Camino Mozárabe de Santiago

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Ponarth
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Camino Mozárabe de Santiago

Postby Ponarth » Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:03 am

In May/June 2015 we discovered the Camino Mozárabe de Santiago starting from Granada to Mérida.
It´s a very interesting alternative to the overcrowed Camino Francés. You can see almost no people the whole day long. We can recommend this path with conviction.
We have made a video about this sustaining experience:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CuS3FAi0CQ

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Re: Camino Mozárabe de Santiago

Postby Andalucia.com Editor » Sat Jun 20, 2015 4:40 pm

Ponarth,

Thanks for sharing your interesting video.

We have embedded your video in the Andalucia.com overview page of the Camino Mozárabe de Santiago as our reader will find it interesting.
http://www.andalucia.com/walking/camino-mozarabe.htm

If you or any other forum member has the information, we would be interested if you would let us publish a written guide or report of the different sections of the route that you have covered. We could create sub pages for these and link to our town pages on the way.

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Re: Camino Mozárabe de Santiago

Postby Lavanda » Sat Jun 20, 2015 5:57 pm

Ponarth, there is another route you might be interested in. The Ruta de la Plata, Via de la Plata, Camino de Santiago, Camino Mozárabe also starts in Seville and goes to Mérida where it joins up with your route from Granada. The route them continues the length of Extremadura to go to Salamanca, then Zamora and then it turns left to offer two routes to Santiago de Compostela.

You are right when you say that not many people walk the route. Last year only about 12,000 people walked the route compared with the 90,000+ pilgrims that use the Camino Francés. Certainly the route through Extremadura has parts that are quite tough, long and without shade and therefore not suitable for the summer. However, other parts are exquisitely beautiful passing huge stretches of water, deciduous forests, Roman ruins and monuments. In addition to the route passing through Mérida it also goes through Cáceres. as an extra, just north of Mérida, the route goes to Proserpina, the first reservoir to be constructed in the Roman Empire. There is a campsite and it's a great place for swimming. Some pilgrims do the extra few kilometres just for the swim!

For those of you who read Spanish, Jesús Sánchez Adalid, an ordained priest and local author, has written 'El Camino Mozárabe' a work of fiction but set around the route. It is really gripping. For English readers there is the 'Via de la Plata' by Alison Raju published by Cicerone press. It describes the routes from Granada and Seville all the way to Santiago.

If anyone wants help with the walk though Extremadura just PM me.


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