The Silver Route, known as “la Via De La Plata”, is the longest Camino de Santiago route (1000 km long) and crosses the whole of Spain from Andalusia in the South to Galicia in the North. This Camino route was traditionally taken by North African Christians on their way to Santiago and as the Romans left an important mark along the route one will encounter some of the best preserved Roman sites in Europe such as Mérida and Caparra. The last 100 km to Santiago is probably the most beautiful route of all. This part will also please those looking for a Camino that is off the beaten track as the fantastic trail takes pilgrims from the city of Ourense (famous for its natural thermal springs and pretty historic centre) through the green and lush Galician countryside, dotted with pretty Romanesque churches, to finally end up in the wonderful Santiago de Compostela. Across peaceful forests, farmland and sleepy hamlets one are more likely to encounter friendly locals than fellow pilgrims as this route is quite a hidden gem.