Stage 6, Galisteo - Calzada de Bejar

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GALISTEO - CALZADA DE BEJAR

(71,99 Km.)

Accumulated height difference in ascent: 1259,70 m.

Accumulated height difference in descent: 716 m.

Maximum height: 900,60 m.

Minimum height: 247,10 m.

 

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GALISTEO

We leave Galisteo through the cottage in the opposite side from where we entered and go down to the medieval bridge that crosses Jerte river. An unfrequented asphalt road leads to the following town:

ALDEHUELA DEL JERTE

We continue through the road and soon we reach:

CARCABOSO

The yellow arrows cross the town of Carcaboso to the north. It is the last place where we can get water for the next 28 Km. Soon we get to a crossroads where two routes are proposed. It is recommended the one that goes to the left and goes around an irrigation canal. We will get to a road where we have to turn left to follow it for a few dozen meters and then get out to the right. After crossing a new irrigation canal we go around a stone wall on the right. Here begins the toughest section, which is also one of the most beautiful sections in all Vía de la Plata. We pedal on a narrow path, the signaling is absent here, although we can see some arrows on the trunks of trees sometimes.

We just have to let ourselves be guided by the stone walls that were created when removing the Roman road. Here the term "work of Hercules" takes all its dimension when you think that all these stones were transportated with donkeys and put there one by one.

In this section there are many stone fences and many doors to open and close, some of them really rudimentary. Until recently it was necessary to skip some of these hurdles in order to continue the journey. Now arrows deviate the path through easier steps. Be carefull because in this section we can find some bulls! The path leads to the secondary road that connects Ahigal with Oliva de Plasencia. After crossing the road, on our left we can see:

VENTA QUEMADA

It is only a exploitation that adds nothing to the pilgrim. Its only interest is to be a signal point to place ourselves. The route goes now to Cañada Real del Plata and a few after that, behind some trees, we can guess the majestic arc of Caparra. We can stop at the Interpretation Centre (Museum), where we can find a distributor of cold drinks, cafes, toilets, wc. This centre is located 200 meters up right from the arc.

RUINAS DE CAPARRA

We cross the arc of Caparra, we leave a pink milestone on our left and continue straight on a dirt track. Three kilometers later, this track becomes a tarred road. About 6 km from the arc of Caparra, to the right, we take a tarred road. There are yellow arrows on the floor that indicate us to go straight if we want to continue through Camino de Santiago, or turn right to go to a nearby hotel, Hotel Asturias.

We continue straight and leave to our left the road to Zarza de Granadilla, we pass across a bridge over a stream, we go through a road to the right, coming from the N-630, and finally we join the main road. Once in this road we turn right to get to the N-630, which we cross to take down a service road that runs along the N-630 and can be taken to the left during a few hundred meters. In a pass under the N-630, we find a panel that reports two possible routes to Aldeanueva del Camino:

-a) Going under the N-630 we reach a roundabout where the highway ends and from there we just have to follow the road to get to Aldeanueva, this alternative route is 7 km long.

-b) About 30 meters away from the panel, always riding through the service road down the highway, at the right we can see an informative milestone which indicates us to take the path ascending through a hill. This path leads to the road of Gargantilla, where we will turn right heading to the highway and crossing it through and underpass. Thus we reach the N-630 at the southern entry of Aldeanueva del Camino, this alternative path is 9 km long.

ALDEANUEVA DEL CAMINO

National road N-630 crosses the town. Upon leaving the town we will pass over the highway, where we find a direction change with a roundabout. We will head to Hervas for 5 km. To our relief we find more detailed road panels a few hundred meters after it. When we can see a gas station on the left, if we go to the right we will get to the road to Hervas (if we have time Hervas is worth a visit: you can visit the old city, the church, the automobile museum etc.).

There are enough interesting things as to justify the detour of 5 Km. If we not want to deviate in our route, we will continue through the N-630, then we overcome a great restaurant and a campground, both on the left, an industrial area and the road connecting the N-630 to Hervas on our right. We go up a long climb heading to Puerto de Bejar and pass by the Chapel of Cristo de la Misericordia, at the right just before entering Baños de Montemayor.

The hostel is located in the upper part of the town in the same building as the Interpretation Center (Tourism office).

BAÑOS DE MONTEMAYOR

At the exit of Baños de Montemayor we take the rebuilt Roman road. Pedaling is difficult because this path has steps ocasionally, but we should go up here even pushing the bike. This section has a length of 1.2 km. to lead to the N-630, which gets us to:

PUERTO DE BEJAR

Now we leave the province of Caceres to enter Salamanca, over the remains of Cañada Real del Plata. After passing the gas station at 400 m, the route leaves the N-630 and goes left, passing under the highway and crossing a tarred road and after a steep slope we get to cross the river Cuerpo de Hombre across the Roman bridge of Magdalena (also known as La Malena).

 

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