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VP09 - Mérida - Alcuéscar - 36 km

 

Itinerary

You will leave Mérida heading towards the Roman bridge over the river Albarrega, from where you will keep going on the road until you get to Proserpina Roman Reservoir. Continue on the same road for 4 km and, when you get to a curve to the right, leave the road turning left and taking a path that leads to El Carrascalejo. Follow the path heading towards a stream, turn right and then turn left. After this, you will go up to arrive at Aljucén.

In Aljucén you will go down its main street until you get to the N-630, crossing the river Aljucén and taking the path to the right, just behind a service area. Here, you should get some water and keep it for the journey, as you won’t find anymore for 20 km. Cyclists should continue on the N-630 towards Alcuéscar.

The land path is monotonous and without any signs until almost the end of the stage, where once you enter Cáceres province, you will get to Cruz de San Juan. Later on, you will take a path to the right and following it you will arrive at Alcuéscar.

 

Alcuéscar

Altitude: 488 m

Distance from Cáceres: 39,4 km

The history of Alcuéscar is similar to other towns with Roman roots. It was founded in the 9th Century, and it was one of the objectives of the Reconquest. The Order of Santiago was very important for the town, as it turned it into a barn-house where they used to keep the product of the taxes they collected.

 

What can you visit?

Asución Church, Santa Lucía del Trampal Basilica, Calvario Chapel and the fountains in the town.

 

External info sources about this route and recommended websites:

You will leave Mérida heading towards the Roman bridge over the river Albarrega, from where you will keep going on the road until you get to Proserpina Roman Reservoir. Continue on the same road for 4 km and, when you get to a curve to the right, leave the road turning left and taking a path that leads to El Carrascalejo. Follow the path heading towards a stream, turn right and then turn left. After this, you will go up to arrive at Aljucén.

In Aljucén you will go down its main street until you get to the N-630, crossing the river Aljucén and taking the path to the right, just behind a service area. Here, you should get some water and keep it for the journey, as you won’t find anymore for 20 km. Cyclists should continue on the N-630 towards Alcuéscar.

The land path is monotonous and without any signs until almost the end of the stage, where once you enter Cáceres province, you will get to Cruz de San Juan. Later on, you will take a path to the right and following it you will arrive at Alcuéscar.

Alcuéscar

Altitude: 488 m

Distance from Cáceres: 39,4 km

The history of Alcuéscar is similar to other towns with Roman roots. It was founded in the 9th Century, and it was one of the objectives of the Reconquest. The Order of Santiago was very important for the town, as it turned it into a barn-house where they used to keep the product of the taxes they collected.

What can you visit?

Asución Church, Santa Lucía del Trampal Basilica, Calvario Chapel and the fountains in the town.

 

External info sources about this route and recommended websites:

Turismo Castilla y León

Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Sevilla

Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Guipúzcoa

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VP09 - Mérida - Alcuéscar - 36 km
VP09 - Mérida - Alcuéscar - 36 km
VP09 - Mérida - Alcuéscar - 36 km
 
VP09 - Mérida - Alcuéscar - 36 km
VP09 - Mérida - Alcuéscar - 36 km
 
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