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Walking Via de La Plata

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Hola,
I'm looking for info on the Via de La Plata - best time to walk it for the weather?? How are the accommodations - plentiful or not? How does it compare to the Camino de Frances? Is it as
strenuous as CDF?
Never thought I'd be asking for info on another Camino, since walking the CDF in May/June '08, but you know how it is.........
Thanks,
 
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Hi,

I've just reached Santiago walking from Granada (via de la Plata from Zafra). I set off at the end of September and enjoyed baking hot Andalucia weather to start with, ending up with blizzards from Astorga onwards. I took my time. Stopped in Cordoba for a week, Salamanca for a week, Leon for a week and a mountain break for a week. Plus several stops here and there.

Albergues in the cities between Zafra and Caceres were busy to the point of almost full. Mostly Germans on a Two week holiday walk. Check my blog for the dates: http://www.thelostphotographer.blogspot.com

Other than that, accommodation was plentiful. All open and more often than not I had the use of a whole albergue to myself.

October in Extremadura was stunningly beautiful with almost perfect walking conditions. Loads of migrating birds and plenty of other wildlife to see. By the time I hit the cold of the north, municipal albergues in Galicia were cheap, clean, warm and uncrowded. Not entirely without problems. It's all in my blog and hardly worth mentioning here. I enjoyed it so much I'm about to brave the cold winter plains through the heart of Spain from Alicante to santiago during the coldest months!

In time my blog will build up to become a complete guide with photographs, videos and interviews backed with good information from Societies of Friends of the Caminos for lesser known pilgrim routes, but it's going to take time - I'm on an 18 month project plan.

e2a: Via de la plata is virtually flat compared to Camino Frances. It was very casual by comparison, but some legs between albergues are much longer. Albergues are also more expensive (€10 - €15 is not uncommon).
 
TheLostPhotographer said:
Hi,

I've just reached Santiago walking from Granada (via de la Plata from Zafra). I set off at the end of September and enjoyed baking hot Andalucia weather to start with, ending up with blizzards from Astorga onwards. I took my time. Stopped in Cordoba for a week, Salamanca for a week, Leon for a week and a mountain break for a week. Plus several stops here and there.

Albergues in the cities between Zafra and Caceres were busy to the point of almost full. Mostly Germans on a Two week holiday walk. Check my blog for the dates: http://www.thelostphotographer.blogspot.com

Other than that, accommodation was plentiful. All open and more often than not I had the use of a whole albergue to myself.

October in Extremadura was stunningly beautiful with almost perfect walking conditions. Loads of migrating birds and plenty of other wildlife to see. By the time I hit the cold of the north, municipal albergues in Galicia were cheap, clean, warm and uncrowded. Not entirely without problems. It's all in my blog and hardly worth mentioning here. I enjoyed it so much I'm about to brave the cold winter plains through the heart of Spain from Alicante to santiago during the coldest months!

In time my blog will build up to become a complete guide with photographs, videos and interviews backed with good information from Societies of Friends of the Caminos for lesser known pilgrim routes, but it's going to take time - I'm on an 18 month project plan.

e2a: Via de la plata is virtually flat compared to Camino Frances. It was very casual by comparison, but some legs between albergues are much longer. Albergues are also more expensive (€10 - €15 is not uncommon).

Hey mate, i luv your blog! I cant wait to see some of your sketches and art you sell, what a brave soul, living day to day...Muy Bien Peregrino...muy bein :)
 
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