What is the best time of the year to do the Camino de Santiago?

Like everything in Camino It depends a lot on what kind of experience we are looking for and in this case also on our physical form.

Before deciding

We must consider a number of things.
  • Time availability
  • Hostel Availability
  • Physical form
  • Backpack weight
  • Material
All these points will give us information on when is the best time to do the Camino.

El Camino in summer

In general it is the time when more pilgrims we'll meet. Especially in the Camino French. We must take into account the summer heat, hydration, arrival times at the hostels as many will fill up quickly. Another point to keep in mind is that the day July 25 is the day of Santiago Apostle. So at that time the number of pilgrims is exponentially increased. We must wear light clothes, always be protected from the sun, sun protection and try to get up early as much as possible to avoid the sun and arrive early at our destination.

El Camino in winter

Perhaps it is the hardest time of the year. Due to its temperatures, rainfall, there are few pilgrims who liven up. There are also many shelters that are closed so we must plan our stages very well so that we do not encounter any type of problem. Our backpack will change completely, it will be heavier and the type of clothes we will wear and the quantity will be very different from if we did it in summer. We must dress in layers always looking for thermal clothes. Besides the issue of moisture and getting wet will be our greatest enemy. We must dry ourselves well and dry the footwear in each hostel being recommended to wear extra footwear. Also our food will change. We will not seek hydration so much, although we should not put it aside. Also if we go in times of intense cold it is advisable to buy some "crampons" for shoes. They are similar to those of the climbers but in light version. Some rubber with small nails that will help us in the traction in the ice areas

El Camino in spring and autumn

They are the stations chosen by the international pilgrims of higher age than those that we will see in the Camino in summer. The main advantages are that we will not have extreme temperatures, less pilgrims and therefore accumulation in shelters. We will wear clothes similar to what we would wear in summer, but this time we will seek to add a layer for those days that could be colder. The boots or sneakers should be used a few days before to "break" and that our feet do not suffer when starting the Camino.

Only you can decide your Camino

Each path and time will give us a different experience. Many start with French in the summer and end up doing the Camino North in winter. It is something that we have to value, as we said at the beginning, depending on our situation. It is clear that we will all enjoy but it will be a different experience.

Like everything in Camino It depends a lot on what kind of experience we are looking for and in this case also on our physical form.

We must consider a number of things.

  • Time availability
  • Hostel Availability
  • Physical form
  • Backpack weight
  • Material

All these points will give us information on when is the best time to do the Camino.

In general it is the time when more pilgrims we'll meet. Especially in the Camino French. We must take into account the summer heat, hydration, arrival times at the hostels as many will fill up quickly. Another point to keep in mind is that the day July 25 is the day of Santiago Apostle. So at that time the number of pilgrims is exponentially increased. We must wear light clothes, always be protected from the sun, sun protection and try to get up early as much as possible to avoid the sun and arrive early at our destination.

Perhaps it is the hardest time of the year. Due to its temperatures, rainfall, there are few pilgrims who liven up. There are also many shelters that are closed so we must plan our stages very well so that we do not encounter any type of problem. Our backpack will change completely, it will be heavier and the type of clothes we will wear and the quantity will be very different from if we did it in summer. We must dress in layers always looking for thermal clothes. Besides the issue of moisture and getting wet will be our greatest enemy. We must dry ourselves well and dry the footwear in each hostel being recommended to wear extra footwear. Also our food will change. We will not seek hydration so much, although we should not put it aside. Also if we go in times of intense cold it is advisable to buy some "crampons" for shoes. They are similar to those of the climbers but in light version. Some rubber with small nails that will help us in the traction in the ice areas

They are the stations chosen by the international pilgrims of higher age than those that we will see in the Camino in summer. The main advantages are that we will not have extreme temperatures, less pilgrims and therefore accumulation in shelters. We will wear clothes similar to what we would wear in summer, but this time we will seek to add a layer for those days that could be colder. The boots or sneakers should be used a few days before to "break" and that our feet do not suffer when starting the Camino.

Each path and time will give us a different experience. Many start with French in the summer and end up doing the Camino North in winter. It is something that we have to value, as we said at the beginning, depending on our situation. It is clear that we will all enjoy but it will be a different experience.

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