While most pilgrims prefer to walk the Camino de Santiago from Spring to Autumn, the number of pilgrims who’d like to walk at winter time is increasing. Each year, the CaminoWays.com team receives many enquiries from pilgrims who would like to walk the Camino de Santiago at Christmas time for instance. CaminoWays.com reservations manager Tania shares her useful tips with those who would like to spend Christmas on the Camino:
Be aware there will be less pilgrims on the way around those dates so you might miss out on the social aspect of the Camino. Walking 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.
Bear in mind many hotels and guest houses along 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 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 travelled routes and smaller towns will be more difficult to book at Christmas time while bigger towns and cities will have more options available.
Book in advance
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 advice.
Weather will depend on the section and route chosen. We advice against walking mountainous areas such as the Pyrenees and O Cebreiro at winter time, as there is a risk of snow. However, from Sarria to Santiago, for example, 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