Route of Almoravids and Almohads
from Algeciras to Granada
This route starts in the town of Tarifa, and travelling along it is the best way to discover the heritage left by the Almoravids and Almohads, two dynasties of African origin that left their mark in a large number of architectural remains of Al-Andalus.
The route is 400 kilometres long and splits in two branches along the provinces of Málaga and Cádiz. It comprises coastal, countryside and mountain villages. After going through fascinating places like Cádiz or Jerez de la Frontera, both branches converge in the town of Ronda (Málaga).
The last part of this route gets across the Axarquía region of Malaga, and as far as Granada, according to the route described in the travel book Rihla, by Ibn Battuta, a traveller born in Tangiers who reflected the 14th-century society in his writings. The Muslim remains we can admire along this route are basically defensive, such as Velez-Málaga castle.
Tarifa–Algeciras–Castellar de la Frontera–Jimena de la Frontera–Casares–Gaucín–Algatocín–Benalauría–Bendalid–Atajate–Alcalá de los Gazules–Medina Sidonia–Cádiz–El Puerto de Santa María–Jerez de la Frontera–Arcos de la Frontera–Grazalema–Zahara de la Sierra–Algodonales–Olvera–Setenil de las Bodegas–Ronda–Teba–Campillos–Vélez Málaga–Alcaucín–Zafarraya–La Malahá–Las Gabias–Granada