The Vía de La Plata

El Cubo del Vino - Zamora

31,5 km Difficulty

After a well-earned rest, you start another long section, but this is mostly on flat land and nice gravel roads. You leave El Cubo del Vino on the same path you came by the previous day, to continue along the abandoned tracks of the old Salamanca-Zamora railway line.

After a long straight stretch and 13 kilometres away from the starting point, you reach Villanueva de Campeán, a small village where you can see the ruins of the convent of Nuestra Señora del Soto. You have to continue on the gravel road but you may either take a detour towards San Marcial or continue straight towards Zamora, already visible on the horizon.

Past the rivulet of El Perdigón and the industrial park of Los Llanos, you access Zamora through the Calle Fermoselle to the medieval bridge on the River Duero, built in the 12th century. The old town of this provincial capital still has many examples of Romanesque architecture, with some twenty churches built in this style. The Cathedral is a Romanesque jewel, with its dome covered in scales, the oldest in the whole of Castilla y León.

You can also visit the 11th-century Castillo, a castle with its full perimeter, bailey and keep. The walls of the city are still standing, and the Casa del Cid, also called Casa de Arias Gonzalo, is the place where this legendary knight of the Reconquista is supposed to have lived as a child.

In Zamora, you can also visit the Museo Catedralicio, with its jewels and tapestries, the Centro de Interpretación de las Ciudades Medievales, the Museo de Zamora, the Museo de Semana Santa, the Parador and its more than twenty Romanesque churches. 

Coming from the Cathedral and El Castillo towards the Plaza Mayor and the city centre, you can see the Art Nouveau buildings on the pedestrian street of Santa Clara. The most remarkable one is at Plaza Sagasta. Visiting the railway station, a fine building, is also recommended by experts.


The typical food in Zamora includes the arroz a la Zamorana, the cocido zamorano, the beans of Sanabria, lamb and beef sweetbread, cod “a la Tranca”, and also the local Aliste, Sayago and Sanabria D.O. meats. The pottery of Pereruela and Moveros is also renowned.

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Tips from our postmen and women

Rocío Vázquez, Correos  de Zamora.

“If you access Zamora through the medieval bridge over the Duero and you go downstream around the Peñas de Santa Marta and the Cathedral, you will see Aceñas de Olivares, old flour mills where people from Zamora used to grind wheat to make bread. By the Aceñas, you will find the church of San Claudio de Olivares, a Romanesque church now redundant but open to the public. Further down, and before you cross the road to the new bridge called Los Pintores, you will find the church of Santiago de los Caballeros. According to the Romancero, here is the place where D. Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, the Cid Campeador, was knighted. If you go up the street and walk around the castle towards the city, you will find the castle gate known as “El Portillo de la Traición”Rocío Vázquez, Correos  de Zamora.

 

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.