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Old 09-30-2013, 04:51 AM   #1
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Ruta (Via) de la Plata - Spain

I'm planning a trip to Spain in November and have been recommended Ruta (Via) de la Plata.

Other than the fact that it's an old Roman road, I can't find any imformation on it.

Is is paved or dirt. Is it accessisble to motor vehicles at all?

What are the highlights?

Has anyone here ridden this route, or are any of you local and know about it?

Thanks
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Old 11-28-2013, 07:58 AM   #2
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The Ruta de la plata in Spain is an old trade route that dates back to the times of ancient roman emperors. Today it makes up an important trail of great cultural heritage known as la Ruta de la Plata, the Silver Route. Depending on what tracks you take, it can be partly offroad and will lead you into the heart of Spain, full of historic cities, hospitable people and delicious cuisine!
Here is the official website: http://www.rutadelaplata.com/en/ They have a section dedicated to motorcyclers as well.

We ride part of it on one of our guided tours starting in Malaga. Here is the roadmap of that tour:
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:07 AM   #3
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BIKE VIA CARD


The bike Via Card is a promotional card that travellers who travel the bike route can get discounts in various establishments.
Motorbike travelers who wish to obtain the Card Via bike, only have to request it at the tourism offices of the municipalities members of our Association, either cover the questionnaire, and in a few days will receive it, free of charge, at the postal address provided.
The bike Via Card has no expiry.
The bike Via Card provides various discounts and/or gratuities applicable exclusively to the bike Via Card holders.
Discounts are always subject to availability, reserving previously and directly with each of the participating companies, warning that it is the bike Via Card carrier.
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:30 AM   #4
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Two interesting replies above sum it up pretty well. It's also worth checking out the 'cañada real' - these were cattle droving routes that occur all over Spain and are still rights of way dating back for centuries.

I've found the GR100 - this is a walking route but most of these are legal trails too - but it's worth doing some research into national parks, etc. where trail riding is strictly controlled.

There are also sections where the trail follows the actual archealogical remains of the Roman road so you'll have to plan around these too.

Personally I'd go for other 'cañadas' but the cultural value of the Via d la Plata is a big +

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