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Via de la Plata – Monesterio to Mérida 2/10

Walking Section 2 o 10

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Walking the second section of the Via de la Plata Camino route you will be starting your walk in the town of Monesterio and crossing the South of the Extremadura region. This Camino trail takes you through a relatively undiscovered area of Spain, quite off the beaten track. Wild flowers, olive tree orchards and vineyards add bursts of colour to the predominantly earthy red landscape of this sparsely populated region. This may sound like a challenging Camino route but the flat ground and our split days (shorter walking days available in some sections) make the trail much easier. This section of the Via de la Plata actually presents no difficulty and only requires an average level of fitness.

Trip highlights

  • Follow the ancient Roman road in Fuente de Cantos
  • Enjoy the peace, walking along olive groves and vineyards
  • Discover the delicious smokey flavour of 'pata negra' ham
  • Step back in time at the spectacular Roman amphitheatre of Mérida

1 Monesterio

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Monesterio has strong links to the history of the Camino when Templers 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.

2 Monesterio to Fuente de Cantos - 22km

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5h30 | +186m / -354m
This section of the Camino can be quite exposed although scattered fig groves oak holms provide you with shelter from the sun in places. The Camino here does not pass through any villages before reaching Fuente de Cantos.

3 Fuente de Cantos to Zafra - 26km

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6h30 | +164m / -229m
Following an ancient Roman route upon leaving Fuente de Cantos you will start to notice the first vines of this section, a sign of changing soil. After a few kilometres, you will pass through Calzadilla de los Barros, and from then on, it is an isolated and serene meander along dirt tracks bordered by olive tree orchards and vine plots.

4 Zafra to Villafranca de los Barros - 21km

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5h15 | +212m / -312m
Today the first few kilometres after leaving Zafra gently ascend before zigzagging down to the town of Los Santos de Maimona. Then, it is a pleasant up and down walk through olive trees, vines and farmlands with lovely views over the surrounding countryside.

5 Villafranca de los Barros to Almendralejo - 17km

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4h15 | +69m / -145m
Leaving Villafranca de los Barros you will be surrounded by mainly vines as the area produces a renowned wine. The flat ground and short distance to Amendralejo makes today a straightforward and pleasant stroll through the rural area.

6 Almendralejo to Mérida - 26km

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6h30 | +142m / -248m
You will start to see mountains in the distance to your right and diversity of the crops also as cereal field and sunflower fields rotate with olive tree orchards and vines. Continuing through the countryside Torremejía is the only town that we pass before getting back to civilisation when approaching Mérida.

7 Mérida

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Founded in 250 BC, Mérida with its Roman heritage, is more than just a UNESCO World Heritage site. Mérida has plenty to offer tourists who love to hop from tapas bars to wonderful restaurants soaking up the lively atmosphere of this wonderful city.

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.

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.

Fuentes de Cantos - 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.

Zafra - 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.

Villafranca de los Barros - 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.

Almendralejo - 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.

Mérida - 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.

Monesterio Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Mérida Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Monesterio
Best option: Sevilla airport (105km)
The airport in Sevilla is connected to many of the main 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. See www.skyscanner.com.
Other option: Malaga airport (275km)
Malaga airport has a good link 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.

 

How to get back from Mérida

Best option: Sevilla airport (210km)
Sevilla is the closest airport to fly from. The airport in Sevilla is connected with many big cities and busy 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.
Other option: Lisbon airport (275km)
Lisbon has an international airport that serves a lot of different destinations. EasyJet and TAP airlines serve the busiest airports all over Europe. EasyJet, for example, offers many flights between Lisbon and the UK: London (Luton and Gathwick), Liverpool and Edinburgh. Manchester has a direct connection to Lisbon with TAP Airlines. Aer Lingus offers flights to Dublin and Cork. SATA and TAP airlines offer some (mainly seasonal) transatlantic flights, e.g. to Miami, New York (Newark), Philadelphia, Boston and Toronto. See www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Monesterio
From: Sevilla airport (105km)
To get to Monesterio from Sevilla Airport you can take a city bus every 30 min to the city centre (stopping at “Plaza de Armes”). The journey takes approximately 30 mins. 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.

From: 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, which has a direct connection between the airport and Sevilla. Other bus connections only depart from/ to Malaga city centre. The train can be taken as well, departing 8 times/ day. (taking 2h-2h30). It also exists a well served train route between Sevilla and Malaga (taking 2h-2h30). See www.renfe.com.

 

How to get back from Mérida

To: Sevilla airport (210km)
From Merida there is a direct bus link to Sevilla (Plaza de Armas) 8 times a day (journey time is 2h30). See www.alsa.es. You can take the urban bus from the city centre to Sevilla airport every 30 mins.
See www.sevilla-airport.com for an overview and www.tussam.es for the timetable.
To: Lisbon airport (275km)
Between Merida and Lisbon (central station “Oriente”), there is a bus connection twice a day (taking approx. 4h). See www.alsa.es.
To get to the airport you can take the city bus (no.5) or the Aerobus (no.9) from the city centre.See www.toandfromtheairport.com.

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