The Vía de La Plata

Montamarta - Granja de Moreruela

22,7 km Difficulty
Your departure point is once again the Plaza Mayor. The Vía de la Plata takes you to the above-mentioned Chapel of Santa María del Castillo. You will be walking on a gravel road close to the main road for a dozen kilometres until you reach the N-630 and the Ricobayo dam.

To go to Fontanillas, the Camino officially leaves the main road and increases the walk by 1 kilometre going past the deserted village of Castrotorafe; you have to go straight ahead at the next intersection to reach this site. Castrotorafe is known as “Zamora la Vieja” (Old Zamora) and was a fortified medieval town on the banks of the River Esla. Today it is in ruins but it makes for an interesting visit.

Going back to the path, you can stop at Fontanillas and continue for another 4 kilometres until Riego del Camino and stop there. If you are not too tired, you can carry on another 6 kilometres until Granja de Moreruela, where you will find the church of San Juan Bautista, built with stones from the monastery of Santa María de Moreruela. This monastery is located 3 kilometres and a half away from the Camino and it is considered to be the first Cistercian monastery in Spain. Thanks to the support of individuals and institutions, it is being restored and some parts may be visited.
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Ana María Gago, Correos of Granja de Moreruela.

“The Cistercian Monastery of Santa María de Moreruela of the 12th century has very nicely preserved areas and it is surrounded by woodlands. It makes for an interesting visit and it also has a visitors' centre to explain the origin and history of the Cistercian Order. Opening days: Wednesday to Sunday, free admission”. Ana María Gago, Correos of Granja de Moreruela.

 

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.