When is the best time to walk the Camino?

When is the best time to walk the Camino? 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

Most Camino routes are best enjoyed from Spring to Autumn. 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 French Way 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

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 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.

Some routes, such as the Via de la Plata particularly the sections before Galicia 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.

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 Way, particularly the first section from Porto to Baiona; and the Finisterre Way 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 Maria

    Hi Caitriona, thank you very much for getting in touch. Where would you like to start your walk, Lisbon, Porto or closer to Galicia? September would generally be cooler than August. However, if you are walking only the last section in Galicia, weather won’t be as hot as in the Lisbon and central Portugal area. Generally temperatures in the mid-20s. Let us know if we can help.

  2. by Catriona

    Hi,

    What is the best time of year to walk the Camino Portuguese? Would the end of August be too hot?

    Kind regards

    Catriona

  3. by Tom

    Claire – You were a keen gaelic player? Did you mean gaelic football player?

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