In this second part of our journey, we’re going to review the most important things to see in the Silver Way, commenting the visits that we can’t miss during our way and the dishes we definitely need to taste.
The Silver Way is a path used since the times before the Roman conquest and it crosses Spain, from the South to the North. It’s the perfect option for whom want to do the pilgrimage to Compostela starting in the South of the country, because this millenary path is a beautiful walk that begins in Sevilla.
We’ll talk about the way from Sevilla to Compostela, passing through Astorga to continue in the paths of the French Way. However, the Silver Way has lots of alternative ways that we have commented before with more detail in the first part of this post.
The way and the experience of the Silver Way
The Silver Way is not crowded at all and, although in the high season like Eastern we could find some hostels full, during the most part of the year it’s a lonely way that contributes to our intimacy travel. If you enjoy nature without stress, this is the perfect trip for you!
Some piligrims who have done the route before tell that when they arrived to Santiago, they found it hard to get used to the racket and the cheerful attitude of the piligrims that arrived there coming from the French Way, a much more social way populated of people walking in company. The Silver Way is an intimate journey for those who are looking for a connection with the deepest life lessons from the Santiago Way, and on this route we’ll find amazing monuments. So, what are the things to see in the Silver Way that we can’t miss by no means?
What to see and what to eat, the wonders of the Silver Way
We’re talking about a 960 km long way, so it would be impossible to include all the historical monuments, fantastic villages and delightful cities that we’ll find. That’s why, in Santiago Ways, we’ve decided to select those things to see in the Silver Way and some places that are like a “must see” visit, but being aware that it would be many others. But we’ll find them all if we venture to walk the Silver Way!
Spain has an excellent cultural and gastronomic heritage not only by the big cities, but also hidden in every small town.
We’ll do a modest journey from here, mentioning what we cannot miss in each region from Seville to Compostela.
Seville has a special color
And not only Seville, but also the whole Andalucía. We start our trip from the Andalucian capital, Seville, a magical city where we must see at least the Plaza de España and the Giralda.
Our culinary starting point is the Mediterranean diet, rich in olive oil, vegetables and fish. Cold soups are specially characteristic of this region, like gazpacho, a tomato soup with some other different vegetables that’s perfect for the hot days in the South of the country.
Wine, cheese, ham and History in Extremadura
After crossing the Andalucian frontier we get into Extremadura, famous land because of its ham and its nice wine, but not only!
Extremadura is a region full of historical patrimony, bathed by the Tajo river and it’s the land of the wonderfull Monfragüe National Park; there’s no way to avoid falling in love with this part of the country. About the things to see in the Silver Way when we are going across Extremadura, we need to talk about Mérida!
In Mérida, the capital of Extremadura, we can find the incredible Roman Theatre, that is an undeniable visit, as well as the old town of Cáceres or the Alcazaba of Badajoz. Once we find ourserlves on the Plaza Alta in Badajoz, we could enjoy the taste of a torta del Casar, an extraordinary cheese, and some migas, all of it served with a nice Extremaduran cava.
Castilla y León, a surprising and full region
Over the 60% of the architectural, artistic and cultural patrimony of Spain is inside this region, so be prepared for the huge monumental richness.
First, we’ll find Salamanca, whose University was founded on the XIII century and it’s the third oldest one in Europe. Further on, we’ll be amazed by the walls that surround the city of Zamora and by its imposing cathedral. Castilla y León is famous because of its wines and meats, so we want to give you this advice: make a stop to enjoy a roasted lamb with a glass of Alion Reserva or Protos Gran Reserva. Delightful!
Astorga, the door to the French Way
After crossing a large part of Castilla and its wonders, we’ll find ourselves in Astorga, historical city par excellence where we could admire the Santa María Cathedral… and try some tasty mantecados!
From Astorga, our way joins the French Way leading us in the Galician deep green landscape.
We’ll find many things to see in the Silver Way, so many captivating villages and cities that it will be impossible for us to keep an account. Hervás, Zafra, Béjar o Benavente are just some examples of places that without a doubt won’t go unnoticed during our trip.
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