The Mozarab Way is formed by a group of paths that go along the East of Andalucía, through endless olive fields and peaceful villages. These ways have more than a thousand years of history on their back and they can tell us lots of stories that go back further in time, when these Spanish lands were a different and fascinating world. Would you like to go over the Mozarab Way and its secrets?
A little bit of History
Walking the Mozarab Way means step in the footsteps of the christians that, during the Muslim domination, were looking for their own way to Compostela. From the VIII century, muslims advanced in their conquest of the Iberian peninsula and the land kown as Al-Andalus grew more and more.
This situation was perpetuated during 7 centuries and, of course, marked the religious and cultural life of these territories. In this context appeared the Mozarab people, that is to say, the christian people who lived in the Al-Andalus territory but were still loyal to their religion.
In the IX century explodes the new of the discovery of the Holy Sepulchre of Santiago in Compostela and christians all over the world hear the call to the pilgrimage. Equally, mozarabs look for their way to visit the relics and walk through the routes of what today we call the Mozarab Way.
Can you imagine how the trip of this christians along the conquered territory was? Walking trough the same way that we can walk today, but in a radically different Andalucía.
A practical explanation of the Mozarab Way
The Mozarab Way is made of different itineraries and today we want to tell you everything about its routes.
This adventure can be started in Almería, Granada, Jaén or Málaga. If we start our way in Almería, we’d be doing the Mozarab Way in its entirety, we’ll pass by Granada to keep walking to Alcaudete.
In Alcaudete, pilgrims who had started their way in Jaén will join us. Not far away from here we’ll find Baena, the point where we’ll find our traveller mates that come from Málaga.
And then, all the Mozarab Ways reunited, from Baena we’ll walk to the imposing city of Córdoba. From there, the journey will take us to Mérida, where the Silver Way begins. If you want to know everything about this path, visit this post about what to see on the Silver Way.
Walking the Mozarab Way from Almería
Walking the Mozarab Way from Almería means to walk along 1400 km across Spain.
It’s the longest Santiago Way!
We’ll walk 9 stages untill we arrive to Granada and its Alhambra, a group of Arab buildings of a relentless beauty.
Granada is, besides, a city famous for its irresistible tapas and for its unbeatable atmosphere. You know that in Santiago Ways we have a weakness for tapas!
If you end your Mozarab Way, remember that in Galicia you can also have an amazing tapas route.
From Granada to Córdoba
From Granada to Córdoba we’ll walk 169 km in which we could visit 15 different villages with all services we need. But keep in mind that villages are far away of each other, between long dirt tracks with not much shadow.
It will be 7 stages until Córdoba, city of the most impressive mosque in the country. What today we call the Cathedral of Córdoba is a building that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it will takes us to a walk over Art and Architecture History.
And from Córdoba to Mérida
Leaving Córdoba behind, we’ll have 9 more stages ahead and about 250 km to walk until the beginning of the Silver Way, that starts in Mérida. Remember that walking the Silver Way during the summer can be really hard because of the high temperatures in the interior of Spain. If you’re thinking about walking this way during the summer, you’ll probably want to read this article.
In Mérida we’ll find another really important monument: the Roman Theatre of Mérida, a historical theater built during the ancient Rome and opened up in the years 16-15 BC.
The origin of this edifications that we’ll find along the Way change in a curious way, jumping from mosques to roman theatres.
In this way, we connect two cultures as rich as the Arab and the Roman culture in a pilgrimage made from the History of two different civilizations that create a really interesting contrast for the pilgrim.
By the way! The origin of this white villages comes from centuries ago, when the different Mediterranean cultures went for whitewashing the walls of their houses with lime, water and sand, with the purpose of avoiding the impact of the sun and refreshing the inside of their homes.
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