When to go on your first Camino?
These are my thoughts of when to go according to personal experience and guidebooks.This camino planner will consist of all months according to weather and information of other Pilgrims.
When to go?
These months are considered winter months in Spain. Obviously, it can get far below 0° C, and there is much more precaution to take walking during this time of year.
- Many of the private albergues(hostels) are closed during winter.
- The hills are much more dangerous
- There is a bigger chance to get lost due to snowstorms
If you decide to walk on this time of year, be sure to have your guidebook by your side to see which Albergues are open during this time of year, or else you will have to find an alternative. February and March are mainly the months when it is inevitable to stay dry because of the rain, so be ready to pack 2 pairs of boots.
Personally, I wouldn’t walk the Camino in winter, simply because it’s much more dangerous on the mountains (Pyrenees can get very slippery and the roads aren’t always that wide.)
Except from March, these are considered as the best months of walking the Camino for several reasons:
- Its generally warm or even hot outside
- Almost every albergue is open
- It’s not that busy as it is on main summer months.
- Experiencing wildflowers, migratory birds,cooler weather
Thou the weather at nights can get pretty chilly, so in the morning you should probably get your hoodie ready.
This is the most busiest/popular summer months to hike the Camino. Sometimes there is competition for beds because of overcrowding, particularly on the last 100 km/60 miles (because Sarria is the last city from which you can start doing the official Camino and still get the certificate). Some of the things you should consider:
- Weather can get really hot;
- It can become an overpacked madhouse sometimes;
- There is a Spanish public holiday on the 15th Aug, (the Assumption of Mary)
- Be ready to reserve albergue beds if you don’t want to sleep in the forest.
This being the fall season, Late September and October offer:
- Appropriate weather;
- It’s wine harvesting months (you can eat grapes all day and wine is ridiculously tasty)
- It’s not as packed as during the main summer months
- Thou it can get pretty wet due to rain, so be prepared with rain gear.
September is considered the best of these 3 months, because of a less chance of rain and the weather is still warmer, because late October and November mornings can get really chilly.
IN CONCLUSION, – It really doesn’t matter on which month you decide to hike the Camino, with appropriate gear you can do it although the year. With enough knowledge and will power nothing bad will happen to you and you will still experience the full benefits and pleasure of your journey of the soul.
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