The Ruta Via de la Plaza is the longest of the pilgrim routes in Spain which runs from Merida to Astorga through some of the most exceptional local areas in the region. The route is situated between the most beautiful mountains, valleys and plains that link the north and south of Spain. On your journey you will see other spectacular landscapes such as the three Biosphere Reserves and two National Parks known as the Doñana in Andalusia and the Monfrague in Caceres.
in the past, the Ruta Via de la Plaza was used by the Romans in order to communicate with the West of Spain. When the Romans invaded in 218 BC, they made sure that the roads covered the entire territory and the Roman troops used it to travel to the north of Spain.
From the first to the nineteenth century, the route was used as a foundation to build new roads. Therefore, it represents an extraordinary historical-artistic legacy for the art and civilization it created.
Although most of the route is similar to what it was two thousand years ago, it was revived in the 1980s to accommodate motorways and urban areas such as Seville. It has also become an attractive route for pilgrims walking or cycling to Santiago de Compostela. Furthermore, tourists today can cycle or drive through the route in order to explore the history and culture of many different cities.
the route begins in the capital of Analucia, Seville, where you can take a walk through the famous district of Triana or see the banks of the river Guadalquivir. It passes through the impressive ruins of Itañica, the ancient city of the Roman Betica, and the cities of Zafra and Almendralejo, to Merida. It then travels through Bejar and Salamanca where you can find the magnificent gothic-style church of San Esteban which was built in the 16th and 17th century. The route continues north, from Zamora to Benavente and from there, to Astorga and Leon. It passes through Campomanes and Pola de Lena which lead you to the end of your journey in the cities of Oviedo and Gijon, where you can make the most of their wide range of tourist attractions.
The Ruta Via de la Plaza represents an important part of Roman history. By visiting fascinating cities and towns, it provides you with a unique experience to explore the culture and heritage of Spain.