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Camino Santiago Mozarabe Self-guided

Camino de Santiago

TRIP DESCRIPTION

The Camino de Santiago, Mozarabe is the longest trail of the Camino de Santiago Ways in Spain.

In our proposal you will be able to walk between the high mountains of Sierra Nevada and the semi-arid areas called “bad-lands” in Guadix, in the north of Granada Province. You will stay in a cave-house, the troglodytic habitat of the north of Granada and finish the itinerary in Granada city. Discover a part of the longest “Camino de Santiago” in Spain.

  • Day 1

    • Arrival at Malaga or Granada airport before 8:00 pm. We will pick you up from the airport and drop you at your accommodation in a hotel which is made up of small cave houses. Dinner is included in the accommodation price
    • Time to relax before beginning your adventure full of energy tomorrow
    • During the next 5 days, you will do 5 stages of the Camino de Santiago, Mozarabe in the Granada province. You will enjoy the landscape and heritage described in your handbook document. We will provide transport from the hotel to the starting point of each stage every morning. In the same way, you will return to the hotel on our private transportation every day. Overnight stays in “Cuevas del Tio Tobas” Hotel
  • Day 2

    Stage 1. Huéneja – Alquife: 21 Km

    • After breakfast, we will take you to the starting point of the first stage of the Camino de Santiago, Mozárabe. You will go up crossing some villages such us Dólar and Ferreira with their Arabic heritage remains. You will discover an excellent Renaissance castle in the village of La Calahorra. You will finish the stage going down to Alquife village after passing next to the old miner’s settlement and the remains of the mining industry. On this track, you will contemplate a spectacular high plain area and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada National Park. If you walk in autumn, you will be able to pick almonds and try them!
  • Day 3

    Stage 2. Alquife – Guadix: 22 Km

    • Breakfast and transportation to the starting point of the second stage of the Camino de Santiago, Mozárabe. Don’t forget your picnic lunch!
    • Jerez del Marquesado, Cogollos de Guadix, and Guadix are the villages you will cross in this stage of the Camino de Santiago, Mozárabe. Guadix, the most important city in the area, shows you an astonishing Cathedral, Alcazaba, and the remains of its Roman theatre
    • During this stage, you will observe the high mountain skyline of the Sierra Nevada in the background, contrasting with a spectacular bad-lands landscape. On the agricultural plain, different cereals and almond trees are the most important products
    • In this stage, you will ascend around a hundred meters during the first 8 km, the rest of the route will take you down
  • Day 4

    Stage 3. Guadix – La Peza: 20 km

    • Breakfast and transportation to the starting point of the third stage of the Camino de Santiago, Mozárabe. Don’t forget your picnic lunch!
    • From Guadix, the Camino de Santiago trail leads you first to Paulenca and after to the village of Marchal. You will be immersed in a semi-desert landscape, surrounded by gorges and gullies called “Las Cárcavas”. You will feel as if you are on another planet!
    • The track finishes at La Peza village after crossing Baños de Graena
  • Day 5

    Stage 4. La Peza – Quéntar: 23 km

    • Breakfast and transportation to the starting point of the fourth stage of the Camino de Santiago, Mozárabe Don’t forget your picnic lunch!
    • The track begins next to the Castle located at the top of La Peza village. You will cross a rocky, dolomitic landscape, with ruin forms until you arrive at the district of Tocón de Quéntar.
    • You will go down in the direction of El Cortijo de la Plata (the farmhouse of La Plata) to finish in Quéntar village
  • Day 6

    Stage 5. Quéntar – Granada: 20 km

    • Breakfast and transportation to the starting point of the last stage of the Camino de Santiago, Mozárabe. Don’t forget your picnic lunch!
    • The city of Granada is the final destination of the walk.  A fascinating stage full of surprises is waiting for you! Quéntar is rich in water and orchards. You will arrive at the hills of La Alhambra after passing through Dúdar and climb the hills that separate two valleys: Quéntar and Darro rivers. Walking along the hills you will have beautiful views of the valley. You have to walk down again through Mediterranean vegetation where you can see big holm oaks. Finally, the reward is before your eyes, Granada and its stunning Alhambra.
  • Day 7

    Day in Granada

    • Breakfast in your hotel in Granada
    • You have a day to enjoy Granada, its historical city center, old Moorish neighborhoods, walk in a vibrant city full of life, a place where people enjoy themselves.
  • Day 8

    Departure day

    • We will take you to the airport (Málaga or Granada.)
    • We are sure you will bring a lot of memories and unforgettable images with you and will wish to return to the Granada province
  • What’s included

        • 5 overnight stays in Hotel-Caves houses “Cueva del Tío Tobas”
        • 2 overnight  stays in a ***Hotel in Granada (double room with private bathroom)
        • Price includes all transport, luggage transportation
        • 7 breakfasts
        • 5 picnic lunches
        • 5 dinners
        • Tour guide of the “Camino Mozarabe” in a pdf document and tour tracks for Gps Garmin device
        • Civil liability insurance
  • What isn’t included

        • Dinners or meals in Granada city.
        • Drinks that are not included in the set menus
        • Personal travel insurance.
        • Flights or transport that have not been previously stated
        • Anything that has not been previously mentioned
  • Recommended equipment

        • Sunglasses, sun cream, and protective lip balm. Hat or winter hat and gloves (winter season).
        • Hiking footwear
        • Technical mountain clothing, short-sleeved and long-sleeved t-shirts made of breathable fabric (not cotton) and a fleece or warm layer in winter. Hiking trousers. In winter season: a jacket made of Gore-Tex or a similar fabric to act as a wind stopper.
        • Personal snack food such as dried fruit and nuts, energy bars, etc. Remember that the picnic lunches are included.
        • 1.5 liter water bottle or camelback, with a drinking tube, if possible.
        • Hiking poles.
        • Camera, mobile phone and other electronic devices and their chargers.
        • Gps device. The Camino de Santiago is marked with yellow arrows and it is easy to follow, but a Gps can help you
        • Small first aid kit and any personal medication.
        • Notebook and pencil (optional).
        • Knee bands, if necessary.
        • Personal documents, such as identity cards and European health insurance cards.
  • Meals

     

    Picnics are included for the 5 hiking stages.

    Our picnics include handmade rolls using traditional oven-baked bread, tomatoes, lettuce, cured meat or Spanish omelette, orange juice, a piece of fruit and a chocolate bar.

    These products are sourced from local shops, in order to support the economy of the local area.

    If you are vegetarian, have any allergies or any other dietary requirements, please let us know beforehand.

We recommend leaving the hotel at 7:30 – 8:00 am. It is very important to stick to the timetable because it’s necessary to rest between each day’s hike. You should have 3 hours rest before dinner (in Spain normally at 9 o’clock), which, including the time to stretch properly, will allow you to be in perfect condition for the following day.

Weather in the area

In this area of Granada the climate is very extreme. We do not recommend the coldest months in winter or the hottest in summer. The weather in spring and autumn can be unpredictable. We can have high temperatures or cool, rainy weather. Any storms tend to pass quickly and the majority of the days are warm and sunny. Please, check the weather forecast before coming in order to prepare your baggage properly.

Guides and Safety

This is a self-guided trip. Please, prepare your hikes in advance, reading the document provided. A Gps device can help you.
We will provide you the telephone numbers of the accommodation and drivers. You can always call in case you get lost or feel bad.

Medical considerations

We ask that our hikers inform us of the existence of any chronic or cardiovascular illnesses which could interfere with hiking activities. For the same reasons, we need to know about any allergies.

A good level of physical fitness is required as well as previous experience of routes of a similar difficulty, length, and accumulated height difference.

Price:

The price for a self-guided trip is 897€ per person. A discount of 80€ will be applied if you use the airport of Granada

Group size

Minimum 2 people

Payment

Deposit of  €300 of the total before 45 days of the starting day.
We can add extra days. An optional guided walk or visit in Granada is possible. Ask us for information and we will send you a new quote

Please note: If you are thinking about continuing with a booking request, please contact us. Do not book your flight until you have received an email confirmation from us. This takes from 1 to 4 working days. We have to contact the hotels to check the availability on the requested dates.

Cancellation and refund policy

In case of cancellation, the following policy applies.

      • More than 45 days prior to the starting date of the trip, we will grant you a full refund minus a €50 administrative fee per reservation.
      • Between 44 days and 15 days prior to the starting date of the trip, we will retain 50% of the trip cost.
      • Less than 14 days prior to the starting date of the trip, or once the trip has begun, there will be no refund.

Terms and conditions and environmental policy

Ecotuismo Granada Travel Agency is an enterprise that belongs to the Asociación de la Carta Europea de Turismo Sostenible de Sierra Nevada. If you are looking forward to realizing an activity truly responsible for the environment in this green space, we encourage you to use the services of the organization since all the enterprises adhered are accredited by Europarc. They also make a great effort to minimize the environmental impact and to contribute to the local development. In the next PDF, you will find every enterprise of the organization. You can also find information about them in www.ecoturismosierranevada.com

Ecoturism

Price:

€897

Location: Camino de Santiago Mozarabe, Granada
Duration: 8 days / 7 Nights
Difficulty: Medium-High (REI)

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Activity Level Descriptions

REItrips

 

(1) Relaxed: Adventure travel at its most relaxed pace.

  • Activity: 1-3 hours most days
  • Distances: walk less than 3 miles most days
  • Surfaces: flat terrain
  • Elevation change: little to none
  • Altitude: less than 3,000 ft

(2) Easy: Great for newcomers to active travel.

  • Activity: 2-5 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 6 miles, cycle 10-30 miles most days
  • Surfaces: flat or rolling terrain with some possible steeps
  • Elevation change: up to 2,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 6,000 ft

(3) Moderate: For outdoor novices and above.

  • Activity: 4-6 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 10 miles most days, cycle 20-40 miles most days
  • Surfaces: rolling or mountainous terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation change: up to 3,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 10,000 ft

(4) Vigorous: Recommended for fir travelers with basic skills.

  • Activity: 5-8 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 12 miles most days, cycle 30-50 miles most days
  • Surfaces: mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 14,000 ft
  • Experience and a doctor's release may be required

(5) Strenuous: Designed for very fit travelers.

  • Activity: 10+ hours/day
  • Distances: hike up to 12 miles most days, cycle 50 miles or more miles most days
  • Surfaces: remote mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents, uneven trails with loose features.
  • Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 14,000 ft
  • Experience and a doctor's release may be required

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