The Mozarabic Way combines the different Jacobean routes that pilgrims from Andalusian cities have followed since the Middle Ages, belonging to the ancient Muslim territory of Al-Andalus. Today, the Camino Mozarabe leaves from Córdoba, Jaén, Granada and Málaga until it connects with the Vía de la Plata in Mérida (Extremadura), becoming one of the longest Caminos de Santiago: up to 2 months.
As with the Vía de la Plata, it is advisable to avoid the summer months due to its excessive heat. And in the winter months you have to count on snow in some high sections. Before leaving, it is advisable to check the accommodation network, since in some villas the hotel offer is limited or they do not have a specific hostel for pilgrims. Avoiding the hot months, the Mozarabic Paths are suitable for cyclists, with an itinerary that runs along comfortable dirt or asphalt tracks and without significant slopes .
The Mozarabic Way is one of the historical routes to Santiago de Compostela used since the Middle Ages by pilgrims from different parts of Andalusia.
With the discovery of the Apostle's tomb, different cities in the Muslim territory of al-Andalus served as a starting point for those citizens who preserved their Christian faith. They were known as Mozarabs, who left cities such as Almería, Granada or Córdoba, until they joined the Vía de la Plata.
The Jacobean Association of Malaga recovered with its work the sections that go from Malaga to Córdoba, being able to start the Mozarabic Way in this beautiful Andalusian city It is in Mérida, capital of Extremadura, where the pilgrim joins the Via de la Plata to continue to Santiago. This pilgrimage thus becomes one of the longest to Compostela, up to 2 months, for those who decide to undertake it on foot.
The reward of this intense Jacobean Route is daily, with towns full of charm, a range of landscapes and a renowned artistic and cultural heritage. The spectacular monuments of Andalusian cities, the nature of the Sierra Nevada or Sierra Morena, the olive groves and the valleys, fill the pictures of an unforgettable adventure.
Avoid the hot months
When planning the stages, pilgrims who make the Camino in summer must take into account the high temperatures in this area of southern Spain.
Meanwhile, in the winter months, you have to count on snow in some sections that develop in height. Before leaving, it is also advisable to check the accommodation network, since in some villas the hotel offer is limited or they do not have a specific hostel for pilgrims.
The intense work of the Associations of Friends of the Camino de Santiago, from the different Andalusian provinces, has turned the Camino Mozárabe into an increasingly well-marked Route, with more information for pilgrims and with better lodging opportunities.
Suitable for bicigrinos
The Camino Mozárabe, together with the Vía de la Plata, is one of the most suitable routes to Santiago for those pilgrims who decide to travel the Camino by bicycle. Avoiding the hot months, this itinerary runs along comfortable dirt or asphalt tracks, while the route hardly presents any significant slopes.
How to get to the starting point
- TO ALMERÍA:
How to get to Almería by train: Almería has regular train connections with Madrid, Salamanca, Burgos, Seville, Granada and other points on the Iberian Peninsula. All options can be consulted at Renfe .
How to get to Almería by bus: Companies such as Alsa make routes to Almería from cities such as Barcelona, Valencia, Murcia, Granada or Malaga. From Madrid, the Bam company schedules daily trips to the Andalusian city.
How to get to Almería by plane: Almería airport has flights to Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Mallorca, Malaga, Seville or Melilla. Also to European capitals such as London or Brussels. The facilities are located 9 kilometers from the city. The journey to the center of Almería from the airport can be done through line 22 of the urban bus.
How to get to Almería by car: 6 hours and a half on the A-4 between Madrid and Almería. Leaving Barcelona, the journey is 9 hours, along the AP-7 and the A-7.
- TO GRANADA:
How to get to Granada by train: Renfe has several daily trains to Granada from Madrid (4 and a half hours of travel), Barcelona (12 hours of travel), Seville (3 hours) and other Spanish cities.
How to get to Granada by bus: Daily Alsa buses depart from Madrid's South Station that arrive in Granada in 5 hours. The older the city is connected to the Mediterranean capitals and the rest of the Andalusian provinces.
How to get to Granada by plane: Granada airport receives flights from London and from several Spanish cities, such as Madrid, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca or Melilla. Located 17 kilometers from the provincial capital, there are urban buses that connect both points.
How to get to Granada by car: By road from Madrid it takes 4 to 5 hours, taking the A4 / E5 and then the A44 / E902. This same highway also communicates Granada with the Costa del Sol.
- TO CÓRDOBA:
How to get to Córdoba by train: Córdoba has high speed. Through the city pass the AVE lines of Madrid-Seville, Madrid-Malaga, Barcelona-Seville, Barcelona-Malaga and Valencia-Seville. Schedules and prices, on the Renfe website
How to get to Córdoba by car: From Madrid there are 4 and a half hours to Córdoba by the A-4. From Barcelona the route is doubled: 9 and a half hours, on the AP-7 and A-4.
Credits: The Camino de Santiago with Correos