Vía de la Plata

Granja de Moreruela - Benavente

25,5 km Difficulty
A metal cross located behind the church of Granja de Moreruela marks the direction in which you have to leave the village. From the main road, you move into a forest close to the N-630. You will walk close to it until Santovenia del Esla with its church of Nuestra Señora del Tobar.

You have already walked 9 kilometres, a third of this section, and you continue on paths for another 6 kilometres until Villaveza del Agua, located very close to Barcial del Barco, where there is a 16th-century sculpture of Saint James.

There are some ten kilometres left to call it a day. You cross the River Esla through the Puente de Hierro to Villanueva de Azoague. There is some misleading signage here, please take the straight road to Benavente. On the hilltop, you will see the old medieval castle with its Torre del Caracol.

In Benavente, you can also see the Romanesque churches of Santa María de Azogue and San Juan del Mercado, or the Hospital de la Piedad, formerly a hospital for pilgrims.
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Tips from our postmen and women

“In Benavente, you will find the 20th-century bourgeois villa Casa de Solita, nowadays the public library. The entire city is filled with interesting architecture, such as the buildings in Plaza Mayor, the Casa de la Encomienda... By the Parador, there is the Paseo de la Mota leading us to a viewpoint from where you can see the Valle del Órbigo. You can also have some tapas on the Calle Sancti Spiritus. Finally, you have to try “los feos”, made of almonds, sugar and eggs”. José Luis Otero, Correos of  Benavente.