Silver Route I
SILVER ROUTE I (RUTA DE LA PLATA I)
The historic ‘Ruta de la Plata’ has been a natural connection between the coast of Andalusia and the Bay of Biscay since ancient times. This southern section runs through Extremadura – steeped in history and possibly the least-known region of Spain.
Suggested access airports: Seville/Jerez/Madrid
7 NIGHT ITINERARY
First Night: Parador de ZAFRA
This route takes you through one of the country’s least known yet most beautiful areas, so prepare to be surprised. In Zafra itself, you can discover the Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria Church (13th century), Grande Square, Santa Catalina Convent, Santa Clara Convent, El Rosario Convent and the Casa Grande de Zafra.
Second Night: Parador de MÉRIDA
Every sight you see in this town speaks of its legacy as part of the Roman Empire, and an active and flourishing colony. Faithful repositories of this legacy are the National Museum of Roman Art (Museo Nacional de Arte Romano), the theatre arena and Roman circus. You should not miss the Roman House of the Amphitheatre (Casa del Anfiteatro) and House of the Mithraeum (Casa de Mitreo), the archeological site at Santa Eulalia Church, the Roman bridge over the Guadiana River, and Los Milagros Aqueduct. The Moors also left their mark on the area with their citadel, as did the Visigoths, whose art you can discover in the Museum of Visigoth Art (Museo de Arte Visigótico).
Third and Fourth Night: Parador de TRUJILLO
Trujillo opens its gates to you in the Main Square (Plaza Mayor). Walking along its streets, you will discover the palace of the Dukes of San Carlos, the palace of the Marquises of La Conquista, and the palace of the Marquis of Sufraga. The old castle is filled with history, as is the Pizarro House/Museum. Religious monuments take great importance here, with monuments including San Martín Church, Santa María La Mayor Church and the convents of Santa Clara and San Francisco Real.
Fifth Night: Parador de JARANDILLA DE LA VERA
The impressive Parador de Jarandilla is a perfect starting point for visits to places such as Yuste Monastery, where Emperor Carlos V spent his last days. Other interesting visits include natural sites such as the Olla Gorge. We also recommend the towns of the Vera region, especially Valverde and Villanueva.
Sixth and Seventh Nights: Parador de PLASENCIA
Plasencia is the final stage of our journey along this stretch of the Ruta de la Plata. Don’t miss the two cathedrals: New and Old. Around the cathedrals you will find many lovely spots. The Main Square (Plaza Mayor), with its bustling activity, the Episcopal Palace, the palace of the Marquises of Mirabel, Carvajal-Girón Palace and Las Torres Palace, and San Vicente Ferrer Convent are other highlights of the city.