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Mozarabe in Winter?

Lisakline

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I am walking in March and April of 2019.
Hello all i am considering begunnig a Mozárabe camino in the winter of 2021/22. Anyone have info on whether albergues are open on the Mozárabe in January/ Febuary?
 
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The Almeria Amigos association is very active, and they regularly update their guide - they were updating it monthly or even twice/month, before the pandemic. They are the best source of information for the Mozarabe. The guide (updated May 15, 2021) is available on their website (along with GPS tracks and more) and also on their Facebook page.

The volunteers are extremely friendly and helpful. They would love to hear from you and meet you when you start.

Send them an email or Facebook question, and I'm sure they'll try to answer your question about January/February, although that is still quite far away, given the various uncertainties.
 

alexwalker

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I walked there in April 2018. It was quite cold at that time of year at high altitudes. Remember, you are going up into the Sierra Nevadas, a mountain range up to 3.500 m. (11.400 ft.) with snow. You will walk alongside this range, not crossing it.

Climate:

As for albergues, at least when I walked, you have to call beforehand, as some of them are not staffed. This is a very low-traffic route.

FWIW, It would not be my first choice for a Winter Camino, IMHO.


Buen Camino!
 

Lisakline

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I am walking in March and April of 2019.
I walked there in April 2018. It was quite cold at that time of year at high altitudes. Remember, you are going up into the Sierra Nevadas, a mountain range up to 3.500 m. (11.400 ft.) with snow. You will walk alongside this range, not crossing it.

Climate:

As for albergues, at least when I walked, you have to call beforehand, as some of them are not staffed. This is a very low-traffic route.

FWIW, It would not be my first choice for a Winter Camino, IMHO.


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Raggy

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The route of the camino in the SIerra Nevada mountain range climbs as high as 1,400m. As Alex said, you will meet winter conditions at that altitude, despite the southerly latitude.

That said, people have walked and enjoyed the route in winter - even January - and the association will give excellent support and advice. In the past, the association's albergues have been open pretty much year round, but they are closed right now as the association needs volunteer hospitaler@s to enable them to meet the current requirements (e.g. sanitary requirements).

This is just a guess, but I expect that the sanitary requirements for albergues will not be relaxed this year, so, the municipal albergues will probably be closed over the winter months, when there will be no hospitaler@s in residence. That means that you will need to rely on private accommodations and there may be a couple of long, mountain, stages. If you're used to wilderness hikes in snowy conditions, have at it. If not, maybe wait a year and see if the municipal albergue network is available again.
 

filly

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2021
I was planning this hike for June.... now set for June’22, courtesy of Easyjet’s flight amendment programme.

May I recommend you read George Brennan's excellent short memoir of his time living near Guadix in the 20’s, South from Granada. Available as a Penguin paperback.
 

Lavdrum

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I walked the Mozarábe in Oct./Nov. 2018. I stayed in municipal Albergues whenever possible. The Amigos in Almeria were really helpful and welcoming.
I would think that this route would be snowy in winter, I saw references in visitor books in some Albergues to that effect.
With regard to a June start, I would not advise it. There are long stretches with no shade or services whatsoever. Autumn is a good time to walk as the temperature was fine and there was little rain.
buen camino,
John.
 

koknesis

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Walked Mozarabe in June 2019. Neli and Mercedes from Amigos provided excellent guidance regarding use of albergues. The one in Rioja had even a decent swimming pool! I do not think the mountain stretches would be problematic in winter. Of course appropriate gear required for winter anyway. In contrast torrential rains like in September 2019 would most likely make the stages including usually dry riverbeds unpassable.
 
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Hello all i am considering begunnig a Mozárabe camino in the winter of 2021/22. Anyone have info on whether albergues are open on the Mozárabe in January/ Febuary?
I am interested to hear info you obtained as I too look at walking sometime between Dec ‘21 and March ‘22
 
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