The Camino de Santiago (Saint James’ Way), has historically been identified as the French route, the Camino Francés, which goes from Roncesvalles to Santiago de Compostela. In reality, the Saint James’ Way is a network of routes that millions of pilgrims have traced from all the capitals of Europe following different itineraries.
The enthusiasm transmitted by pilgrims upon finishing their pilgrimage has provoked, in recent years, a massification of the French Route of the Saint James’ Way. To combat the widespread application of the French route to the Saint James’ Way in general, the Spanish, Saint James associations have decided to revitalize other routes. In particular, the Andalusian associations are recovering the Mozarabic routes--Christian routes through what was once Muslim held territory--to Santiago, allowing for Andalusian residents to begin the pilgrimage from their own homes, as many Christians did in the Middle Ages. The scholar Algacel explains that Christians living in Andalusia had to go to Cordoba to obtain a rite of safe-conduct that would permit them to travel through the emirate after visiting the tomb of the Apostle.
The Saint James Association of Malaga has marked the route from Malaga to Cordoba with the classic, yellow arrows. In our province, the Mozarabic route passes through Almogia, Villanueva de la Concepcion, Antequera, Cartaojal, and Cuevas Bajas. The route continues through Encinas Reales, Lucena, Cabra, Doña Mencía, Baena, Castro del Río, Espejo, Santa Cruz, until arriving to Cordoba. As a result of this work, Malaga Deputy Council has published a guide under the title "Apuntes y Cuadernos de campo. Camino Mozárabe de Málaga". If you wish to read it on your computer screen and/or dowload this publication, divided in two parts due to the extension and weight of the files, click on the following addresses:
- Parte 1, http://es.calameo.com/read/0002561124ff829111de6
- Parte 2, http://es.calameo.com/read/0002561123f72ccbd9b35
The association of Cordoba has recovered the Saint James’ Way until Merida, where it connects with the Vía de la Plata, which was constructed for commerce and for the war, but was also assiduously used by medieval pilgrims traveling to Santiago de Compostela.
Persons interested in doing the Mozarabic route of Malaga can find information in the following documents:
1. - Map of Spain
2. -Map of Andalusia
3. -Topographical maps 1:25000
4. - Diagrams of the route
5.- The publication already quoted "Apuntes y Cuadernos de campo. Camino Mozárabe de Málaga".
(Cartography provided by the CNIG)
Interested persons can also go to the Saint James Association of Malaga, which meets every Tuesday after 8:00P.m. in the Centro Cívico del Limonar, on the street Calle República Argentina. The principle objective of these meetings is to inform and help, in any way possible, future pilgrims. We await you there.
Direct correspondence to
Librería Mapas y Compañía, c/ Fajardo nº 4 - 29005, Málaga,
attention Asociación Xacobea de Málaga