The Mozarabic way to Santiago: from Granada to Córdoba

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The Saint James Way

The Camino de Santiago or St James Way, is the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela Cathedral  in Galicia in north-western Spain. Legend has it that the remains of the apostle Saint James the Great, are buried here. As pilgrims traditionally started their journey from their own home, different Camino ways emerged over the years. Probably one of the most ancient Pilgrim’s ways in Spain is this one: The Mozarabic Way to Santiago.

The Mozarabic Way

The name honors Christians (called Mozarabs) who were living in the Muslim territory of Al-Andalus and knew about the discovery of the remains of Santiago Apostle  in Compostela. They risked their lives to travel to Santiago, on the immense distance that separated the South to the remains of the Apostle. They not only had to cross on foot Al-Andalus; they still had to take the Via de la Plata Way travelling through Castilian lands to reach the north of the Peninsula.

This tour gives you the opportunity to connect the cities of Granada and Córdoba with their world cultural heritages: the marvelous “Alhambra” in Granada and the stunning “Mezquita” in Córdoba. Betake a journey through time and across unique landscapes and natural reserves that feature along the way. Ride through landscapes with tranquil hills of olive groves, holm-oak woods, vegetable gardens and vineyards, rushing streams, imposing watchtowers, proud castles, impeccable farmhouses and humble farmsteads, all giving the backdrop to an unforgettable visit. Enjoy the villages, castles, churches and towns that stretch before you just waiting to be discovered, such as Moclín, Tózar, Alcalá la Real, Alcaudete, Zuheros, Castro del Río, Baena, that now give their name to some of the world’s finest olive oils. You will find them the perfect place to relax and recover lost energy with the best food and wines this region has to offer. Feel the history on every step, and even at night, when you sleep in an old convent or the former prison!

Day 1: Arrival Granada

Day 1: Arrival Granada

From  Málaga or Granada airport you will take the local comfortable bus to Granada city, where you will stay in a cozy hotel in the historical center of the town. You can stroll around the cathedral and its old silk market, take some drinks and be invited to the rich tapas. Finally, we suggest you experience an authentic flamenco show to get you ready for a journey, which has only just begun.


Day 2: Granada, transfer to Pinos Puente, on foot to Moclín. 16 km, 700 m ascend

Day 2: Granada, transfer to Pinos Puente, on foot to Moclín. 16 km, 700 m ascend

A taxi will collect you at your hotel and bring you to Pinos Puente Town Hall “Ayuntamiento”. You walk to Moclín, a lovely hillside village with stunning views from its altitude of 1,065 metres above sea level. It has an impressive 14th century Moorish Castle looking into the valley. You have two options, one along the Velillos river, passing the Bucor Arab farmhouse which is about 1 kilometer shorter than the other one going along olive trees. Both routes come together in the village of Olivares. After Olivares you have a steep climb to the Moclín. Once in Moclín you can take a drink while you wait to be picked up by Marcelo and brought to the friendly hostel Rincón de Marcelo in the nearby village Tózar. You can make a short stroll through this authentic village with its narrow streets to the anthropomorphic tombs dug out of the rock and the remains of a defensive system set up during the Spanish Civil War the tombs and remaining of the Civil War before you enjoy the marvelous homemade cooking of the wife and daughter of Marcelo!


Day 3: Tózar-Alcalá. 19 km, 450 m ascend

Day 3: Tózar-Alcalá. 19 km, 450 m ascend

You will be brought back to the Malalmuerzo fountain close to Moclín, from where you continue your route to Alcalá. Here you can visit the majestic "La Mota" fortress with its thick castle walls, imposing towers and the old cathedral built by the reconquering Christians within its confines defending the town of Alcalá.


Day 4: Alcalá la Real - Alcaudete. 19,5 km (+3km to the hotel), 340 m ascend

Day 4: Alcalá la Real – Alcaudete. 19,5 km (+3km to the hotel), 340 m ascend

A taxi will drive you to Puertollano, from where you walk the 19-km remaining to Alcaudete.  You will walk through almonds and olive trees to Ventas del Carrizal,  to continue to cross the San Juan river.  The track leads you to the Casas del Marroquín walking along the river with the orchards and crops. You continue walking on the old Cañada Real de Fuente Amuña  to  the Santuario de la Fuensanta by now in Alcaudete.


Day 5: Alcaudete- Baena. 16,5 km, 265m ascend (without transfer 25 km, 292 m ascend)

Day 5:  Alcaudete- Baena. 16,5 km, 265m ascend (without transfer 25 km, 292 m ascend)

You can  walk it all or take your luggage taxi  to avoid the asphalt roads and the busy national one. Nice walk along the Salobral lake, where you might see flamingos! Your destiny today is Baena, an old town, famous for its olive oil! Your accommodation is the 3-star hotel la Casa Grande, right in the historical center, in a “Casa Señorial” from the beginning of 20th century.


Day 6:  Baena - Castro del Río. 20 km, 130 m ascend

Day 6:  Baena – Castro del Río. 20 km, 130 m ascend

Today you just walk out of your hotel to continue to Castro del Río, another village famous for its olive oil and the local crafts as furniture made from olive wood, which has been exported as far as Japan. Your accommodation is in the old Convent of the 16th Century!


Day 7: Castro del Río -Córdoba. 20 km, 280 m ascend

Day 7: Castro del Río -Córdoba. 20 km, 280 m ascend

You will be driven to the starting point to begin the route, to skip the the asphalt road and make the stage shorter and bearable! You will walk right into the town of Córdoba, cross the  Guadalquivir river by the old Roman bridge and pass along the Big Mosque versus Cathedral before arriving to your hotel.


Day 8: Cordova, fin

Day 8: Cordova, fin

After breakfast this tour will be finished, but why not ask for an extra night in this beautiful town?



Accommodation with breakfast

Included

7


Transfer to the starting point

Included

6


Information on the trip

Included

7


Telephone helpline

Included

6


Luggage transport

Included

6

Services not included


Extra night in Granada

Not Included

35-45€

1 night


Extra night in Córdoba

Not Included

30-40€

1 night


Supplement for single occupation

Not Included

100€

7 days


weekend extra night

Not Included

20€

1 night

Questions about the travel

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