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A detailed guide to the Via de la Plata, Camino de Santiago

The Via de la Plata or the Silver Route is considered to be the toughest Camino de Santiago route in Spain due to its distance, over 1000 km, lengthy walking levels with little amenities in between and very scorching weather in summer time months. The Via crosses 4 Spanish regions; Andalusia, Extremadura, Casilla y Leon, and Galicia. The route presents an amazing mixture of lovely countryside surroundings, spectacular Roman ruins, and spectacular medieval cities and towns.

Want to find out about the Via de la Plata

The Silver Route is the longest out of well-established Camino routes in Spain.

It’s the least walked route only about 3% of all the pilgrims arriving in Santiago de Compostela come from the Via de la Plata.

Like on some other Camino route you’ll want a Credential (a pilgrim’s passport) to have the ability to keep in public albergues and to get the Compostela at the finish of the Camino in Santiago.

In accordance to the new guidelines, pilgrims coming from any Camino have to acquire two stamps per day for the final 100 km, I’m fairly assured in the event you full the Via de la Plata and don’t have two stamps for the final couple of days you’ll nonetheless get you Compostela, it’s simply something to consider.

Supermarkets and outlets are closed on Sundays and public holidays, restaurants and bars are your only food choices for nowadays.

Having an area SIM card is sort of useful in case you want to e-book accommodation or use online maps.

Though the route is sort of flat the first part of it from Guillena to Villafranca de los Barros has many ascents and descents one thing we didn’t actually anticipate to discover here.

Plaza de España, Seville, Spain

Greatest time for walking the Silver Route

Let’s begin with the worst time as a result of in contrast to with the other Camino routes, summer time is the worst time to stroll the Via de la Plata and not because it gets too busy like the French or the Portuguese route but as a result of it gets extremely scorching here. July and August are the worst months, 40°C-45°C, no shade to disguise on the route, no rain, clear skies, nowhere to get water on the means (typically you walk 20-25 km by means of nothing), and burning solar. All deadly instances on this route have been in these months due to warmth strokes or exhaustion.

June and September are an in depth call as properly it does get scorching and it’s sunny most of the time but by far not as scorching as in July and August.

Our favourite time for touring the south of Spain is spring, I’d say April and Might are the greatest months for this a part of the nation; it’s heat however not scorching, not a lot rain, fields are coated in flowers, the space could be very green, the air is recent. Weatherwise October is shut to these two months just not flowers.

As for strolling the Via de la Plata offseason, November – March, it may be a good idea if you would like to make sure that it’s not going to be scorching however it may rain quite a bit in January, February, March (the rainest one) and you may feel a bit lonely as there can be very few pilgrims on the route.

From what we’ve heard from the hospitaleros (hosts) on the Via de la Plata April is often the busiest month with the most pilgrims on the route however even in this busiest time, you in all probability will get fewer individuals right here than on the French route low season.

Natural park Sierra Norte in spring, walking the Via de la PlataPure park Sierra Norte, end of April the greenest time for the Via de la Plata.

Via de la Plata value

Lodging. Public albergues on this route are costlier than on the other Camino routes we´ve walked. Often, we paid 5€-6€, typically 7€ per mattress, here the commonplace worth was 10€. From Seville to Mérida we received only one albergue for a donation and one for Eight€, the rest have been 10€. Personal albergues/hostels value about the similar, between 10€ and 12€.

Meals. A advantage of this route that every city we stopped had a least a small shop however often there was a supermarket we might make our own food. Simply keep in mind that here like in the remainder of Spain supermarkets are closed on Sundays and public holidays, plus they’re closed for a siesta in the center of the day, often someplace between 2 pm and 5 pm. Costs in supermarkets listed here are comparable to the remainder of Spain in the event you buy food for two meals it’ll value you between 6€ and eight€ per individual relying on what you buy, in fact.

Eating out. Conventional Menu del Día (a set menu with first, principal, drink, break and occasional/dessert) for about 10€ is sort of widespread right here. A cup of coffee and a sandwich with Jamón or cheese and tomato (Tostada) value about 2,5€ we stopped quite often for those. The espresso right here is sweet and low cost, Americano costs less than 1€, Cafe con Leche (Cappuccino) about 1,2€. A beer or a glass of wine (low cost wine) in a bar is about 1€, it often comes with chips, olives or peanuts.

Transport. To get to Seville, the start line of the route you’ll be able to take a bus or a practice from Madrid or different cities/towns in Spain or Portugal. A bus from Madrid to Seville costs from 25€ the journey takes 6h30min., examine the Socibus web site. A practice (velocity practice) – from 38€, it takes 2h50min, you should purchase tickets on-line on the RENFE website.

Our price range break down (9 days, 2 individuals)

We stayed in dormitories in private and non-private albergues, only one night time in a personal room in a lodge, purchased meals in supermarkets (most of the time), often stopped for breakfast and for espresso (one to two occasions a day), a couple of occasions went out for a beer or wine.

  • Accommodation – 192€
  • Consuming out (food, beer, wine) – 111€
  • Purchasing (food) – 90€
  • Transport (bus Madrid – Seville) – 50€
  • Espresso – 20€
  • Laundry – 5€

Complete: 468€ or 26€ per individual per day.

Acueducto de los Milagros, Mérida, the Silver Route of the Camino de SantiagoAlya at the Acueducto de los Milagros in Mérida, our final stop on the Via de la Plata

Packing record for the Camino

Yow will discover a detailed Camino de Santiago packing record for women and men for different seasons on this submit.

Detailed packing listing for the Camino de Santiago

How troublesome is Via de la Plata compared to the different Camino routes

We’ve walked 6 Camino de Santiago routes and I’d say judging on the first part of the Via de la Plata it’s undoubtedly harder and the most important cause is lengthy distances between towns and villages which suggests you have got to carry numerous water and some snacks or meals with. There are not any steep ascents or descents on this route like on the Camino Primitivo or the Northern Method, however lengthy distances, both every day and complete distance, combined with little infrastructure in between and high temperatures even off-season make the Via de la Plata a really difficult Camino.

Any long trekking/walking route is challenging because it takes many days or even weeks to full, however when it’s greater than 1000 km it will get actually lengthy. Psychologically it was quite troublesome for us when after strolling for 9 days we arrived in Mérida and saw on the wall in the albergue “distance to Santiago 800 km”! and it wasn’t our first lengthy Camino route we’d already walked the Portuguese Camino from Lisbon and the Camino del Norte from Irún.

About long levels and strolling by means of nothing we heard quite a bit nevertheless it was type of troublesome to imagine as we had days on the different Camino routes but here from the very starting you walk for 20-25 km, typically even more, with literally nothing on the approach, not even a place to refill your water bottles! We all the time cease quite a bit for espresso on the different Camin routes, it provides you a break, it diversifies the walk but on the Via de la Plata some days you simply walk with no different choice to cease than to sit down on the grass or underneath a tree in the fields.

As for individuals, we met on the route most of them walked multiple other Camino route however there were some pilgrims for whom it was their first Camin or an extended stroll ever but most of them didn’t plan to stroll the entire route and finished in Mérida. Should you actually need to stroll this route and have by no means walked the Camino earlier than you can do the similar begin walking and see how far you get and when you don’t feel like strolling anymore, cease there and continue it the next time. We’re going do precisely this we ran out of visa time (as we spent a number of time walking the Caminos and some other routes in Spain and Portugal in the final yr) so we stopped in Mérida and will continue the stroll someday subsequent yr.

Castilblanco de los Arroyos, Andalusia, Via de la Plata, SpainCastilblanco de los Arroyos, a typical city in Andalusia on the Via de la Plata

Travel insurance coverage for the Camino

Strolling like some other outside activity includes a danger of getting an damage or dropping some of your gear. It’s all the time beneficial to have travel insurance. The Via de la Plata is just not an exclusion, it’s not a particularly troublesome trek however it’s a really lengthy and challenging route small injuries and traumas are quite frequent. It’s good to know that your insurance will cowl you in case of any unpredictable emergency be it an damage, gear loss or gadget break down.

World Nomads insurance company operates throughout the world, they’ve special packages for passionate walkers. It doesn’t matter where you reside or where you’re at the second, it takes lower than 2 minutes to get a quote and you should purchase it online even in case you are already touring. We advise all the time to read the small print and ensure you buy the right coverage.

Observe! In case you have a European Health Insurance coverage card you don’t want any further medical insurance coverage for Spain.

We’ve walked solely 9 first levels on the Via de la Plata, from Seville to Mérida, right here you will discover a detailed itinerary for today. We’re planning to end the route subsequent yr and will update the publish after that.

Via de la Plata (Seville to Mérida half) information

  • Complete distance – 214 km
  • Time required – Eight-10 days
  • Start line – Seville
  • Finishing point – Mérida
  • Complete ascent (in 9 days) – 2976 m
  • Complete descent – 2766 m
  • Walking floor – principally gravel street – 160 km, asphalt – 54 km
  • Route marking – yellow shells and arrows
  • Average value – 26€ per individual
  • Lodging – public and private albergues, inns

Day zero. Seville

Seville is a wonderful city with quite a bit to see and to do, spending right here a couple of days before starting the Camino is a superb concept. My favorite time spending in Seville is sitting in certainly one of the road eating places near the Cathedral with a glass of wine and a few totally different tapas whereas having fun with the sun and delightful metropolis architecture.

Issues not to miss in the city; Plaza de España, Royal Alcázar, Cathedral, La Giralda, Torre de Oro, Parque de María Luisa, Santa Cruz barrio (neighborhood), Triana neighborhood, Plaza de Toros, Casa de Pilatos.

Really helpful tours and activities in Seville

Notice! Be sure to arrive right here not during the Semana Santa (Holy Week, every week before Easter), it will get crazy busy right here, troublesome to find lodging, bus, and practice tickets are bought out, hundreds of tourists, and so on. Seville is legendary for the celebration it’s a prime vacation spot to come for Easter holiday in Europe.

Santa Cruz neighborhood, Seville, SpainSanta Cruz neighborhood from La Giralda (the bell tower), Seville

Lodging in Seville

There isn’t any public albergue in Seville there are a number of hostels a few of them are referred to as albergues but they don’t seem to be solely for pilgrims anyone can stay there.

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Day 1. Seville – Guillena, 23 km*

  • Time – 4h45min.
  • Walking on the street – three km
  • Walking on asphalt – 10 km
  • Ascent – 158 m
  • Descent – 124 m
  • Problem degree – 2 out of 5

*All day by day distances are from albergue to albergue.

Day 1 elevation profile, Via de la Plata, Camino de SantiagoElevation profile Day 1 Seville – Guillena

The stroll starts from the cathedral in Seville, there are a few yellow arrows and a shell at the nook of Avenida de la Conctitución and Calle García de Vinuesa. To our shock it was quite straightforward and quick to walk out of the metropolis, it took us about 30 min. and we didn’t undergo any industrial or residential areas of the metropolis. Most of the day the route went via the fields however there was an unpleasant walking on the street for about three km after Santiponce.

Santiponce is the only town on the approach, it’s about 9 km from Seville and it’s value stopping right here and visiting the famous Roman ruins; the Roman Therms and the Roman Amphitheatre. The Amphitheater, by the approach, was featured in season 7 of Recreation of Thrones as the Dragonpit. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go to them as a result of it was closed on Monday. For extra info on the ruins of Italica and opening hours visit the official web site.

Gravel road and fields. scenery on the Silver Route of the Camino Typical scenery on the first couple of days on the Camino

If you’d like to go to both ruins I’d recommend to go first to the Roman Theatre and from there to the Therms as you possibly can stroll by way of the Archaeological park and exit on the different aspect of it right on the Camino.

If you need to stop for lunch Santiponce is the solely place on the means, don’t overlook to refill your water there can be nowhere to do it until Guillena.

Highlights

  • Beautiful Gothic cathedral of Seville
  • Triana district in Seville
  • The Roman ruins of Italica, Santiponce

Challenges

  • three km of strolling on the street after Santiponce
  • No places to stop or to refill water between Santiponce and Guillena, for 13 km

Guillena

A small town with good infrastructure though we have been right here on Sunday and every thing was closed.

Albergue Luz del Camino

The Public albergue costs the similar we got here throughout the personal one first, the woman in charge was very good and pleasant so we decided to stay here. The albergue is good, clear and cozy. They struggle to give pilgrims extra privacy we acquired a dormitory just for us though there were beds obtainable in the other dorms. Worth 10€  per individual, 12€ with breakfast.

Day 2. Guillena – Castilblanco de los Arroyos, 18 km

  • Time – 4h12min.
  • Strolling on the street – zero km but the last three km are on the footpath subsequent to the street
  • Walking on asphalt – 2 km
  • Ascent – 386 m
  • Descent – 91 m
  • Problem degree – 2 out of 5

Day 2 elevation profile, Via de la Plata, SpainElevation profile Day 2 Guillena – Castilbalnco de los Arroyos

We didn’t pay for breakfast in the albergue we stopped on the method at one among the locals bars S.C.A. Kibarpe, subsequent to the supermarket Dia, they have good coffee and sandwiches, we paid 5 Euro for both.

It was a relatively brief and straightforward strolling day with a slight ascend about 386 m all through the day. In the starting, you stroll by means of Guillena city until the bridge, then cross the bridge after that turn proper, away from the street, there will probably be a Camino sign. The route by way of the city shouldn’t be marked very properly, here and there you see an arrow however it’s not troublesome you principally just comply with the essential road from the albergue all the approach out.

At about three km after crossing the street you get to a really muddy path by way of the olive tree plantations. At about 8 km a gorgeous forest substitutes the plantations. There are not any villages on the method no places to stop for espresso or food. At 10 km there is a place to refill water you gained’t miss it there’s a massive signal on the righthand aspect. The last 3 km before Castilblanco are on the footpath alongside the street.

A lot of mud on the Camino Via de la PlataKilograms of mud on Alya’s footwear, the starting of day 2 on the Via de la Plata

Highlights

  • Strolling via the forest and the fields
  • Castilblanco – a comfortable white town with a nice church and lots of starks around it.
  • Communal dinner at the albergue

Challenges

  • A very muddy and slippery path between 3 km and 5 km
  • Nothing between Guillena and Castilblanco

Castilblanco de los Arroyos

A good small city a number of bars and restaurants on the foremost road and a fantastic church with many storks’ nests on the roof.

Albergue de peregrinos de Castilblanco

Situated at the entrance to the town, next to the petrol station. The albergue is good however quite small, there are only 18 beds and two loos. People who arrived later had to stay in a personal albergue. Worth – donation. The Italian couple that was volunteering there made a communal dinner (three,5€ per individual), it was nice to sit at the similar desk with other pilgrims and get to know one another proper at the starting of the Camino.

Day 3. Castilblanco de los Arroyos – Almadén de la Plata, 28,7 km

  • Time – 6h.
  • Strolling on the street – 16,5 km
  • Strolling on asphalt – 16,5 km
  • Ascent – 649 m
  • Descent – 521 m
  • Problem degree – 3 out of 5

Day 3 elevation profile, Via de la PlataElevation profile Day three Castilblanco de los Arroyos – Almadén de la Plata

I’d recommend ensuring you might have enough water earlier than you allow Castilblanco as well as to take some snacks with and to have breakfast in the town earlier than you allow. There’s actually nothing on the means; no place to refill water, no place to purchase meals until you reach Almadén de la Plata.

It was quite an extended day of strolling. The primary part was on the street after an hour or so it acquired fairly monotonous nevertheless it wasn’t as dangerous as we thought, the street was not very busy. The second part, after 16,5 km, is thru Pure Park Sierra Norte. The scenery in the park is beautiful; green hills, timber, many flowers (in spring) and a few smallish rivers. Unfortunately, we couldn’t actually take pleasure in the surroundings as it was raining non stop all the time we have been in the park.

Road walking on the 3rd day of the Via de la PlataA long stretch of street in the beginning of the third day on the Via de la Plata

Highlights

  • Natural Park Sierra Norte

Challenges

  • Strolling on the street for the first 16,5 km
  • No place to cease for meals or water for 28 km
  • Steep however not long ascent just earlier than Almadén de la Plata

Almadén de la Plata

This city is smaller than Castilblanco, it has a couple of restaurants and outlets, a square with a church and a Jamon manufacturing unit.

Albergue Casa Clara

We have been planning to stay in the municipal one and even went there however didn’t like the location an excessive amount of it’s far from the outlets and restaurants so we went back to the personal albergue that has a restaurant and situated on the major sq., near the grocery store, and right on the Camino. Worth 12€ pp. per bed or 20 Euro with Menu del Dia (complete lunch). The public albergue costs 10 Euro so not an enormous distinction. Casa Clara is a small albergue with solely two rooms with 4 beds every more like a shared condominium than the albergue.

Day four. Almaden de la Plata – Monesterio, 35 km

  • Time – 7h45min.
  • Walking on the street – 2 km brief bit here and there on the final Eight km
  • Strolling on the asphalt – four km by way of the towns and slightly bit alongside the street
  • Ascent – 850 m
  • Descent – 575 m
  • Problem degree – four out of 5 it was an extended walking day

Day 4 elevation profile, the Silver Route of the Camino de SantiagoElevation profile Day four Almadén de la Plata – Monesterio

Choice! For those who assume strolling 35 km in at some point is an excessive amount of you possibly can all the time cut up this present day into two; walk 13,5 km to Actual de la Jara and the next day 21 km to Monasterio.

A second lengthy day in a uncooked, most pilgrims we started with walked 13 km and stayed in Actual de la Jara, many people cut up this present day into two. At the starting of the day, we continued walking by way of Pure Park Sierra Norte with lovely surroundings and lots of smallish ups and downs.

Luckily, immediately there are two stops on the route so you’ll be able to put down your backpack and sit down, drink coffee, eat something and refill your water. At Actual de la Jara you allow the region of Andalusia and enter Extremadura.

The last Eight km are subsequent to the street totally on the footpath crossing the street here and there.

A castle ruins, Via de la PlataRuins of the citadel simply after El Actual de la Jarra on the border between Andalusia and Extremadura

Highlights

  • A lovely walk via the countryside and forest
  • The fort in El Real de la Jara

Challenges

  • A lengthy walking day, 35 km and it did feel long and tiring.

Monesterio

Don’t be confused by the identify, the precise monastery is 5 km outdoors the town you gained’t see it until you walk there or take a taxi. The town itself is sort of huge compared to most cities on the Via de la Plata.

Albergue Las Moreras

We stayed in the municipal albergue Las Moreras, it’s situated a bit away from the town middle however close to the grocery store and a few bars/restaurants. The rooms are small, only two beds which is nice we had our own room. There is a toilet for each two rooms which is one other great point as you don’t have to share one bathe/rest room with 10 other individuals. Fellow pilgrims stayed in albergue Parroquial de Monesterio and really appreciated it as nicely, it seems to be like both albergues in Monesterio are great, each cost 10€ pp.

Day 5. Monesterio – Fuente de Cantos, 20,6 km

  • Time – 4h20min.
  • Walking on the street – zero km
  • Strolling on the asphalt – 2 km by means of the cities
  • Ascent – 291 m
  • Descent – 432 m
  • Problem degree – 2 out of 5

Day 5 elevation profile, Via de la Plata, SpainElevation profile Day 5 Monesterio – Fuente de Cantos

We started the day quite late, it took us about 10 min. to walk out of the town, at the exit there’s a restaurant that opens at 7 am, they have espresso or scorching chocolate with churros for 1,5 Euro. Be sure that to have enough water with there shall be nothing on the approach. The walk was straightforward and good with mild ups and downs, by means of a very quiet countryside with olive tree plantations, wheat fields, cows, sheep, and so on. removed from the street and another disturbing noises.

Highlights

  • Very peaceable area with no individuals, automobiles, homes only fields and nature.

Challenges

  • Nothing on the approach for 20 km you have got to carry sufficient water with for the entire day.

Fuente de Cantos

A cozy little white city with a small square and a church on it and slender cobblestone streets.

Lodge El Zaguán de la Plata

A tremendous previous house with a number of rooms, a stunning backyard, a swimming pool, and an superior shower – one among our favourite places on the Camino. Worth 15€ per individual for private, 12€ per mattress in a dormitory.

Day 6. Fuente de Cantos – Zafra, 24,7 km

  • Time – 5h15min.
  • Strolling on the street – 0 km
  • Walking on the asphalt – last 4 km to Zafra
  • Ascent – 212 m
  • Descent – 288 m
  • Problem degree – 2 out of 5

Day 6 elevation profile, Camino de SantiagoElevation profile Day 6 Fuente de Cantos – Zafra

It was a simple walking day by means of the countryside most of the time ensure to have enough water with from 6 km to 20 km there’s nothing on the means except a shelter at 15 km the place you’ll be able to cease and relaxation, drink water or eat one thing.

Highlights

Peaceable surroundings; olive tree plantations, vineyards, pasture fields, and so forth.

The historical middle of Zafra; Plaza Grande, Plaza Chica, Convento de Santa Clara. For those who’ve occurred to be here on weekend undoubtedly go to considered one of the squares and drink a glass of wine or beer, there are lots of eating places and bars here, on weekends they are filled with locals, it has a terrific vacation vibe.

Alya in a wheat field on Vie de la Plata CaminoInfinite wheat fields on the Via de la Plata in Extremadura

Challenges

  • 14 km in the middle of the day with nothing on the approach

Zafra

It’s more of a metropolis place, much greater than different stops on the approach. The historical part of Zafra is very nice; cobblestone streets, two lovely squares, a cathedral, a fortress, and a number of other smallish parks.

Albergue Vicente Van Gogh

It’s the solely albergue in the city (there was another one Albergue Convento de San Francisco however it was closed in 2018), the place is good and spacious, it´s situated close to the historic middle, outlets, restaurants and proper on the Camino. Worth 12€ pp. including breakfast. The owner was a bit obsessive about the whole lot being the means he needs or used to however it´s manageable. Breakfast wasn´t superb we stopped on the method for a proper espresso with a Tostada.

Day 7. Zafra – Villafranca de los Barros, 20,5 km

  • Time – 4h20min.
  • Walking on the street – 400 m
  • Strolling on asphalt – 8 km; first 7 km from Zafra and last 1 km to
  • Ascent – 246 m
  • Descent – 339 m
  • Problem degree – 1 out of 5 a short and straightforward strolling day

Day7 elevation profile, Via de la PlataElevation profile Day 7 Zafra – Villafranca de los Barros

It was a simple strolling day except the very starting, the route by way of Zafra is just not marked very nicely, everyone acquired a bit lost (we left first and stopped at a bar for breakfast and could see different fellow pilgrims wandering around in quest of yellow arrows), in the finish, we had to ask locals. We adopted the arrows till the Plaza Grande after which lost them, the similar happened to everyone. I’d recommend once you’re on the Sq. ask around will point you the proper method. You stroll out of the town following Calle San Francisco you’ll find it on the map.

The rest of the day was very comparable to the earlier two walking days. After four,5 km there is a small city the place you possibly can cease for coffee, it’s the only cease on the route.

Highlights

  • Cathedral and cobblestone streets of Los Santos de Maimona
  • Olive tree plantations and vineyards

Challenges

Nothing on the approach for 15 km between Los Santos de Maimona and Villafranca de los Barros, be certain that to carry enough water with the route goes by way of the fields with no shadow.

Villafranca de los Barros

A typical town with the important square a couple of churches and lots of restaurants and bars. We have been right here on Sunday every part was closed even eating places didn´t serve food between four pm and eight.30 pm because kitchens are closed presently of the day.

Albergue Las Caballeras

It’s proper at the entrance to the city, most of the different pilgrims walked on to Albergue Carmen (10€ pp.), we paid 12€ per individual per mattress. Tip! When you’re a couple ask for a double bed there’s one on the higher flooring you get more privacy.

Day 8. Villafranca de los Barros – Torremejía, 27,5 km

  • Time – 5h24min.
  • Strolling on the street – 0 m
  • Walking on the asphalt – 3 km in the towns
  • Ascent – 105 m
  • Descent – 221 m
  • Problem degree – 3 out of 5, an extended walking day with no locations to stop for food or water

Day 8 elevation profile, the Silver route, Camino de SantiagoElevation profile Day Eight Villafranca de los Barros – Torremejía

Notice! There’s a town Almendralejo about half method with a couple of resorts nevertheless it’s 4 km off the route in order to get there and then back on the Camino you’ll have to walk Eight km additional.

The walk wasn’t troublesome however it’s quite lengthy we’d strongly advocate beginning strolling early in order to skip the noon heat. We walked the Via de la Plata at the finish of April and it was already fairly scorching after 10 am. Be sure to have sufficient water to final you the entire day there can be no place to refill it. The surroundings was very comparable to the earlier days; vineyards, olive timber, fields and not much else.

Highlights

  • Lovely dawn on the means out of the town (if start early sufficient).
  • Vineyards and olive tree plantations, to be trustworthy after a few days this scenery began to get fairly monotonous.

Challenges

  • Quite lengthy distance with no places to stop or to refill water on the method.

Torremejía

One other small white city with a few inns, one albergue, restaurants, and supermarkets.

Albergue Rojo Plata

The only price range place to keep in the city, good place with a number of rooms with bunk beds however just one bathe/rest room for men and one for ladies so if it’s full you’ll have to wait in the queue. Worth 12€ per bed or 22€ together with lunch or dinner and breakfast. The situation is sort of good, on the route, shut to the grocery store and restaurants.

Day 9. Torremejía – Merida, 15,6 km

  • Time – 3h10min.
  • Strolling on the street – 2 km
  • Walking on the asphalt – 5 km
  • Ascend – 79 m
  • Descend – 175 m
  • Problem degree – 1 out of 5, brief and straightforward strolling day

Day 9 elevation profile, Via de la PlataElevation profile Day 9 Torremejía – Mérida

To stroll out of the city you possibly can go left from the albergue and comply with the gravel street for somewhat bit or go proper in the direction of the restaurant and comply with the street, both routes be a part of after about 500 m. It wasn’t the most lovely strolling day, the first half was alongside the street, typically on the street, the second half previous some kind of industrial space or factories. And once more nowhere to cease on the method we’d advocate to have breakfast in Torremejía and carry enough water.

Highlights

  • The Roman bridge at the entrance to Merida
  • Several Roman ruins in Merida; aqueduct Los Milagros, Roman Theatre and Amphitheatre, Circo Romano, Alcazaba.

Challenges

  • at the beginning of the day 2 km of strolling on the street out of 7 km of walking next to the street.

The Puente Romano, Mérida, Via de la PlataThe Puente Romano, an previous Roman bridge at the entrance to Mérida

Merida

It’s a World Heritage city with several impressive Roman sights. In case you have time I’d recommend to cease here for 2 days if not attempt to start strolling early in the morning in order to have more time to discover the city. We stayed for two nights right here; first night time at the municipal albergue Molino de Pancaliente and second in a guest home. Merida appears to be quite a well-liked place to start the Camino there are more pilgrims here than in the previous cities on the approach. It’s one more reason to start earlier to get a spot in the albergue, there are only 16 beds and it’s the only finances lodging in the city. Like in another public albergue you’ll be able to stay here just for one night time.

Albergue de peregrinos Molino de Pancaliente

It’s the least expensive albergue we acquired on the entire means (besides the donation one) and it was quite primary, the only albergue we stayed on this route that didn’t have wi-fi, blankets, and something in the kitchen. Worth Eight€.

We completed the Via de la Plata in Mérida the place we stayed for two days so as to have time to explore the Roman ruins. From here we went to Portugal the place we spent two weeks strolling the Rota Vicentina. We’re planning to end this Camino route subsequent yr and stroll from Mérida all the method to Santiago de Compostela.

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