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Via de la Plata – Mérida to Cáceres 3/10

Walking Section 3 of 10

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The third section of the Via de la Plata Camino route starts in the city of Mérida, with its rich Roman heritage and sites; such as the impressive Roman theatre and the aqueduct. After leaving Mérida and its UNESCO-listed archaeology, you will travel North through slightly hilly and dry landscape where ‘cerdos ibéricos’ (dark brown pigs native to the region) seem to be the only residents at times! Long stretches with little shade can make this section of the Via de la Plata a challenge in the hot months so we have split many stages into shorter walking days. In Cáceres, make sure you take time to explore the walled town which retains a very unique medieval feel. The old town is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its interesting blend of Roman, Gothic and Moorish architectures.

Trip highlights

  • Marvel at the spectacular Roman amphitheatre in Mérida
  • Walk across the nature reserve of Cornalvo National Park
  • Taste the delicious Ibérico ham
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed walled town of Cáceres

1 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 visitors who love to hop from tapas bars to wonderful restaurants soaking up the lively atmosphere of this wonderful city.

2 Mérida to Aljucen - 17km

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4h15 | +216m / -195m
Leave Mérida by crossing over the river via a Roman bridge (which is over 2000 years old) and take in the beautiful view of the impressive Roman Aqueduct, before heading towards the Prosperina dam which once was the biggest water reservoir in the Mediterranean Roman empire. After a short day, we will reach our destination of Aljucen and from here we will be transferred back to our hotel in Mérida.

3 Aljucen to Alcuéscar - 21km

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5h15 | +296m / -75m
First we will transfer you back back to Aljucen where you will start your walk. The first thing you will notice today is that we enter the National Park of Cornalvo, a landscape of red earth tracks, scrubland and pasture. Then the farmlands alternate between olives trees, cork trees, vines, and livestock until you reach the first and final village of the day: Alcuéscar.

4 Alcuéscar to Aldea del Cano - 17km

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4h15 | +59m / -123m
Today is an easy and serene walk to Las Casas de Don Antonio, famous for its well known restored Roman bridge. Later, we walk on the original Roman road as we pass by as miliario (a Roman milestone) and cross over one more Roman bridge before reaching Aldea del Cano.

5 Aldea del Cano to Cáceres - 23km

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5h45 | +237m / -197m
You will continue through the flat and dry lands of Extremadura crossing a long Roman arched bridge at the entrance of Valdesalor before a hilly landscape, with little and scattered shade, takes you all the way to Cáceres.

6 Cáceres

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The town of Cáceres was founded by the Romans in 25 BC. The old town (Ciudad Monumental) it’s surrounded by its ancient walls. The medieval town sets with no outward signs of modernity, which is why many films have been shot there. The Universidad de Extremadura, and two astronomical observatories are situated in Cáceres. Cáceres was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1986 because of the city’s blend of Roman, Moorish, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Thirty towers from the Islamic period still stand in Cáceres, of which the Torre del Bujaco is the most famous.

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.

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.

Aljucen - 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.

Alcuescar - 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.

Aldea del Cano - 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.

Cáceres - Standard / Parador

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.
Parador: Full of history, classic ‘Paradors’ or heritage buildings will make your Camino experience extra special.

 

Mérida Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Cáceres Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Mérida
Best option: Sevilla airport (210km)
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 from/ to London (Stansted), Dublin and Rome (Ciampino). London (Gatwick) is connected to Sevilla by Ryanair and easyJet as well. Vueling and Iberia Airlines offers routes from Paris. See www.skyscanner.com.
Other option: Lisbon airport (275km)
Lisbon has an international airport, with a lot of different destinations, especially 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 from Dublin and Cork. SATA and TAP airlines offer some (mainly seasonal) transatlantic flights, e.g. from Miami, New York (Newark), Philadelphia, Boston and Toronto. See www.skyscanner.com.

How to get back from Cáceres
Best option: Madrid (Barajas) airport (315km)
Madrid is an international airport, directly connected with many cities all over Europe. Almost all airlines operate flights to Madrid. See www.skyscanner.com.

Other option: Sevilla airport (275km)
The airport in Sevilla is connected with many of the main 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. Vueling and Iberia offers routes to Paris. See www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Mérida

From: Sevilla airport (210km)
From Sevilla airport you can take the urban bus (line ‘EA’ every 30 mins) to the Plaza de Armas stop in the city centre.See www.sevilla-airport.com for an overview and www.tussam.es for the timetable. To get to Mérida you can take a direct bus from Sevilla (Plaza de Armas). The bus operates 8 times/ day, approx. 2h30 journey time. See www.alsa.es.
From: Lisbon airport (275km)
From Lisbon airport you can take the city bus (no.5) or Aerobus (no.9) to the city centre. There is a bus connection between Lisbon and Merrida twice a day, see www.alsa.es.

 

How to get back from Cáceres

To: Madrid (Barajas) airport (315km)
There is a train connection to Madrid (Atocha Cercanias or Chamartin station) (4-5 times/ day, taking approx. 4h). See: www.renfe.com. A city train (Line C1) links the train stations (Atocha Cercanias and Chamartin) with the airport (Terminal 4). See www.renfe.com.
To: Sevilla airport (275km)
There is a direct bus link between Sevilla (Plaza de Armas) and Caceres (6 times/ day,approx. 3h30). See www.alsa.es.
From the city centre (stop: “Plaza de Armas”) you can take the urban bus (line “EA”: every 30min, 30min journey time). See www.sevilla-airport.com for an overview and www.tussam.es for the timetable.

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