Section 18 - Castile and León

Salamanca - Fuenterroble de Salvatierra - 55Km

We’ll go through towns such as Miranda de Azán, located on the left. Just before entering the village, we’ll find Miranda Peak, one of the enclaves of the Historic Route of Los Arapiles. It was here that the Seventh French Division, under the command of General Thomières, faced down the Third Allied Division led by General Pakenham, commencing the field battle.

History buffs and especially fans of military history will enjoy visiting one of the sites of the Battle of Salamanca, which marked a turning point in European history in the 19th century.

Continue along the Castilian and Leonese plateau, dotted with some holm oaks, to reach Morille. This town’s Roman bridge was lauded by the greatest poets of the 18th century, and from its paths and valleys, you can make out the unmistakable towers of Salamanca. Before entering the town, there is an impressive panoramic view from a 1,160-metre hillock. Located in this town, the Centre for Promotion and Study of the Vía de la Plata Route is dedicated to the dissemination and investigation of the Royal Drove Road and the Pilgrims’ Route to Santiago. Morille also boasts the original ‘Art Cemetery’, in which pieces of recognised artistic value or linked to avant-garde art are buried.

Our itinerary continues through San Pedro de Rozados, a land of holm oaks and pastures, a propitious framework for the development of a large number of head of cattle, especially of the native Morucha breed, and of breeding farms focused on the fighting bull. The town is located on a hill. In this hamlet, there are some picturesque houses attached to one another.

Today’s stage ends in Fuenterroble de Salvatierra. The most important monument in this place is the Church of Santa María La Blanca, a magnificent 15th century Gothic construction, next to which you can see a carefully tended area with informative panels and several milestones, gravestones and a stretch of Roman road. Fuenterroble de Salvatierra offers basic services. Located less than six kilometres from the route, Guijuelo is famed for its ham with a designation of origin, complementing the offer.

Points of Interest

  • The Vía de la Plata Theme Park is an open-air space which is part of the Ruta de la Plata Interpretation Centre; since 2010 its aim has been to show both pilgrims and tourists what Roman roads were like and how these communication routes were structured. It is located alongside the Church of Santa María la Blanca, the most important church of the village of Fuenterroble de Salvatierra.

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    Coordinates: 40.566148,-5.729232

  • At several points on this stage we can observe milestones which marked out the Roman Road of the Vía de la Plata.

  • The visitor will learn the techniques of the transformation and preservation of the products deriving from the Iberian pig in a dynamic modern museum full of sensations.

    Coordinates: 40.559702,-5.670872

  • The so-called Vía de la Plata is an inter-regional route that links the Golfo de Cádiz with the Cantabrian coast and passes through the regions of Andalusia, Extremadura, Castilla y León, and Asturias. This major geographical space is full of natural landscapes and historical cities which thanks to such communication routes form an axis of great tourist interest.

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  • After the dehesas of holm oaks of Mozárbez and Morille the route passes through an area with gentle climbs which culminate in the Dueñas Peak; us cycle tourists avoid it via Frades de la Sierra. This is a very attractive landscape where holm oaks merge into common oaks.

  • In Guijuelo, in the southwest of the province of Salamanca, Iberian ham finds a privileged microclimate for its drying and curing process. This route not only provides the gastronomic pleasure of tasting the ham and other Iberian cold meats but also allows the visitor to get to know the history of this handmade product with guided tours and didactic tasting sessions, among other activities.

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