2020 edition: Walking Guide to the VIA DE LA PLATA and the CAMINO SANABRES


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This is the 2020 edition.

2020 edition now available - fully updated when walking the Vía de la Plata in Spring and Autumn of 2019.

This 2020 edition includes the following:

- Updated and improved maps - Notes on the towns and villages you'll pass through

- Route descriptions and distances

- Altitude profiles

- Pilgrim accommodation

- Services: shops, restaurants, banks, etc.

- Notes on some of the important historical sites you can visit

It also covers the Caminos de Finisterre and Muxía, west of Santiago.

The Vía de la Plata was originally a Roman Road linking Asturias in the north of Spain with the port of Cadiz in the south. Its name, which means The Silver Route, dates from Roman times when it was used to transport silver from the mines of Asturias to the Mediterranean port of Cadiz and onward by ship to Rome. Beginning in the 9th century, as Santiago de Compostela was becoming known as a Christian pilgrimage site, it also began to be used by pilgrims travelling to and from the tomb of St James the Apostle.

In the 1980s the revival of the Camino Francés as a walking route renewed interested in the Vía de la Plata. Numbers of pilgrims increased slowly over the years peaking at 14,197 in Holy Year 2010, and since then constant at about 9,000 a year. In contrast to the Camino Francés, the busiest times on the Vía de la Plata are spring and autumn. The extreme summer heat in southern Spain makes June, July and August the preserve of a small number of hardy souls.

Today the Vía de la Plata has become a popular alternative to the Camino Francés for people looking for solitude and a more authentic Camino experience (with its accompanying difficulties). This guide covers the Vía de la Plata from Seville to Astorga, and the Camino Sanabrés, which branches from the Vía de la Plata and arrives in Santiago through southern Galicia. People often use the term Vía de la Plata to refer to the combination of these two routes.

I started writing this guide after I came back from walking the Vía de la Plata from Seville to Santiago via Astorga in the winter of 2009, and finished the first edition after returning to walk the Camino Sanabrés in 2012. Preparing for my walk I had been unable to find any reliable information in English about the routes and accommodation along them. This didn't deter me and I managed fine with a print out of accommodation from a Spanish website and some Google maps of the towns with the route sketched on them. However, if I hadn't known Spanish I would have been lost and I probably wouldn't have even attempted this walk.

Based on my experience I decided to try to make information more widely available in English. I started by making the guide available as a free download from my website. Thanks to the positive feedback and encouragement I received from other pilgrims who used it, I decided to try publishing it on Amazon (with the addition of maps). This has enabled me to bring the information to a far wider audience - not free, but for a fair price. From the beginning I appealed to pilgrims to send me updates and corrections to help me keep the information up-to-date. Many people responded, and this, together with online resources, allowed me to keep track of new hostels and route changes.

I set out to create a source of the essential information someone will need to walk the Vía de la Plata, and this book is still that, the essential information: distances, pilgrim hostels, places to buy food, places to eat, and notes about those few places where the yellow arrows may not be sufficient for you to find your way.

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Anonymous verified customer review of 2020 edition: Walking Guide to the VIA DE LA PLATA and the CAMINO SANABRES
02/18/2020

Don’t try the Via de la Plata without this

This is absolutely the companion you need. Clear, informative and concise.

A
Anonymous
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Anthony Fahey verified customer review of 2020 edition: Walking Guide to the VIA DE LA PLATA and the CAMINO SANABRES
01/14/2020

Via de la Plata

This guide is very good for research prior to going on Camino...plenty of information re the route, services available in villages, albergues etc.

AF
Anthony F.
Ireland Ireland
02/15/2020

Excellent service on the order

I always appreciate that you carry so many useful resources for the pilgrim. While I haven't walked the route, yet, I expect that this book will be very helpful, along with info gathered from the Forum and from Gronze. Thanks!

KL
Karen L.
United States United States
02/15/2020

Via de l Plata Guide

I am very impressed with all the details covered and I can't wait to take it on Camino. fondly, sandi in Vancouver Canada

SE
Sandra E.
Canada Canada
02/15/2020

Book review

i found the guide very informative , and contains all the info I need for my walk later in 2020 . Whether it is accurate I will find out in a few months

A
Anonymous
Australia Australia
02/05/2020

i will answer when i

i will answer when i come back from this camino !

A
Anonymous
France France
02/01/2020

VDLP Guide

I have been buying items from the store over a number of years and everything has been of the highest quality. Delivery to me in the UK is almost instant. Why go anywhere else? Keep up the good work Ivar!

DT
David T.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
01/26/2020

Seems very useful!

Not yet, but expect lots of benefits

CV
Catharina v.
Netherlands Netherlands
11/03/2019

Excellent.

I haven't used it yet. As l am planning to walk in 2020. But it's full of excellent information.

A
Anonymous
Australia Australia
06/23/2019

Excellent...as always

The service is always very good. This was my fourth purchase from the store

CM
Chris M.
United Kingdom

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Anonymous verified customer review of 2020 edition: Walking Guide to the VIA DE LA PLATA and the CAMINO SANABRES
02/18/2020

Don’t try the Via de la Plata without this

This is absolutely the companion you need. Clear, informative and concise.

A
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United Kingdom United Kingdom
Anthony Fahey verified customer review of 2020 edition: Walking Guide to the VIA DE LA PLATA and the CAMINO SANABRES
01/14/2020

Via de la Plata

This guide is very good for research prior to going on Camino...plenty of information re the route, services available in villages, albergues etc.

AF
Anthony F.
Ireland Ireland
02/15/2020

Excellent service on the order

I always appreciate that you carry so many useful resources for the pilgrim. While I haven't walked the route, yet, I expect that this book will be very helpful, along with info gathered from the Forum and from Gronze. Thanks!

KL
Karen L.
United States United States
02/15/2020

Via de l Plata Guide

I am very impressed with all the details covered and I can't wait to take it on Camino. fondly, sandi in Vancouver Canada

SE
Sandra E.
Canada Canada
02/15/2020

Book review

i found the guide very informative , and contains all the info I need for my walk later in 2020 . Whether it is accurate I will find out in a few months

A
Anonymous
Australia Australia
02/05/2020

i will answer when i

i will answer when i come back from this camino !

A
Anonymous
France France
02/01/2020

VDLP Guide

I have been buying items from the store over a number of years and everything has been of the highest quality. Delivery to me in the UK is almost instant. Why go anywhere else? Keep up the good work Ivar!

DT
David T.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
01/26/2020

Seems very useful!

Not yet, but expect lots of benefits

CV
Catharina v.
Netherlands Netherlands
11/03/2019

Excellent.

I haven't used it yet. As l am planning to walk in 2020. But it's full of excellent information.

A
Anonymous
Australia Australia
06/23/2019

Excellent...as always

The service is always very good. This was my fourth purchase from the store

CM
Chris M.
United Kingdom