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Walking La Via de la Plata and Camino Sanabres

The Camino de Santiago from Seville to Santiago de Compostela and Astorga

Guidebook to walking La Vía de la Plata and Camino Sanabrés, a pilgrim route through Spain. A 995km route between Seville and Santiago de Compostela or Astorga (where it links with the Camino Francés). Ourense variants are also provided.


Walkable at any time of the year but ideally in Spring and Autumn, especially when leaving from Sevilla. Winters are mild in the south but can be harsh after Mérida.


Sevilla, Zafra, Mérida, Cáceres, Salamanca, Zamora, Benavente, La Bañeza, Astorga, Puebla de Sanabria, Ourense and Santiago de Compostela.


Suitable for all walkers. Prior Camino experience is helpful to walk at the very least 20km self-sufficiently in difficult weather conditions at any given time. Stages are graded from Easy to Very hard.

Must See

Five UNESCO World Heritage cities plus Zafra, Zamora, Astorga and Ourense. Innumerable national heritage sites and Roman ruins. Vast, empty landscapes: meadows, hills, farms, rivers, forests. Travel through four autonomous regions: Andalucía, Extremadura, Castilla y León and Galicia.
27 Sept 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.80cm

A guidebook to walking the Vía de la Plata and Camino Sanabrés between Seville and Santiago de Compostela. Covering 995km (619 miles), this pilgrimage route through Spain takes around 6 weeks to hike and is suitable for any reasonably fit walker.

The route is described from south to north in 43 stages, each between 11 and 35km (7–22 miles) in length. An extension to Astorga for those wishing to join the Camino Francés is detailed as well as alternative Ourense route options via Laza or Verin. 

  • 1:100,000 mapping plus larger-scale urban maps for key locations
  • GPX files available to download
  • Handy stage planning tables and pilgrim lodging listings help you plan your itinerary
  • Detailed information about refreshments and facilities along the route
  • Advice on planning and preparation

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By Nicole Bukaty

Nicole Bukaty is a secondary school French and Spanish teacher in Crieff, Scotland. Originally from Kraków, Poland, she grew up in London and France and has lived in Colombia, Spain and Russia. She has a BA Joint Honours degree in Philosophy and Hispanic Studies and an MA in Philosophy, both from King's College, London. On weekends she's usually up the Scottish hills or writing away in the local library. She obsessively uses up her holidays to walk, totalling just over 7000km on long-distance paths so far, predominantly pilgrimages. She has even completed the 450km route from her mother's house in Ilawa, Poland to the Polish monastery of Jasna Góra in Czestochowa. She is the author of the Vía de la Plata and Camino Sanabrés guidebook for Cicerone. Currently, co-authoring with Sandy Brown, she is immersed in writing the Via Francigena in the South of Italy guidebook also for Cicerone.

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