Guildford Travel Club Presents

 Spain, South to North, the Roman Way

15th February 2022

Paul Gillingham


‘What have the Romans ever done for us?’ scoffed John Cleese in the Monty Python sketch. Plenty, discovered Paul and son Joseph, who cycled 800 miles from Cadiz to Santiago along the Roman routes Via Augusta and Via de la Plata.

Along the way they pass changing landscapes, ancient villages and great cities where the Romans have more than left their mark.

Their journey reveals some fascinating insights into Spain’s past and they enjoy the company of fellow pilgrims with stories to tell who are also heading for Santiago de Compostela.

Formerly a teacher and broadcast journalist, Paul has written extensively on history and travel across all media. In retirement he enjoys long-distance cycling, albeit at a snail’s pace.

Temple of Diana, Mérida
Statue of Manuel Maria Gonzalez Angel (Tio Pepe), and part of the cathedral, Jerez de la Frontera
Amphitheatre of Mérida
Hilltop Fortress