Via de la Plata

Within Spain there are a number of trails that lead to Santiago de Compostela. Some pilgrims walk the Camino Portugues starting in Porto (417km/259 miles). The vast majority of pilgrims join the Camino France at some point between the Pyreneese Mountains on the border between Spain and France and Santiago de Compostela.

Less than 5% of pilgrims walk the longest route in Spain, the  Via de la Plata from Seville in southern Spain  to Santiago de Compostela. (1007 km/626 miles).

This walk starts in Seville, in the heart of the province of Andalucia, home of bullfighting, flamenco, sherry, baking heat and the setting for a number of famous operas (Carmen, The Barber of Seville and Don Giovanni). It winds northward through the vast lowlands of the province of Extremadura and  the flatness of the "meseta" in province of Castilla y Leon to the cities of Salamanca and Zamora. At Zamora there are a number of alternative routes but Hans will take the north-west route to the city of Ourense and finally Santiago de Compostela in the province of Galicia.