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Guides/Accomodation on the Mozarabe from Almeria

fenix

Nevertheless, she persists
Camino(s) past & future
Several, since 1999
Upcoming: Almeria to Muxia, Summer 2017
#1
I am starting my walk from Almeria on May 25th. I'm planning to walk from Almeria to Melide, and then continue on the VdlP/Sanabres to SdC, and then on to Muxia/Fistera.

From reading this forum, the section from Almeria to Granada seems pretty well covered as far as guides/maps. I've found Kevin O'Brien's guide in the resources here, as well as the Asociación Jacobea de Almería a Granada Camino Mozárabe guide & maps at www.almeriajacobea.es (they are the ones with the the What's App connection I should contact in advance, correct?)

But for the Granada-Melide section I'm coming up a little short. All I've found is www.caminomozarabedesantiago.es which has a pretty basic english language guide/maps. Is there anything else I'm missing for this section in particular? There does seem to be a lack of albergues in this part. Has anyone put together a basic guide like Kevin's, or even just a list of inexpensive accomodations?

I am reading recent accounts here, and cutting/pasting together a guide of sorts - but if there is something already a bit more organized, I'd greatly appreciate the help.


ALSO, as I'm going this one solo, I'd like to be able to use maps also if possible. But I am a total tech newbie to this. I will have an unlocked android phone (Moto g4) with a Spanish SIM. Can anyone walk me through this, please? I mean, like, with the understanding and patience of explaining to a kindergartner. :D
What offline maps app should I use?
Will using this app require data? GPS? (I warned you I was a tech idiot. Not even sure the right questions to ask or how to ask them!)
How do I acquire/use the "tracks" (??? is that right) for this route?

Thanks!
 
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#4
Try checking the website below. The various tracks that make up the Camino Mozarabe can be loaded on to an app like MAPS.ME. I have not actually tried MAPS.ME in the field yet, so I cannot say for sure how well it works, but I plan to do so this summer. I have seen it referenced on this Forum a number of times.

http://centrodedescargas.cnig.es/CentroDescargas/loadCaminoSantiago.do
 

george.g

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#5
Hi Fenix,
Arrived Granada today, most of the info available on this forum is correct, but we found that calling ahead each day is a sound idea.
It's been very hot, and some of the steep climbs have made for the odd difficult day, pack light, carry a decent amount of water and be sure of your footwear. You spend quite a bit of time in dry river beds with a stoney loose surface.
GPS in my case Wikiloc has been a great help.
Regards
George
 
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Carel5

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Camino(s) past & future
2016, Camino Mozarabe - Almeria - Merida
2018, Via Francigena - Gran San Bernardo - Lucca
#6
Hi Fenix. My experience is that all towns between Granada and Merida have hostals that give discount to pilgrims, and in many cases there are albergues. So don't worry too much about accomodation.
 

fenix

Nevertheless, she persists
Camino(s) past & future
Several, since 1999
Upcoming: Almeria to Muxia, Summer 2017
#7
First, please let me apologize for starting a thread and disappearing! Work has been a beast, and other life matters have consumed me lately.

I'm in omg 16 days pre-camino what-was-I-thinking panic now, so...... yay.



Thank you! That is very helpful for the Granada-Cordoba stretch.
It is very blank for Almeria-Granada (which there are good other resources for) and for Cordoba-Melide.

So Cordoba-Melide info is pretty sparse. Does anyone have guide recommendations for that section?



I am also at a kindergarten level with technology. I found this thread super useful: https://www.caminodesantiago.me/com...alileo-pro-vs-pocket-earth.46707/#post-497962
Try checking the website below. The various tracks that make up the Camino Mozarabe can be loaded on to an app like MAPS.ME. I have not actually tried MAPS.ME in the field yet, so I cannot say for sure how well it works, but I plan to do so this summer. I have seen it referenced on this Forum a number of times. http://centrodedescargas.cnig.es/CentroDescargas/loadCaminoSantiago.do
Thank you, both! Very helpful!



Hi Fenix,
Arrived Granada today, most of the info available on this forum is correct, but we found that calling ahead each day is a sound idea.
It's been very hot, and some of the steep climbs have made for the odd difficult day, pack light, carry a decent amount of water and be sure of your footwear. You spend quite a bit of time in dry river beds with a stoney loose surface.
GPS in my case Wikiloc has been a great help.
Regards
George
Thanks, George. I'm kinda at a loss regarding Wikilocs. I'm so unsure what it is and how to use it, I'm not even sure the right questions to ask to get started.

The calling ahead thing is a worry of mine. I have "traveler's" Spanish, but not nearly good enough to hold phone conversations. (I could express what I need in my first sentence, but not understand the answer and craft a dialogue from there!) Not an auditory person anyway - I have a hard time on the phone in my own language!

Will I survive on this route without pre-calling?



Hi Fenix. My experience is that all towns between Granada and Merida have hostals that give discount to pilgrims, and in many cases there are albergues. So don't worry too much about accomodation.
That's a relief. But, how do I find those accomodations? Booking.com? Ask at the first bar? Wander aimlessly looking lost and sad until someone takes pity on me? :)
 
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#8
Hi Fenix: Please keep us posted on how it goes. I have a real interest in doing this route in the future. Thanks and Buen Camino!
 

Carel5

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016, Camino Mozarabe - Almeria - Merida
2018, Via Francigena - Gran San Bernardo - Lucca
#9
[QUOTE="But, how do I find those accomodations? Booking.com? Ask at the first bar? Wander aimlessly looking lost and sad until someone takes pity on me? :)[/QUOTE]

Asking at the first bar was indeed a good way to find out where is the albergue or to find other accomodation. A few times I passed the town hall (ayutamiento) where I asked for information.
 

Vagrant

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
None yet, Camino Norte in May 2017 (hopefully!)
#10
Hey Fenix, I'm glad to hear there'll be someone else out on the track May 25th, I'm arriving in Almeria today and will be figuring things out there so maybe we'll bump into each other along the way!

I've had some similar problems trying to find accommodation that's under €20 in Almeria and I'm not sure if it's just because it's a starting point tourist city or if I just don't have enough of a grasp of Spanish to search out the cheap basic albergues online so I'm going to try the old "ask at the bar" approach and hope for the best.
 
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