Via de la Plata
Via de la Plata

Via de la Plata Pilgrimage

49 days

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Experience a life-changing self-guided walking adventure right through the heart of Spain

If you are looking for a life-changing trip, then completing the 49-day Via de la Plata may be exactly what you are looking for. Walk almost 1,000km through Spain, gaining an appreciation for the food, language, wine and culture that makes Spain such a captivating country.

The Via de la Plata is the longest Camino de Santiago route, starting in the gorgeous city of Seville. Following an ancient roman road and passing through several UNESCO world heritage sites, this epic 1000km Spanish walking holiday is a once in a lifetime adventure.

Passing through wild countryside and buzzing cities alike, you will discover roman ruins, medieval towns and ancient Islamic architecture. All your hotels will be arranged for you and your luggage will be transferred on your behalf, leaving you to focus on this epic challenge.

Highlights of the Via de la Plata Pilgrimage

Immerse yourself in the pilgrimage to Santiago as you walk nearly 1,000km through the Spanish landscape.
Discover local culture and cuisine as you savor local delicacies in sleepy villages and buzzing towns along the way.
Forge lifelong memories and friendships with fellow pilgrims on this transformative walking adventure with 1000 years of history.
Discover the changing scenery of Spain as you wander through vineyards, cross mountain ranges and pass through vibrant cities.

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Via de la Plata Pilgrimage Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Checking in to Seville

Today you will check in to the beautiful city of Seville, the capital of Andalusia and birthplace of Flamenco. You can explore the cobbled streets with their horse drawn carriages, the gorgeous cathedral or the Islamic palaces before settling down in your hotel for a good night’s sleep.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Seville
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Setting off on the Via de Plata

Setting off on the Via de Plata from Seville’s cathedral, you are about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. You can check out the Itálica Roman ruins on the trail and enjoy a peaceful walk through fields of cotton before arriving at your hotel in Guillena.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Guillena
Distance: 22 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Onward to Castilblanco de los Arroyos

You will immerse yourself in the Spanish countryside, meandering amongst olive groves and orange trees. Enjoying the shade of forest and gorgeous mountain views, the Andalusian landscapes are sure to take your breath away.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Castilblanco de los Arroyos
Distance: 19 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Walking to Almaden de la Plata

Coming away from the woodland and moving deep into ranching country, you will pass by fields of roaming cows and bulls. Keep your eyes peeled for wild deer and stop to enjoy the expansive views from the top of Cerro del Calvario.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Almaden de la Plata
Distance: 30 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 A hilly route to El Real de la Jara

Although today’s route is much shorter than the day before, prepare to challenge yourself on more difficult terrain. You will continue to pass traditional cattle ranches as you come to the edge of the Andalusian territory.
Overnight Location: Hotel in El Real de la Jara
Distance: 17 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 Moving on to Monesterio

Saying goodbye to El Real de la Jara and its beautiful 14th century castle, you will pass out of Andalusia and into Extremadura. There is plenty of wonderful architecture to admire today, from the ruins of a medieval castle to the lovely hermitage of San Isidro.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Monesterio
Distance: 21 km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 A peaceful trail to Fuente de Cantos

Moving on the Via de la Plata through the countryside of Extremadura, you will enjoy the pretty views of olive groves, fig trees and gurgling streams. After completing your first week on the trail, you will check into your hotel at Fuente de Cantos for a well-earned meal and peaceful sleep.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Fuente de Cantos
Distance: 22 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 A wild walk to Zafra

The olive groves will give way to vineyards as you head deeper into the territory of Extremadura. You can take a small detour to the Church of el Salvador if you would like to see its gothic altarpiece with Islamic architectural influences. Look out for hares, rabbits and partridges as you make your way to Zafra for the night.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Zafra
Distance: 26 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 Pushing on to Villafranca de los Barros

After taking a moment to appreciate the 15th century tower in Zafra, you will continue the trail through woodland on your way to Villafranca de los Barros. Your body will be adjusting well to the Via de la Plata, but you’ve still got a long way to go before reaching Santiago.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Villafranca de los Barros
Distance: 21 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 Heading out to Almendralejo

Growing accustomed to the vineyards and olive groves of the Spanish countryside, you will continue to enjoy the peaceful, quiet landscapes of Extremadura. You can visit the lovely hermitage of Our Lady of the Coronada, before arriving at your hotel in Almendralejo.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Almendralejo
Distance: 17 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 The roman road to Mérida

Today’s route on the Via de la Plata will follow a Roman road to the historic city of Merida. There is plenty of Roman history to explore, from the ancient bridge you take into the city to the ruins of the theatre and the famous statue of Romulus and Remo being nursed by their wolf mother.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Mérida
Distance: 26 km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 Along the lake to Aljucen

Continuing to follow the ancient road that the Romans built to connect Merida with Astorga, you will enjoy a pleasant route that winds along the reservoir and a natural lake. Enjoy the calming sound of birds and lapping water before arriving at Aljucen for the night.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Aljucen
Distance: 17 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 Through the forest to Alcuescar

Bird lovers are in for a real treat, as you pass through the home of rare species such as the Black Stork. Embraced by the shade of the Mediterranean forest you will enjoy a peaceful walk to the town of Alcuescar.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Alcuescar
Distance: 21 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 An ancient route to Aldea del Cano

Continuing through scenes of farmland and groves of olives, you will pass several historical sights like an ancient bridge and Roman milestones. Don’t forget to try some local delicacies, like Iberian ham or creamy sheep’s cheese.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Aldea del Cano
Distance: 17 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15 A hilly walk to Cáceres

Cáceres is a breathtaking city, awarded the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site. To reach it, you will have to push yourself over challenging terrain, but it will all be worth it when you reach the ancient walls of this gorgeous destination.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Cáceres
Distance: 23 km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 16 A short walk to Casar de Cáceres

Today’s route is much shorter than average, so you can take your time to appreciate all that Cáceres has to offer. As you move out of the city you will continue to walk through urban areas, before re-immersing yourself back in the countryside tomorrow.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Casar de Cáceres
Distance: 11 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17 Taking the forest paths to Canaveral

Now that the gorgeous city of Cáceres is well behind you, the route will become more peaceful once again. Enjoy the shade of forest paths as you make your way to Canaveral for a hearty meal and good night’s sleep.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Canaveral
Distance: 34 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 18 A steep climb to Galisteo

Prepare yourself for a challenging morning on the Via de la Plata as you start your day with a steep climb to Puerto de los Castaños. On arriving in Galisteo you can walk along it’s 13th century walls and visit the 12th century church of Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Galisteo
Distance: 28 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 19 Along the road to Carcaboso

After a refreshing night in your hotel, you will take a medieval bridge to cross the Jerte river. Walking along the road to Cacaboso, you will be grateful for the shade of oak trees and soothing sound of the river flowing alongside you.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Carcaboso
Distance: 11 km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 20 Through the ruins to Zarza de Granadilla

Today you will pass the ruins of Caparra, a settlement predating the Roman occupation. You will spend the night in Zarza de Granadilla, a peaceful town nestled between the rivers of Alargón and Ambroz.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Zarza de Granadilla
Distance: 27 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 21 Walking to Baños de Montemayor

As you enter your third week on the Via de la Plata, you will begin to notice your physical and psychological transformation. You can take a small detour to the stunning town of Hervás, where you can explore its beautifully preserved Jewish quarter before heading on to your hotel in Baños de Montemayor.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Baños de Montemayor
Distance: 18 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 22 A Castillian road to Calzada de Béjar

You will rejoin the ancient Roman road as you take the the Via de la Plata on to Calzada de Béjar. You will also follow an old cattle road that belonged to the Spanish royalty in days gone by. Entering the region of Castille you will take a mixture of roads and dirt tracks to your hotel.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Calzada de Béjar
Distance: 13 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 23 Through the valley to Fuenterroble de Salvatierra

Continuing on your epic Camino de Santiago adventure, you will enjoy a pleasant trail through the wooded valley. Keep an eye out for those ancient Roman milestones as you creep ever closer to the end of your impressive pilgrimage.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Fuenterroble de Salvatierra
Distance: 21 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 24 Climbing up to San Pedro de Rozados

Today is a lovely, peaceful day on the Via de la Plata. Enjoy the forests of oak and stretching farmland before taking the steep climb up to Pico de la Dueña, also known as the roof of the Via de la Plata.
Overnight Location: Hotel in San Pedro de Rozados
Distance: 30 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 25 Arriving in Salamanca

Emerging from a long day’s walk through the Spanish countryside, you will finally cross the river Tormes and arrive in the major city of Salamanca. Famous for its delicious cuisine, prominent university and stunning ancient cathedral, there will be plenty for you to see and do this evening.
Distance: 26 km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 26 A laid back route to Calzada de Valdunciel

After exploring the sights and tastes of Salamanca, you will set off for Calzada de Valdunciel. Make sure to check out the lovely 16th century church at Aldeaseca de Armuña!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Calzada de Valdunciel
Distance: 16 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 27 Walking to El Cubo de la Tierra del Vino

Todays route will follow the national highway to El Cubo de La Tierra del Vino. This town is famous for its vines, and you can enjoy a delicious glass of local wine before taking a good night’s rest in your hotel.
Overnight Location: Hotel in El Cubo de la Tierra del Vino
Distance: 20 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 28 Through the wine lands to Zamora

Leaving the national highway behind you, the famous vineyards of this region will soon appear. Arriving at Zamora for the evening you can enjoy the view over the river Douro or explore it’s wonderfully preserved old quarter.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Zamora
Distance: 33 km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 29 Along the grain fields to Montamarta del Pan

Having discovered the charm of Zamora’s ancient streets, you will head out into the rural landscape once more. The vineyards will be replaced by fields of grain as you make your way through the quiet Spanish countryside.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Montamarta del Pan
Distance: 19 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 30 A new camino to Granja de Moreruela

Having followed the Via de la Plata from Seville, you will now leave the Roman road behind and follow the Camino Sanabrés for the rest of your journey to Santiago. You can stop to visit the medieval ruins of the Castrotorafe military fortress.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Granja de Moreruela
Distance: 22 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 31 A greener path to Tabara

Setting off on the Camino Sanabrés, you will walk through lush green landscapes and enjoy the quiet winding paths toward Tabara. After a month spent on the trail, you are sure to keep dreaming of the Camino once you close your eyes.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Tabara
Distance: 26 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 32 Moving on to Camarzana

After a peaceful rest and filling meal, you will set out for Camarzana. The town is famous for its traditional dish known as ‘cuscorones’, a heavy desert of pig fat, flour, honey and water. This meal was given to farmers to keep their energy up on the land and would do the same for a pilgrim on the long Camino de Santiago!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Camarzana
Distance: 28 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 33 Walking to Monbuey (30 km)

Today’s trail alternates between the road and quieter pilgrim paths. You will walk by the reservoir at Nuestra Señora del Agavanzal before arriving in the sleepy village of Monbuey where you will spend the night.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Monbuey
Distance: 30 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 34 Through the villages to Puebla de Sanabria

You will pass through many sleepy villages on the Via de la Plata today, where you can admire the traditional buildings or stop for a spot of tapas. Your destination is Puebla de Sanabria, a gorgeous historical town with pretty cobbled streets and beautifully preserved historic quarter.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Puebla de Sanabria
Distance: 30 km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 35 A short walk to Requejo

With only a short day of walking ahead of you, there is plenty of time to explore the local area. After wandering through the beautiful streets of Sanabria with its beautiful mountain views, you will head off to your destination of Requejo.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Requejo
Distance: 12 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 36 Through the mountains to Lubian

Prepare yourself for mountainous terrain as you enter the lands of the Alta Sanabria. The views will become increasingly beautiful before you arrive in the small town of Lubian, just 10km from the Portuguese border.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Lubian
Distance: 18 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 37 More mountains to climb to A Gudiña

Expect more challenging terrain on the Via de la Plata today, as you pass through the mountainous area of A Canda. You will finally arrive in the region of Galicia: famous for its plentiful river, magnificent beaches and lush greenery.
Overnight Location: Hotel in A Gudiña
Distance: 23 km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 38 Pushing on to Campobecerros

Continuing to pass through the wild Spanish mountains, your trail to Santiago winds through sparsely populated countryside. Enjoying the peace and quiet of the isolated route, you will stay in the village of Campobecerros for the night.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Campobecerros
Distance: 20 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 39 Descending to Laza

Having conquered the steep terrain of the previous days, you will glad to descend from the mountains today. Your hotel is in the village Laza, famous for its colorful carnival called Entroido which takes place in February/March.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Laza
Distance: 15 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 40 Back to the mountains to reach Vilar de Barrio

After your descent of the day before, prepare for another mountain to climb. Stopping to rest at the Talariño cross at the summit of Requiezada, you can catch your breath and enjoy the view before descending to Vilar de Barrio.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Vilar de Barrio
Distance: 21 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 41 Through the farmland to Xunqueira de Ambia

You have finally passed through the mountain stretch and will find the walking much easier from here on out. As you approach the Galician farmland, you will notice a slightly more populated landscape, scattered with traditional wooden barns and vegetable fields.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Xunqueira de Ambia
Distance: 14 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 42 Walking to the Roman city of Ourense

The rural landscape will transform before you, as you depart the sleepy villages and follow the road to the city of Ourense. This major city was founded by the Romans, and its natural thermal fountains in the city center are not to be missed.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Ourense
Distance: 22 km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 43 A peaceful route to Cea

You will reach Cea by peaceful rural roads, leaving the vibrant city of Ourense and its cobbled streets behind you. This baker’s town is famous for its traditional bread, so don’t forget to visit a bakery to pick up a fresh loaf.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Cea
Distance: 21 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 44 A rural stretch to Dozón

Having filled your pack with fresh treats from the bakeries of Cea, you will walk through quiet country lanes, passing small villages and beautiful traditional churches. The end of your pilgrimage is drawing ever closer as you approach the final days of your life-changing Spanish walking holiday.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Dozón
Distance: 21 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 45 Through the forests to Lalín

You will continue to enjoy the peaceful countryside of Galicia and the Via de la Plata as you walk through lovely forests of Oak. Reaching your destination in Lalín you should try its traditional local stew, known locally as ‘cocido’.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Lalín
Distance: 17 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 46 Walking to Silleda

Following the course of the river Pontinas, you will pass under a viaduct before taking a medieval bridge over the river Deza. Enjoying the sound of flowing water and the pretty streets of traditional villages, you will arrive in Silleda for a meal and peaceful night of rest.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Silleda
Distance: 15 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 47 An easy walk to Ponte Ulla

This penultimate day of walking covers very manageable terrain, though you can expect a steep descent right at the end of the day. You will enjoy the stunning views of natural landscape and can visit the lovely Romanesque church as Dornelas.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Ponte Ulla
Distance: 20 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 48 Arriving in Santiago de Compostela

After an astounding 47 days on the trail, you will finally reach your destination of Santiago. This is sure to be an emotional day as you collect your pilgrims’ certificate, visit the ancient relics of the cathedral and reflect on your amazing achievement.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Santiago de Compostela
Distance: 20 km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 49 Checking out of Santiago

As you enjoy your last breakfast on the trip, you will contemplate all the memories you’ve made. From the highs to the lows and all the new friendships that you have forged with fellow pilgrims! You can pre book some extra nights to unwind in Santiago, or you can head back home to share stories with your loved ones.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Via de la Plata Pilgrimage Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided walking tour to Santiago de Compostela on the Via de la Plata is always run as a custom tour for your group only. The price always depends on the number of people sharing a room.

The best time to walk the Via are April, May, October and early November. Mid-June through mid-September are very hot, with highs up to 45°C (113°F). The Via de la Plata can be walked between November to March as well, though it is very quiet, and you may not see many other pilgrims. In addition, it can be quite rainy between January to March.

Prices of Private Self-guided Via de la Plata Pilgrimage Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

  • Price per person staying in single room: $6,375 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room: $4,875 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room: $4,375 USD
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Accommodation on Via de la Plata Pilgrimage Tour

You will stay in a different hotel every night, as you make your way along the Via de la Plata walking tour. Your hotels over 2/3-star facilities and are carefully picked to ensure you have a comfortable night of rest after your long day on the Camino de Santiago.

Prices are based on double occupancy, but a private room can be arranged for a supplement.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $1,525 USD to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Night 1-48

2-3-star hotels along the trail

From family-run guesthouses, to city-based hotels, you will experience a wide range of accommodation along the Via de la Plata.

What’s included in the Via de la Plata Pilgrimage Tour?

Meals

48 breakfasts and 39 dinners are included.

Accommodations

The accommodation for 48 nights along the tour is included.

Transportation during the Tour

This tour includes luggage transfers only.

Also Included

  • 24/7 phone assistance
  • Pilgrim passport
  • Maps and notes

Not included

  • Guide services
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not stated as ‘included’
  • Transport

Optional Extras

  • Extra night at any point of the tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Upgraded accommodation
  • Splitting any of the days into two

Frequently Asked Questions about Via de la Plata Pilgrimage

Galiwonders is a specialist tour operator, focusing on pilgrimages along the Camino de Santiago in Spain and Portugal as well as the Via Francigena in Italy. They offer adaptable tours to suit a variety of client needs and focus on truly taking care of their guests.

The tour guides are local experts, living and working right along the Camino. They have visited each hotel and restaurant they recommend, ensuring each is up to standard.

Galiwonders offers constant contact with their guests, ensuring all concerns or questions are addressed immediately so you can relax and enjoy your trip.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 5 / 5. You will walk 983 km from Seville to Santiago, demanding extremely good mental and physical fitness.

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Margot, Galiwonders
Margot
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

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