Camino Portugués de la Vía de la Plata
C.Portugués de la Vía de la Plata
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route, first waymarked in 2000, which deviates from
the main Via de la Plata in Zamora to lead west
via San Pedro de la Nave and Alcañices, crosses
the border into Portugal and continues via Bragança,
Vinhais and Segirei before going back into Spain
to join up with the southern route through Galicia
in Verín. From there the pilgrim continues on via
Xinzo de Limia and Allariz to Ourense and then,
together with pilgrims coming via Puebla de Sanabria
and A Gudiña, to Santiago.
km long from Zamora to Verín, with 184 km more to
Santiago (say 380 km in total). 18 km shorter than
option via Puebla de Sanabria.
well-waymarked throughout, with the yellow arrows
familiar to those who have already
the Camino francés. The Fundación Ramos de Castro
has also placed terracotta information plaques in
every town and village along the way from Zamora
up to and including Bragança, plus one in Vinhais,
informing the pilgrim (and local residents) of features
of this camino in that area, as well as, more recently,
large marker stones at main turning points.
particularly demanding as far as Alcañices (though
the route is gently but almost continuously uphill
from Zamora onwards) but once the pilgrim crosses
the border into Portugual and into the mountainous
Parque Naturel de Montesinho it becomes extremely
strenuous. This continues until the Camino reenters
Spain, after which it becomes flatter as far as
July and August but otherwise the route is normally
practicable throughout the year. March-May and September-October
are recommended but later in the year it can be
Romanesque churches in Zamora, Visigothic church
of San Pedro de la Nave, Gothic wall paintings in
in Vivinera, Cidadela (fortess town) in Bragança,
many smaller churches and interesting vemacular
pensiones or casas rurales in most places of any
size. Refugios in Zamora, Fonfría,
Quintanilha, Verín, Alberellos de Monterrei, Viladerei/Trasmiras
(in preparation), Sandías, Ourense (and thereafter
to Santiago) plus R&F (roof and floor) facilities
in Valdeperdices and Edral, thus making it possible
to walk this route without doing more than 25km
features of the route/General.
extremely solitary route at present, with few pilgrims
and terrain that is only sparsely inhabited. On
several parts of the route in the province of Zamora
and in the section through Portugal pilgrims will
not encounter villages with facilities of any kind
all day long so well-organised daily planning is
despite its physical difficulties this is a very
interesting camino and recommended to anyone who
has already walked from Seville or other places
futher south and is already fit.
Camino Portugués de la Via d la Plata, Alfonso Ramos
de Castro, Zamora: Fundación Ramos de Castro, 2002.
A very brief, useful guide to the route with clear
but small-scale maps, though this is no longer readily
Vía de la Plata, C: Zamora-Braganza-Santiago (Pilgrim
Guides to Spain #2), by Alison Raju, Confraternity
of St James, 2005. Detailed route-finding descriptions
as well as information on places of interest, accommodation
and services. For copyright reasons no detailed
maps can be provided. A second, updated and enlarged
edition is in preparation. Available in our Bookshop.
the main tourist office in Zamora (Oficina Regional
de Turismo at Avenida Principe de Asturias 1, website
here for opening times, phone number and email)
has detailed information, much of it in English
as well, on the route in that province plus briefer
material on the rest of this camino.
of the route is accessible to very fit, energetic
mountain bikers though there are sections where
pilgrim will need to dismount and push his/her machine
up steep hills. Touring bikes will have to stick
to the roads.
without a reasonable command of Spanish and Portuguese
will find this route difficult. Please see
FAQ Do I need to speak Spanish or French? for suggested
ways of learning.
to Alison Raju. June 2011.
C.Portugués de la Vía de la Plata