This less known route to Santiago was used by the Mozarabic (Christian) pilgrims during the period of muslim domination and by all those coming from the south of Spain, including those who arrived in Sevilla by sea from north Africa and other parts of the Mediterranean. Also known as the Vía de la Plata as it follows the course of a Roman road of the same name. However, plata does not mean “Silver Route”. Plata is a corruption of an Arabic word indicating a “broad surfaced road”.
This path crosses through Andalucía, Castilla, Portugal and finally Galicia. In the province of Salamanca, pilgrims cross from Cáceres through Puerto de Béjar and walk surrounded by a beautiful landscape with soft hills full of holm oak and rockrose.