The Vía de la Plata trail
One of the most important routes and better documented in the Iberian peninsula has been _still is in another sense_ the Via de la Plata, a name full of symbolism and where some specialists do not succeed in knowing its etymology.
Used from 431 to above. C. for those men and women with their few possessions and livestock as main livelihood moved _de hence the term "transhumance", an activity that emerges from the mists of times_ from one area to another when the weather sent this vital corridor, orographically very definite covering north and south of that, it has been since time immemorial, a journey that has increased the identity and trade in these geographies, making sense of the lives of a people who from the Upper Palaeolithic period lived on these lands , overcoming all the difficulties that need arise.
Of course, this road has not been without its complexities. Wars, forgetfulness, quarrels, jealousy, calm and appropriations have been common currency in a space always coveted for its strategic advantages, sober and mild climate, and excellent resources.
Identified with the current N-630, it says that its official start is Astorga_Astúrica Augusta_ (Leon), linking with one of the most emblematic routes of medieval Europe, the Camino de Santiago, ending in Sevilla_Itálica_ (Andalusia). The two cities are proud today to be the two main historical sources of the territory. However, some scholars point and the assumption that outside Gijón (Cantabria) its actual start of Bologna and the beaches in Cadiz, his last destination, but the directionality is indistinct. A distance of 830 kilometers, or more. The Roman Empire was methodical pragmatic supporter of a transverse line that brought many to grow and his own, and whose vestiges can be seen today, with a common heritage enriching. Recently, the undersigned had the audacity to make a stretch of 210 kilometers (Helmaltika - Norba Caesarina, Salamanca - Cáceres) in the old style, celebrating each step a little of the history of many, experiencing the vicissitudes of the environment, the hardness the land and the excellence of food and fellowship. A unique culture in a vast universe.
Traditionally called the "Way", the verbal meaning has a profound meaning, as one is traveling to learn about himself and everything around him. The story itself in a short time, which lasts one. Plenty of moments condensed into one of the more metaphorical journeys, I would say H. Melville, of existence. What transmits the earth? What do you suggest? I, therefore I am.
Blas Rodriguez, “alma mater”, the architect of the current well-earned reputation in these parts historical, considered from the hostel that manages many other volunteers, that the spirit of this path is authenticity. Actually, it is only, and only your shadow encourages you to continuity. Is the sum of life as such.
The Via de la Plata, also called Mozarabic Trail is a route that has ancestral vertebrate Iberian what inclusive, whose future prospects are in the hands of its people, and whose work recuperative modernization paths and reviews the vividness of what they created other long ago. It is a tribute to all those who initiated a road, building on what was destroyed. And others have followed without trying to break his essence.