Roman road between Emérita Augusta
(Mérida) and August Augusta
(Astorga), channeled the urban and commercial development of the whole
western part of the peninsula from the second century B.C. until well
into the nineteenth century where it was still used as a suitable road
for herding animals; this is why it received the name of Real
Cañada de la Plata or La
It comes to Salamanca from Extremadura through Puerto
de Béjar and passes along the
Cuerpo de Hombre river
valley on its way to La Calzada.
Along its path there are many interesting historical sites, including
and Montemayor del Río.
Bridges and Milestones
This last tract is a comfortable walk and you will come across several
milestones, vestiges of Roman pavement and other structures such as
sewers and guardrails. The route continues toward Valdelacasa
and Fuenterroble de Salvatierra
where you will find an inn for pilgrims, because the roadway was used
historically as part of the Camino
de Santiago (Road to Santiago
de Compostela). To one side is the village of Guijuelo,
cradle of the Iberian ham.
Salamanca and la Calzada
Through San Pedro de Rozados
you will arrive at Salamanca
crossing the Roman bridge, from where you go to Calzada
de Valdunciel to leave the
province on the way to Zamora.
Travelling along the path by bicycle or hiking will bring you near places
of great beauty, in direct contact with nature.