A very important factor when deciding when to do the Camino de Santiago is the weather. As a result, it will influence the quality of our journey and the difficulty of the different stages; therefore it is advisable to always bear this in mind when starting to prepare the journey, such as the route chosen, the distribution of the stages and the clothes or type of footwear that we should carry in our luggage. In this article we inform you of the characteristics of each time of year in relation to the Camino de Santiago so that you have the best possible experience.

It goes by seasons

Low season: Winter

It is approximately from November to the end of February or the beginning of March, the coldest months of winter. During this time, rain, wind and frost are frequent, and it is even possible to find snow in the higher sections such as in Roncesvalles or O Cebreiro. It is advisable to take the time to get to know the route you are going to take to avoid having bad experiences.

winter andsnow

The absence of pilgrims on these dates also influences the services, as some establishments decide to close at this time, so you should start each stage with food and water to prevent you from finding places to rest.

No less important is the selection of your luggage: you should wear clothes that can withstand the cold, wind and rain as well as waterproof shoes, preferably light ones so as not to carry too much weight.

But it also has its positive side, and that is that you will enjoy the route with complete peace of mind, you will have the Camino to yourself, nature on its wildest side will provide you with spectacular landscapes.

All the routes of the Camino de Santiago

Medium season: spring and autumn

It corresponds to the remaining months of the year, and for many it is the perfect time to do the way. As temperatures are usually quite mild, interspersed with sunny days and rainfall. You will fall in love with the autumn landscape that is drawn in the Galician forests and the colourful fields and paths full of flowers in spring. The crowds at this time of year are not usually a problem to enjoy the experience. You will meet wonderful people without the tiresome clatter of pilgrims all along the route. It will be easier for you to relax and disconnect.

The road in autumn

High season: summer

It runs from mid-May to mid-September. The temperatures tend to be hotter, especially in areas of the Castilian plateau due to the lack of shade on many stretches of the route. In Asturias or Galicia, on the other hand, you will not have this problem, as the heat rarely becomes stifling and you will have plenty of vegetation along the way, something which will relieve the feeling of being overwhelmed.

A very important factor to take into account is the great affluence of pilgrims in these months. The accommodations can reach 100% of their occupation therefore it is advisable to book accommodation and other services before starting your trip.

If you want to avoid the flood of people, we recommend avoiding the most popular routes. The French and Portuguese roads are two very busy roads. You can choose other routes which, although less in demand, are just as spectacular.

It is advisable to wear cool clothes and breathable shoes, a good sunscreen to avoid skin burns and not to forget your swimsuit. You may find places where you can take a good dip to relieve fatigue.

The road in summer

To be taken into account

We know that it is not always possible to choose the best time of year to walk the Camino de Santiago. We will have to adapt to our personal circumstances or holidays at work. And for all those who think about doing the Way because they don’t know who to leave their little dog friend with, there is also the option of doing the Camino de Santiago with a dog.

Regardless of whether it is winter or summer, the most important thing is that you travel well informed. With the right equipment and the desire to enjoy the road, you will have a great time.

Check HERE the weather forecast in Santiago

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