The Vía de La Plata

Zafra - Villafranca de los Barros

19 km Difficulty
The Vía de la Plata departs from Zafra in a steep slope towards the tower of San Francisco and continues ascending for 3 kilometres towards the Alto de San Cristóbal, to then descend to Los Santos de Maimona. Here you can see the church of Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles, with its Plateresque façade, the Puerta del Perdón, and a beautiful high altar. 

If you go around the church and past the Plaza Teniente Carrasco, you will be on the EX-364 to then access a gravel road. You will be surrounded again by olive trees and vineyards, with just the occasional exit to the main road or the railway tracks.

The Camino leads you to Villafranca de los Barros, where you can see the plaza de España. Besides, you can also visit the church of Nuestra Señora de la Coronada and the church of Nuestra Señora del Valle, with its Gothic façade.



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This town is located in the heart of the county called Tierra de Barros and has been labelled the “City of Music” due to the tradition and love of its inhabitants for music. I recommend a visit to the new Historic-Ethnographic Museum that will take you through our history all the way from Palaeolithic times. Other places of interest are the Casa de la Cultura, located in a refurbished flour mill, the church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen and the chapels of La Milagrosa, San Isidro and El Pilar. You can also visit the facilities of the Colegio de San José, with its quaint chapel”. Manuel Cordero, Correos of Villafranca de los Barros. 

“Before you go back onto the Camino, I recommend not only a visit to the ethnographic museum but a taste of the excellent wines of the Barros district”.  Manuel de Jesús Vinagre, Correos of Villafranca de los Barros. 

“Los Santos de Maimona is a farming village where you can find high-quality wine and oil cooperatives”. Mª Dolores Amador, Correos of Los Santos de Maimona. 

 

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.