General Description: This route was used by Mozárabic pilgrims during the period of Muslim domination of Spain. ~1000 km from Sevilla traveling through Mérida, Cáceres and Salamanca to Zamora then via one of several variants to Santiago. From Zamora the pilgrim can continue directly northward to join the Camino francés at Astorga. An alternative is to turn northwest to reach Santiago directly by traveling either into Portugal via Bragança and Verin (Vía Portugués de la Vía de la Plata, 382 km Zamora to Santiago) or via Puebla de Sanabria (Camino Sanabrés, 400 km Zamora to Santiago).
Waymarking: Well waymarked throughout with yellow arrows.
Terrain: Undulating and not very difficult walking as far as Zamora although some of the distances between settlements are very long. This is a situation that is improving every year with th eopening of new refuges.. After Zamora all of the variants to the Camino francés or directly to Santiago have many steep climbs and descents.
When to go: Setting out on the Vía de la Plata in late June through August would be nigh unto suicidal. Southern Spain in the summer is HOT! September and October would be reasonable except that you will be walking toward winter weather in the northern reaches. Following spring northward starting in April would be a good choice. Climate charts for Sevilla, Cáceres, Salamanca and Zamora.
Accommodation: There are an increasing number of pilgrim-oriented facilities, some of them albergues as such, others places where the accommodation will be a spot on the floor and roof over your head (e.g., sports halls or parish rooms). There are no longer any stages longer than 25 to 30 km.
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