This route invites you to travel through time through breath-taking natural landscapes and one-of-a-kind buildings, as well as famous vineyards. 1100th Anniversary of the Kingdom of León (910-2010).
The Camino de Santiago takes a break in Villafranca del Bierzo to give a sneak preview of what awaits in the Galician capital. The Santiago church, the famous neighbourhood of Los Tejedores, the La Anunciada building - built on the ruins of an old pilgrim’s hospital- and La Colegiata church are just a handful of the emblematic places you can visit here.
Benavente is the next stop on the route. The city of Benavente is located in the strategic area where the fertile valleys of Esla, Órbigo and Tera come together. We get to the Parador, which is in the Castillo de la Mota castle, and everything suggests that it was built in the contemporary era after Fernando II repopulated the city in the 12th century. There is a lot to see and do in this town, such as the Santa María de Azogue church, the San Juan del Mercado church, and the Hospital de la Piedad which was built in the 16th century for pilgrims making their way to Santiago.
Puebla de Sanabria is undoubtedly beautiful thanks to its natural environment, the star of which is the Sanabria Lake Natural Park. This is the largest natural lake on the Iberian Peninsula. Out of its artistic monuments, those that stand out include the impressive 15th century castle built by Conde de Benavente, the 12th century Roman Santa María del Azogue church (which was renovated in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries), the 17th century Baroque San Cayetano chapel and the 16th century Elizabethan town hall, all of which have helped the city be named as a Historical-Artistic Site.
Zamora is in the middle of the Silver Route and is known as the Roman capital due to the amount of monuments that mark its streets and squares, including the beautiful Cathedral. A short distance away, on the outskirts of the city there are towns, such as La Hiniesta, which are of great historic value. Places of interest to visit are the Cathedral, the historical centre, the San Isidro church, the San Pedro y San Ildefonso church, the Encarnación hospital and the Momos palace. Churches, palaces, old noble houses, convents and medieval streets are all waiting to be discovered.
A pretty town full of history waiting to be explored, from the 12th-century Cathedral, the Walls, initially started by King Fernando II , the 16th-century Town Hall, Los Castro Palace, Los Águila Palace, the home of Los Vázquez, the 16th-17th-century Cerralbo Chapel, San Francisco convent, San Andrés church, Las Claras convent, and more. A place to travel through time...
Days 6 and 7
Friday and Saturday.
Head to the Baroque 18th-century Plaza Mayor, open your eyes and be seduced by its harmonious beauty. The journey around the city starts from this lively spot. Discover the many monuments such as the 15th-century Casa de las Conchas, the 13th-century Old Cathedral, the New Cathedral dating from the 16th to the 18th centuries or the 16th-century University, as well as the many churches, palaces and archives. A city of churches, of old and noble palaces, of a prestigious university, a student city, a lively city that can be enjoyed at all times.