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Starting 29th May 2020 from Malaga

David Hobson

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Camino(s) past & future
Sections of Frances in 2016
Portuguese Camino from Lisbon 2017
June 2018 Primitivo and Norte
Hi everyone. I am starting the Mozarabe from Malaga in late May. So that my wife and dog will still recognise me, I am taking a break mid way and only walking to Salamanca, initially. Then returning to the UK via Madrid for a month. I am planning to return to complete the Camino in September.
Does anyone want to offer advice? I have previously (last year) done the Norte and Lisbon Portuguese Caminos. Have you done this route? How did you find accomodation?
 

amancio

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte, Primit, Salvador, Portug, Arag, Ingles, VdlP, Leban-Vadin, Fisterra, Invierno, LePuy
Great choice, it might be hot in some parts of the Malaga route, beware! In case of heavy storms, be very careful with flash floods in the stretch between Antequera and Lucena. The first 2 or 3 days are quite hilly and demanding, quite surprising if you are so close to the sea, but the route is a true rollercoaster with steep hills and ravines non stop.
This said, it is also BEAUTIFUL rural landscape.
Buen camino!!!
 

notion900

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
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[NB I walked from Seville but I've visited Málaga and Córdoba]

Hot. A whole different hot than other caminos. Very very hot at times. Look up some stats for Córdoba, it's the hottest place in Europe. People do die on the VDLP. No shade, no water points all day quite a lot of the days. Carry a lot of water. Split water between two bottles in case one leaks. [I have two 2litre bladders with an interchangeable tube] Plan what you will eat the next day - you'll likely have to carry food most days, unlike on other caminos.

Talk all possible precautions against sun. A baseball cap is not enough. You are walking north, so your neck and the backs of your arms will cop it.

Accomodation was never ever a problem for me. Lovely lovely people. Enjoy!
 
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Camino(s) past & future
(2015) Frances
(2018) Portuguese
(2019) VdP Seville to Salamanca
(2020) VdP Salamanca to Santiago
Walked from Seville to Salamanca last year in early May. It was cooler that what you’re probably going to run into and I was HOT. Can’t agree enough the the comment on heat, carrying enough water, and the lack of places to stop. That said, I’d walk that stretch again. Headed back in a few months for Salamanca to Santiago. Hope you’re not too late for the wildflowers!
 

Sven Kaven

photographer and mindfulness teacher
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2014, 2015, 2019, 01/2020)
Mozarabe (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019)
Plata (2017)
Portugal (2020)
Phuuuu, it will be hot. I walked this stretch 3 times but ususally during feb to max the first week of may. good luck and keep lots of water with you. buen camino.
 

David Hobson

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Sections of Frances in 2016
Portuguese Camino from Lisbon 2017
June 2018 Primitivo and Norte
Walked from Seville to Salamanca last year in early May. It was cooler that what you’re probably going to run into and I was HOT. Can’t agree enough the the comment on heat, carrying enough water, and the lack of places to stop. That said, I’d walk that stretch again. Headed back in a few months for Salamanca to Santiago. Hope you’re not too late for the wildflowers!
Thanks for your comments. My dates were fixed for this year but like everyone else I have deferred until next year. I do love the heat. 2018 Portuguese Camino 37c for two weeks and loved it. Plan to start earlier next year.
 

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