Section 19 - Castile and León

Fuenterroble de Salvatierra - Baños de Montemayor - 32Km

This area has mountainous landscape. Meadows alternate with mountains in a setting of great beauty. Amid this spectacular scenery, you’ll see a number of ruins of Vía de la Plata Route milestones from the Roman era.

Consider taking a detour to visit Béjar. On the way, you can enjoy the Sierra de Béjar mountain range, covered with chestnut trees and foothill shrubs, and discover the wide variety of flowers throughout the massif of Béjar, whose old town was declared a Historic Artistic Site in 1974. Its surprising medieval wall of Arab origin was extended in the 13th century. In the 16th century, renovations were made to the Puerta de la Villa, the main village gate. Be sure to enjoy the extraordinary panoramic views from the town in its military headquarters in an elongated acropolis. Along its road, the 16th century saw the construction of the castle of the Duke and Duchess of Béjar, who were important to the town’s cultural development. Cervantes dedicated the first part of Don Quixote to this duke, and Góngora wrote the poem ‘Soledades’ in his honour.

On the way to Puerto de Béjar, you will pass through the Roman fort (3rd-4th centuries AD) in Calzada de Béjar and the Magdalena Bridge, a construction that was part of the old road, whose ruins can still be observed in the nearby areas.

At the end of the stage, on the border of Castilla y León with Extremadura, we connect with the old railway track of the Vía de la Plata Route. Located between Baños de Montemayor and Béjar, today it is known as the Camino Natural Vía Verde Ruta de la Plata (Silver Trail Greenway) after being rehabilitated by the Government of Spain. From here, after a gentle descent, you’ll reach Baños de Montemayor, now in the province of Cáceres, with a range of services.

Points of Interest

  • Between Salamanca and Cáceres lies the town of Béjar which is surrounded by the sierra of the same name. The Sierra de Béjar is covered with chestnut trees, upland shrubs, and an important variety of flora all over the massif. Its strategic location means that it has been inhabited by Romans, Arabs, Jews, and Christians and has a historical legacy of churches, alleyways, and small plazas.

    Coordinates: 40.387311,-5.764798

  • Calzada de Béjar is a traditional example of a linear settlement; its main artery is the Roman eadows which stand old houses with balconies full of flowers. On a hillock the Roman fort that served to control the route can still be seen. The upland landscape of this ead alternates eadows and hills and is of great beauty. Moreover, the 16th-century Palacio Ducal is also situated in this village.

    Coordinates: 40.408293,-5.812879

  • This Renaissance garden on the estate of El Bosque near Béjar was laid out for the recreation of the Dukes of Béjar and Plasencia. It is one of the oldest gardens in Spain of the Italian Renaissance type. It was declared an artistic garden (the equivalent to an Asset of Cultural Interest) on 11th January 1946.

    Coordinates: 40.388467,-5.774540

  • On the former Astorga - Plasencia railway, better known as the "Vía de la Plata railway" you can discover an idyllic landscape halfway up the slopes of the Sierra de Béjar which has been declared a Biosphere Reserve. This Natural Greenway has been implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food.

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  • Although this Reserve is in the Mediterranean region there are several areas which show a clear Euro-Siberian influence. This means that a great natural richness can be found in those interesting places where both types of region coincide.

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  • The Béjar stew has a beef base and is cooked on a low heat with vegetables, paprika, and bay leaves. As its name suggests it is traditional in Béjar and the nearby villages in the province of Salamanca, although it is frequently prepared all over Castilla y Léon.

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Fuenterroble de Salvatierra - Baños de Montemayor - 32Km: 32

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