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Route Advice VdlP Oliva de Plasencia

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SusanO

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Santiago and planning on Via del la Plata
Hi, I am currently walking the VdlP and am not sure whether to walk to Olivia de Plasencia or go to Caparra for a look then walk to Hostal Asturias. The book says that going to Oliva adds an 6km. Not sure what to do. Currently in Alcuescar. Parts of the book are a bit confusing.
Thanks so much for your advice.
 

C clearly

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), VDLP (2017), Mozarabe (2018), Vasco/Bayona (2019)
You can get a pick up at Ventequemada (basically a road crossing) to go to Oliva de Plasencia, or a pickup at Caparra for Hostal Asturias. From Hostal Asturias, it is only about 1 km back onto the Via. From Oliva back to the Via at Caparra is 6 km (I think. I don't have any of my documents here now.)
 

amancio

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte, Primit, Salvador, Portug, Arag, Ingles, VdlP, Leban-Vadin, Fisterra, Invierno, LePuy
It is quite a pleasant wal, to Oliva de Plasencia from Venta Quemada, Oliva itself is a cute little village worth the detour and, best of all, the following morning you do not need to retrace your steps and arrive in Cáparra after a few km. Incidentally, on the way from Oliva to Cáparra, you walk among serious fighting bulls, they are magnificent animals to see (and, do not worry, the fences are particularly high and strong). The atmosphere in the Oliva bar, the locals, the food... Oliva is just lovely!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances x5, Portuguese VdlP12, Sanabres, Aragones, Norte,Salvador,Primitivo, VdlP 17,Madrid18Norte
I have done both and enjoyed both places, on my most recent VdlP in 2017, Olivia was booked up due to a fiesta. We booked Hostal Asturias,reluctantly, however it ended up with many pilgrims waiting at Caparra for a lift in fact he had to do two trips. Great Hostal with good food and 4 of us shared his taxi to Aldeneuva in the morning.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances Portuguese Finisterre Muxia Ingles Mozarabe VldP Sanabres Serrana Salvador Norte Espiritual
It is quite a pleasant wal, to Oliva de Plasencia from Venta Quemada, Oliva itself is a cute little village worth the detour and, best of all, the following morning you do not need to retrace your steps and arrive in Cáparra after a few km. Incidentally, on the way from Oliva to Cáparra, you walk among serious fighting bulls, they are magnificent animals to see (and, do not worry, the fences are particularly high and strong). The atmosphere in the Oliva bar, the locals, the food... Oliva is just lovely!
agreed
 

Via2010

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
06/07 & 12 Camino Francés, 08-10 Via de la Plata, 13/14 & 17 Camino Portugués, 18 Camino Primitivo
2009 I stayed in Oliva de Plasencia. The bar "Arco di Caparra" is worth a detour because of the great Tapas you get for free with every beer. The albergue is not really worth the detour though the author of the yellow german guide book Raimund Joos tells you so. The food there was only average and the hospitalera did not bother to fetch us from Venta Quemada (8 km of boring roadside walk) or to bring us back there the next morning. The only interesting thing: When walking to Caparra the next morning you pass along a farm where they breed bulls for bull fights ("ganado bravo"). Precious animals. You can walk past well protected by a very strong fence.

This time I will try Hostal Asturias or even take the challenge and walk more than 40 km to get to Aldeanueva. Depends on the companions I will find along the way.

BC
Alexandra
 

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