The Silver Way - Camino de Santiago
Via de la Plata
Santiago de Compostela
This 1,000km route is considered one of the toughest Caminos due to its significant distance and lack of infrastructure enroute in comparison to other routes. Furthermore, temperatures in the southern region can be extremely hot, if walked in the summer months.
The ‘Silver Route’ starts from Seville and follows an old Roman road north to Galicia, with much of the route unchanged over the last two thousand years. The path is rich in Roman history as it was traditionally a trade route linking the southern port of Cadiz with mines in the Asturias mountain range.
The route traverses much of Spain and the landscape varies widely between forests, river valleys, open plains and the greenland of Galicia. There is an array of histroic buildings and Roman architecture enroute, notably the town of Salamanca listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The journey starts in Seville - although there is the option to start from the port city of Cadiz, adding another 180km to the route. The path winds northwards through Caceres and Salamanca to Zamora, before the route diverges into two options; continue on the Via de la Plata west via Ourense to Santiago, or continue north to Astorga before meeting the Camino Frances.