The ancient Vía de la Plata Route, along with its natural extensions, was an important highway connecting the Cantabrian coast with the lands of southern Hispania, transited by goods, armies, merchants and travellers over the centuries.
The Vía de la Plata Route, part of EuroVelo 1, cuts through the provinces of Zamora and Salamanca in Castilla y León. It is worth a leisurely ride to enjoy all its surprising tourist attractions. See the sights of its cities and towns, savour its unique cuisine and admire its variety of landscape, peneplains, vast horizons of wine and grains, and moorland areas.
This stage is long, but the terrain is quite flat. There are many villages along the route where you can recover your strength and learn about their heritage, such as Perdigón, which boasts the important Church of San Felix, with a tower from the time of the Catholic Monarchs and a 16th century temple. Amid vineyards and some small holm oaks, we arrive at Villanueva de Campeán. Before entering the town, we’ll pass the ruins of a Franciscan convent, and in the town, we’ll find the Church of Santa María del Soto (13th century).
Corrales del Vino has the beautiful Church of La Magdalena, from the 16th century, as well as the Church of Calzada de Valdunciel, also from the 16th century with subsequent reforms, and that of Villares de la Reina from the 17th century. Along the way, we can take a detour to Topas to check out the Buen Amor Castle-Palace, declared a National Monument in 1931. It is currently part of the Posadas Reales brand, a high-quality brand of rural tourism accommodations in Castilla y León.
This stage ends in Salamanca, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988 due to its extraordinary heritage. It is also a knowledge centre, boasting one of the oldest universities in Europe. Unamuno, Lope de Vega, Fray Luis de León, Columbus and Saint Teresa of Ávila are among the many historical figures who visited this city. It is equipped with all kinds of services and is an excellent transportation hub.