This area has mountainous landscape. Meadows alternate with mountains in a setting of great beauty. Amid this spectacular scenery, you’ll see a number of ruins of Vía de la Plata Route milestones from the Roman era.
Consider taking a detour to visit Béjar. On the way, you can enjoy the Sierra de Béjar mountain range, covered with chestnut trees and foothill shrubs, and discover the wide variety of flowers throughout the massif of Béjar, whose old town was declared a Historic Artistic Site in 1974. Its surprising medieval wall of Arab origin was extended in the 13th century. In the 16th century, renovations were made to the Puerta de la Villa, the main village gate. Be sure to enjoy the extraordinary panoramic views from the town in its military headquarters in an elongated acropolis. Along its road, the 16th century saw the construction of the castle of the Duke and Duchess of Béjar, who were important to the town’s cultural development. Cervantes dedicated the first part of Don Quixote to this duke, and Góngora wrote the poem ‘Soledades’ in his honour.
On the way to Puerto de Béjar, you will pass through the Roman fort (3rd-4th centuries AD) in Calzada de Béjar and the Magdalena Bridge, a construction that was part of the old road, whose ruins can still be observed in the nearby areas.
At the end of the stage, on the border of Castilla y León with Extremadura, we connect with the old railway track of the Vía de la Plata Route. Located between Baños de Montemayor and Béjar, today it is known as the Camino Natural Vía Verde Ruta de la Plata (Silver Trail Greenway) after being rehabilitated by the Government of Spain. From here, after a gentle descent, you’ll reach Baños de Montemayor, now in the province of Cáceres, with a range of services.