A comprehensive guidebook to the Vía de la Plata from Seville to Santiago. This second edition, entirely rewritten and extended in spring 2016 and revised in autumn 2017, includes the following:
– Updated and improved maps – Notes on the towns and villages you’ll pass through
– Route descriptions and distances
– Altitude profiles
– Pilgrim accommodation
– Services: shops, restaurants, banks, etc.
– Notes on some of the important historical sites you can visit
It also covers the Caminos de Finisterre and Muxía, west of Santiago.
The Vía de la Plata was originally a Roman Road linking Asturias in the north of Spain with the port of Cadiz in the south. Its name, which means The Silver Route, dates from Roman times when it was used to transport silver from the mines of Asturias to the Mediterranean port of Cadiz and onward by ship to Rome. Beginning in the 9th century, as Santiago de Compostela was becoming known as a Christian pilgrimage site, it also began to be used by pilgrims travelling to and from the tomb of St James the Apostle.