The Mozarabic Way of Santiago has been used for centuries by the Christians who lived in the Arab kingdoms to link the Vía de la Plata with the Camino de Santiago . Not only because of its historical and cultural meaning, but also because of the ease of the journey, this route is perfect for hiking with our children.
The Mozarabic Way of Santiago
This route is one of the oldest on the famous Camino de Santiago . It is made up of a set of itineraries that we can choose to our liking and start from the main cities of Eastern Andalusia. These are: Almería, Granada, Jaén and Málaga. All of them converge in Córdoba, to end in Mérida through a single path. It is at this point that it connects with the famous Jacobean path of the Vía de la Plata.
All these routes run through land enriched by native vegetation such as the extensive fields of wheat, grapes and olive groves. We will be able to appreciate the magnificent landscape phenomena such as the Cordillera Subbética from Córdoba, the Sierra Sur de Jaén, El Torcal from Málaga, Sierra Nevada or the Guadix and Vega de Granada basins.
Route from Almeria
The route that starts from Almería , is made up of 9 stages and has a total length of 198.64 km. One of its easiest stages is the one that goes from Santa Fe de Mondújar to Alboloduy , with a length of 15,230 km. It belongs to the second phase of the total route that makes up the Camino Mozárabe de Santiago from Almería. It is a more or less long stage but without great difficulties, which can be done at any time of the year and with children accustomed to hiking or who are somewhat older.
The starting point of the path is the Nazarí Tower of Santa Fe de Mondújar . From there you go through the impressive iron railway bridge (one of the most interesting points on the route), the work of the famous Gustave Eiffel. One of the tourist spots in Santa Fe de Mondújar is the archaeological site of Los Millares , if we are curious about it, children will love it.
Once we reach the top, we enter the Sierra de los Filabres following the main dirt track until we reach Gergal. The path continues, beginning the descent towards Alhabia, through which we will see a landscape full of mountains with pine forests, esparto grass and orange trees.
Once in the municipality, we must go to the Town Hall and follow the track that runs along the River Nacimiento. Leaving the municipality of Alsodux behind and at Santa Cruz de Marchena, we will cross the river to enter the Sierra Nevada Natural Park. Finally, we will arrive at Alboloduy , our destination.
What can we visit in Alboloduy
The Clock Tower of great importance for the town, from where we can see its banner, marks the passage from the old town to today. Formerly the walls that surrounded the Arab farmhouse of Al-Hizan where the clock and the neighborhoods of Las Peñas and La Mezquita are now located.
The Los Caños laundry where water was collected daily to supply the houses that made up the town. The most outstanding religious architecture is the Church of Alboloduy and the Ermita de Santo Cristo . In addition, the rugged terrain of the municipality has some viewpoints from where we can see the splendid views of the town.
The path is simple, it only has the difficulty of the climb to the Sierra de Filabres, even so it is advisable to go with sports shoes and comfortable clothes. In summer or very hot days, the central hours of the day should be avoided since some sections of the path do not have shadows.
The municipality of Alboloduy has a hostel for pilgrims where we can rest if we want to continue the Camino Mozárabe. It is advisable to stop in this town if we have already traveled a long distance with the children. This is due to the fact that from here a strong stretch of ascent awaits us to reach the town of Abla, where we will have the following accommodation.
In the backpack you can not miss water or food as well as the phone with battery, hat and sunscreen to endure the entire journey.