MTB Routes

Silver Route

Get to know the most important places of this historic route.

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MTB Routes

Silver Route

Get to know the most important places of this historic route.

The Vía de La Plata, which runs from Seville to Gijón, was one of the main roads that provided transportation in Hispania during the Roman Empire, crossing the peninsula from south to north.

A path used over the centuries both by the Arab as well as the Christians during the Middle Ages which has later on continued to play an important role in the transportation network of the Iberian peninsula.

The section of the Vía de la Plata path in Extremadura, running from south to north, starts at Monesterio, passing through Mérida, Cáceres, Plasencia, and ends at Baños de Montemayor.

A route blessed with history, culture and fine cuisine, that mountain bike lovers can do to visit and explore the landmarks of this historical road.

 

STAGE 1: Monesterio – Zafra

Meadows, oak trees and large fields of crops will be the predominant landscape in this first stage that for 46 km of the route follows the Via de la Plata path.

The path starts at Monesterio and after leaving behind Fuente de Cantos, Calzadilla de los Barros and Puebla de Sancho Pérez, we arrive to Zafra, where the stage ends.

A visit to the historical sites, such as Zafra; explore the cradle of the renowned painter Francisco de Zurbarán, and savour the finest hams of with D.O. Dehesa de Extremadura, are some of the activities that cyclists will be able to enjoy on this visit.

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STAGE 2: Zafra Mérida

The stage starts at the noble town of Zafra, to continue our journey on the Vía path near Santos de Maimona , where its bike trail will lead us to Villafranca de los Barros. At this town one may enjoy a fine wine with D.O. Ribera del Guadiana.

We continue our route until arriving at Mérida, which has a wonderful historical site declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

A 64 km path which allows us to explore the renowned Tierra de Barros wine-producing region.

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STAGE 3: Mérida – Cáceres

The 72 km path starts in the capital city of Extremadura Autonomous region, and after leaving it behind on the way to Cáceres, you can take a break to enjoy the natural environment at your disposal at the Cornalvo Natural Park.

We continue to move ahead to our destination, Cáceres, but not before coping with a path filled with constant ups and downs that will allow us to enjoy the beauty of the landscape offered by the Sierra de San Pedro mountain range.

This stage ends in the capital city of Cáceres. Visit its big and well preserved historical centre, declared as a World Heritage site by Unesco; it will for sure impress you.

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STAGE 4: Cáceres – Carcaboso

An 81 km route with ups and downs which will start from the monumental city of Cáceres and head towards the northern end of the region, and its route will improve considerably in its last section near to Galisteo. It is a walled municipality and one may enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the Alagón valley from its castle.

In this stage you may also take a break from the route to explore the streets of the medieval town of Plasencia. This path, upon returning to the Vía de la Plata, ends at Carcaboso.

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STAGE 5: CarcabosoBéjar

A 62 km stage considered to be the hardest of this route for doing on a mountain bike being the most important historical routes. An uphill path that will end in Salamanca province and at some points will pass on the track of the original Roman road, which we will also be able to visit by taking a break to explore the old Roman city of Cáparra.

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