The Vía de La Plata

Salamanca - El Cubo del Vino

35,5 km Difficulty
This is a long section so you may want to divide it into two. You have to really think about this in the summer, as there are long stretches with no services, as you will see next.

You leave beautiful Salamanca from the plaza Mayor along the Calle Zamora and past the church of San Marcos, then you have to go straight ahead. When you get to the roundabout with the statue of a bull, you take the Avenida Raimundo de Borgoña, the main road N-630 leaving the city.

You walk on the main road until you find a gravel road to your left that will take you to Aldeaseca de la Armuña. After you go past its church, you continue on the Camino. You have already completed 6 kilometres and there are 5 left to reach the next village, Castellanos de Villiquera, where you can see the church of San Juan Bautista, with an 18th-century sundial on its tower.

You continue 4 kilometres on a gravel road again towards Calzada de Valdunciel, with services by the road and where you will find the visitors’ centre or Centro de Interpretación de los Caminos Históricos. There are pilgrims who decide to call it a day here and stay at the village hostel, as from there to El Cubo del Vino there are still 20 kilometres left without any shade or villages in between.

Those who decide to do the whole stretch in one go have to continue along Calle Ruta de la Plata to then walk parallel to the main road and the autovía. You have to be careful with the signage: you should be walking parallel to the autovía for a while, leaving the prison of Topas to your side. El Cubo del Vino awaits tired pilgrims with its church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán and a cross showing Santiago as a pilgrim. The underground wine cellars are quite remarkable and you can see neighbours gathering there.
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 Ana Belén González, Correos of Roales.
 
“El Cubo del Vino has a park called “Majada Gorda”, listed as a public space for nature lovers. The cross opposite the church is a replica of the one in the famous 11th-century Romanesque church of Santa Marta de Tera”. Ana Belén González, Correos of Roales.

 

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.