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Travel – Via de la plata Route – Spain

• The Via de La Plata also known as Ruta de la Plata or Silver Route in English is an ancient commercial and pilgrimage path.
• It crosses the west of Spain from north to south.
• It connects Merida to Astorga.
• A prolonged form begins further south in Seville.
• It reaches to the north towards Bay of Biscay at Gijon.
• This way is utilized through the modern A-66 and AP-66 freeways.
• It also uses the older N-630 national road.
• The phrase Via de la Plata is commonly shown to come from the modern Spanish word for silver, plata.
• The name actually derives from the Arabic word al-balat.
• It means cobbled paving.
• It is a described trail as engineered by the Romans.

Pre-Roman Era
• The historical origins of this route are uncertain.
• It can be believed, that the route was developed for commercial purposes involving tin.
• This is based on diverse archaeological findings.
• Tin was within many parts of the Iberian Peninsula including Tartessos.

Roman Causeway
The Tagus was negotiated by almost 300 m long Alconetar Bridge.
• Roman theater Merida
• Guadiana river, Merida
• Caceres
• Miliario de Neron, Caparra city, north of Caceres
• Moreruela Abbey (Zamora)
• Remains of Castrotorafe Castle (Zamora)
• Zamora
• La Clerecia, Salamanca

San Esteban Church, Salamanca
• The “Tin Way” was adopted being an access road.
• This allowed the Romans to conquer tribes. These include:
– the Callaici
– the Astures
– the Vacceos
• Antonine Itinerary describes the path that leaves from Emerita Augusta, capital of Lusitania, towards Asturica Augusta through Tarraconensis.
• The road has signs that it was a Roman constructed road.
• It is found almost unchanged at various sections.
• It was conceived and built as being a seaway for exploitation of gold.
• It was stated by Pliny the Elder.
• He held high office as Procurator located in Hispania Tarraconensis during 73 AD.
• It ran from Asturica Augusta in Northwestern Spain, to Emerita Augusta in southwestern Spain.
• Hannibal’s armies and their elephants might have passed along it.
• The road’s first official name was Via Delapidata.
• It means “Paved Stone Way”.
• It stretched around 900 km.
• The path extends along a branch that joined with the Via Augusta.
• After its establishment, the Via Delapidata crossed Hispania from Cadiz.
• The Pyrenees passed towards Gallia Narbonensis and Rome inside Italian Peninsula.
Currently, the road passes through:
– Salmantica
– Metelinum
– Castra Caecilia
• The Via Delapidata also served as an access road from Hispania Baetica.
• During the Roman Empire, it was developed to connect two main regions of the best importance at both ends.
• These were the gold mines of Las Medulas and the copper mines of Rio Tinto.

Contemporary Times
• The suitability of the route’s layout is demonstrated to this day.
• It is utilized by modern A-66 and AP-66 freeways together with by older N-630 national road.
• It passes through urban areas like Seville, in which the Via de la Plata runs across the Guadalquivir.
• The Via de la Plata has grown to be an increasingly popular route in place of the Camino Frances for pilgrims.
• People go by walking, cycling or riding to Santiago de Compostela.

Best time to visit / climate

• Three main climatic zones could be divided, based on geographical situation and geographical conditions.
• The medium climate, seen as a dry and warm summers.
• In line with the Koppen climate classification, it can be dominant from the peninsula, with two varieties: Csa and Csb.
• The Koppen-Geiger classification (Csb), reaches additional areas.
• It has a climate more extreme, hot in summer and cold in winter.
• This includes a lot of central and northern-central of Spain.
• The semiarid climate is perfectly located at the southeastern quarter, specifically in the region of Murcia and in the Ebro valley.
• In contrast with the entire Mediterranean climate, the dry season extends beyond summer time.
• Winter and summer temperatures are influenced by the ocean.
• There is absolutely no seasonal drought.
• The oceanic climate is located in north quarter of the country.
This is true especially in the location of:
– Basque Country
– Asturias
– Cantabria
– Partly Galicia

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How to get there?

1. By plane
• Spain’s national carrier is Iberia. The busiest airports are:
– Madrid
– Barcelona
– Palma de Mallorca
– Malaga
– Seville
– Valencia
– Bilbao
– Alicante
– Santiago de Compostela
– Vigo
– Gran Canaria
• Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao has one the most beautiful airports.
• They are designed by famous architects.
• Inexpensive carriers operating to Spain include:
– Vueling
– easyJet
– Ryanair
– Blue sky
– Jet2.com

2. By train
Train system is modern and reliable.

3. By bus
• Bus travel vacation is a stylish option for those traveling with limited funds.
• There are numerous private bus companies offering routes to all major Spanish cities.
• In order to travel around Spain by bus, the best idea would be to go to your local coach station.
• Aside from Madrid and Barcelona, most towns and cities have only one pay station.
• Traveling by bus is often reliable except on peak holiday days when roads can be extremely crowded.
• Coaches are modern and comfortable.
• You will pay about €8 per 100 km.

4. By boat
Brittany Ferries offers services from:
– From Portsmouth and Plymouth
– To Santander
– From Portsmouth to Bilbao.
• The journey time from Portsmouth to Santander is around 24 hours.
• Ferry services were once run by P&O from Portsmouth to Bilbao and from Plymouth and Southampton to Santander.
• However, P&O no longer operate these routes.
• UK and Spain are well connected by ferry to Northern Africa as well as the Canary Islands that are owned by Spain.
• Routes will also be naturally available to the Spanish Balearic Islands of:
– Mallorca
– Minorca
– Ibiza
– Formentera

Some Travel Books on Via de la plata Route – Spain

Via de la Plata Walking Guide to the VIA DE LA PLATA and the CAMINO SANABRES Rick Steves’ Spain 2013

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
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Hotels at booking.com

Blogs / Sites of Via de la plata Route – Spain

blogs at rutadelaplata.com
blogs at santiago-compostela.net
blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs and reviews at tripadvisor.com

Images and photos of Via de la plata Route – Spain

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