Completing the Camino de Santiago from Seville
Doing the Camino de Santiago from Seville to the Cathedral of Compostela means completing more than 950 kms, following the Vía de la Plata. This route takes a fork in the locality of Granja de Moreruela in Zamora.
If you take the variant that passes through Astorga, the Camino de Santiago from Seville is 968 kilometers long. The variant known as the Camino Sanabres faces a slightly longer route, 983 km.
The above implies that the Camino de Santiago from Seville, on foot, can be divided into 37 stages if the Astorga variant is followed and in 38, if you take the Camino Sanabres. If the tour is done by bike, it is possible to complete it in 16 stages.
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Before starting to talk about the Camino de Santiago route from Seville, it should be noted that the Andalusian capital deserves a full day to visit it. So, if you have time, we advise you to book a day or two to enjoy it before starting your pilgrimage.
Seville, known as the city of colour, has many attractions. Some of the most emblematic are the Real Alcázar, the Giralda, the Cathedral of Seville, the Golden Tower, the Plaza de España or the Triana district.
Below we explain what each stage on the Camino de Santiago from Seville is like. We will also tell you about the different places of interest that you can visit from Seville to Compostela.
Stage 1 of the Camino de Santiago from Seville
It is in the well-known district of Triana where the Camino de Santiago from Seville begins. The first stage joins the capital of Andalusia with the town of Guillena. In total, 22.8 kilometres of travel.
For most of the day, you will advance through open areas, where you will hardly find any shade. It is because of this type of situation, that doing the Camino de Santiago from Seville is not so recommended in summer, since during the months of June, July and August temperatures are usually very high in this area of Spain.
Still, many pilgrims travel each year on the Camino de Santiago route during the warmer months. To do this, it is essential to take appropriate precautions to avoid heat stroke or dehydration problems. If you plan to do the Camino de Santiago from Seville during those months, we recommend that you consult our tips for doing La Vía de la Plata in summer.
With the exception of the previous detail, the first stage of the Camino from Seville is quite simple. The route is basically flat and the path largely follows a straight line.
On this stage you will have the opportunity to visit the Roman city of Itálica, located at the exit of Santiponce. The stage ends in Guillena, where you can enjoy its rich historical heritage, such as the Parladé Palace, the Plaza de España and the Old Alcázar, transformed into the Plaza de Toros.
Stage 2: Continue to Castilblanco de los Arroyos
The second day in the Camino de Santiago faces a total of 18.2 km. The stage is carried out on a continuous but moderate ascent.
During the tour you will not find many towns with services, so it is advisable to be well prepared. The day concludes in Castilblanco de los Arroyos, where you can visit the pyramidal monument that Cervantes referenced in his book “Las dos doncellas”.
Stage 3 of the Camino de Santiago from Seville
28.8 kilometres separate Castilblanco de los Arroyos from Almadén de la Plata, where the third stage of the Camino de Santiago from Seville ends. On this stage you will not find many services either.
The first part of the route is carried out following a local road, on a slight climb. After the first 16 kilometres, one of the most beautiful sections of the day is crossed: the El Berrocal farmlands. Finally, the stage faces some steep slopes, to cross the Alto del Calvario.
Stage 4: Almadén de la Plata – Monesterio
Stage 4 of the Camino de Santiago from Seville runs between Almadén de la Plata and Monesterio. It is a slightly longer stage than the previous ones: 34.4 km. If you wish, you can divide it by staying overnight in the village of El Real de la Jara.
The first few kilometres of the day cross beautiful dehesa (farmland) landscapes, dotted with Mediterranean forest. On this stage you leave Andalusia to enter the community of Extremadura.
During this stage, you will be able to visit the castle of El Real de la Jara, for which you will have to deviate 300 metres from the road. In Monesterio, you can visit Castillo de las Torres, the Chapel of the Virgin of Tentudía and the Church of San Pedro.
Stage 5 of the Camino de Santiago from Seville
The 21.2 km separating Monesterio from Fuente de Cantos, where the fifth stage of the Camino de Santiago from Seville concludes, are somewhat monotonous. The tour takes place on wastelands, and you face some slight slopes.
This stage also does not have intermediate services. In Fuente de Cantos, a town known for being the hometown of the painter Francisco de Zurbarán, you can visit the Nuestra Señora de la Hermosa Chapel.
Stage 6: On to Zafra
The route linking Fuente de Cantos with Zafra has a distance of 24.6 km. It is a fundamentally flat stage that crosses cereal field landscapes and some streams.
On this day, you will find intermediate towns with services, such as Calzadilla de los Barros, where you can visit the Church of Salvador, and Puebla de Sancho Pérez. At the end of the stage, you will reach the beautiful town of Zafra, with various places of interest such as the Collegiate Church of the Candelaria, the Alcázar or the Plaza Grande y la Chica.
Stage 7: To the city of music
The seventh stage of the Camino de Santiago from Seville concludes in Villafranca de los Barros, after 19.2 km of travel. The day runs along dirt tracks, bordered by vineyards.
In Villafranca de los Barros you can visit the Nuestra Señora del Valle Church and the Nuestra Señora de la Coronada Chapel too. The streets of this town, known as the city of music, also have a special appeal.
Stage 8 of the Camino de Santiago from Seville
Stage 8 of the Camino de Santiago from Seville runs between Villafranca de los Barros and Torremejía. It has a total of 27 km.
The route is completed in a straight line over a fundamentally flat terrain. This fact, coupled with the absence of intermediate locations, makes this stage somewhat monotonous.
Arrival in Mérida (stage 9)
16 kilometres separates Torremegia from Merida. The distance is very short but extending the previous stage would mean doing 43 kilometres in a single day.
Trying to lengthen this stage and not stay overnight in Merida, would be a real shame. The Roman city of Merida deserves, at the very least, an entire afternoon to visit it properly. Its main monuments are the Roman Theatre and the Aqueduct of Miracles.
The Camino de Santiago that comes from Seville links up in Merida, another of the routes of the Ruta de la Plata, known as the Camino Mozarabe. If you would like to know more, click on the link.
Stage 10: Mérida – Alcuéscar
From Mérida at the end of the tenth stage of the Camino de Santiago from Seville, in Alcuéscar, there are 36.4 kilometres in total. The distance is long, but the stage is relatively simple, as it does not face any great slopes.
Stage 11: On to Cáceres
If the previous stage was long, this one is even longer. 38.2 km separate Alcuéscar from the city of Cáceres.
This is a rather complicated stage, because, in addition to the long distance, you will face quite a few moderate slopes. If you want, you can split the route by staying overnight in Valdesalor.
On the route, you will not find many intermediate locations. But the Camino passes next to several villages that deserve a visit, if you are willing to deviate. These are: Casas de Don Antonio and Aldea del Cano.
If with such a long tour you do not want to deviate, do not worry, because Cáceres has enough heritage to bring cultural richness to the day. In the city you can visit the La Paz Chapel, Plaza de San Jorge and the Chapel of San Blas.
Stage 12 of the Camino de Santiago from Seville
Stage 12 on the Camino de Santiago from Seville ends at the Alcántara Reservoir. The 33.4 kms, which separate Cáceres from this town, doesn’t present much unevenness, so it is a long but simple stage. If you wish, you can divide it at Casar de Cáceres, located 11 kilometres from the beginning.
Camino de Santiago from Seville (stage 13)
This stretch of the route ends in Grimaldo and has a length of 20.4 km. This stage of the Camino de Santiago from Seville is carried out over mountainous terrain with a number of slopes.
Alto de Los Castaños, at an altitude of 500 metres, is the biggest challenge of the day. From there you descend to Grimaldo, where you can visit the Church of Santa Maria.
Stage 14: Grimaldo – Carcaboso
Between Grimaldo and the town of Carcaboso, where this stage of the Camino de Santiago from Seville concludes, there are 30.8 kilometres. The tour is made along pleasant sidewalks, with some moderate ups and downs.
During the day you will have the opportunity to visit the walled town of Galisteo. An architectural collection that has both Roman and Arabic influence.
Stage 15 of the Camino de Santiago from Seville
Stage 15 is the longest stage of the Camino de Santiago from Seville. 38.6 km separate Carcaboso from Aldeanueva del Camino, without intermediate locations.
The alternative for those who do not want to face such a long route is to deviate from the Camino, to stay overnight in nearby locations. Oliva Plasencia or Jarrilla are two villages that are not far from the official layout.
The good news is that this stage has great landscape beauty and lacks, almost entirely, any climbs. In the middle of the route we cross the Roman arch of Cáparra, one of the most representative monuments on La Vía de la Plata.
Stage 16: Going to La Calzada de Béjar
Luckily, this stage is much shorter than the previous one. Between La Calzada de Béjar, where the tour ends, and Aldeanueva del Camino there are 22.2 km in total.
During the day, Extremadura is left to continue through the community of Castile and Leon. The Camino de Santiago gains altitude to cross the Central Plateau, which means that temperatures from this stage will be cooler.
The first part of the route, to Baños de Montemayor, is carried out following the road route. In this town you can enjoy its spa and visit its ancient Roman baths. The rest of the tour is much more pleasant, surrounded by wooded stretches.
Camino de Santiago from Seville (stage 17)
Stage 17 runs between La Calzada de Béjar and Fuenterroble de Salvatierra. A 20.2 km route, with few slopes, although the Camino continues to gain in altitude until reaching almost 1,000 metres.
Stage 18 of the Camino from Seville
28.6 long and lonely kilometres separate Fuenterroble from Salvatierra from the village of San Pedro de Rozados. Again the Camino de Santiago from Seville faces a stage characterized by the absence of intermediate locations.
The first part of the day moves towards Pico de la Dueña, at an altitude of 1,165 metres. From there, the route descends to the Mendigos stream, and continues to San Pedro de Rozados.
This stage has a variant that allows you to shorten the route by 2.8 kilometres. The detour is located before Pico de la Dueña and is well signposted. This alternative route passes through Pedrosillo de los Aires and connects with the official route in Morille.
The Camino de Santiago stage from Seville which leads to Salamanca has a total of 23 km of travel. The first part of the day crosses a wooded landscape, dotted with dehesas. Then, it faces a monotonous path of extensive plains.
At the end of the stage the famous city of Salamanca awaits you . In its old town, you will find numerous attractions, as well as lively student life. At this point on the Camino de Santiago from Seville, we recommend that you take a day or two to enjoy Salamanca and its extensive heritage.
Last sections on the Camino de Santiago from Seville
We hope that the description of the first stages of the Camino de Santiago from Seville that we have provided in this article will help you organize your pilgrimage. For the characteristics related to the rest of the tour, check out our guide to the Camino de Santiago from Salamanca.
In it, we explain how the remaining 461 kilometres are. We also provide you with information about the route of the two variants that you will find from Granja de Moreruela, the one that goes through Astorga and the Camino Sanabres.
As always, we remind you that if you want to have a specialized agency in the Camino de Santiago, one that will help you organize your trip from Seville, do not hesitate to contact us. You can use our form, visit the Facebook page of Santiago Ways or, just leave us a comment on this post.