Vía de la Plata

Fuente de los Cantos - Zafra

24,5 km Difficulty
Opposite the town hall of Fuente de Cantos, you have to take a right to exit the village and cross the road to Medina de las Torres. There you access a gravel road that used to be a Roman road, and you have to walk 5 kilometres to the next village, Calzadilla de los Barros. If you want, you can take a small detour and visit the church of San Salvador, with its beautiful altarpiece.

Once you leave the village, you go back to gravel roads that traverse agricultural fields and rivulets that you will have to cross. You go past Puebla de Sancho Pérez through the Plaza de España, leading to the church of Santa Lucía.

From here until the end of this section you have to pay attention to signage, as it may be confusing. The end of this day is in Zafra, a medieval historic town. Its ancient wall still has 3 gates and shows how strategic the town was during the Reconquista. 

You should pay a visit to the Alcázar-Palacio de los Duques de Feria, the Colegiata de la Candelaria, several manor houses (of the Mendoza de la Rocha, of the Conde la Corte), the convent of Santa Clara and the Plazas Chicas and Grande, the area where you can find most restaurants and night life. The Casa del Aljimez houses the City Visitor’s Centre, where you will find an explanation of the different cultures and peoples who left their imprint here.

Tips from our postmen and women

"In Zafra, you have the remains of the gates to access the old wall. One of them, the Puerta de Jerez, gets its name from the town of Jerez de los Caballeros, as this was the entry point from that area. The Puerta del Cubo (18th century) is another important gate on the wall. There are plenty of palaces now turned into museums, restaurants, the town hall... and open to tourists nowadays. You can also pay a visit to our Correos office, at the Plaza de España, and located in one of the town's historic buildings. Every year, from October 1st to 7th, we hold the Feria Internacional Ganadera, a cattle fair that dates back to the 15th century that is still very important in the province”. Carlos A. Gonzalez, Correos of Zafra.