Like so many before me, I was seduced by the history of this Roman Road where Roman millarios (their mile markers) still stand. It was built to move troops and supplies north through the untamed province of Extremadura and to bring south tin, silver, and other treasures from the north to the south of the Mediterrranean. At its height, this route was traveled by soldiers, traders, citizens, and by the Arab invaders while they were in Spain, as well as by re-conquering armies trying to drive them out, and by pilgrims on their way to Santiago. Mérida, by the way, is purported to be home to more Roman ruins than any other city outside of Italy.
Here are a few of my favorite pictures when I traveled this route in 2007. I started the route during Semana Santa in Seville and the festivities were overwhelming. I ended this adventure of over 200 miles in Salamanca. Rather than completing this route, I jumped over to Lisbon, Portugal and completed the Portuguese Camino in May 2014.