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Early planning for Mozarabe, VDLP, Sanabres to SDC then onto Finisterre/Muxia

TaraWalks

Peregrina without a skateboard
Past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 2016 & 2018, planning for Le Puy 2019/2020ish and for some shorter Caminos stacked
Hi everyone, please feel free to direct me to the appropriate thread if this has already been asked.

I’m in the very early stages of planning a long Camino starting in Almeria (Mozarabe) to Merida (VDLP) to Granja de Moreruela (Sanabres) and then onto SDC and Finisterre and Muxia. I will have no time limit.

Has anyone here done that combination in one go?

What time of the year did you start?

Ive started looking at resources but always happy for blog recommendations, apps, guides etc.

I’m in Australia and we’re not going anywhere for a while so just planning and seeing what’s possible at this stage. Probably not getting on a plane until 2022 at the earliest!

Thanks in advance. I’m open to all wisdom you want to impart 🙂
Tara
 
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Mozarabe to Compostela? What an excellent plan.

Your first stop should be the Camino Mozarabe forum:

There you will find resources such as:
My stages on the Mozárabe from Almería -- April 2018
Sara’s Mozarabe Video Blog (Malaga to Córdoba)
An overview of the Camino Mozárabe from Almería with resources, Part 1
... as well as links to blogs and photos and the like.

When you are set to go, you will also receive tremendous support from the association in Almeria, who publish the only guide you really need (at least as far as Merida) with regular updates on their facebook page.
 

peregrina2000

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Hi, @TaraWalks. This is a great combination and you will find lots of info in the sub-forums on those Caminos.

For the Mozárabe, look here. Many forum members walked in spring 2018 and have posted accounts on that subforum. For the Sanabrés, look here. The top two “pinned” threads in that sub-forum are very detailed, stage by stage discussions. During Covid a number of us have been doing deep dive planning threads for various caminos, and these should give you a lot of information for planning.

When I walked the Mozárabe, I had to stop in Salamanca, but I have done the Levante from Valencia to Santiago (it merges with the Sanabrés/Vdlp in Zamora). I think the sweet spot for starting is spring. I started from Valencia in very early May, and from Almería in mid April. The wild flowers were amazing on both of those walks. It’s early enough that you have a better chance of avoiding the crushing heat, but late enough that the bulk of the rain has hopefully ended. When we walked from Almería, the Association members told us it had been raining non-stop since December. And then magically it stopped in mid April! We had perfect weather, just one big thunderstorm while out walking for me.

Enjoy your planning, and as Raggy says, you will get lots of help, friendship and support from the Association in Almería. One of the most dedicated group of camino enthusiasts anywhere. Their members have actually built and currently maintain the network of albergues between Almería and Granada. They have a great guide online and keep the accommodation list very up to date. In fact, in the spring when I walked, there were occasional “crunches” in the albergues because of our forum group, and the Association would transport air mattresses up and down the camino to take care of everyone. Way above and beyond!

Buen camino, Laurie
 

jungleboy

Spirit of the Camino (Nick)
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A few in the past; more in the future!
I’m in the very early stages of planning a long Camino starting in Almeria (Mozarabe) to Merida (VDLP) to Granja de Moreruela (Sanabres) and then onto SDC and Finisterre and Muxia.
This was exactly my plan for this year. I wanted to start in early April (mid-April at the latest) from Almería, but had to change plans once it became clear that starting by then was not feasible because of virus restrictions. As @peregrina2000 says, spring is the best time for a south-to-north walk for weather (as you will move further away from the hotter areas as it gets closer to summer) and wildflowers. Summer will be too hot in the south and if you start in autumn, you might have poor weather by the time you reach Galicia.
 

alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Past OR future Camino
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Very good route(s). When you come to Merida, have a rest day and be a tourist: Lots to see:

 
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TaraWalks

Peregrina without a skateboard
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Camino Frances 2016 & 2018, planning for Le Puy 2019/2020ish and for some shorter Caminos stacked
Hi everyone,
Thankyou all so much for the detailed responses! This is a great start for me. I’ll have a read and will get back to you with more questions as I go.

Very greateful, Thankyou again!
Tara
 

alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Past OR future Camino
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC

jungleboy

Spirit of the Camino (Nick)
Past OR future Camino
A few in the past; more in the future!
Very good route(s). When you come to Merida, have a rest day and be a tourist: Lots to see:

So long as we’re talking rest days on this epic camino, Granada, Córdoba, Salamanca and Zamora are also decent candidates!
 

alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Past OR future Camino
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
So long as we’re talking rest days on this epic camino, Granada, Córdoba, Salamanca and Zamora are also decent candidates!
Indeed: They are all gems of Spain!

Cordoba is the city in Spain with most Unesco World Heritage sites (6!)
 

peregrina2000

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Staff member
I would keep careful eyes on the Mozárabe guide on the Almería Association website. They update it every month.

As of May, virtually all the albergues are closed, but private accommodations are open. I heard from another forum member that the Málaga association says not to walk that branch yet because everything is closed. But from Almería it looks possible. But I know it’s a constantly changing reality.


The association posts a new version of the guide on their web page every month. So make sure to get the most recent version before you walk. http://www.almeriajacobea.es/. See the blue link over on the right side “Guía de Almería-Mérida. Vs. Mayo 2021.”
 
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I would keep careful eyes on the Mozárabe guide on the Almería Association website. They update it every month.

The association posts a new version of the guide on their web page every month. So make sure to get the most recent version before you walk. http://www.almeriajacobea.es/. See the blue link over on the right side “Guía de Almería-Mérida. Vs. Mayo 2021.”
I've noticed that the link to the latest guide often gets updated on the association's Facebook page first. And the Facebook page is where they post weather alerts and other timely updates, so it's worth having the link:

But don't worry - If you walk from Almeria, the association angels will meet you in Almeria before you set off and brief you on what to expect. They will stay in touch with you pretty much every day via Whatsapp, especially if you're walking solo, and they go above and beyond to support pilgrims on their patch.
 

jo_nz

New Member
Past OR future Camino
Frances (2013), Frances (2015), Finistere/M (2015), Portugeuse (2015) Mozarable (2017) Norte (2018)
We walked the Mozarable from Malaga to Cordoba, then on the vdlp to Granje de Moreruela where the Sanabres begins, and from there to Santiago dc in 2011.
We started walking at the beginning of June and the weather was unbelievably hot (sometimes 42 deg) in the first half of the journey.
The 1st 10 days from Malaga to Cordoba there was hardly anyone on the way (only us crazy kiwi's and our swiss friend who joined us for the first 10 days). The walk took us 46 days, and I would do it again in a heartbeat!
Have fun planning!!
 

TaraWalks

Peregrina without a skateboard
Past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 2016 & 2018, planning for Le Puy 2019/2020ish and for some shorter Caminos stacked
@jo_nz Thankyou! I’m looking forward to it!
 
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Hi everyone, please feel free to direct me to the appropriate thread if this has already been asked.

I’m in the very early stages of planning a long Camino starting in Almeria (Mozarabe) to Merida (VDLP) to Granja de Moreruela (Sanabres) and then onto SDC and Finisterre and Muxia. I will have no time limit.

Has anyone here done that combination in one go?

What time of the year did you start?

Ive started looking at resources but always happy for blog recommendations, apps, guides etc.

I’m in Australia and we’re not going anywhere for a while so just planning and seeing what’s possible at this stage. Probably not getting on a plane until 2022 at the earliest!

Thanks in advance. I’m open to all wisdom you want to impart 🙂
Tara
Great questions Tara and I will be taking note of all the advice given.
I’m also in Australia and having delayed a 2020 VDLP and sadly it seems a 2021 start too I‘m now hoping for March 2022. Good luck !
 
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TaraWalks

Peregrina without a skateboard
Past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 2016 & 2018, planning for Le Puy 2019/2020ish and for some shorter Caminos stacked
@Babyboomergirl Thankyou! I'm hoping for April 2022 here but also adjusting my expectations as the news trickles through!
 

Ronald Boivin

Member
Past OR future Camino
2021
Hi everyone, please feel free to direct me to the appropriate thread if this has already been asked.

I’m in the very early stages of planning a long Camino starting in Almeria (Mozarabe) to Merida (VDLP) to Granja de Moreruela (Sanabres) and then onto SDC and Finisterre and Muxia. I will have no time limit.

Has anyone here done that combination in one go?

What time of the year did you start?

Ive started looking at resources but always happy for blog recommendations, apps, guides etc.

I’m in Australia and we’re not going anywhere for a while so just planning and seeing what’s possible at this stage. Probably not getting on a plane until 2022 at the earliest!

Thanks in advance. I’m open to all wisdom you want to impart 🙂
Tara
This is exactly the Camino I’ve been planning!!!! However, because of a foot injury, I can only do it in the Fall of 2022. Privately message me and I’ll share what I have planned.
 

Ronald Boivin

Member
Past OR future Camino
2021
Mozarabe to Compostela? What an excellent plan.

Your first stop should be the Camino Mozarabe forum:

There you will find resources such as:
My stages on the Mozárabe from Almería -- April 2018
Sara’s Mozarabe Video Blog (Malaga to Córdoba)
An overview of the Camino Mozárabe from Almería with resources, Part 1
... as well as links to blogs and photos and the like.

When you are set to go, you will also receive tremendous support from the association in Almeria, who publish the only guide you really need (at least as far as Merida) with regular updates on their facebook page.
In addition, a good knowledge of Spanish ( Andalusian accent from You tube) will serve you well.
 

TaraWalks

Peregrina without a skateboard
Past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 2016 & 2018, planning for Le Puy 2019/2020ish and for some shorter Caminos stacked
This is exactly the Camino I’ve been planning!!!! However, because of a foot injury, I can only do it in the Fall of 2022. Privately message me and I’ll share what I have planned.
Awesome, thankyou! I am not sure when I will be going - probably next year when fortress Australia gets opened up again. Oh yes and I am already double vaxxed due to being in health care.
 
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Very good route(s). When you come to Merida, have a rest day and be a tourist: Lots to see:

That's for sure. We knew nothing about Merida when we arrived there at the end of the Mozarabe. Wow, what a wonderful town with so much to explore, and just a nice 'vibe'. It's on my long list of 'favourite' Spanish towns. Looking forward to going back when we are on the VdeLP / Sanabres in April (hopefully).

Also loved the Mozarabe - we started just in Granada. It was wonderful - with a lovely stop in Cordoba along the way. Not many pilgrims back then , about 6 years ago, but may be more now. The local people were v. welcoming of pilgrims.

Enjoy!
 

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