The Via de la Plata Last 100km Camino route is probably the most beautiful of all the ‘last 100km’ to Santiago de Compostela; and will also please those looking for a Camino that is off the beaten track. This fantastic route takes pilgrims from the city of Ourense, famous for its natural thermal springs and pretty historic centre; and finishes in wonderful Santiago de Compostela. You will be walking the green and lush Galician countryside, dotted with pretty Romanesque churches.
Across peaceful forests, farmland and sleepy hamlets you are more likely to encounter friendly locals than fellow pilgrims, as this route is quite a hidden gem. In the market town of Lalin, you should sample the town’s famous ‘cocido’, a traditional dish that will please meat lovers.
As you reach some altitude (never really challenging) the views of the surrounding countryside are splendid. Don’t forget to claim your ‘Compostela’ certificate when you reach Santiago!
The Via De La Plata is the longest Camino de Santiago route (1000km long) and crosses the whole of Spain from Andalucia in the South to Galicia in the North. This Camino route was traditionally taken by North African Christians on their way to Santiago. The Romans left an important mark along the Vía de la Plata and you will encounter some of the best-preserved Roman sites in Europe such as Mérida and Caparra.
From the city of Ourense, in Galicia, you will discover THE most beautiful of all the last sections into Santiago.
Starting in magnificent Sevilla with its fascinating mix of architectural styles, you will soon be walking among olive trees, orange groves and bulls (behind fences, don’t worry!) in Andalucía. As you enter the land of the ‘conquistadores’, you will discover a rarely visited part of Spain; off the beaten track and full of medieval churches and wonderful palaces.
Extremadura is also home to some of the best bird watching in Europe and home of the exquisite Pata Negra ham.
You will also visit the elegant UNESCO-listed cities of Salamanca and Zamora before entering the green and remote mountains of Galicia. From Ourense city, perfect to relax at the famous thermal springs, you will discover THE most beautiful of all the last 100km sections to Santiago de Compostela: across peaceful forests, charming hamlets and lush rolling hills with outstanding views.
In order to get your Compostela pilgrim certificate in Santiago, you will need to walk a minimum of 100kms on the Via de la Plata into Santiago.
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