2022 edition: Walking Guide to the VIA DE LA PLATA and the CAMINO SANABRES


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This is the 2022 edition.

It 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.

My talk with Gerald Kelly here:

 

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08/11/2022

ViadelaPlata

Lotsofimportantandveryusefulinformation.

07/30/2022

Great resource for planning

Great book which is enabling my friend and I to plan our 2023 VDLP.

05/06/2022

Perfect via de la plata companion.

Really great using now. Combined with online updates. Booked ahead and planed just with book.

04/30/2022

Guide for VDLP

I am using it now. Enjoying the layout. Maps ., information ., accommodation. Good job Gerald Kelly.

04/02/2022

Very good all round

I had an earlier version of Gerald Kelly's guide, and whilst I didn't really need this hard copy, I wanted to have and hold it, and also support his and Ivar's work. I'd oped to walk the Via in 2022, but it now seems that I'll push that out till 2023, all being well. I was particularly impressed that it arrived in my PO box in Australia only 3 weeks or so after I ordered it from Europe. Great service.

03/30/2022

Camino essentials

A guidebook is essential if you want to walk a camino, and it's best to have the most up to date version. The layout is different from previous editions but all the info you need is there. Top marks to Casa Ivor for a speedy delivery too!

03/26/2022

A perfect guidebook

The book has been a great help, when I have planned my VdLP Camino.

03/16/2022

Excellent guide

Had been hoping to undertake the Via de la Plata when Covid put paid to my plans. The opportunity might soon be there so the planning begins again. I already had the 2016 edition and I have now bought bought the updated guide (2022). Gerald Kelly’s guides are excellent and I certainly would feel more comfortable to have this guide on the Via de la Plata. The service from Ivar Rekve’s store is excellent; a good selection of books and no problems with delivery. Better (I would say) to support dedicated small local rather than a certain mega international outfit.

10/21/2021

Lost in Transit!

The book never arrived, no notifications that it was coming, nothing. Sack the courier company and let me know when you'll resend it?

09/12/2021

Excellent guidebook for the VDLP and Camino Sanabres

Gerald Kelly’s guidebook for the VDLP and Camino Sanabres has given me all the information I’ll need to undertake these Caminos next year. The guidebook is thorough and is slim and lightweight - it’s the perfect Camino companion.

12/17/2020

even with covid!

It took a while but even the Covid crisis couldn’t stop delivery Thank you very much, hopefully 2022 will be possible to visit and walk again Take care and keep well

Camino Forum Store 2022 edition: Walking Guide to the VIA DE LA PLATA and the CAMINO SANABRES Review
12/04/2020

VDLP 2020

Pleased to have the 2020 version, even though I still won't be able to walk for a while. Thanks Ivar for getting it to me even though you were working through lockdown restrictions.

08/21/2020

Gerald Kelly guide to Via de la Plata

haven’t walked the route yet. In my opinion, the maps could be improved. Otherwise, it seems to have great info on lodging and eating options. Looking forward to putting it to the test!!

04/17/2020

via de la plata

Good fast service

02/18/2020

Don’t try the Via de la Plata without this

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

Camino Forum Store 2022 edition: Walking Guide to the VIA DE LA PLATA and the CAMINO SANABRES Review
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!

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

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

02/05/2020

i will answer when i

i will answer when i come back from this camino !

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!

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4.9 Based on 42 Reviews
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4 ★
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Filter Reviews:
08/11/2022

ViadelaPlata

Lotsofimportantandveryusefulinformation.

07/30/2022

Great resource for planning

Great book which is enabling my friend and I to plan our 2023 VDLP.

05/06/2022

Perfect via de la plata companion.

Really great using now. Combined with online updates. Booked ahead and planed just with book.

04/30/2022

Guide for VDLP

I am using it now. Enjoying the layout. Maps ., information ., accommodation. Good job Gerald Kelly.

04/02/2022

Very good all round

I had an earlier version of Gerald Kelly's guide, and whilst I didn't really need this hard copy, I wanted to have and hold it, and also support his and Ivar's work. I'd oped to walk the Via in 2022, but it now seems that I'll push that out till 2023, all being well. I was particularly impressed that it arrived in my PO box in Australia only 3 weeks or so after I ordered it from Europe. Great service.

03/30/2022

Camino essentials

A guidebook is essential if you want to walk a camino, and it's best to have the most up to date version. The layout is different from previous editions but all the info you need is there. Top marks to Casa Ivor for a speedy delivery too!

03/26/2022

A perfect guidebook

The book has been a great help, when I have planned my VdLP Camino.

03/16/2022

Excellent guide

Had been hoping to undertake the Via de la Plata when Covid put paid to my plans. The opportunity might soon be there so the planning begins again. I already had the 2016 edition and I have now bought bought the updated guide (2022). Gerald Kelly’s guides are excellent and I certainly would feel more comfortable to have this guide on the Via de la Plata. The service from Ivar Rekve’s store is excellent; a good selection of books and no problems with delivery. Better (I would say) to support dedicated small local rather than a certain mega international outfit.

10/21/2021

Lost in Transit!

The book never arrived, no notifications that it was coming, nothing. Sack the courier company and let me know when you'll resend it?

09/12/2021

Excellent guidebook for the VDLP and Camino Sanabres

Gerald Kelly’s guidebook for the VDLP and Camino Sanabres has given me all the information I’ll need to undertake these Caminos next year. The guidebook is thorough and is slim and lightweight - it’s the perfect Camino companion.

12/17/2020

even with covid!

It took a while but even the Covid crisis couldn’t stop delivery Thank you very much, hopefully 2022 will be possible to visit and walk again Take care and keep well

Camino Forum Store 2022 edition: Walking Guide to the VIA DE LA PLATA and the CAMINO SANABRES Review
12/04/2020

VDLP 2020

Pleased to have the 2020 version, even though I still won't be able to walk for a while. Thanks Ivar for getting it to me even though you were working through lockdown restrictions.

08/21/2020

Gerald Kelly guide to Via de la Plata

haven’t walked the route yet. In my opinion, the maps could be improved. Otherwise, it seems to have great info on lodging and eating options. Looking forward to putting it to the test!!

04/17/2020

via de la plata

Good fast service

02/18/2020

Don’t try the Via de la Plata without this

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

Camino Forum Store 2022 edition: Walking Guide to the VIA DE LA PLATA and the CAMINO SANABRES Review
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!

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

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

02/05/2020

i will answer when i

i will answer when i come back from this camino !

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!