The Vía de La Plata

Almadén de la Plata - Monesterio

34, 5 km Difficulty
You leave Almadén de la Plata from the bullring, around the Cerro de los Covachos and past the Casa de la Postura. You have to cross a stone bridge paying close attention to the signage. There is a detour sign you have to follow to go back to the gravel road across the grazing lands, in a nice stretch with some ups and downs.

The road connects to the Camino Viejo de Almadén de la Plata, leading to El Real de la Jara, where there is a hostel for those who would like to spend the night there. This village still belongs to the Natural Park Parque Natural de la Sierra Norte de Sevilla and there you can see the church of San Bartolomé and, close to it, the medieval 14th-century castle, currently being restored.

You have to leave the castle to you right to cross the stream of La Víbora, which is the natural border between Andalusia and Extremadura, to enter the province of Badajoz. From here you can see the ruins of Castillo de las Torres. The path overlaps with the autovía A-66 and the main road, which for some pilgrims is the best option to continue until Puerto de la Cruz. 

From here you have less than 2 kilometres to Monesterio, where you may see the church of San Pedro and the visitor’s centre of Vía de la Plata. This town is named after the monastery of Santa María de Tentundía, which is actually 9 kilometres away and not on the Camino, on the highest hilltop in Badajoz.

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Tips from our postmen and women

When you access Monesterio from the Real de la Jara, you can see the Museo del Jamón Ibérico de Monesterio, a museum devoted to our most relevant product: Ibérico ham. The visit offers a tour through grazing lands, explaining the traditional pig slaughter, uses of pork, etc...” Eladio Reyes, Correos of Monesterio.

 

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.