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Camino de Santiago: Vía de la Plata (Silver Route) Section


The trail begins at the Cathedral of Seville, following an urban route through the capital. You cross the Guadalquivir by the old railway bridge to continue straight on to Camas or turn right along the riverbank to Santiponce. In the first case, you will go through the centre of Camas. Santiponce is identified by the tower of the monastery of San Isidoro del Campo and here we cross the railway line in the direction of Huelva and continue along the old road to Mérida, now the main street, until you reach Italica. A long straight road leads you through wheat fields and olive groves, following the Emasesa service road to Guillena, taking you past the Rivera de Huelva river, which you can ford and continue to the milestone or cross over the bridge on the Burguillos road and then take the Camino.

Shortly after setting out, the landscape of olive and orange trees gives way to mountain dehesa, with holm oaks, cork oaks and wild olive trees. This is a livestock farming area, so you have to open and close every gate you come across, enjoying the beautiful scenery and silence until you reach the next milestone next to the local road to Castilblanco de los Arroyos. From here the path runs parallel to the tarmacked road. This town is located on the edge of the Sierra Morena de Sevilla natural park, hence its outstanding natural beauty. You must take water and food with you, as you will not find anywhere to stock up on supplies until you reach Almadén de la Plata.

After sixteen difficult kilometres of hard shoulder and pavement, the gate to the El Berrocal forest park gives way to one of the most beautiful stretches of the route through the Sierra Morena in Seville. In less than fourteen kilometres you reach the Calvario hill, a short but steep climb that offers magnificent views: to the rear, the road through the dehesa; and to the north, Almadén de la Plata. This long stage is rewarded by the beauty of the surroundings and, of course, its exquisite cuisine.

This last stage, which is short and breathtakingly beautiful, begins on the road that leads to the bullring. In just a few steps, surrounded by rockroses and holm oaks, you enter the heart of the dehesa. If they are attentive and silent, walkers can observe big game - deer, roe deer and wild boar - together with rabbits, partridges and all kinds of birds. After walking past the Casa de la Postura, the milestone, the well, the Casa del Guarda, and the El Encinarejo and El Chaparral farmhouses, you will find a new milestone in memory of the man who walked and signposted the Camino, contacted institutions and founded the Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago in Seville. The memory of José Luis Salvador is always present along this route, so pilgrims should pay him the homage he deserves. After the milestone, you come to El Real de la Jara, and the municipal pilgrims' hostel on the outskirts. This town owes its name to the Camino Real which was the main route between Andalusia and Extremadura.

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