensión Los Rodríguez
Pension
N-630, km 696
Closed

2

Albergue Juvenil de Calzadilla de los Barros
Closed
Pradera de San Isidro
40 6€
Altitude: 
495
3.30km → Zafra
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
San Antonio
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...

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...

Accommodation in Zafra

Association

1

Albergue de Peregrinos Van Gogh Zafra
Association
Estación, 17
40 12€
Hostal

2

Hostal Carmen ⭑⭑
Hostal
Estación, 9
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Hotel

3

Hotel Plaza Grande ⭑
Hotel
Plaza Grande
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4

Hotel Victoria ⭑
Hotel
Plaza de España, 8

5

Hotel Cervantes ⭑⭑
Hotel
Cervantes, 7
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Parador

6

Parador de Zafra ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Parador
Plaza Corazón de María, 7
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Closed

7

Albergue Turístico Vía de la Plata de Zafra - Convento de San Francisco
Closed
Ancha, 1
20 10€
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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

Municipal

1

Albergue Turístico Vía de la Plata de Los Santos de Maimona
Municipal
Maestrazgo
12 7€
Pension

2

Pensión Sanse II Michey
Pension
Guadiana 10
Hostal

3

Hostal Rosa
Hostal
Constitución, 38
Vía de la Plata Map 6
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

Private

1

Albergue Las Caballeras
Private
Las Caballeras, 19
12 12€

2

Albergue Extrenatura
Private
Carvajales, 2
18 10€
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3

Casa Perín
Private
Carrillo Arenas 40
12 15€

4

Albergue El Carmen
Private
Carmen 26-A
15 10€
Pension

5

Pensión La Marina
Pension
Ctra. N-630 km 665
Hotel

6

Hotel Acosta Ciudad de la Música ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Ctra. N-630 km 666
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7

Hotel Diana
Hotel
Plaza Juan Carlos I, 1
Closed

8

Albergue Tierra de Barros
Closed
Nueva, 35
12 10€
12.40km → Torremejía
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.

Altitude: 
340

Accommodation in Almendralejo

Hotel

1

Hotel Acosta Centro ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Plaza de Extremadura
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2

Hotel España ⭑⭑
Hotel
San Antonio, 77
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3

Hotel Los Ángeles ⭑⭑
Hotel
Macarena, 17
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Vía de la Plata Map 7
15.10km → Mérida
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
José de Espronceda, 23
24 12€
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Hostal

2

Hostal Milenium
Hostal
Extremadura, 56
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Closed

3

Albergue Turístico Vía de la Plata de Torremejía
Closed
Grande
23 12€
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.

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...

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...

Accommodation in Mérida

Municipal

1

Albergue Molino de Pancaliente
Municipal
José Fernández López
22 8€
Hostal

2

Hostal Senero ⭑
Hostal
Holguin, 12
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3

Hostal Anas ⭑⭑
Hostal
Reina Sofía, 9
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4

Hostal Salud
Hostal
Vespasiano, 41
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Hotel

5

Hotel Lusitania ⭑⭑
Hotel
Oviedo, 12
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6

Hotel Vettonia ⭑⭑
Hotel
Calderón de la Barca, 26
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7

Hotel Rambla Emerita ⭑⭑
Hotel
Rambla Mártir Santa Eulalia, 17
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8

Hotel Romero Mérida ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Autovia A-66 salida 630
Parador

9

Parador de Mérida ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Parador
Almendralejo, 56
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