Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend Christmas on the Camino?
While most pilgrims prefer to walk the Camino de Santiago from Spring to Autumn, the number of pilgrims who’d like to walk in the wintertime is increasing.
Each year, the CaminoWays.com team receives many inquiries from pilgrims who would like to walk the Camino de Santiago at Christmas time. CaminoWays.com reservations manager Domenica shared her useful tips with those who would like to spend Christmas on the Camino:
Tip 1: Pilgrims during Christmas on the Camino
Be aware there will be fewer pilgrims on the way around those dates so you might miss out on the social aspect of the Camino.
Walking the Camino at Christmas time will be a quiet and more peaceful journey but if you are looking for a social experience, this might not be the right time for you to travel.
However, many of our pilgrims are looking for the solitude that a quiet Camino can bring and so we would highly recommend Christmas on the Camino to those looking for a peaceful solo experience.
Tip 2: The best Route for Christmas on the Camino
Bear in mind many hotels and guesthouses on the Camino de Santiago close for the winter months, particularly in smaller towns and villages.
The most popular routes and bigger towns will be more likely to have accommodation open at that time of the year. If you are walking the Camino Frances from Sarria to Santiago, the most popular section, we will be able to accommodate walkers.
However, if you are interested in walking any other section or route of the Camino de Santiago, please check with the CaminoWays.com travel specialists well in advance, as the team will need to contact tall the hotels individually to check if they will be open at Christmas time.
Most of the routes finishing in Santiago, for instance, the Portuguese Coastal Camino from Baiona, the Camino Portugues from Tui and Camino Primitivo from Lugo, should be available during Christmas time but let our team know so we can double-check for your specific dates.
It is also worth noting that less-traveled routes and smaller towns will be more difficult to book at Christmas time while bigger towns and cities will have more options available.
Tip 3: Book in advance for Christmas on the Camino
If you really want to travel at Christmas time, we recommend you contact the CaminoWays.com travel specialists and book your trip as soon as possible.
We will be able to check opening dates with hotels and give you lots of advice prior to your trip commencing.
However, if the trip is a last-minute booking, we will do our best to accommodate you where we can but be aware that we may not be able to guarantee everything you are looking for.
Tip 4: Weather for Christmas on the Camino
The Weather will depend on the section and route chosen.
We advise against walking mountainous areas such as the Pyrenees and O Cebreiro in wintertime, as there is a risk of snow.
However, from Sarria to Santiago, for example, the weather is generally mild (although it can be rainy) and fine for walking.
A good website to check is www.eltiempo.es. Also, each of our product pages includes a weather tab giving you the average temperature and rainfall for each month for that particular section.
For more information about Christmas on the Camino or to book your Camino de Santiago holiday for next year, contact our travel specialists on the form below: