1353 kilometres walking from one end of the Iberian Peninsula, joining Almeria Cathedral with Santiago de Compostela. Two constructions very different but driven towards one end result: unite the cultural, tourist, social and religious sentiment of two very different citie as is this Mozarabic Santiago.
The maximum diagonal of the Iberian Peninsula offers pilgrims a perfect setting in which sub-desert landscapes are mixed with the green meadows and riverbanks and in which the story looks to show the splendor of the past.
ALMERÍA, the Roman Portus Magnus, over the centuries has come to form the Mariyat Bayyana (watchtower Bayana), in the place where the anchorage and watchtower of this then Muslim city were located, a few kilometres upstream of the river Andarax in the vicinity of the current populations of El Chuche and Pechina.
Over time, Bayyana fell into decline whilst the importance of Al-Mariyat grew, until in 955 Abderrahman III ordered a wall to be built around it and for the construction of the Alcazaba and Mosque, currently Iglesia San Juan (St John Church). As time passed the old small settlement, which took on the mantle of the Medina, was born as the definitive city of Almeria, incorporated into the Crown of Castile in 1489.
With its newly pedestrianized streets of the historic centre we can enjoy beautiful walks that allow us to reconnect with the neighbourhoods of the past, its heirs, and then main streets that remain, such as the Alcazaba fortress, the Church of San Juan, the Cathedral-fortress, the Old Square or the English Cable structure, along with many other interesting items.
Originally the Road, the route follows the sequence of the valleys of the rivers Andarax and Nacimiento to Guadix and Granada along the ancient Romans and Muslims roads. Pilgrims start in our capital at the Road and discover the beautiful corners that the historic centre offers, along with the rich cuisine.
For sure this cultural route, beyond the religious beliefs of each, will help us meet the depths of our being, alone or with those closest to us to also come into contact with countless people of the Road, people and and experience that will surely will help us overcome our challenge.
We invite you to discover the Mozárabe Road that connects the city with Santiago de Compostela. One more way to see the city and another way to approach our land and enjoy the Almeriense hospitality, touring the footsteps of our past, through its cultural and historical heritage, its cinematic past, its gastronomy or amongst the outstanding nature of the Natural Park Cabo de Gata-Nijar.