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.
SeasonsWalkable 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.
CentresSevilla, Zafra, Mérida, Cáceres, Salamanca, Zamora, Benavente, La Bañeza, Astorga, Puebla de Sanabria, Ourense and Santiago de Compostela.
DifficultySuitable 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 SeeFive 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.
A guidebook to walking La Via de la Plata and Camino Sanabres pilgrimage route through Spain. The 995km route between Seville and Santiago de Compostela is detailed along with an extension to Astorga for those wishing to join the Camino Frances as well as alternative routes options via Laza or Verin. Designed for reasonably fit walkers, the guidebook offers a six-week itinerary best suited for walking in Spring or Autumn.
Detailed descriptions of each stage, accompanied by 1:100,000 maps, ensure easy navigation and a seamless experience along the route. In addition to route guidance, the guidebook offers valuable information on pilgrim lodging, facilities, and preparation equipping you for a comfortable and well-supported journey.
The route itself takes you through notable towns and cities such as Zafra, Mérida, Cáceres, Salamanca, Zamora, and Ourense, allowing you to immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Spain. Prepare yourself for an extraordinary pilgramage, where history, spirituality, and natural beauty converge.
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Nicole Bukaty is a 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 Hons degree in Philosophy and Hispanic Studies and a MA in Philosophy, both from King's College London. She obsessively uses up her holidays to walk, totalling just over 5000km on long-distance paths so far, predominantly Camino de Santiago pilgrimages. She mainly hikes solo and adores bonding with fellow pilgrims. Otherwise, her wonderful walking companions are her sister, mother, their cocker spaniels ('perrogrinos'), her fiancé and their lurcher. In November, while investigating this book, she had a go at bike-packing and although she fell off just before Villanueva del Campeán on Stage 25, she knows she's getting hooked.View author profile
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