Xacobeo 2021 - 2022
Vía de la Plata (The Mozárabe-Via de la Plata Way)
Stage

Almería-Santa Fe de Mondújar

Santa Fe de Mondújar-Albodoluy
25 km

The beautiful monumental area of Almería is the starting point of the first stage of the Camino Mozárabe, an initial section that does not present significant slopes. The route begins next to the Cathedral, in the Alcazaba itself. 


Your visit is free and from there it is possible to contemplate the city and the port. Going through the old town according to the pilgrimage directions, the route heads towards the Torrecárdenas neighborhood and runs along the Andarax river plain.

The first town to which the pilgrim arrives, after 7 kilometers traveled, is Huercal de Almería, with more than 16,000 inhabitants and all services. Continuing through the valley of the Sierra de Alhamilla, Pechina appears, a small agricultural village, where the Hermitage of Indalecio is located, patron of the provincial capital and whose relics are distributed between the Almeria cathedral, that of Jaca and the monastery of San Juan de the sorrow. In Pechina there is also an Information Point for the Pilgrim, located in the Municipal Library.
 

Crossing the Camino del Duende and crossing the Rioja bridge, you arrive at the homonymous municipality. In Rioja, the hornazo is typical, a sweet bun with egg, which will serve to regain strength and continue to the next town, Gádor. Along the way is the Orange Interpretation Center, dedicated to the cultivation and properties of this fruit.

Leaving Gádor behind, there are 5 kilometers left for the final stop and end of the stage: Santa Fe de Mondújar. In this stretch is the oldest hermitage of the Reconquest. With white and typical houses, Santa Fe is a town of just 400 inhabitants surrounded by orchards, where the church of the Virgen del Rosario and its restored watchtower, from the Nasrid period, stand out. Next to it are Los Millares, a population settlement whose maximum splendor dates back to 2,500 BC.

How to get to Almería

Companies such as Alsa make routes to Almería from cities such as Barcelona, Valencia, Murcia, Granada or Malaga. From Madrid, the Bam company schedules daily trips to the Andalusian city.
Almería has regular train connections with Madrid, Salamanca, Burgos, Seville, Granada and other parts of the Iberian Peninsula. All options can be consulted at Renfe.
6 and a half hours on the A-4 between Madrid and Almería. Leaving Barcelona, the journey is 9 hours, along the AP-7 and the A-7.

Tips from our postmen and women

What to see and do in Almería and Santa Fe de Mondújar

Francisco J. Gutiérrez Gomiz
Francisco J. Gutiérrez Gomiz Correos Almería

"In Almería we can get lost in the streets and corners of its old town, which offers us an interesting monumental complex, and of course take advantage of the hour of the" beer "(aperitif) to enjoy its excellent tapas and atmosphere. that for their quality and quantity, they are recognized throughout Spain.

If time is available we can see the English Cable (Mineral Loading Dock) which is the hallmark of the city's maritime façade, from there we will approach its wonderful promenade. The shelters of the Civil War or the Casa del Cine can also be seen, because Almería is "Land of Cinema", more than 500 films have been shot in our land.

In Santa Fe it has a source of drinking water just at the entrance to the town and a picnic area by the river in case the pilgrim wants to eat the sandwich there. The most characteristic of the area is the Los Millares Archaeological Site, it is about 4 kms and almost everything is uphill, although it is asphalt and if you go by bike it is easy to get there."


Accommodations Almería-Santa Fe de Mondújar

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