Why You Should Spend Autumn on The Camino de Santiago

Autumn Camino

Can you feel it? The warm weather is seeping away, and in its place is a slight chill in the air. Autumn has arrived, and with this temperature change comes a renewed excitement, especially when getting out in nature. Autumn on the Camino de Santiago is genuinely magical.

If you’re positive that summer is the best season, we’ve gathered some solid points to convince you otherwise. So, without further ado, here are why you should walk the Camino de Santiago in autumn.


1. Weather

Autumn is arguably the best time of the year for walks and hikes, mainly because of the weather. There’s a nice chill in the air as the summer sun fades, and refreshing breezes welcome you (especially useful when summoning the last of your energy at the end of a day’s walk).

While it is getting cooler, you don’t yet have to deal with that unforgiving chill of winter. The sun is still shining for the most part, and the days aren’t too dark yet. You’ll never catch me walking for a long time in the summer as I’m not a fan of excessive sweating minutes after hydrating!

Our Weather on the Camino de Santiago blog will help you to discover what is best for you.


2. Colours

Nature is beautiful in every season, and you’ll always find something wonderful to admire. However, I firmly believe that autumn is the most glorious time to explore all that nature has to offer. It’s a season of so much change, and the variety of colours paints the landscape magnificently.

With the colours, the dance of leaves blowing in the wind and the crunching sounds under your boots, autumn is the closest thing to perfection in nature for me.

3. Off-Peak Season

While it’s still a busy time for Camino walkers, autumn is a better time overall for travel. For those without kids or indeed, those wishing to escape the kids for a week or so, travelling during autumn is perfect because schools have resumed, and the trails will be a little bit quieter.

The bit of extra peace on the routes will allow you to better appreciate the sights and sounds of nature without too much chatter. If you’re hoping to make some friends on the trails, go to the more popular routes like the Camino Frances, as they’re still lovely and busy and full of potential new friends.

Also, a significant bonus of spending autumn on the Camino is the price of flights. Embrace the off-peak season and you can make a saving when it comes to flights and general travel expenses.

4. Festivals

While autumn on the Camino de Santiago is quieter than the summer, especially when considering festivals, don’t worry about a lack of entertainment. There are still several festivals taking place, especially in October.

From the music of Spanish guitars to traditional markets and unmissable delicacies, you can be sure of a good time. Our Camino festivals will inform you about popular events and celebrations this season.

Autumn on the Camino is also a great place to celebrate Halloween. Did you know there are quite a few spooky facts about the Camino? Maybe you should consider visiting the Coast of Death or learning about the Pilgrim Ghost.

Autumn on the Camino

5. Food & Drink

Spain is known worldwide for its fantastic food and drink. Whether you’re a fan of tapas and sangria or some unmissable Galician favourites like Pulpo a Feira (Market-style octopus) and Mejillones al Vapor (Steamed mussels), you won’t go hungry here.

While many of us turn to refreshing fruits and salads in the summer (anything to keep ourselves cool), autumn is when we start seeking the wholesome food that will sustain us as the temperature drops.

Seek hearty dishes like Cocido Gallego (Galician Stew) that keep you warm for hours. A glass of red wine won’t go astray either, especially after the new harvest. Mulled wine is also always a winner in late autumn and into the winter. While in Galicia, make sure to try Castaña de Galicia. These delicious chestnuts are sure to delight palates throughout the season.

If you’ve got more of a sweet tooth, this is an excellent time of the year to indulge in the famous churros and chocolate. Bring your appetite for this sinful dish, and don’t forget to scoop up the thick, warm chocolate with a spoon after you’ve run out of churros! For more information, visit our Food & Wine section.

6. Cosy Clothes

While packing some extra layers for the more unpredictable autumn weather might seem like a chore and a vote favouring summer walks, you must change your perspective.

We’re not saying a comfy jumper should be the sole reason you spend autumn on the Camino, but that extra bit of comfort will go a long way after a tiring day of walking.

There are few things better than the simple joy of snuggling up with a cosy blanket and sipping a hot drink (coffee, tea, mulled wine, hot chocolate – your choice) – it’s restorative!

Camino Routes For Autumn

So, if we’ve convinced you that autumn is the perfect time to walk the Camino de Santiago, your next question might be, ‘ Which route do I take?’ While the best route will depend on the person, we do have a few ideas for your next trip!

Camino Francés

Popular all year round, the Camino Frances is the perfect option, whether it’s your first or your fifth Camino. This route passes historic cities and magnificent areas of natural beauty, including Pamplona, La Rioja wine region, Burgos, León and Ponferrada.

The Fishermen’s Trail – Rota Vicentina

A magnificent coastal trail along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in southern Portugal, the scenery on the Rota Vicentina is breathtaking. October is the best time of the year to walk the Fishermen’s Trail as the weather is pleasant, and there’s a fantastic opportunity to spot migratory birds at Cape St. Vincent.

Via de la Plata

If you want to travel in the off-peak season but don’t want to deal with the looming threat of potential rain and cooler temperatures, the sunny Via de la Plata could be just what you need. Experience the beauty of Andalucia and walk the last 100km from Ourense to Santiago.

Please contact us for more information on any of our Camino routes or to chat with our travel specialists.

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