Ruta de la Plata 2021

A trip from Bilbao in northern Spain to Seville in southern Spain following  the Ruta de la Plata Camino Route in September 2021.

 

 

 

Bristol - Bilbao 
Day 1 & 2 
5 - 6 September 2021

More cycling, this time in Spain, along the Ruta de la Plata, an ancient way from north to south of Spain.  It was used by the Romans and is still used by pilgrims making their way north to Santiago de Compostella.  MORE

Bilbao - Burgos 
Day 3  
7 September 2021

Not too far out of Bilbao the road climbs over some pretty steep hills / mountains, but after that there is only a gentle incline upwards over the plain to Burgos.  MORE

Burgos - Valladolid Day 4 
8 December 2021

Not too far out of Bilbao the road climbs over some pretty steep hills / mountains, but after that there is only a gentle incline upwards over the plain to Burgos.  MORE

 Valladolid - Salamanca
Day 5 & Day 6
9 & 10 September 2021

The Parador de Salamanca is wonderful, classy, graceful and with the most spectacular views looking over to the old city and the Cathedral, most especially at night when it is all illuminated. MORE

 Salamanca -Plasencia - Caceres  
Day 7 & 8
11 - 12 September 2021

We are definitely into deep Spain, into granite mountain passes and sun burned plains.  It's no longer wheat and corn and vines.  Now it is cattle and pigs and sheep roaming over a vast wild territory. The little villages and towns are quiet, the bigger towns medieval and fortified.  MORE

Caceres - Zafra 
Day 9 
Zafra - Seville
Day 10 
13 - 14 September 2021

The ride from Caceres to Zafra was straight south, mostly along the N-630 route which follows the old Ruta de la Plata, up over a high-ish pass and then either level or just straight on down.  I made good time, mostly with a benign wind, but toward the end of the day it turned in to a headwind which made the last 20 miles or so hard going.  The headwind was a precursor of the stormy and thundery weather that was to come the next day on my ride to Seville.  MORE