Weather on the Camino de Santiago

The weather on the Camino de Santiago will depend on the season and the region you choose to travel. Some parts of Spain can reach very high temperatures during Summer, but from Autumn to Spring you will find colder days, even very cold ones. Have a look at our average temperature and average rainfall graphs on the map below, just clicking over the city you are interested in.

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During late Autumn and Winter some hotels might close and flights and ferries operate less frequently than in the warmer months. Daylight hours are also reduced, so you will need to adjust and manage better the daily distance you want to cover. The weather on the Camino de Santiago starts to get milder in Spring. Although nights and early mornings can still be pretty cold and rainy, especially on the coast, the mountains and northern Spain in general.

The rainiest months are definitely in Autumn but Spring can also be pretty rainy. In the North of Spain, it is not unusual to get some rainy days in the Summer also.

A positive aspect of Autumn and early Spring (October and April for example), is that the number of pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago is way lower than July and August, when the affluence of pilgrims, especially on the French Way, can be very high.

The warmest months enjoy much longer days in terms of light hours, rain is infrequent and temperatures are higher. The weather is mainly dry and warm most of the way, apart from the North West corner with its Atlantic climate. Keep in mind that some days can be very hot and sun protection is vital. Also during the night you might suffer from very warm temperatures.

Bear in mind some sections might be too hot for walking in July and August, for example, the Via de la Plata in Andalucía and Extremadura.

Some sections are not recommended during Winter season: from October/November to February/March, as there might be snow in high altitude and it could be very difficult to walk. This is the case in sections crossing mountains, such as the first part of the French Way along the Route Napoleón in the Pyrenees. During the coldest months, this section is usually completely covered by snow and can get quite foggy. For this reason, it would be very difficult and unpleasant for you to walk and for us to transfer your luggage. The mountains of León, O Cebreiro and the Original Way from Oviedo to Lugo also get snow in the Winter.  However most sections approaching Santiago, including the last section of the French Way from Sarria to Santiago, are quite low in altitude and therefore pretty mild in Winter. While you will get frosty Winter days it will be unusual for that area to get snow.

The landscape, climate and weather on the Camino de Santiago is very varied, not just from one country to another, but also from one city to the next, even between places not that far from each other.

Have a look at our average temperature and average rainfall graphs on the map below, just clicking over the city you are interested in. And remember, always make sure that you check the forecast before leaving for your Camino holiday and check our list of what to bring with you.

Comments

  1. by Maria

    Thank you for getting in touch Chantal. An option would be to select standard options and upgrade in specific locations to give you a combination of medium and superior. For this, the Customer Care team will have to create a specific itinerary. They will be in touch by email shortly. Let us know if you need anything else. Kind regards.

  2. by Chantal

    Hi, I’m going to head the French Way around 2nd April. I wanted to book a combination of medium and luxury accommodation – but when developing my trip, the accomodation option can only be selected for the whole trip. Is there another way to do the combination accommodation option? Thank you

  3. by Lisa

    Hi Kim, the weather in May depends on the route that you are planning to do but we always advise people to check the weather forecast one week before they leave. Due to the region being Northern Spain it won’t be as warm as the South and you could experience rain so we would recommend bringing a poncho or light raincoat that you can put in your bag. You can download our packing guide here that will give you a good overview on what to bring: http://caminoways.com/download-camino-ebooks#symple-tab-packing-guide Kindest regards, Lisa.

  4. by Kim

    I am trying to find typical weather for the second week of May. Any recommendations?

  5. Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed! Very helpful info particularly the remaining section :) I deal with such info much. I used to be looking for this certain info for a very lengthy time. Thank you and good luck.

  6. by Maria

    Hi Colleen, our guided tours for September are now closed but we have dates for October, see departure dates here for the last section of the French Way from Sarria to Santiago: http://caminoways.com/our-services/camino-de-santiago-guided-tours. Let us know if we can help. Kind regards

  7. by Colleen

    Hi, I’m looking for a guided tour in September this year – around 8 days or so and one with moderate difficulty – one with a good part of walking each day.
    Thanks!
    Colleen

  8. by Maria

    Hi Gerry, thank you so much for your note. The first guided tour departs 28th March (see all our dates here: http://caminoways.com/our-services/camino-de-santiago-guided-tours) but you can travel self-guided any time. March shouldn’t be too busy but it is the start of the season so you will definitely meet other pilgrims along the way (to give you an idea, over 3,000 pilgrims received their Compostela in March this year). Travelling from Ireland, bear in mind Aer Lingus starts direct flights Dublin-Santiago on 31st March 2015. I hope this helps. Let us know if you need anything else. Customer care (info@caminoways.com) will be happy to assist with itineraries and quotes. Kind regards

  9. by gerry clancy

    im considering doing the final section from sarria in early march Is there a guided tour at that time If i went on a self guided tour from say the 1st march 2015 is it likely that i would be walking on my own or is ther usually other pilgrims walking at that time

  10. by Maria

    Hi Louise, we’ll get that checked and updated asap. IN the meantime, if you go to the specific section you want to check out, each page has a ‘weather’ tab. For example: http://caminoways.com/ways/french-way-camino-frances/french-way-section-8. I hope this helps!

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