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2024 edition: Walking Guide to the VIA DE LA PLATA and the CAMINO SANABRES

2024 edition: Walking Guide to the VIA DE LA PLATA and the CAMINO SANABRES

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The 2024 edition of the Vía de la Plata guide contains the following:

- Pilgrim hostels and other accommodation options on or close to the Camino
- Services in the towns and villages (shops, restaurants, pharmacies, banks, etc.)
- Route descriptions and exact distances and ascents/descents (including for variants)
- Overview and urban maps, distance charts for at-a-glance planning
- Altitude profiles
- Notes on the important historical sites

This guide presents the essential information in a clear, concise, no-nonsense manner. It describes the route which starts in Seville and follows the Vía de la Plata and the Camino Sanabrés to Santiago de Compostela.

The Via de la Plata is a unique Camino and different in several important ways from other more popular Caminos. Walking distances are longer, the track is often remote, accommodation and other facilities are often few and far between, on its southern section summers are noticeably hotter than further north and, depending on the time of year you’re walking, there may be very few pilgrims. At 1000km it is also longer than any of the better known Caminos.

In the last twenty years, this Camino has become more popular as an alternative to the more established Caminos for people looking for solitude and a more authentic Camino experience.

Because this is a challenging Camino it’s important that the information in the guide be up-to-date and accurate and that the walking notes and advice about potential difficulties be written by someone who knows this Camino well and has extensive experience of walking it in all seasons.

Gerald started writing this guide after walking the Vía from Seville to Santiago via Astorga in February 2009 and finished the first edition after returning to walk the Camino Sanabrés in 2012 (when it rained non-stop for two weeks!)

This is a “community guide”, its content is updated and adapted based on feedback and advice from people with experience of this Camino, as well as my own Camino adventures. 

Gerald stays in touch with the Camino by walking it regularly and participating in the discussion online. He is also active on the Camino Forum.

Buen Camino!

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Jeremy C.

Guide does look good, but, as yet, have not delved into it in detail - Yet to decide IF we will walk that Via !!

Roselyne D.
Via Plata-Sanabres 2024,Gerald Kelly

Excellent information of distances, albergues casa rural, hostals, restaurants and general informations of the camino. Very useful.

Penny V.

2024 edition: Walking Guide to the VIA DE LA PLATA and the CAMINO SANABRES

Tea G.
useful guide

I bought the book to prepare my walking to the Via de la Plata in 2024. It is really good, ful of useful informaton and advices and I recommand it to everybody who wants to be prepaired for that Camino
As always, communication with Casa Ivar was excellent and the book arrived as soon as possible

Brendan O.
Excellent Product, Excellent Service - as usual!

I am using it currently as a planning resource for a potential Camino in Spring of 2024. It is serving me very well in that regard!

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