Silver Route IV
SILVER ROUTE IV (RUTA DE LA PLATA IV)
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 and Second Nights: 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.
Third and Fourth Nights: 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).
Fifth Night: 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.
Sixth and Seventh Nights: Parador de SALAMANCA
Stroll to the centre of the baroque 18th century Main Square (Plaza Mayor), look around and allow yourself to be charmed by its beauty. You can visit the 15th century House of Shells (Casa de las Conchas), the Old Cathedral (13th century), New Cathedral (16th 18th centuries), and the university (16th century), as well as many churches, palaces and the archives. The provincial capital is a treasure house of monuments, a city in which the hustle and bustle of the university throbs with ceaseless cultural activity. Nearby lies the Armuña region (Castellanos de Villiquera, Monterrubio, Gomecello, La Velles), famous for its legumes, and crossed by the ancient Roman Ruta de la Plata (Silver Route).