Via da Prata

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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“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.