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June 2020 - Pilgrim accommodation guide on Camino Mozarabe (from Almeria)

Raggy

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The Almeria association has updated its pilgrim accommodation guide - June 2020 edition. You can download it from the Facebook page. (It's not on the website yet):

Nely says that lodgings from Almeria to Alcalá la Real have been confirmed. Lodgings from Alcalá la Real to Merida are to be confirmed.

From a quick review of the guide, it appears that all municipal albergues are temporarily closed for now. Some private homes are also closed. Most privately run hotels / hostales / and albergues are open but there are some exceptions. The gaps between albergues have gotten longer in places - notably from Alboloduy to Abla (26km) and La Peza to Quentar (28km). The facilities in the middle of those stages appear to be temporarily closed.

Bottom line - The camino is open if you can handle longer stages and afford private accommodations. You are advised to call ahead to confirm accommodation.
 
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Raggy

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Note - Compliance with the new COVID-19 rules make it difficult to operate the donativo albergues, which are cleaned weekly by volunteers.

Note 2 - This was already an uncrowded route. It is suitable for people who prefer a solitary camino.

Note 3 - Andalucia (especially around Cordoba) is one of the hottest places in Europe in summer. This is a route that you should not consider in July or August unless you're experienced with walks in very hot climates. (June and September are pretty darn hot too ...)
 

Jenny@zen

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Frances LePuy Primitivo Arles Aragones Norte Rota Vicentina Portuguese Stevenson Madrid Salvador ...
We walked the Mozarabe in 2015 from Granada starting early May. Loved this solitary route but would not have wanted to have walked any later. Some hot days and many stretches with little shade.
 

P Rat

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Camino Mozárabe when we can again...(2021?)
Good to hear. Still haven’t cancelled our plans to walk this starting about 1 October. But coming from Australia, we’ll have to see if we’re allowed in. And whether it’s safe for the Spanish people and ourselves. Currently we have till 30 June to decide without penalty...decisions decisions 🤔
 
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Started from Almeria in late August and only saw one pilgrim the first night--he took a bus the next day. No other pilgrims seen until after Granada. It was hot but I had some shade from an umbrella.
 

Raggy

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The Almeria association has updated its guide with status of all accommodations from Almeria to Merida. I see that Alboloduy to Abla can now be broken up at the 13km point in Nacimiento. (rooms for rent at the bar Central). Some later stages are still pretty long.

Now more than ever, you should make sure that you have the latest information before making this camino. Always visit the Almeria association Facebook page to download the latest edition. If you don't use Facebook, send them an email and request a PDF of the latest edition of the guide:
caminomozarabedealmeria@gmail.com
almeriajacobea@gmail.com
mozarabeacci@gmail.com

I highly recommend that you contact the local association of whichever Camino you are on. At times like these, they may not be able to meet you face-to-face but their advice and support can be invaluable.

Take note of the following advice from the Almeria association (Google translate):

In the Andalusian provinces of Almería, Granada, Malaga, Jaen, Cordoba, where the Mozarabic road is moving, it can now be circulated normally and from the end of the month it can be done throughout the national territory. Foreigners can enter Spain from June 21, and to all the pilgrims to come we give you a series of RECOMMENDATIONS to follow so you don't find problems:
- Many private accommodations and municipal pilgrims hostels will remain closed due to difficulties in following protocols for safety and disinfection of the disease. REPORT PREVIOUSLY ON ASSOCIATION WHERE YOU CAN SLEEP.
- Available accommodations have reduced capacity as a measure imposed for pandemic control, so BOOK IN ADVANCE WHERE TO SLEEP
- Take your sleeping bag, and add a pack of masks and hydroalcoholic solution to your medicine cabinet
- You must respect health regulations, so the use of masks is obligatory when you can not respect the social distance of 2 M, so when you arrive in a town you must wear it, just like when you access the establishment where you also need to to follow the rules for cleaning and disinfection of backpacks, canes, boots, etc.. that the establishment has provided for in its disinfection protocol.
- Try to pay with bank card, bizum and carry your own utensils such as pencils, silverware, personal toiletries or washing. MANY ESTABLISHMENTS WILL KEEP COMMON AREAS LIKE KITCHEN, OR CLOSED WASHERS.
- In addition to the above, the bars and restaurants also have capacity limitation and it is possible that your step is full, so they have preview to buy food for breakfast, lunch or dinner in case you can not find open sites or with availability.
- COLLABORATE with Hospitalers and private accommodation owners to prevent disease by maximizing contact areas. RESPECT THE RULES THEY HAVE and help keep clean surfaces and common areas (knobs, stairs, doors, rooms, etc..) and please throw your own trash into a dumpster.
Among all we can stop this sickness and rejoice the way
After the work done by the colleagues of the Jacobea Association of Almería Granada Mozarabe, we already have data about the accommodation that remain open or closed between the start of the road in Almería, to Mérida.
This second edition collects all the data and updates provided by the accommodations.
 

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