The Vía de La Plata

Mérida - Alcuéscar

36 km Difficulty
You exit Mérida close to the Roman aqueduct of Los Milagros until you reach the road to Proserpina. This dam was built by Emperor Augustus to supply water to Mérida through the above-mentioned aqueduct. This is a remarkable site and a real landmark for the period, almost half a kilometre long.

You have to take the path around the pond and continue for some 3 kilometres to a discreet detour; please pay attention or you may miss it. The diversion leads to the village of El Carrascalejo through gravel roads and quiet landscapes. The place is ideal for a rest and to visit the church of La Consolación.

From there you continue to the next village, Aljucén, of Moorish origin and of the same name as the river that crosses these lands. Once you have crossed the river, the walk continues along the Parque Natural de Cornalvo, a natural park on the border with the province of Cáceres.

After the Cruz de San Juan, you can already see Alcuéscar, with its Gothic church of La Asunción. Its most important monument is outside the Camino, 3 kilometres away from the village: the basilica of Santa Lucía del Trampal erected in the 7th century.
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Tips from our postmen and women

“In Alcuéscar, you should take a look at the basilica of Santa Lucía, popularly known as “La Basílica Visigoda”. You can access the surroundings for free and you can go on a guided tour of the inside on an organised visit that you can book at the Visitor’s Centre (Centro de Interpretación), a few metres away, where the history of the building is explained". Guadalupe García, Correos of Alcuéscar.  

“If you are not very tired, in Arroyomolinos de Montanchez you can check the beautiful route of Moorish mills. You can also visit the “castañar”, where on 28th October we celebrate “La Sorpresa de Arroyomolinos”, a detailed recreation of the battle of 1811 between Napoleon’s troops and the British, Spanish and Portuguese allies”. José Luis Molero, Correos of Arroyomolinos de Montanchez. 

 

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.