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When is the best time to walk the Camino?

Walking the Camino is challenging in itself, but you can make it easier by choosing to trek it at just the right time.

The Camino de Santiago AKA the Way of St James is a pilgrimage comprising of over 1,500 kilometres of trail leading to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The Camino is made up of several different pilgrimage routes that can be found throughout Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland and Poland.

As walkers do not need to complete the full 1,500 kilometres or walk every single one of the pilgrim paths, nominating the best time to walk the Camino will depend on which route you choose to take.

One of the most common routes is the French Way. This starts in St Jean Pied de Port, France and concludes at the Cathedral in Spain. This is a 769 kilometre walk and while some do complete it in full, you can also choose to just walk a portion of it.

Being a popular route, our guide for when to walk the Camino will refer to the French Way in particular. If you intend on walking another route, research the weather of the cities you’ll be passing to determine the best dates to make the trip.

Best time to walk the Camino

April, May, June and September.

Why?

Autumn and spring offer warm to hot weather with minimal rainfall, making them the ideal seasons for Camino walkers. As these months do occur during the peak season, facilities such as accommodation and shops along the route will be open. By travelling during these months you’ll avoid the most popular summer period and the cold, potentially snowy, winter.


Overview

The Camino de Santiago is comprised of multiple routes through varied terrain. The walk can be challenging and it’s advised you pack for all kinds of weather, whether you’re walking during the more pleasant spring and autumn months or during the harsher summer and winter months.

The Camino de Santiago is a popular walk for travellers all over the world, with summer (July and August) being its peak season. By travelling outside these months you’ll enjoy less crowds both on the path and in the dedicated accommodation.


Weather and prices

The best time to walk the Camino, weatherwise: April, May, June and September offer warm days with less chance of rainfall.

The cheapest time to walk the Camino: Search for flight deals outside of July and August as these are the most popular months along the Camino.


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