The Silver Route by road

Do you know what the Silver Route is? It's one of the most important tourist routes in Spain, and connects Seville with Gijón over a distance of more than 800 kilometres. This itinerary links the north and south in the western part of Spain and follows an ancient Roman road whose origins date back to the late Bronze Age. It's fascinating that today we can continue using the roads created by the ancient Romans. But because it's not all about walking (nor is it the age of the horse and carriage), here we suggest other faster and more modern ways of taking this route. The road is all yours.

For motorists

In Spain we have our very own route A-66. That's the name of the Silver Route highway that links Gijón with Seville (it goes through four regions and eight provinces). It owes its name to the historic original road –the difference is that on this one you can drive at 120 km/h. Here you'll find several practical tips if you're planning on driving in Spain. You can use this road and other B roads that lead into each town to travel by car or by motorbike as you follow the route. What's more, if you choose to go by motorbike, you can use the “Moto Vía Card” which offers discounts in various establishments for anyone doing the route in this way. The Moto Vía Card is available in the tourist offices in the towns of Gijón, Llanera (Municipal Youth Centre), Mieres, Aller, Lena, La Pola de Gordón, León, La Bañeza, Benavente, Zamora, Béjar, Baños de Montemayor, Hervás, Plasencia, Casar de Cáceres (Popular University), Los Santos de Maimona, Fuente de Cantos, Montemolín (Culture Centre), Carmona and Seville. You can also request this card online here.

Other ways of following the Silver Route: the GR100 trail and by bike

Although you're travelling by car, there may be parts that you'd rather do another way. If you're a cycling enthusiast, you'll find 12 prepared stages that can be done on MBT or by road. On this page you can download all the tracks and find more information on each stage. You can do the whole itinerary in about 10 days. And if you prefer to walk, you should make the most of the fact that the Silver Route is considered a long-distance route (the GR100). These are itineraries with recreational and scenic interest with a minimum length of 50 kilometres, and which take more than one day to do. Most of the Silver Route track is signposted and officially certified.  

What will you find on your journey?

All the places on the route (some are World Heritage cities like Mérida, Cáceres and Salamanca) are home to monuments that are bound to catch your attention. Due to the route's origins, you'll find above all a large number of Roman remains such as walls, Roman villas, mosaics and milestones, in addition to museums dedicated to this type of item. The beautiful landscapes are another attraction of this route. In fact it runs through three Biosphere Reserves and two National Parks: Doñana in Andalusia and Monfragüe in Cáceres. And between one stop and the next you should certainly leave time for "refuelling". Gastronomy is one of the strong points of this route, and you'll have a chance to try everything from Asturian fish and seafood to the roast meats of Castile. "Fabada asturiana" (white bean stew), roast milkfed lamb, Iberian cured ham and gazpacho are possibly the four star dishes and products on this route.


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