Travel Tips Best Time To Go
When is the best time to walk the Camino? It is a question we get asked a lot at CaminoWays.com and there are many answers to it.
It will depend on the route you choose, the specific section of that route, as well as what you are hoping to experience on your Camino.
Generally, most pilgrims choose to travel from SPRING to AUTUMN. The most famous route, the Camino Frances, crosses very different regions. It ranges from the Pyrenees to the Galician countryside, and the weather differs greatly from region to region.
Summer months can be very hot for walking across the Meseta, the middle sections of the Camino Frances. However, if you are walking the last section from Sarria to Santiago, temperatures won’t be as high, as Galicia has a mild Atlantic climate.
Coastal routes such as the Portuguese Coastal Camino, Finisterre Camino and Camino del Norte are best appreciated in the Summer months when seaside towns come to life. Each of our tours has a weather tab where you can check the average temperature and rainfall per month.
If you are walking in the July and August, whether along the coast or inland, always make sure you bring essential items to avoid sunstroke such as a hat, sunblock and plenty of water. You should also make sure you take breaks from the heat and avoid exposure to the sun around lunchtime, the hottest part of the day.
It is also worth noting many towns and cities host their local festivities in the Summer months so have a look at our Camino festivals calendar if you are planning your trip on those dates. Some festivals will last a couple of days while others will last up to a week. Local ‘fiestas’ are an important part of the social calendar in towns and villages across the country and a great opportunity to join in traditional celebrations.
The popularity of the Camino de Santiago has increased over the past few years and you will encounter fellow pilgrims on the Camino Frances route most months of the year, but particularly during peak season. If you are looking for a quieter experience, we recommend alternative Camino routes such as the Camino Portugues. See our useful graphic representing the most popular months on the Camino.
AUTUMN is a wonderful time to experience the Camino, when the trails are quieter and weather is still mild and pleasant for walking.
WINTER months are more challenging due to the weather conditions on most Camino routes, however most of the last sections into Santiago can still be experienced in comfort in the winter, if you don’t mind a bit of rain! Mountain areas such as the Pyrenees and O Cebreiro are likely to get snow in the winter months; while lower areas can be wet and cold. In addition, many cafes, restaurants and hotels may close during the winter, particularly in rural areas. We recommend you talk to the CaminoWays.com travel specialists if you are looking to travel on the Camino in winter and we’ll be able to give you advice and check availability with the hotels in advance.
If your dates are flexible, we recommend you check with our travel specialists and they’ll advice about the best dates to travel.
For more information about the best time to walk the Camino de Santiago or to book your trip, contact our travel specialists
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