Another combination camino for me this year marked in yellow on the map. If anyone is looking for an excellent map detailing all the camino routes in Spain (unless you know of any that aren’t shown) I can highly recommend this one, great quality paper, available from Wise Pilgrim Guides. Just to make clear, I have overlaid my route on the map, so if you order one, it won’t come to you personalised with my walk!
In only a few days’ time I will be setting off on the Camino Mozárabe from Almería. This route passes through Granada, Baena (the point at which it links up with the Mozárabe from Málaga that I walked in 2015), Córdoba and Mérida, where it joins the Via de la Plata. Before reaching Mérida, in order to reduce walking the same steps I have already hiked, I am taking a diversion through Trujillo which merges with the VdlP a few stages before Salamanca. At this point I take a south west dip onto the Camino Torres towards the Portuguese border. The Torres coincides with the Camino Portuguese at Ponte de Lima and so as not to repeat my steps along the Camino Portuguese (walked in 2014), I will cross to the coastal route and then take the Espiritual and the final stage into Santiago.
The length of this jaunt will be in the region of 1,500 km, my longest yet – 56 walking days.
I shall be setting off from Almería with a group of pilgrims, most of whom I have not yet met, but I will have the company of my buddy Marilyn from last year. I have an extra challenge this year relating to my diet, I might go hungry or end up consuming a lot of bread and chips – travelling through very rural Spain and Portugal without eating any animal products will certainly test my conviction!
I hope you will join me on this camino which includes two sections that are not much walked (Trujillo variant and the Torres) and hopefully I can provide some useful information for anyone who is interested in these routes.