Day 1, Via la Plata; Seville to Santiponce Spain

Via la Plata, marker #1 outside the Seville Cathedral
Via la Plata, marker #1 outside the Seville Cathedral

Today we started our camino to Santiago de Compostela, following the ancient route called the Via la Plata from Seville to Santiago de Compostela.  We walked about 10k to Sanitponce, just outside Seville, this is not a traditional pilgrim destination on the camino, but we wanted to stop and explore the archeological site of Italica. The short distance also gives our legs and feet a chance to get use to the extra weight of the backpack. The sights from central Seville to Santiponce varied as much as any walk from the typical urban centre to the countryside,

sleeping baby, large mural in Seville
sleeping baby, large mural in Seville
oxen working the field
oxen working the field
carriage ride in the country
carriage ride in the country

we found the route to be well-marked with the yellow arrows.

yellow arrows of the camino to Santiago de Compostela
yellow arrows of the camino to Santiago de Compostela

We arrived at Santiponce mid afternoon, in time to visit Itallica, more about this historic site a little later.

Roman Statue at Italica
Roman Statue at Italica

 

 

 

 

 

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