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Back in the third millennium before Christ were the first metallurgical eras that got the western lands of both high plains in contact with what is now Andalusia, following a route that normalized the Roman world by giving it the necessary infrastructure.

According to some, the name Via de "la Plata" (Silver Way) comes from the Latin or Arabic word of the same meaning - "paved road" and through the centuries became the large western peninsula hub, both in terms of movement of people and business trade or cattle transhumance. In fact, it was erected as a pilgnmage route to Santiago since the discovery of the tomb of the Apostle in the early ninth century, and would come to be known as the "Camino del Sur" (The Southern Way), among other names.

Declared as an Artistic Historic Monument in 1931, the southern half of the Salamancan section of the Via still keeps part of its Roman legacy, allowing the walker to make out part of its route: a sewer, a large number of milestones, and finally, the great ancient Roman bridge of old Salmantica whose city map still sketches its first road network.

lf the importance of walking is because of the communion with lhe landscape, diverse and entertaining is the one who directs his steps via our St. James way. In this manner, the Sierra de Bejar region will welcome the pilgrim with its splendid chestnut greenery and the cheerful sound of its streams before sending the pilgrim off to the flattest and serene lands in the Salvatierra, Campo de Salamanca and La Armuña regions. In these last ones, chestnut gives way to oak, Holm oak, and to cereal fields, in this place where the woods become flat and the horizon is intensely far off.