camino mozarabe

Camino Mozárabe

As you may already know, there are a large number of secondary routes that link the Camino de Santiago with the whole of Spain, to the point of developing a network of Caminos that cover the entire peninsular territory. On this occasion, we will talk about one of the most important routes in the south, the Camino Mozárabe.

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Information and History

The Camino de Santiago Mozarabe (Mozarabic Way of St. James) is one of the Ways of St. James that connects the south of Spain with one of the main routes, the Silver Way. This route is made up of a series of roads that became really important in the Middle Ages, especially during the Muslim occupation of Spanish territory. Their importance increased due to the fact that they were necessary routes for communication between the most important ports of Al-Andalus and the main inland cities.

Why it is called Mozárabe

As mentioned above, the territories were occupied by the Muslim people. However, after the discovery of the tomb of St. James the Apostle, the Christians who lived in this area decided to preserve their faith and began the pilgrimage to the Cathedral. These Christians were called Mozarabs, hence the name of the Mozarabic Way.

Evolution and Present days

After the Reconquest of Spanish territory, these routes continued to be important, but not at the same level as in former times. It was not until relatively recently, and after years of work, that the Asociaciones de Amigos del Camino de Santiago (Associations of Friends of the Pilgrims’ Route to Santiago) in collaboration with other institutions, once again highlighted the value of these forgotten pilgrimage routes and tried to give them their lost value in order to start the pilgrimages to the Cathedral once again.

Today, its growth is remarkable and, within the secondary routes, it is one of the most important.

Stages of the Camino Mozárabe

The Camino Mozarabe can be started from 3 different routes: Jaén, Málaga and Almería. This is why we will begin by separating the stages of each of these routes until we mention the common ones, since these three routes end up joining later in the town of Baena.

From Baena to Mérida, where it joins the Silver Route, it will be the same route.

Stages Camino Mozárabe from Jaén to Baena

Stage Start End Lenght
Stage 1 Jaén Martos 21 km
Stage 2 Martos Alcaudete 23 km
Stage 3 Alcaudete Baena 25 km

Stages Camino Mozárabe from Almería to Baena

Stage Start End Lenght
Stage 1 Almería Santa Fé de Mondujar 25 km
Stage 2 Santa Fé de Mondujar Alboloduy 15 km
Stage 3 Alboloduy Abla 27 km
Stage 4 Abla Huéneja 26 km
Stage 5 Huéneja Alquife 21 km
Stage 6 Alquife Guadix 22 km
Stage 7 Guadix La Peza 20 km
Stage 8 La Peza Quéntar 23 km
Stage 9 Quéntar Granada 20 km
Stage 10 Granada Pinos Puente 19 km
Stage 11 Pinos Puente Moclín 16 km
Stage 12 Moclín Alcalá la Real 22 km
Stage 14 Alcalá la Real Alcaudete 24 km
Stage 14 Alcaudete Baena 25 km

Stages Camino Mozárabe from Málaga to Baena

Stage Start End Lenght
Stage 1 Málaga Junta de los Caminos 11 km
Stage 2 Junta de los Caminos Almogía 12 km
Stage 3 Almogía Villanueva de la Concepción 18 km
Stage 4 Villanueva de la Concepción Antequera 16 km
Stage 5 Antequera Cartaojal 11 km
Stage 6 Cartaojal Villanueva de Algaidas 13 km
Stage 7 Villanueva de Algaidas Cuevas Bajas 10 km
Stage 8 Cuevas Bajas Encinas Reales 6 km
Stage 9 Encinas Reales Lucena 20 km
Stage 10 Lucena Cabra 13 km
Stage 11 Cabra Doña Mencía 12 km
Stage 12 Doña Mencía Baena 9 km

Stages Camino Mozárabe from Baena

Stage Start End Lenght
Stage 1 Baena Castro Del Río 25 km
Stage 2 Castro Del Río Córdoba 15 km
Stage 3 Córdoba Cerro Muriano 27 km
Stage 4 Cerro Muriano Villaharta 26 km
Stage 5 Villaharta Alcaracejos 21 km
Stage 6 Alcaracejos Hinojosa Del Duque 22 km
Stage 7 Hinojosa Del Duque Monterrubio de La Serena 20 km
Stage 8 Monterrubio de La Serena Campanario 23 km
Stage 9 Campanario Medellín 20 km
Stage 10 Medellín San Pedro de Mérida 19 km
Stage 11 San Pedro de Mérida Mérida 16 km

Once in Mérida, the Camino Mozarabe joins the Silver Route at stage 10 of its route. If you decide to continue it, you will have 28 stages and approx. 750 km left to reach the end of the Camino, Santiago de Compostela.

Map of the Camino Mozárabe

Map Camino Mozárabe

Characteristics of the Camino

As you may have noticed in the stages, its duration does not comply with the average number of kilometres that is common in the rest of the Jacobean routes, 25 km/stage. Particularly noteworthy is the route from Malaga, which has several stages of less than 15 km. If you are an experienced pilgrim, we recommend that you do two stages per day to shorten the days and be able to cover a greater length of the route.

As for its profile, it does not represent an excessive difficulty, gentle hills and dirt tracks, on arrival in Granada, so the route should not be one of your worries. One important consideration is that, being in Andalusia, the summer makes it a tough and even dangerous experience. Walking at this time of year is not at all recommended.

If you decide to walk this route, do it in other seasons, winter or early spring and autumn. If you do it in the summer months, you should be prepared with a cap or hat to avoid the sun’s rays, and with a good water bottle that you should refill whenever possible, as keeping well hydrated is vital on this route.

The landscapes you will come across are mostly olive groves, great views for those who have never seen them before, but repetitive if you already know them, as there are several kilometres where you will only be able to see these fields. From Granada onwards, as previously mentioned, the landscape changes and is characterised by dirt tracks.

Doing the Camino Mozarabe by bicycle

It will not be difficult to do it by bike, the route is easy to follow. You simply need to pre-plan your itinerary to match the stages at their correct endings. To do this, you can estimate the number of kilometres you do per day and then transfer it to the stages mentioned above and apply the number of kilometres.


Thanks to the efforts of the associations and collaborating entities, this route is well signposted, although there is still room for improvement compared to the main routes. That is why before deciding to do this route, it is a good idea to make sure of the itinerary prior to departure, in order to have a clear idea of the route to follow.

What to see on the Camino Mozárabe

The towns along this secondary route do not have a large population, and all have their own charm, but we recommend that, should you wish to visit any of the towns on your itinerary at your leisure to the point of spending an extra day, you should spend more time in the provincial capitals: Almería, Málaga, Jaén, Córdoba, Granada and Mérida.

La Alhambra (Granada)

It is, without a doubt, the most important historical and cultural heritage that you will find on this route, in fact not only on this route, but in the whole of Spain, as it is the second most visited monument in Spain, only behind the Sagrada Familia (Barcelona).

La Alhambra de Granada - Camino Mozárabe

It is a complex of palaces, gardens and a fortress that housed a citadel within Granada itself in the times of Al-Andalus.

Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba

It is the most important monument in Cordoba and was created as a mosque in the time of the Emirate of Cordoba. Later, after the Reconquest of Spanish territory, it was granted the status of a Christian cathedral. It is certainly worth taking the time to appreciate its beauty and the significance it has in the history of the city.

Roman Theatre of Mérida

As you leave Andalusia, you will leave behind the monuments of the ancient Muslim territory until you enter the region of Extremadura, where the Roman Empire is still well represented in the peninsula. A good example of this is its Roman theatre, inaugurated in 16-15 BC.


It’s not all about walking; in your moments of rest you will be able to savour the culinary delights of Andalusia. Here is a list of the foods you should not miss on your way along this route:

  • Gazpacho: Cold tomato soup with some added ingredients such as peppers, garlic, onion…
  • Salmorejo: Similar to gazpacho but with bread and thicker.
  • Pescaito frito: Squid, anchovies, cuttlefish or other types of fish, battered and fried.
  • Migas: Stale bread, chorizo, garlic, olive oil, water and salt.
  • Tortilla de camarones: Thin, crispy tortilla made with shrimp dough.
  • Pipirrana: A salad of onion, tomato, green pepper and cucumber.
  • Jamón de Jabugo: Typical cured ham from the Huelva mountains

It’s time for adventure

We hope that all this information will help you to know more about the Camino Mozarabe and to be able to plan it in case your intention is to make the pilgrimage. If you have not yet decided to do it, or do not see this route as a possibility for your first adventure on the Camino de Santiago, take a look at the other routes of the Camino de Santiago or leave us your contact so we can advise you in the best possible way.

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