The Mozarabic Way in the direction of Santiago de Compostela, is a historical way. A route that pays tribute to all those Christians called Mozarabs who stayed in the territories of Al-Andalus. A route between different landscapes, passing between olive trees, or cereal fields. It commemorates the time when, although repressed, these Christians maintained their belief and devotion, and as proof of this to this day (and thanks to various Associations of the Camino de Santiago) has managed to maintain this millenary route. Do you want to know?
History of the Mozarabic Way
In the south of the peninsula, the devotion to the Apostle Santiago arose as in points in the north. This cult after the knowledge of the finding of the rest made many pilgrims began a route to reach Santiago. A road that was used by Christians living in Arab territories, being one of the oldest paths to Santiago.
The discovery of the remains of the Apostle meant that many of the Christians under Muslim domination attempted the pilgrimage to Galicia, thus preserving their faith. The itinerary marked to reach the sepulchre was consolidated especially in periods of peace. Mozarabs from Almería, Granada, Málaga and Jaén followed the old Roman roads, converging on Antigua Córdoba. From there they were heading for Merida.
As with other roads, this is not a single route, but a set of them. Millenary routes that depart from different cities to unify in the same point. The Mozarabic Way has departure points from Malaga, Almeria, Jaen and Granada, all arriving at the old Cordoba to continue to Merida and continue along the Via de la Plata. Another option is to take the Camino Sanabrés.
You can start this Jacobean route through Andalusia from different cities such as Almeria, Granada, Jaen, Malaga or Cordoba to conclude in Merida. There are no fixed itineraries, the following are those recommended by the Associations of Friends of the Camino de Santiago.
Almería – Rioja (23 km)
Rioja – Alboloduy (15 km)
Alboloduy – Abla (27,2 km)
Abla – Huéneja (21,5 km)
Huéneja – Alquife (20 km)
Alquife – Guadix (27,3 km)
Guadix – La Peza (22 km)
La Peza – Quéntar (27,6 km)
Quéntar – Granada (18,6 km)
Granada – Pinos Puente (19 km)
Pinos Puente – Moclín (16 km)
Moclín – Alcalá Real (21,8 km)
Alcalá Real – Alcaudete (23,7 km)
Jaén – Martos (20,74 km)
Martos – Alcaudete (22,80 km)
Alcaudete- Baena (24,6 km)
Málaga – Junta de los Caminos (10,8 km)
Junta de los Caminos – Almogía (12,2 km)
Almogía – Villanueva de la Concepción (17,5 km)
Villanueva de la Concepción – Antequera (16,3 km)
Antequera – Cartaojal (11,4 km)
Cartaojal – Villanueva de Algaidas (12,5 km)
Villanueva de Algaidas – Cuevas Bajas (9,9 km)
Cuevas Bajas – Encinas Reales (5,7 km)
Encinas Reales – Lucena (20,4 km)
Lucena – Cabra (13 km)
Cabra – Doña Mencía (11,9 km)
Doña Mencía – Baena (8,7 km)
Baena y Córdoba (Connection)
Baena – Castro del Río (19,9 km)
Castro del Río – Espejo (9,6 km)
Espejo – Santa Cruz (12 km)
Santa Cruz – Córdoba (24,3 km)
Desde Córdoba (hasta Mérida):
Córdoba – Cerro Muriano (18,4 km)
Cerro Muriano – Villaharta (21,18 km)
Villaharta – Alcaracejos (35,53 km)
Alcaracejos – Hinojosa del Duque (21,56 km)
Hinojosa del Duque – Monterrubio de la Serena (32,19 km)
Monterrubio de la Serena – Campanario (39,17 km)
Campanario – Medellín (37,33 km)
Medellín – San Pedro de Mérida (28,20 km)
San Pedro de Mérida – Mérida (16 km)
Best time to do it
If we decide to make this path we have to keep in mind how much better to do it to avoid it being a hell. It is advisable to avoid the summer months, it is something very important. In the south of the peninsula the heat is rather unbearable in the summer months, we can get to be at 40 degrees in the shade. It is recommended to walk on this route in the autumn months or early winter, we can enjoy a very pleasant temperature.
Accommodation and signposting
Maybe it’s what will or won’t encourage us to do the Mozarabic Way. As far as the signposting is concerned, we must say that in practically all of its layout it is quite correct, although sometimes we will have to orientate ourselves. The Associations of Friends of the Way, such as that of Almeria are doing an enormous job recovering the layout and its signage. From Granada or Cordoba it is very easy to follow the signs and enter each city.
With regard to the issue of accommodation between stages, the only problem will be found in the stretch from Granada to Córdoba, where there are no hostels. But there is a solution and everything thanks to some town halls that usually habilitate some installation for it. In some villages, if the town hall is not in charge, parishes welcome all pilgrims who want to stay. We are talking about hostels, but let’s not forget that there will never be a problem in the whole route to stay in accommodation such as hostels, pensions, etc..
Today, to be honest, there are few pilgrims who make the Mozarabic Way that connects with the Via de la Plata. But we assure you that it is a route in which you will discover incredible landscapes and history in each stage. An experience you’ll never forget. What are you waiting for? Good Way!