The Silver Route

  • Roman ruins of Itálica. Seville.

From Seville to Gijón, with the ancient Roman road as a guide. This is the Silver Route, where you will discover many examples of the splendour of the Roman Empire in Spain and important monumental sites.

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The Silver Route

Itinerary 1: The Silver Route in Andalusia

  • Seville. There is much to see at the start of the route. The Cathedral, declared a World Heritage Site, must be seen, along with the Real Alcázar palace and the General Archive of the Indies. We recommend that you spend a few days here and visit María Luisa Park, Plaza de España square, the Santa Cruz Quarter and the Torre del Oro tower.
  • Surrounding area. The main examples of Seville's Roman past are found in its surrounding area. For example, you can see Roman necropolis in Carmona and the ruins of Itálica in Santiponce.

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Itinerary 2: The Silver Route in Extremadura

  • Zafra and Mérida. The highlight of the first of these towns is its Alcázar fortress, now a Parador hotel. Mérida is one of the main destinations on the Silver Route, with many stunning examples of Roman Imperial splendour. Some examples are the Roman Theatre, the Amphitheatre and the Temple of Diana. The whole archaeological complex is a World Heritage Site. You can also visit the National Museum of Roman Art.
  • Cáceres Province. We recommend you to visit Cáceres, where the old town is a World Heritage Site. Other places to visit: Trujillo, with its monumental Plaza Mayor square and its castle; Plasencia, which has an important cathedral and many palaces; and Hervás, especially its Jewish quarter.

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Itinerary 3: The Silver Route in Castile-León

  • Béjar. It is worth seeing its interesting historic quarter, especially the Ducal Palace. In the surrounding area, the Béjar and Francia mountains have some scenery.
  • Salamanca. There is much to be seen in its historic quarter, a World Heritage Site. We recommend seeing its cathedrals and enjoying the young atmosphere of its streets.
  • Zamora. It main attractions are its walls and its cathedral.
  • Benavente. Its emblematic monuments include the Caracol Tower and Santa María del Azogue Church.
  • Astorga. It is a crossroads city, renowned for its Cathedral and the Episcopal Palace, designed by Gaudí.
  • León. As well as enjoying the atmosphere on the streets, we suggest visiting the old convent of San Marcos and the Cathedral. Its stained-glass windows are true works of art.

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Itinerary 4: The Silver Route in Asturias

  • Oviedo. You can admire the unique architectural style of the Asturian pre-Romanesque, found only in this region. It is exemplified by the churches of Santa María del Naranco, San Miguel de Lillo and San Julián de Prados (they are a World Heritage Site).
  • Gijón. The historic quarter has monumental buildings like the Revillagigedo Palace. You can take a stroll by the sea on its beach and there is a beautiful view from the Elogio del Horizonte, a sculpture by Chillida.

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Practical information

How to complete the route:
Walking, Bicycle, By car

Best time of year:
All year round

Tips and interesting facts:
There are some highly recommended walking routes along the old Roman road. There are also cycling routes. If you want to get a unique taste of Roman life, visit Mérida in the summer and enjoy nights of theatre at the International Classical Theatre Festival held in the Roman theatre.

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