The Mozarabic Way

The Mozarabic Way to Santiago is a path with many hundreds of years of tradition behind it whose name honors Christians living in the territory of Al-Andalus (Mozarabs) who know the discovery of the remains of the Apostle Santiago in Compostela, risked their lives attending to the jacobean call. This conglomerate of Andalusian roads resurges today thanks to the effort and determination of the associations of friends of the Camino de Santiago.

The Mozarabic Way


The Mozarabic Way: from Andalusian lands to Santiago

The Mozarabic Way is a set of long tradition of jacobean routes from the Andalusian cities of Malaga, Granada, Almeria and Jaen to join in a single path, continue to Córdoba and conclude its route in Mérida, where the route joins with the Via de la Plata. From Merida the route of the Jacobean route runs from south to north the Peninsula to reach Santiago de Compostela, either taking the Sanabrés Way from Zamora or continuing along the Vía de la Plata to connect with the French Route, the busiest route.

One of the main reasons for this network of Andalusian routes in Andalusia is the Mozarabic Way is to promote the heritage, traditions, nature, and gastronomy of these ancient lands through thousands of kilometers of roads with a long tradition and currently in recovery . Through the roads of the Mozarabic Christian pilgrims from all over the region, despite living in Muslim territory, in the direction of Santiago de Compostela, despite the danger of the journey and the immense distance that separated them from the remains of the Apostle. For this they not only had to cross on foot Al-Andalus; They still had to take the Via de la Plata (route known for having been traveled by the caudillo Almanzor after looting the holy city), travel through Castilian lands and reach the north of the Peninsula.

The Mozarabic Way can be started from several cities of Andalusia, dealing in the case of Almeria from the longest possible distance to Santiago de Compostela from the whole of the Peninsula. Walking the Mozarabic pilgrims will cross beautiful landscapes of great patrimonial value, passing through several cities declared Heritage of Humanity (such as Granada, Cordoba or Merida) and by true sanctuaries of nature, such as the Sierra Nevada National Park.



If you want to start your Jacobean route from Andalusia by the Mozarabic Way, here are the different itineraries that you must follow from the cities of AlmeriaGranadaJaenMalaga and Cordoba to conclude in the city of Mérida. The itineraries are those recommended by the Associations of Friends of the Camino de Santiago of the Mozarabic Way, which also enjoy agreements with certain accommodations along these routes to provide shelter to pilgrims in places that do not have a hostel:

The Mozarabic Way stages from Almeria (to Granada):

  • 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)

The Mozarabic Way stages from Granada (to Alcaudete)

  • Granada - Pinos Puente (19 km)

  • Pinos Puente - Moclín (16 km)

  • Moclín - Alcalá Real (21,8 km)

  • Alcalá Real - Alcaudete (23,7 km)

The Mozarabic Way stages from Jaen (to Alcaudete) :

  • Jaén - Martos (20,74 km)

  • Martos - Alcaudete (22,80 km)

The Mozarabic Way stages from Malaga (to Baena):

  • 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)

Conection between Baena and Córdoba

  • 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)

The Mozarabic Way stages from Córdoba (to 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)

Peregrino | Envato

Peregrino | Envato

From the Camino Mozarabe to the Vía de la Plata

After passing through several of the most popular Andalusian cities and ending up in Mérida, the pilgrim will have to continue on his way through the Vía de la Plata. Unlike other Jacobean routes, the Vía de la Plata offers a different and unique experience, full of cultural and historical heritage. Of course, there will be no shortage of landscapes of great beauty or moments like immersing ourselves in local traditions.

Pilgrims from Andalusia and Extremadura began to use the Vía de la Plata starting through the Mozarabic Way to reach Santiago. Of course, on the Vía de la Plata they should choose between continuing to Astorga and therefore on the French Way; or cross the provinces of Zamora, Ourgense and A Coruña on the Camino Sanabrés.

Both the French Way, and especially the Sanabrés Way, have a very high natural and heritage value. It should also be noted that it is not overcrowded, with the exception of the French Way and one of the most chosen routes by pilgrims along with the Portuguese Way.

Camino de Santiago | Envato

Camino de Santiago | Envato

Tips for doing the Camino Mozarabe

The Camino Mozárabe is one of the most demanding routes. An itinerary that once we reached the Vía de la Plata will be extended to two of the previously mentioned variants: the French Way or the Sanabrés Way.

Regardless of our choice, we must be very well physically prepared before starting the Mozarabic Way. Thanks to the involvement of various Andalusian Jacobean associations, we can enjoy much more "comfortable" routes, through paths that are better prepared for pilgrims. Between Granada and Córdoba we will enjoy all kinds of landscapes ranging from gentle hills to long dirt tracks.

With this orography ahead, the best advice will be to have a good pair of boots. It is important that they are comfortable and go with a previous "shooting" to avoid injuries during the routes. Mountain boots are ideal for traveling long distances without affecting our feet.

Another vital aspect for any self-respecting pilgrim is the backpack. The backpack on the Camino de Santiago plays a crucial role. Our recommendation will always be to carry 10% of our weight in it. Not a kilo more, not a kilo less. This is one of the most useful tips and with which you can avoid back pain.

On the Mozarabic Way, one of the main protagonists is the weather. Unlike other routes, it is not recommended to start the Mozarabic Way in summer. Heat is an enemy that we must reject at all costs, as well as being downright dangerous. It must be taken into account that temperatures in Andalusia during these months can reach 40º, putting our health and even life at risk. Autumn or spring are ideal times to do the Mozarabic Way, and although the weather is usually good, it does not become a risk as in other months.

Mochila de peregrino | Envato

Mochila de peregrino | Envato

Where to eat and where to sleep on the Mozarabic Way?

Unlike other routes on the Camino de Santiago, the Camino Mozarabe does not have hostels that offer shelter to pilgrims, nor restaurants that have a specific menu for them.

However, there are alternatives depending on the province, yes. In Baena, for example, host parishes are common, places where, for a really cheap price, we can sleep comfortably.

Something similar happens with restaurants and bars, whether or not they are aimed at pilgrims. The Mozarabic Way does not have facilities for pilgrims, so you will have to arm yourself with patience (and strength) to find places to replenish energy given the great distance between one place and another.

Once we reach the Vía de la Plata, and from here we choose the Camino Frances or the Camino Sanabrés, everything will be much easier when it comes to finding places to sleep and eat on the Camino de Santiago.


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Jaor 01/03/17 16:21:44
Para emprender el camino desde las provincias andaluzas de Almería, Jaén, Málaga, Córdoba y Granada no es preciso dirigirse desde La Serena hacia Mérida, hay otro camino que tiene el interés que detallo:

Para que el peregrino, auténtico protagonista del Camino a Santiago, esté informado para elegir el camino que más se adecue a su planificación y motivaciones. El Camino Mozárabe por Trujillo, Monfragüe y Plasencia. Que reúne las siguientes características.
1.- Tiene tradición jacobea, en el año 1612 lo emprendió el insigne canónigo de la Catedral de Córdoba, D. Bernardo José de Aldrete por estos lugares en su mayor parte. Es el único peregrino del que hay constancia documental. Hay vestigios en edificios y lugares de paso de otros peregrinos, la Iglesia de Santiago en Plasencia, el cruceiro del Humilladero en Villar de Plasencia y Hospitales de Peregrinos en Plasencia, entre otros. La Patrulla Militar “Operación Lince Peregrino”, pioneros modernos en la peregrinación lo emprendió también por estos lugares en su mayor parte desde Córdoba a Santiago de Compostela en 1987. En Julio de 2013 el Club de Atletismo Los Califas organizó una carrera Non Stop desde Córdoba a Santiago por este itinerario en 92 horas.
2.- Converge con el Camino de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe en bastantes tramos, por lo que se fusionan dos focos de peregrinación en un solo camino, siendo vínculo de unión y devoción.
3.- Pasa por lugares que han sido candidatos a Patrimonio de la Humanidad el año 2012, como Trujillo “Maravilla rural de España 2015”, la Dehesa Extremeña, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe “Reserva de la Biosfera por la UNESCO” y Plasencia, cunas de patrimonio cultural y natural muy importantes, así como las cañadas de trashumancia Reales Leonesa y Trujillana y la población de Villanueva de la Serena, cuna de conquistadores.
4.- Es más corto sobre 90 kilómetros que el Camino que se dirige a Mérida en dirección Oeste por lo que puede redundar en 4 o 3 jornadas menos de camino para el peregrino que desde estas poblaciones andaluzas y extremeñas puede significar una mejor planificación en los días hábiles laborales, familiares disponibles.
5.- Dispone de excelente señalización, viabilidad y lugares de acogida. Hay lugares de acogida puestos a disposición del peregrino por los Ayuntamientos, Parroquias y Organismos. Las distancias entre los lugares de acogida no son superiores a los 27 kilómetros. En el Camino desde Mérida hay etapas de 38 y otras de más de 30 kilómetros. En los días de vacaciones y puentes festivos los albergues se saturan y por este camino se encontrarán mejores condiciones para la esencia del peregrino de encuentro y relajación y disfrute de la Naturaleza.
De este Camino están informadas las Asociaciones del Camino Mozárabe, pero no están informando al peregrino para su conocimiento e incluso me impiden el diálogo, base de entendimiento entre las personas.
Saludos y Buen Camino
José Antonio Ortega Ruiz. Peregrino del Camino de Santiago.
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Virginia 18/07/2022 19:40:39
Gracias por la informacion
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