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Spain's Silver Road, la Ruta de Plata

Spain: following the ancient Silver Road, Ruta de Plata, south from Asturias to Andalucia, a journey providing an introduction to the best Spain has to offer, including the network of quality accommodation known as Paradores de Turismo. The Paradores serve as treasuries of Spanish art, as centres for the promotion of regional cuisines and as exemplars for the tourism industry.

The Ruta de Plata leads south from the Principality of Asturias on the north Atlantic coast, crossing the Cantabrian range then continuing south across the meseta, the great Castilian plain, to Extremadura and on to Andalucia and its celebrated capital, Seville, drawing together the threads of Iberian history along the way.

Original images were 35mm Fujichrome or Ektachrome transparencies. Hi-res. scans are available for licensing. Please visit my website for more pictures and stories from Spain and elsewhere.

Ruta de la Plata sign on the N-630
Ruta de la Plata sign on the N-630
Enigmatic 'Osborne Bulls' perplex the passing motorist
Enigmatic 'Osborne Bulls' perplex the passing motorist
Pouring cider at a sidreria in Gijon, Asturias
Pouring cider at a sidreria in Gijon, Asturias
Aquarium at Gijon (Asturias)
Aquarium at Gijon (Asturias)
Universidad Laboral at Gijon
Universidad Laboral at Gijon
Villaviciosa on the Atlantic coast of Asturias
Villaviciosa on the Atlantic coast of Asturias
Asturian horreo or granary
Asturian horreo or granary
Oviedo Cathedral, Asturias
Oviedo Cathedral, Asturias
Oviedo Cathedral, showing slots for pilgrim ladders
Oviedo Cathedral, showing slots for pilgrim ladders
Selling handmade Gamonedo cheese in Covadonga, Asturias
Selling handmade Gamonedo cheese in Covadonga, Asturias
Selling local cheeses at Covadonga
Selling local cheeses at Covadonga
Parador at Cangas de Onis, Asturias, an historic monastery
Parador at Cangas de Onis, Asturias, an historic monastery
Hotel Aultre Naray, Cangas de Onis
Hotel Aultre Naray, Cangas de Onis
Rio Cares Valley, Picos de Europa
Rio Cares Valley, Picos de Europa
Cattle on the road, Picos de Europa
Cattle on the road, Picos de Europa
Cattle on the road, Picos de Europa
Cattle on the road, Picos de Europa
Lago de Enol in the Picos de Europa, Asturias
Lago de Enol in the Picos de Europa, Asturias
Picos de Europa, Castilla y Leon. The Rio Cares valley
Picos de Europa, Castilla y Leon. The Rio Cares valley
Sanctuary of Covadonga, Asturias
Sanctuary of Covadonga, Asturias
Rio Duje gorge, Picos de Europa
Rio Duje gorge, Picos de Europa
The Sanctuary of Covadonga
The Sanctuary of Covadonga
Sanctuary of Covadonga, Asturias
Sanctuary of Covadonga, Asturias
Sharing a joke, Covadonga, Asturias
Sharing a joke, Covadonga, Asturias
16th C. Parador de San Marcos at Leon
16th C. Parador de San Marcos at Leon
Cloister of the Parador at Leon
Cloister of the Parador at Leon
Retablo or altar piece in the Leon Museum
Retablo or altar piece in the Leon Museum
Posters on a wall, Zamora
Posters on a wall, Zamora
Colegio Anaya, now the faculty of philology, Salamanca
Colegio Anaya, now the faculty of philology, Salamanca
University city of Salamanca, Spain
University city of Salamanca, Spain
Successful candidates wrote with ox blood on the college walls of Salamanca
Successful candidates wrote with ox blood on the college walls of Salamanca
Plaza Mayor, the main square of Salamanca
Plaza Mayor, the main square of Salamanca
Bar staff, Salamanca
Bar staff, Salamanca
Salamanca's New Cathedral was to replace the 12th century building, but both survive
Salamanca's New Cathedral was to replace the 12th century building, but both survive
Ice-cream cone features in a bas-relief outside the New Cathedral, Salamanca
Ice-cream cone features in a bas-relief outside the New Cathedral, Salamanca
The university city of Salamanca, Spain (Plaza Mayor)
The university city of Salamanca, Spain (Plaza Mayor)
Main building of Salamanca University, older even than Oxford
Main building of Salamanca University, older even than Oxford
Sierra de Francia, Salamanca. Cattle grazing by the roadside in early morning
Sierra de Francia, Salamanca. Cattle grazing by the roadside in early morning
Pine forests, Las Hurdes
Pine forests, Las Hurdes
Miranda de Cantanar, Sierra de Gata, Salamanca. Local character
Miranda de Cantanar, Sierra de Gata, Salamanca. Local character
Miranda de Cantanar
Miranda de Cantanar
Sierra de Gredos countryside, Extremadura
Sierra de Gredos countryside, Extremadura
Local nuts and honey for sale in La Alberca, Sierra de Gata (Las Hurdes)
Local nuts and honey for sale in La Alberca, Sierra de Gata (Las Hurdes)
Mountain village of Candelario, Sierra de Gredos, Extremadura
Mountain village of Candelario, Sierra de Gredos, Extremadura
Plaza Mayor at Plasencia
Plaza Mayor at Plasencia
Plasencia, Extremadura. Church tower with storks' nests
Plasencia, Extremadura. Church tower with storks' nests
Plasencia: The Parador in this walled city is a 15th-17th C. convent
Plasencia: The Parador in this walled city is a 15th-17th C. convent
Plasencia, Extremadura. 15th-17th convent is now a Parador
Plasencia, Extremadura. 15th-17th convent is now a Parador
Merida, Extremadura. Roman Theatre
Merida, Extremadura. Roman Theatre
Roman Theatre, Merida
Roman Theatre, Merida
Roman mosaic, Merida, Extremadura
Roman mosaic, Merida, Extremadura
Image of the Virgin Mary in ceramic tiles, Zafra, Extremadura
Image of the Virgin Mary in ceramic tiles, Zafra, Extremadura
La Giralda, Sevilla (Andalucia)
La Giralda, Sevilla (Andalucia)
Burghers at ease, Sevilla
Burghers at ease, Sevilla
Cafe patrons, Sevilla
Cafe patrons, Sevilla