Camino FAQ: When is the Best Time to Walk the Camino?

When is the best time to walk the Camino? This is a frequently asked question among pilgrims and one that has many possible answers!

The ‘Best time’ will depend on the route and section you choose but mainly on what ‘you’ expect to get out of your Camino journey; and how you want to experience it also.

The main factors to keep in mind are the number of pilgrims, the actual route or section, and the weather:

PILGRIMS ON THE CAMINO

PILGRIMS ON THE CAMINO

Most Camino routes are best enjoyed from Spring to Autumn (from April to October). The busiest months on the Camino routes are actually the Summer months (July and August), as they coincide with the holiday season in Spain and many other European countries.

If you are looking for a social experience, the Camino Frances has a good number of pilgrims on the trail most of the year, particularly the last section walking into Santiago de Compostela.

The Camino Frances attracts approximately 66% of all Camino pilgrims, to give you an idea of just how popular the route is.

If you are looking to meet a few fellow pilgrims but you would prefer to avoid the busy Summer months on the Camino Frances, the Camino Portugues is a great alternative.

By contrast, if what you are looking for is a totally off-the-beaten-track route, trails such as the Via de la Plata or the new Camino de Invierno are just perfect and crowd-free.

WEATHER ON THE CAMINO 

Weather is a big factor for many people when tackling a walking or cycling adventure such as the Camino.

Some might prefer sunny skies and a bit of heat, while others prefer cooler temperatures and don’t mind a bit of rain. 

Summer in North West Spain and Galicia in particular generally doesn’t have extreme temperatures but as they say in Spain: ‘it never rains to everyone’s taste’ so we recommend you check our ‘weather’ tab when booking your tour to check out the average temperatures and rainfall per month to help you plan your trip.

This way you will be able to assess if that’s the kind of weather that suits you. Our interactive weather on the Camino map is also a really useful planning tool, you can find it here: Weather on the Camino.

Some routes, such as the Via de la Plata particularly the sections in Andalucia and Extremadura will be too hot for Summer, in our opinion.

Some sections, particularly across mountains, are not recommended for winter months as snow might make them impassable.

CAMINO ROUTES

The most famous route, the Camino Frances is manageable most of the year; apart from the first section across the Pyrenees and other mountainous regions that will be too challenging in the winter months.

Coastal routes and sections such as the Portuguese Coastal Camino, particularly the first section from Porto to Baiona; and the Finisterre Camino are perfect for Spring and Summer, from April to September or even October.

Via de la Plata is best explored in Spring and Autumn, avoiding the hot Summer months across Andalucia and Extremadura.

Remember you can download all our Camino ebooks for free to help you plan your trip here: CAMINO EBOOKS.

If your dates are flexible, we recommend you check with our travel specialists about the best dates to travel.

For more information about the best time to walk the Camino, advice on specific routes, or to book your Camino trip, contact our travel specialists

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Comments

  1. By Sarah

    Hi Jessica,

    Thanks for your message. I’ve forwarded your message to the team and someone will be in touch with you to help organise your trip. Wishing you the best! Buen Camino!

  2. By Jessica Cotton

    Ola Senor

    My family and I are interested in one of your walking tours.

    We are interested in a 7-8 day walking holiday.

    Starting at Porto and ending in Baino.

    Can you help recommend and organise this for us?

    We’d also like to know if there is a train from Baino back to Porto?

    We would be flying from the UK to Porto,

    We would also need 2 rooms per night. As we consist of 1 couple and a single person.

    We would be looking to travel around the first week of July.

    Please advise. Thank you so much

    Jessica

  3. By Sarah

    Hi Lynda,

    Thank you for your message, happy to hear you’re planning to visit the Camino de Santiago next year. Please get in touch via our contact form and we’ll be able to assist you better there. We can also talk on the phone if it’s easier for you: https://caminoways.com/contact-us

    You can also customise your trip in terms of route, accommodation, luggage transfers and more via our route planner here: https://caminoways.com/camino-route-planner

    If you have any further questions or would like to get in touch, please email [email protected]

  4. By Lynda Jenkins

    Can you please recommend the best travel company to use .I’m interested in the best accommodations and the best route to do during the Spring time with less people

    Thanks so much

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