With our Ruta de la Plata roadtrip you can go throught one of the routes that the Roman Empire used to communicate the West side of Spain from South to North. Charming cities and small towns, cobbled streets, bridges and a lot of other monuments. All of them remembering the history of the places. Discover every single secret of these lands by doing this roadtrip along A66 highway (The Spanish Route 66).
DAYS 1, 2 & 3.- SEVILLA
Our trip starts in the Andalusian capital city. After your arrival, do the transfer to the hotel to relax before starting our Ruta de la Plata roadtrip.
You will be able to have some free days in Sevilla, where you can discover the different cultures that lived there along its history, something that is clearly noticeable in their monuments, architecture and art. You have to take a stepway through Triana (one of most famous Sevilla neighbourhoods), Guadalquivir river, see “La Giralda” and take a seat in a “terraza” to enjoy some “tapas”. From Sevilla you can easily use the car to get to Carmona or the Itálica ruins, one of the oldest Roman settlements you can find in Spain.
DAY 4.- SEVILLA – MÉRIDA
We say goodbye to Andalucía and go direct to Extremadura, to its capital city, Mérida. On the way through, you can do some stops of the original Ruta de la Plata, such as Zafra, a medieval city where christian, jewish and arabic communities lived all together. Once you are in Mérida, you can visit one of the roman constructions better conserved in Spain and even today performing events there, the Roman Theatre of Mérida. It is a stunning experience to contemplate this construction from year 15 b.C., which today has the honor of being considered as World Heritage by UNESCO.
DAY 5.- MÉRIDA – PLASENCIA – BÉJAR
After Mérida, our trip continues to the norht, passing through villages like Plasencia, a very important city during “La Reconquista”, with its conserved wall for defense. Plasencia also has a beautiful jewish neigbourhood and an medieval origin aqueduct. Béjar is our stop of this stage, and you will be able to see a old medieval castle (Doge´s Palace nowadays).
DAY 6.- BÉJAR – SALAMANCA – BENAVENTE
We will continue our way through A-66 highway to follow the Roman steps. In this stage, Salamanca is our first stop. Salamanca is well-known for being a universitary city. Although it is not included in the original Vía de la Plata, we think that this World Heritage city is worth-visiting. If you continue the way to the north, it is advisable to do a stop in Zamora and taste the gastronomy of the zone with some “embutidos” (cold meat specialties), cheese and artisanal liquors. We will end this stage in Benavente.
DAY 7.- BENAVENTE – LEÓN
If you love art, you may want to wake up early and take a special exit in the A66 highway following directions to Astorga, the original ending of Vía de la Plata, where you can visit a castle designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí. Roman Empire increased the pathway, communicating Cantabrian Coast with Sevilla. This way, the road was modified. This is the reason why León is our next stop. Take an easy walk through its historic downtown to see the amazing cathedral, the San Marcos Convent or “La Casa de los Botines” (house designed by Gaudí). And please, do not forget to taste some “tapas” in Barrio Húmedo.
DAY 8.- LEÓN – GIJÓN
We are now reaching the final stage of our Spanish roadtrip, this is the section known as Vía de la Carisa. You will cross the Cantabrian Mountains to reach Asturias. Gijón is the selected city for your stay due to its privileged location which will allow you to drive in order to get to the small and charming Asturian villages. Gijón is the most important seaport city of the Principality of Asturias, having a wide range offer of activities and being just a few minutes by car from other important cities such as Oviedo or Avilés.
DAYS 9 & 10.- GIJÓN
You will enjoy some free days to spend as you like in Asturias, to taste its gastronomy, having some “sidras” (cider) and relax after these days of driving.