Latest updates from the Vía de la Plata

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The 2019 Edition

The 2019 edition of the Walking Guide to the Vía de la Plata is now available from Amazon. The Kindle update will be available soon!

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The new Vía de la Plata app is also available for Android, you can see it here. The iPhone version should be available early in 2019, check back here for details.

Updates to the 2019 Edition

This page just contains the details of changes which have arrived since the publication of the 2019 Edition. If you'd like to see earlier entries please see our Updates Archive.

Updates on this page are organised by place which are presented in Camino order starting in Seville.

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Municipal hostel (34, 10€) Albergue Municipal, in the Sports Centre / Polideportivo on Avenida de la Vega, to the right off the main road, signposted, when you see a large gate in a high wall on the right through which you will see a mini-soccer pitch, enter here and it's past the café on the left. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Ask in the cafe or phone 672 373 099 or the phone number posted on the door. Website: Open 12:00

Shops, banks, cafes on or near Avenida de Andalucía, which is also the main road through town, continue straight on from Luz del Camino. At the end of Avenida de Andalucía is a roundabout, turn right for a Mas supermarket which is open all day, and a café / bakery which opens about 07:30, past them is a pharmacy. Banks on Plaza España and Calle Fleming. Hostal Francés has single en suite with air conditioning for 15€ and does good food. Tel: 639 594 496 website:

Castilblanco de los Arroyos

On the Camino as it passes through town there are shops, a bakery, bank and pharmacy (both opposite the entrance to the church), the post office, and cafés. Follow the Camino left at a mini-roundabout to El Rincón de Beni on Calle Pilar Nuevo which does good food with vegetarian options on request. Día supermarket with a good selection on Avenida del Puente which goes right off the Camino at the mini-roundabout. Café Mancilla, on the main road, opens early (04:00).

Ourense / Orense

The new municipal albergue in Ourense opened its doors on 9 December. Here's the link to Gronze.

General notes

AVE updates

The AVE is the Spanish high speed train. Spain is investing heavily in its high speed train network and currently lines linking Lisbon and Galicia are in construction. The Vía de la Plata passes both these lines and at times the construction works have cause disruption for pilgrims and long diversions.

Our latest information is that while construction is continuing (at a very slow pace) it is only causing minor inconveniences for pilgrims.

Between Casar de Cáceres and Cañaveral there is a diversion of about 1.5km but the new footbridge over the train track is reported to be basically ready but not yet officially open.

North of Zamora everything is fine.

After Requejo you are being diverted along a road, my advice is to follow these diversions, I tried in spring 2016 to follow the original route and it was tough going and I don't recommend it.

After A Gudiña the long diversion is now a thing of the past and you can follow the normal route of the Vía.

Santiago Cathedral at the end of the Vía de la Plata

Camino Sanabrés Vía de la Plata

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