These tours are the perfect way to visit Spain if you’re interested in its culture and history. They trace long routes through large areas to reveal the legacy of the many civilisations which have made their home here. You can pick and choose from the routes to suit the time you have available and the historic sites you want to see. These itineraries are pathways into the traditions of the areas they explore, bringing to life the words of the poet Machado: “Wanderer, there is no path, the path is made by walking”. You can check ticket prices on its website: https://www.spainculturalroutes.com/
The Vía de la Plata (Silver Route)
This was the main road of the Roman Empire in Spain. It connected the north and south of Roman Hispania, and today leads to fascinating destinations like Seville, Cáceres, Salamanca, León, Gijón and Mérida. This last city holds one of the world’s best-conserved Roman archaeological complexes, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, one of many along the route, including the monuments of Seville, Cáceres, León and Salamanca.
The Route of Charles V
You can retrace the last journey of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V on this route through the regions of Cantabria, Castilla y León, and Extremadura. The itinerary begins in Laredo (Cantabria), where the Emperor arrived in 1556 at the start of his journey to the Monastery of Yuste (in Cuacos de Yuste, Extremadura). Here he would spend his last days, retired from public life.
Pathways of Passion
Tradition, art and popular culture mark this route through inland Andalusia, in southern Spain. Follow the path to discover 10 villages in the provinces of Jaén, Cordoba and Seville. You can take part in Easter rituals that involve whole towns, discover ancestral crafts and enjoy the flavours of traditional local dishes.
The Cave Art Route
Welcome to the world’s first art gallery! Here you can see the art of the earliest Europeans. We’re talking about Altamira and the Palaeolithic cave paintings of the Cantabrian coast, which together form a UNESCO World Heritage site, but there are many more caves, shelters and megalithic constructions in almost all of Spain where you can see art created by our distant ancestors.
The Way of El Cid
This literary and historical route follows the footsteps of the legendary Cid Campeador, the hero of the famous 12th-century Castilian poem, “Cantar de Mío Cid”. The route passes through the regions of Castilla y León, Castilla-La Mancha, Aragon and Valencia, where you can visit UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Burgos Cathedral, the Mudéjar architecture of Aragon, and the Palm Grove of Elche, as well as many natural spaces.