During the fall months of October and November 2016, Grandpa hit the trail for thirty-three days of walking the Via de la Plata in western Spain. Daily accounts of that journey to find history, peace, and new friends are now available on the blog site. Either follow the links in this post, or select Camino de Santiago here, or from the blog’s main menu.
The Vía de la Plata (Silver Way)
Starting in Sevilla (Seville), is 1000 kilometers from Sevilla traveling through Mérida, Cáceres and Salamanca to Zamora then via one of several variants to Santiago de Compostela. From Zamora, the route continues directly northward to join the Camino Francés at Astorga or via Puebla de Sanabria on the Camino Sanabrés.
The Camino Sanabrés, also known as the Vía de la Plata Ourense option or the Camino Meridional, leads directly to Santiago bypassing the Camino Francés, branching from the VDLP at the village of Granja de Moreruela then northwest through Puebla de Sanabria to Santiago.
About the Route Reports
Each day in this route report lists start and end points, the distance walked (in kilometers), the time taken to walk that distance, notes about the route, a log of that day’s adventure, and costs. Also included is a screen grab of my GPS record for that day, taken from my smartphone app Strava. Please note that the Strava app only logged moving time between the start and end points of the day, and did not include lunch, coffee breaks, or my talks with people along the way. In contrast, my approximate record of the time it took to complete each day’s journey was always longer. Also included, when available, is a link to each day’s slideshow that has been uploaded to Facebook.
Route Report Links