So you’ve decided to head on the journey of a lifetime along the Camino de Santiago. Congratulations, you’re in for the trip of a lifetime! But now is the time to start planning. Pilgrims from all over the world have walked the Camino de Santiago trails across Europe for centuries, making their way to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, North-West of Spain. Today, more than a pilgrimage, the Camino is an unforgettable experience and unique journey.
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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.
If you are walking in the SUMMER months, 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. 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.
WINTER months are quieter on the Camino Frances but the route is more challenging due to the weather conditions. 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.