Our next walk is planned for October 2019 on the Vía de la Plata in Spain. The Vía de la Plata is one of the many caminos that lead to Santiago de Compostela. We’ll plan on starting in Sevilla and walking as far as Cáceres taking a little over two weeks to complete this section.
There were a few things leading to this choice. We’re keen to get back to Spain which ticks pretty much all the boxes we have: wonderful food, great wine, affordable accommodations, friendly folks and a language we speak.
I want to stay home long enough to get the garden harvested so mid-October is a good time to hit the road, and that should still be good weather for the southern section we’re planning on walking.
I have been intrigued by the camino but I like the idea of a less travelled route so this seems a good blend—enough infrastructure and good signage but without the busyness. And if this walk goes well, we can plan on doing a further stage or try out a different route.
The Vía de la Plata takes in some wonderful sounding towns and cities including Zafra, Mérida and Cáceres and by starting in Sevilla we can add a day or two there in what is a marvelous spot (and which we didn’t really give ourselves enough time for on a previous trip).
I had already done some initial scoping about this route when our 21 year old was looking for a destination for a last minute trip and so the first leg from Sevilla to Zafra has been pre-tested for us and we have details of which were the loveliest days and the best places to stay and where we need to look out for the very large and somewhat intimidating pigs.