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Help from Baena to Cordoba

peregrina2000

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#1
It looks to me that Baena to Cordoba are 66 kms. I would very much like to walk that in two days. I think that these are the options:

Day 1–Baena to Santa cruz (40); Day 2– Santa Cruz to Granada (26)

Day 1 —Baena to Castro (19); Day2– castro to Cordoba (38) (route that does not go through Santa Cruz, which makes the total from Baena lower on this alternative)

I know that km totals are an imperfect gauge but it’s all I’ve got.

For the Mozárabe veterans, which would you recommend? Or is there another option that I’m not seeing? Thanks. Buen camino, Laurie

Ps. I suppose there might be an option to play around with the stage from alcaudete to Baena (24) as well, if there is a way to go further than Baena from Alcaudete.
 

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Oppis

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Hi Laurie, we walked it in three days, but there is a waymarked option from Castro del Rio straight to Cordoba, abt 38km. It's not very mountinous, so if you have reserved accomodation in Cordoba, you can arrive later. For sure you are in form todo it.
Buen Camino
A&K
 

alansykes

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I liked Castro del Rio very much even if it is a short day from lovely Baena. It has a comfortable albergue (key from the friendly local police). It's possibly the birthplace of Don Quixote as Cervantes was briefly in prison here and started writing about el ingenioso hidalgo while on one of his spells locked up. Vera Cruz is very unexciting, but at least it is at the end of the olive monoculture.
 

LTfit

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Hi Laurie, we walked it in three days, but there is a waymarked option from Castro del Rio straight to Cordoba, abt 38km. It's not very mountinous, so if you have reserved accomodation in Cordoba, you can arrive later. For sure you are in form todo it.
Buen Camino
A&K
This is the option I did - Castro del Río to Córdoba, definitely doable for you Laurie (IMHO).

The policemen in Castro del Río were lovely. When I went to pick up the key they were concerned that I was alone and said that I could stay an extra day if I wanted to see if other pilgrims were behind me. They also insisted that I contact them if I needed any help. The town was fine but I wanted to move on to Cordoba where I stayed two nights (in a very inexpensive hostel, if you need the name I could look it up).

Whichever way you choose, enjoy lovely Córdoba. I remember trying their local white wine (can't remember the name) which had quite a particular taste. Not to be repeated.
 

peregrina2000

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Thanks to everyone who has weighed in here. In reflection, I think I am going to walk the long bit the first day (Baena to Santa Cruz) so that I will have a short day into Cordoba from Santa Cruz and will have more time for sightseeing. Make sense?
 

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LTfit

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Thanks to everyone who has weighed in here. In reflection, I think I am going to walk the long bit the first day (Baena to Santa Cruz) so that I will have a short day into Cordoba from Santa Cruz and will have more time for sightseeing. Make sense?
Of course makes sense if you are not going to stay an extra day as I did.
 

Oppis

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#7
Makes quite a long stages, but we know you are a strong woman. Btw, we stayed at Casa Jose in Santa Cruz. Clean rooms and good menu. In Cordoba we stayed at Hostal Maestre, exellent situated and low price, close to camino.
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A&K
 

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