“Today is the day to choose the holidays at work, you finally have a clear date when you can make that long-awaited trip you’ve been wanting to do for so long. You start to prepare it with all the details and all the care in the world: routes, itineraries, accommodation, transport… You wait euphorically for the day to finally take your holidays and start your dream trip. The day is about to arrive and… temporary. It rains every day of your trip”.

The weather is capricious, isn’t it? What bad luck, all the previous weeks it has been sunny and just when you have your scheduled vacation, it rains. Surely you recognize this feeling, huh? It’s happened to all of us at some point in our lives and it’s so annoying! They say that we Galicians carry the bad weather with us… I’ve seen it rain in the Sahara, that’s all I can say.

But hey, who said I was afraid of the water? We say: in bad weather, good face. So, if you find yourself in this situation, don’t get down on yourself, you’ll see that in the end everything has its good things. In this post we tell you how is the Camino de Santiago through water, let’s start!

Pilgrims, raincoats and umbrellas

What a drag, even though it’s going to rain during your holidays, this year you’ve chosen the Camino de Santiago as your destination. This is usually the first thought of pilgrims when they discover that it is going to rain during the dates they had scheduled for their journey.

The reality is that many times, although the weather forecast is favourable, in the end it rains; and other times, the forecast is for a lot of rain and in the end it rains very little. So, the first tip is that you should always be prepared! And at least think, if you were already counting on rainy weather, better than if the forecast was good and it finally rains.

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What do I take on the road if it rains?

The most important thing is not to get wet, so you’ll need to stock up on waterproof clothing. In this list you will find the most important:

Footwear: waterproof trekking boot or shoe. It is very important that the footwear is really waterproof, because walking with wet feet is not cool at all.

Clothes: there are waterproof trousers or covers to put over the trousers. The upper part of your clothing does not need to be waterproof, as you will be wearing a raincoat.

Raincoat: it can be full body or half body. You can also take a waterproof trekking jacket.

Waterproof cover for the backpack: to avoid getting soaked at the end of the stage.

Umbrella: it can be the perfect substitute for the trekking pole and shelter if necessary.

It is important that you check the temperature that day and measure well the clothes you wear. Bear in mind that you will be wearing waterproof clothing on the outside, which is very warm. So if it’s not cold, don’t bundle up underneath too much, we don’t want you to arrive roasted!

A pilgrim with a raincoat under the rain

What happens if I haven’t been foresighted and I get wet?

The main problem a pilgrim may encounter is getting wet shoes. What if there are no radiators to dry it? It may be the case that you are in accommodation that does not have any electrical apparatus to dry your shoes. Don’t be in a hurry, for great evils, great remedies: you can wrap the inside and outside of your shoes in newspaper overnight, as the paper will absorb the moisture.

What if you get caught in the rain in the middle of the stage and you’re not prepared?

This is the main reason why we strongly advise you to always be prepared. You may not be wearing waterproof clothing at the time, but if there were signs of rain and you had foresight, you should carry a portable rain jacket and a backpack cover in your backpack, the kind that takes up the same amount of space as a small pack of tissues. If you don’t have anything with you, try to buy a raincoat in the nearest town.

The most important thing as we said before: the shoes. To avoid the risk of getting your feet wet, it is advisable to wear trekking shoes for the walk. Most of these shoes are waterproof, so you won’t end the stage with soaked feet.

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What’s the good of walking when it’s raining?

And now you’re probably wondering what’s so good about walking the Camino when it’s raining? Well, what can I tell you dear friends… first of all it will be an experience that you will never forget and you will have a lot of anecdotes to tell. Secondly, the reality is: misfortunes bring people together. That’s right, we all know it very well. When you arrive at your accommodation soaking wet, looking for somewhere to dry your things, there will be other pilgrims in the same situation, so socialising is a must! Third: there will be less people, so you will have less overcrowded services. Fourth and last: some people say that Compostela is only beautiful when it rains, I have lived in Compostela for many years and I must admit that when the day is gloomy the city has a charm that I can’t explain… You will live a real picheleiro day! (picheleiro is a word, by way of gentilicio, to refer to people from Santiago).

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Well dear pilgrims, with this post, we hope we have encouraged you to put a good face to bad weather.

If you have had a wet road, we encourage you to share your experience with others here.

Rain or shine:ultreia et suseia always!

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