When is the best time to walk the Camino de Santiago?

by Lorraine Williamson
the Camino de Santiago
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The Camino de Santiago, one of the most famous and busiest pilgrimage routes in Europe, is an enriching experience for many walkers. An experience that is more than just walking the path. For those who want to make the trip to Spain, choosing the right time is crucial, as factors such as the influx of pilgrims and weather conditions can make all the difference.

According to the experience of many pilgrims, May is one of the most favourable months. Then the temperatures are still pleasant, without reaching the intense summer heat. And while it may be a bit busy, there hasn’t been a peak yet. The beginning of autumn is also favourable, when the not yet wintry cold and the summer heat has given way to some cooling.

Accommodation

In addition, the catering establishments along the route, such as hostels, are still available during these periods. And it is less crowded than in the summer months. July and August are when there is the greatest influx of pilgrims, especially on the most popular routes. Although in some parts of the Camino de Santiago the temperatures are not usually excessive, it is important to take into account that the heat and crowds of the pilgrims, both on the route and in the hostels, are often higher during this period.

Winter, an option for adventurers

For the brave pilgrims who want to walk the Camino de Santiago during the winter months, it’s crucial to keep a few things in mind. Many inns close their doors during this season, and it’s essential to be well-equipped to handle the cold, rain, frost, and even snow. Those who brave these weather conditions do have the chance to enjoy unique landscapes and less crowded paths.

Every season has its charm and challenge

But whether it’s spring, summer, autumn or even winter, each season offers its own charm and challenges. The most important thing is to be well informed, prepared and willing to adapt to the circumstances, to fully immerse yourself in the magic of this ancient path that has captivated pilgrims for centuries.

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