The Via de la Plata is more than just a cycling (or walking) tour from Seville to Santiago de Compostella. It’s a pilgrims route. Already in the Roman era the Via de la Plata was an important route from South to North; it was also important for trade. After the grave of Saint Jacob was discoverd in Santiago de Compostella in the year 813, it became a pilgrims route.
We are not only cycling a historic route, it’s also part of the culture in this part of Spain to welcome pilgrims and wish them ‘Buen Camino’. It’s no exception to hear people scream ‘BUEN CAMIIIIIIINO’.
The scenery was beautifull, the roads quiet, but the slopes where more up than down. We cycled many kilometers between cork oaks, we passed several pig farms (some of Spains best ham comes from this region) and we saw quite some storks. We entered into the province Extremadura, which is hot and empty, but also beautiful.
According to our guide book, today was the most difficult track of the tour, with many slopes, some long ones going up 10 percent. The wind made it less hot, but still it’s hot, really hot. So we stopped at 2pm in a village called Fuente de Cantos where we stay in the pilgrims hostel.