The Jacobean Ways of the Western Peninsular aim to preserve and disseminate other ways of reaching the Galician capital.
One of the most popular routes of the Camino de Santiago and of all the existing Jacobean routes is, without any doubt, the Vía de la Plata. This road runs along an ancient Roman road that crosses the western part of the Iberian Peninsula from south to north. It starts in Seville and after 27 stages of a total of more than 700 kilometers, it ends in Astorga and joins the French Way. If you want to enjoy all that this historic route has to offer, Cáceres is one of the best starting points.
Thousands of pilgrims choose to follow the Camino de Santiago from Cáceres. The reasons are many and varied, since the Vía de la Plata is not the only way to reach Santiago de Compostela. There are other Jacobean routes to the west of the peninsula with a cultural richness that includes hundreds of years of history; endless panoramic views, bridges built by the Romans, buildings and architectural monuments of great relevance and nature wherever you look.
The Jacobean Ways of the Western Peninsular aim to preserve and disseminate other ways of reaching the Galician capital. The Via de la Estrella and the Camino de Galisteo a Riomalo de Abajo not only have a great historical value with many monuments and buildings considered World Heritage Sites, but also cooperate with Portugal to offer pilgrims two very attractive options.
Although the Vía de la Plata passes through some essential monumental cities and conveys a Jacobean experience very different from the rest of the routes, the Vía de la Estrella is a second alternative to reach Santiago de Compostela from Cáceres. Its name comes from the famous "Arco de la Estrella" (the main entrance to the walled city) and for coinciding with the Milky Way.
Starting from the Silver Route, the Via de la Estrella connects with a beautiful Roman route that links Mérida, Cáceres and Braga, where it connects with the Portuguese Way. The route corresponds to the ancient road "Iter ab Emerita Bracaram", which links Emerita Augusta (Merida) and Norba Caesarina (Caceres) with Bracara Augusta (Braga). Along the way, pilgrims cross iconic places such as Los Barruecos, the natural park of the Tajo or the Natural Park of the Sierra de la Estrella and other privileged areas where there is a great Roman historical heritage.
On the other hand, and as a third option, pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago from Cáceres can also opt for the Camino de Galisteo a Riomalo de Abajo, a Jacobean route to the west of the peninsula that runs parallel to the Vía de la Plata. Starting from Galisteo and ending in Meandro del Melero, it also links with the Portuguese Way and visits different natural attractions.
Cáceres is one of the most remarkable destinations of the Silver Route, since in its streets we find numerous monuments and buildings of great historical value both from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance period. In general, this route goes from Seville to Astorga, but it can be perfectly started from Cáceres.
(Continue along the French Way to Santiago de Compostela
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