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4 Tips For Spending Winter on The Camino de Santiago

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend winter on the Camino? While most pilgrims prefer to walk the Camino de Santiago in the warmer months from spring to autumn, the number of pilgrims hoping for a winter walk is increasing every year.

With this in mind, we’ve gathered together some useful tips for those hoping to spend the festive season walking. As always, you can contact us with any specific questions you might have.

Winter on The Camino de Santiago

Tip 1: There Are Less Pilgrims Spending Winter on The Camino

One thing you should be aware of if you’re planning to spend winter on the Camino is that there will be significantly less pilgrims on the various routes. If the social aspect of the Camino is something that you want, you may find yourself feeling a little bit disappointed.

However, on the flip side, you can almost be guaranteed a quiet and peaceful journey, ideal for some contemplation about life. So, if you are looking for a social experience, this might not be the right time for you to travel.

But if you’re the kind of pilgrim looking for the solitude that a quiet Camino can bring, we would highly recommend spending winter on the Camino.

Tip 2: The Best Route to Walk in Winter

As it’s the off-season, many hotels and guesthouses on the Camino will be closed for the winter months. This is especially true in the smaller towns and villages and on less popular routes.

The most popular routes and bigger towns will be more likely to have accommodation and restaurants open at this time of the year. For example, 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 us well in advance as the team will need to contact all the hotels individually to check if they will be open during the festive season.

Don’t worry though as the majority of the routes finishing in Santiago de Compostela should be available over the festive season, but do let us know your plans in enough time.

Winter on the Camino de Santiago

Tip 3: Book as Far in Advance as You Can

If you really want to spend Christmas or any part of winter on the Camino, we really recommend booking your trip as far in advance as possible.

With enough notice, we’ll be able to liaise with hotels and figure out if there is availability for your chosen dates. If you are more of a last-minute or spontaneous booker, 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: The Weather Will be Unpredictable

During the winter months, the weather, like in many parts of the world, can be unpredictable. During this time of the year, we would advise against walking mountainous areas like the Pyrenees and O Cebreiro as there is a risk of snow.

However, in other areas like from Sarria to Santiago, the weather is generally mild (although it can be rainy) and perfectly fine for walking.

For more information about spending winter on the Camino de Santiago or to book your holiday for next year, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Comments

  1. By Sarah

    Hi Annika,

    Thanks for your message and great to hear you’re planning to walk the Camino de Santiago. As winter is a quieter time of the year, we’d probably recommend the Camino Frances to ensure restaurants, cafes and more will be open as it’s the most popular route. But do please get in touch via our contact form and we’ll be able to assist you better there: https://caminoways.com/contact-us

    In the meantime, here is some information about the Camino Frances: https://caminoways.com/camino-frances

  2. By Annika

    Hi We are a midleaged couple in Gothenburg and would like to spend some days walking El Camino over Christmas. Which route would you recommen and which booking services can you offer?
    sincerely Annika

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