The Vía de La Plata

Alcuéscar - Cáceres

38 km Difficulty
Olive and holm oak groves will take you for more than 7 kilometres from Alcuéscar to the bridge over the River Ayuela. On the other side of the river, you will find the village of Casas de Don Antonio. If you wish to visit it, you will have to leave the Camino and get to  Plaza de España where you will see the Cruz de la Horca and the church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción.

Back on the Vía de la Plata, the path runs parallel to the N-630, going past two Roman milestones and crossing the Roman bridge over the Santiago stream. It is time to decide whether you want to take a shortcut to the village of Aldea del Cano or continue your walk on the Camino.

The route goes past the village of Valdesalor, with a rest area, to continue to the hilltop of Las Camelias, which most pilgrims prefer to reach through the main road, as this is less strenuous. Open ground precedes the city of Cáceres, which you can access through the Ronda de San Francisco and the Calle da las Damas.

The old town of Cáceres has very interesting architectural and historic sites, especially from the Renaissance. The city is very well preserved and that is why it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is divided into two areas by the city wall. Some of its most remarkable monuments are the churches of Santa María and San Francisco Javier, Romanesque and Baroque, respectively; the palaces of Las Veletas and Toledo-Moctezuma and the Torre de Carvajal. Besides, if you stroll around the city, you will find other churches, palaces and quaint squares that will amaze you.
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Tips from our postmen and women

 Juan José Ramos, Correos of Cáceres.

The Museo Yussuf al Borch, in the city centre of Cáceres, makes for an interesting visit. This is a two-storey house of Moorish style, a culture that was present for several centuries in our city”. Juan José Ramos, Correos of Cáceres.

 

We transfer your rucksack

So that you can travel light along the Camino de Santiago

 

We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from your accommodation at one stage to the next!! This way, your walk is more comfortable, your bag is lighter and you can enjoy every step of the Camino. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.

 

Bicycle transportation services 

We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point

 

Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any branch of Correos. Once you finish the Camino de Santiago you can go to the nearest post office and send it back home again. Your bicycle will be insured and we package your bike without disassembling it.

 

Luggage transfer

For everything you want in or out of your rucksack 

 

With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point along the Camino (hostels, hotels, branches of Correos, etc) so that you have your personal belongings when you arrive. You can therefore have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you carry along the Way. You can also send back whatever you have in your daily rucksack that you no longer need.

 

Prepaid Card

So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino 

 

Correos offers a prepaid card that is not linked to a bank account. In this way, you can defort walk the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You only have to put the money on the card that you are going to need and then top up again if your balance is low. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.

 

 

Stamping Your Credential

So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport 

Branches of Correos along the Camino de Santiago stamp your Credential or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of these stamps represent important tourist attractions from that particular place to help you remember your jorney.

 

 

Sending parcels along the Camino de Santiago 
 

Send your parcels without having to go along to a branch of Correos!

 

You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred branches of CORREOS located along the Camino de Santiago and additionally from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodation from where you can send parcels any time of the day. This service will help you to get rid of things from your luggage that you no longer need. You can also buy souvenirs or some typical products without having to worry about carrying them with you. 
 

 

 

Lockers in Santiago

So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city

Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike or trekking pole before you go into the Cathedral or you can wander around Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.

 

Correos Branches

To help you with anything you may need 

 

We have over 150 branches of Correos along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.