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The Vía de la Plata is the longest of all the Camino de Santiago routes, travelling from Andalucía, in the South of Spain all the way to Galicia, in the North-West. The first section of the Via de la Plata Camino route starts in magnificent Seville, crosses Andalucía’s countryside, the Sierra Norte National Park and finishes in Monesterio, gateway to the Extremadura region. The route from Seville is dotted with fantastic Roman ruins. Following paths among orange and olive groves, you will also encounter some of the famous black pigs reared for some of the best cured ham in the country.

Take time to explore Seville and witness the passion of a live Flamenco show before starting your Camino journey on the Via de la Plata.

Trip highlights

  • Witness the passion of Flamenco dancing in Seville
  • Feel the peace at National Park of Sierra Norte de Sevilla
  • Walk along the orange and olive groves of Andalucía
  • Taste the deliciously smoky 'pata negra' cured ham

1 Seville

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Sevilla is the capital city of Andalusia and is renowned for its atmosphere, year-round sunny weather, architectural heritage and its fantastic atmosphere. There is an abundance of things to do and see in the city. High on the list are the hugely impressive Gothic Cathedral, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Plaza de España.

2 Seville to Guillena - 22km

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5h30 | +117m / -115m
Today is the starting point for the Via de la Plata in the centre of Sevilla. From here you will travel to Santiponce through some industrial areas. Santiponce contains the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Italica. After this the trail becomes more peaceful as you make your way through flat plains and pass fields of sunflowers, cotton and olive trees, on the way to the lovely whitewashed town of Guillena.

3 Guillena to Castilblanco de Los Arroyos - 19km

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4h45 | +384m / -95m
After passing through the modern town of Venta, the Camino moves back into the open countryside of Andalucia which is dotted with oliva and orange groves. The landscape becomes more rocky and dry as you make your way into the National Park of Sierra Norte de Sevilla. The final part of today’s walk is a sharp climb to the gorgeuos town of Castiblanco de los Arroyos.

4 Castilblanco de los Arroyos to Almaden de la Plata - 30km

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7h30 | +575m / -441m
Day 4 kicks off with a climb up to the Parque Forestal de El Berrocal. The park is filled with oak trees which offer lovely shade from the sun. From here the Camino de Santiago route travels up and down to today’s destination of Almaden de la Plata.

5 Almaden de la Plata to El Real de la Jara - 17km

4h15 | +253m / -244m
Today you will get a real experience of rural Andalusian life with plenty of bulls, horses and black pigs along the way. The only village on today’s stage of the Camino is the final destination of El Real de la Jara. Tonight’s lodgings are in Santa Olalla del Cala and a short transfer will take you there.

6 El Real de la Jara to Monesterio - 21km

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4h15 | +407m / -123m
After transferring back to El Real de la Jara the Via de la Plata enters into Extremadura. For the early part of this stage the landscape is mainly flat and this leads onto a gentle climb with lovely views over the Sierra Morena. Once again this stage passes through entirely rural areas with no villages and little shade on the way to Monesterio.

7 Monesterio

Monesterio has strong links to the history of the Camino de Santiago when Templars from the Order of Santiago brought prosperity to the town back in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Nowadays, little remains of this heritage and Monesterio is a quiet town.

Hotels & country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food, and friendliness of the staff. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard of comfort & price. Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.

Sevilla - Standard / Superior

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

Guillena - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Castilblanco de los Arroyos - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Almaden de la Plata - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

El Real de la Jara - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Monesterio - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Sevilla Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Monesterio Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

Getting to Seville:
Best option: Sevilla airport (15km)
Sevilla airport is connected with many big cities and busy airports in Europe, e.g. Paris, London, Madrid, Dusseldorf, Amsterdam, Rome or Dublin. Ryanair offers flights from London (Stansted), Dublin and Rome (Ciampino). London (Gatwick) is connected to Sevilla by Ryanair and easyJet as well.The route from Paris (Orly) is offered by Vueling and Iberia Airlines. See www.skyscanner.com.
Alternative option: Malaga airport (190km)
Malaga airport has good connections from cities all over Europe. Ryanair, Jet2, easyJet, Aer Lingus and other airlines serve many routes from the UK and Ireland, e.g. Belfast (City and International), Birmingham, Bristol, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow (City and International), Leeds, Liverpool, London (Stansted, Luton, Gatwick), Manchester or Shannon. KLM offers flights from New York (JFK). See www.skyscanner.com.

Getting back from Monesterio:
Best option: Sevilla airport (105km)
The airport in Sevilla is connected with many of the big cities and main airports in Europe, e.g. Paris, London, Madrid, Dusseldorf, Amsterdam, Rome or Dublin. Ryanair offers flights to London (Stansted), Dublin and Rome (Ciampino). London (Gatwick) is connected to Sevilla by Ryanair and easyJet as well. The route to Paris (Orly) is offered by Vueling and Iberia. See www.skyscanner.com.
Alternative option: Malaga airport (275km)
Malaga airport has a good link to cities all over Europe. Ryanair, Jet2, easyJet, Aer Lingus and other airlines serve many routes to the UK and Ireland, e.g. Belfast (City and International), Birmingham, Bristol, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow (City and International), Leeds, Liverpool, London (Stansted, Luton, Gatwick), Manchester or Shannon. KLM offers flights to New York (JFK). See www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers to and from Airport

Getting to Seville:
From: Sevilla airport (15km)
From the airport to the city centre (stop: “Plaza de Armas”) you can take the city bus (line “EA”: every 30min, 30min journey time). See www.sevilla-airport.com for an overview and www.tussam.es for the timetable.
From: Malaga airport (190km)
You can travel from Malaga airport to Malaga city centre by bus or by train. You can also go directly from the train station to Malaga’s city centreIt, see www.malagaairport.eu.
There is a daily bus connecting the airport and Sevilla. Other bus connections only depart from Malaga city centre. There is also a train, departing 8 times/ day. (taking 2h-2h30). You will also find a train connection between Sevilla and Malaga (taking 2h-2h30). See www.renfe.com.
Getting back from Monesterio:
To: Sevilla airport (105km)
From the city centre you can take a bus every 30 minutes to the airport. See www.sevilla-airport.com for an overview and www.tussam.es for the timetable.
There is a direct bus link between Sevilla (stop: “Plaza de Armas”) and Monesterio (8 times/ day, approx. 1h). See www.leda.es.

To: Malaga airport (275km)
The connection between Malaga city and Malaga airport can be taken by bus or by train. It is possible to get directly to the train station and to the city centre as well. See www.malagaairport.eu.
There is a daily bus, with a direct connection between the airport and Sevilla. Other bus connections only depart from Malaga city centre. There is also a train departing 8 times/ day. (taking 2h-2h30). There is also a regular train line between Sevilla and Malaga (taking 2h-2h30). See www.renfe.com.

More Info on getting to Seville

Please select from our available tours below and proceed to booking. Contact the team if you have any special requests.


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1. Tour options - Select your trip type

  • Stay in our hand-picked accommodation, all rooms en-suite. Please note prices might vary for special periods, such as Easter in Seville. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €817
    Double/Twin Room
    €656

2. Select Date

3. No. of rooms

  • Single (1 bed)
  • Twin Rooms (2 beds)
  • Double (1 large bed for 2)

What's Included

  • Luggage transffered from hotel to hotel
  • Rooms en-suite
  • Half Board
  • Holiday pack: inc. notes & map(s) & pilgrim passport, what to bring, useful information

We also offer

  • Airport Transfers, Hotel Upgrades (where available), Bike Rentals