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Best time to walk the Camino de Santiago
Northern Spain has a far more ‘British’ climate than the rest of the country, so most pilgrims opt to walk in the summer months.
July and August are the most popular months, though they can be unpleasantly hot, with scorched vegetation. May-June and Sep are the best time to walk the Camino de Santiago, as the weather is lovely, downpours less likely, and you’ll have plenty of company along the way – but it won’t be quite as crowded. Easter can be a busy time, too. Group tours tend to run April-Oct, but you can trek at any time if you’re feeling brave; autumn can be very wet and chilly in the mountains, with snow and ice in winter.
The Camino de Santiago, month by month
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Expert tips on the best time to go on the Camino
Ana Rodríguez García, Camino de Santiago language and walking vacations supplier:
“The best time of year to do the Camino is at the end of spring, because days are long, the weather stable and landscapes are at their best. If can’t do it in June, avoid the summer and go in September… the local residents will thank you for it as well!”
More about Camino de Santiago
This pilgrimage has been carried out for over 1000 years, but as our Camino de Santiago travel guide explains, modern pilgrims now have many ways to choose.
There are many Camino de Santiago walking routes – but we’ve focused on the classic Camino Francés and wilder Camino del Norte.
Read more about the variety of accommodation on the Camino de Santiago. They are varied in style, situation and, indeed, spiritual outlook…
Camino novices tend to start with the French Way, the easiest and busiest of the Camino de Santiago’s many trails. All of human life is here.
The Portugal Way is one of the most popular routes on the Camino, with the option to walk either inland or along the wild Atlantic coast.
The Northern Way is an attractive route for those who want a quiet and coastal Camino de Santiago trail. Read our guide for more.
As with any long-distance walk, you don’t want to rush into the Camino de Santiago. Discover how to prepare for the hike right here.
You really can kayak the Camino de Santiago, following a spectacular route along Galicia’s northern coast. Read on for more details…
Cycling the Camino de Santiago is becoming a very popular way to traverse this iconic route. Find out how to go soul searching in the saddle.
Forget images of lone pilgrims – one of the best ways to hike the Camino is on a small group tour. Expect cheer and camaraderie en route.
From blisters to beer stops, and from packing to pace, read our guide to discover some of our experts’ advice on the Camino de Santiago.
We can help with guidance and planning for the Camino de Santiago with some advice below. The only thing we can’t change is the unpredictable weather!
Some tips and advice on being a responsible pilgrim while exploring the various routes that take you to Santiago de Compostela.