- Santa Fe de Mondujar (25 km)
start the Way in the very core of the historical
city centre at the foot of the Citadel and in front
of the Big Gate of the Fortress-Cathedral. Behind
we are leaving streets and squares full of joy and
colour: Lope de Vega, Las Tiendas Street, Santiago’s
Church, Puerta Purchena, Murcia Street, Rambla Amatisteros,
Carretera de Granada until the arrow-monolite of
Torrecardenas’ roundabout farewells us.
heading forwards we enter Huercal de Almeria
until we reach the railway station which reminds
us of the splendour of the village mining past.
We walk along Real Street until we get to the Camino
Real of Pechina which will lead us to the Andarax
River. Once in the River, La Rambla of Pechina
shows us the way towards this important spot, origin
of civilizations like Bayyana. After getting around
the city centre we go down to the river again and
when we leave the Puente de Rioja behind, the Camino
del Duende will lead us into the village of Rioja.
orchards and country houses the Way goes straight
on the Vereda of Quiciliana until we get to Santa
Fe of Mondujar, and we are pleased to know that
our steps get melted over what is a Way full of
History and patrimonial vestiges.
Fe de Mondujar - Albolduy (15 km)
start this stage at the foot of the Nazari Tower
of Santa Fe of Mondujar and we have to ascend
towards the impressive railway line iron bridge
attributed to Gustavo Eiffel.
we culminate the summit, several yellow arrows and
scallop shells will lead us to the very core of
the Sierra of the Filabres. Friendly arrows which
will guide our way among pine groves, broom and
search for Alhabia: a white “alpujarreña”
village which links the Way with a timid river and
orange tree meadows.
“Alpujarreño” and Mozarab Way where the terraced
landscape, the toponyms and the irrigation system
which remind us of the important mark of the Muslim
colonization over the region, will go on upstream
Andarax River affluent: the Nacimiento, which delimits
the east and north of the Sierra Nevada impressive
watercourses which bleed into ditches will lead
us towards the oasis formed by the irrigated meadows
which cross the “almeriense” subdeserts, generating
this way a unique landscape full of contrasts.
our way we will cross the villages of Alhabia,
Alsodux, Santa Cruz de Marchena and
Alboloduy. This last village which marks
the end of the stage and is one of the richest ones
within the Region concerning its Historical Heritage,
is also provided with an inviting hostel for pilgrims.
- Abla (27 km)
Alboloduy, we will go upstream for 2,7 km
until we reach an area where we can’t follow the
river’s course because of the heavy vegetation all
around. We will take a steep path going up the half
hillside on our
to get to the road which we will follow with the
help of the signs all the way to the Llano del Campillo.
Some metres behind the Water Cistern (“Aljibe”),
we will take the path on the right which will lead
us again to the river. Then, we will arrive at the
village of Nacimiento through a natural reed
tunnel of the Sierra Nevada Natural Park.
now on, the riverbed of the watercourse will be
again the base of our way, already inside the medium-high
track of the valley. Sierra Nevada will form the
south hillside and Los Filabres Mountain will be
the north wall along our way. Threshing floors,
mills, olive oil mills, irrigation infrastructures,
slate country houses and mine quarries are scattered
along these urban areas: La Rambla Encira,
Los Gregorios, Doña Maria and Ocaña,
which will remind us of the mining and agricultural
past taste from other times.
the river, in its meeting point with the Rambla
de Abrucena we will find “Las Juntas”. We
will cross the river lengthways through the local
road until we cross the former National one. Then,
we will descend the watercourse of Abrucena and
will go upstream until we arrive at Abla.
- Hueneja (26 km)
one of the villages where the different prehistorical
and historical periods are best represented by its
archeological stages, hosts the pilgrim in the Roman
Mausoleum. Along a simple walk through the urban
network, the route, from El Paseo, offers a gorgeous
overview of Sierra Nevada and the close village
go on through the path which crosses the Nacimiento
River to get to the Camino Real, a former
communication via which, for centuries, was used
by the people, troops, merchandise, etc. that circulated
between Granada and Almeria. Numerous service and
sale points for muleteers and the cavalry were established
thanks to that via. We will return to the river
and will go upstream again until getting to the
village of Fiñana where, in 1489, the Catholic
King and Queen passed the night in its Fortress-Castle
on their way to conquer the kingdom of Granada.
It’s also worth mentioning Fiñana’s Water Cistern
(“Aljibe”) and its Almohad Mosque.
up Real Street, at the church’s square, we turn
right and look for the descent towards the Rambla
de Almeria to continue through the abovementioned
historical path, which will lead us to Venta
this village behind, we cross a watercourse and
an arrow-shaped monolith will farewell the pilgrim
out of the province of Almeria. This same monolith
will show the way to be followed straight on towards
and Hueneja, already located in the province
– Alquife (21 km)
head towards Dolar passing over the road bridge
and next to the Shrine of La Presentacion. When
we get to the threshing floors, we will turn right
among them to continue in parallel to the road.
Without reaching the motorway, a small road, which
passes over the petrol station, will lead us to
a wire fence from whose gate the path heading towards
Dolar starts. Dolar is a village with a simple
castle, an outstanding church and interesting Arabic
the top we can see the extreme change in the function
of the impressive flat field of the “Marquesado”
del Zenete (the former bottom of the intramountainous
lake generated during the Alpine fold and drained
by the opening of the rivers Fardes and Guadiana
Menor). That plain was first a grain larder to become
later a power
due to its eolic fields, its photovoltaic and thermosolar
the Shrine of San Andres we take the road on the
right after a detour. That road goes straight on
towards the west until the village of Ferreira
where we can find the Interpretation Centre of the
Arabic Architecture within the Fortress-Castle.
On our way towards La Calahorra we will cross
the road of Puerto de La Ragua and then we will
follow a track which will lead us to this village
with an incomparable Renaissance castle.
straight-line road will lead us to Alquife,
a village of a strong mining past where the largest
open-pit mine of Andalucia is located. The iron
mineral was taken out through its own Linares-Almeria
railway branch line to that last city, Almeria.
After a near shut down of this mine in the 90s,
today a reopening is being worked out due to the
mineral price increase.
– Guadix (22 km)
towards Jerez we can see the mass of the Picon de
Jerez, the most oriental “3000 metres” of Sierra
Nevada. At 1 km the road goes over the bridge of
the Lanteira’s watercourse. Soon after passing it,
the path, which after crossing the Guadix River
leads us towards Jerez del Marquesado, comes
out first on the right and immediately after on
will take the Guadix road at 2,5 km. Then, on the
left, we will find the small road which heads towards
Cogollos de Guadix, where its Medieval water
cistern (“aljibe”) is worth mentioning. We will
leave the village through San Gregorio Street towards
the Shrine under the same name leaving it behind
to our left.
we continue straight on, at about 2 km, the road
goes down until we leave the vast “Marquesado” and
the second most typical landscape of the Guadix
region opens up in front of us: the “bad-land” gullies
generated by the progressive dismantling of the
former lake’s bottom. When we get to the watercourse,
we will descend along it for 200 m to take another
road which follows the descent towards Guadix.
enter Guadix through Torremolinos Street
leaving to our left one of the most typical brickworks
which using the “bad-lands” clays have developed
the ancestral pottery industry of the region. If
we go straight on, we will cross one of the traditional
cave neighbourhoods and we will pass next to their
Interpretation Centre. Going down Cañada de los
Perales and Carrera de las Cruces Streets, we will
overflow the “Alcazaba” on the right until we get
to Santiago’s Church. Finally, Ancha and Pedro Antonio
de Alarcon Streets will lead us to the Cathedral.
- La Peza (20 km)
leave Guadix through Granada and Cañaveral
Streets and Paulenca’s road. Paulenca is
a small village towards which we head. When we get
to it, we will border the village towards the west,
40 metres after we reach a small triangular roundabout
with a tiny tree. From this point, on the left,
we will take a descending track which will let us
go up the hill towards Marchal.
we get to a U-shaped crossroads, we will turn right
to get access again to the plains of the former
lake bottom. Inmediately after, on the right, we
will take a track which will lead us in descent
along the riverbed of the leafy watercourse of Zamar.
When we get to the Alhama River we will descend
along it for about 200m to get to Marchal
crossing the road. The gorgeous gullies of Marchal
have been declared Natural Monument for being emblematic
of this landscape. After crossing Marchal, we will
get to the watercourse of Alboroz, (which surrounds
it from the south), and we will go up this watercourse
along 1.300 metres until reaching the small watercourse
of La Cañada del Carril. Going up along this small
watercourse (only at 450 m far from the watercourse
of Alboroz) we find an ascending path, obliquely
to the right, which will lead us to the small road
of La Peza and we will take it on the left.
longer but less rough alternative consists of
leaving Marchal through the north following the
riverside of the gullies until getting to Los Baños
de Graena. In both cases, we will follow the historical
road of La Peza, without taking the crossroads on
the right which follows a route with much more traffic
and less attractive. Finally, we will get to a viewpoint
from which we will be able to perceive, at a bird’s-eye
view, our destiny.
Peza – Quentar (23 km)
by the church and behind Los Caños Gordos Fountain,
we will climb up the castle. Soon after passing
it, the track towards Quentar comes out to the right.
When it snows, only the pilgrims with mountain experience
and well-equipped will be able to use this option.
A lower alternative comes out just before we get
to the castle, heading west, until getting to Quentar
the high track, at 2,5 km, we will get to a cross-shaped
crossroads and we will take it on the right to go
down the road. Through the road shoulder, we will
cross La Gitana’s Gorge with its typical
tumbledown dolomites. Inmediately after and parallel
to the road it appears a small path which, about
300 m after passing Los Blancares’ Hillock, will
get separated from that road to reach Tocón de
Quentar. With snow, the ones with no experience
must use the road to get to Quentar. In winter,
you mustn’t leave Tocon after two o’clock in the
the road, at only 0,5 km, it comes out on the right,
through the bare hill, a small track which goes
up the path we will take on the left. We will go
straight on for 4 km until we get to Puerto Blanco,
a crossroads we will take on the left to get to
the great abandoned quarry of La Unica. If
it gets dark, we can use its abandoned huts as a
shelter. From the southern opposite side of the
quarry, in descend, it comes out the path which
will lead us to La Plata country house. From
here, we will descend 2 more kilometres until we
get to a deviation on the right (where an enourmous
cattle large yard is located) which will lead us
– Granada (20 km)
the Square of Quentar we will go down the
river to take the track which will lead us to the
road we will follow until Dúdar. From the
low opposite side of the village a path to the right
comes out and, in ascent, will pass by the exit
of the impressive siphon of Los Franceses Channel.
A titanic work accomplished at the end of the XIX
century by ingeneers of that nationality to carry
water to the gold mining of the Darro River.
to the highest part of the long slope a track comes
out to the right. This track which has got a gate
(with right of way) goes down until the Belén River.
When we pass the Belén country house the
road crosses again the river to go back to the track
over the hillock. Once we get to this track, after
half a km, we will get to a crossroads. Crossing
Los Franceses Channel’s threshold on the right,
we will immediately go up a path on the left which
will lead us to the Dehesa del Generalife.
We will go along the north border of the Llano with
an overview of the Darro River until we see the
Sacromonte neighbourhood and its abbey at the bottom
of the valley.
our descent, we will pass next to the “Aljibe
de la Lluvia” and after crossing its plateau,
we will go along the edge of the highlands until
our arrival at the Silla del Moro, fortress which
used to protect the access to The Alhambra. From
there we will go down till The Alhambra’s entrance.
propose to go down to Granada through the
slope of the “Chinos” which starts at The Mimbre
restaurant, between the Alhambra and The Generalife,
to get to the “Paseo de los Tristes”. From here
del Darro will lead us to the Plaza Nueva.