What time of year is the best to walk the Camino de Santiago?

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Basically you can walk the camino the whole year, but there are big differences between the different seasons. In Northern Spain along the way of the Camino there’s a mixture of oceanic, mediterranean and mountain climate. This means that the temperature can change drastically in a short time and there can be big differences between the different regions.

  • January: cold (0-10 C) and mildly rainy /snowy – recommended only for professionals
  • February: cold (0-10 C) and mildly rainy /snowy – recommended only for professionals
  • March: moderately cold (10-15 C) and rainy
  • April: moderately cold (10-15 C) and very rainy in the first part of the way (Navarra region), later a bit warmer and less rainy. This is the first month of the camino season
  • May: still cool weather (12-20 C) with heavy rain, but sometimes with nice sunny days. You can have a beautiful view on the green flowery fields. This period is recommended with a waterproof poncho and boots.
  • June: It’s ideal weather for walking, not too hot (20-30 C) and occassional light rain, and there are not so many pilgrims on the way! Strongly recommended period of the year!
  • July: It’s a very hot month (30-40 C), without rain (1 or 2 days of 30), after 13 pm too hot to walk! There are many pilgrims on the way, sometimes albergues are full. Recommended only with sunhats and strong sun cream.
  • August: It’s a very hot month (30-40 C), without rain (1 or 2 days of 30), after 13 pm too hot to walk! There are many pilgrims on the way, sometimes albergues are full. Recommended only with sunhats and strong sun cream.
  • September: It’s not too hot (28-35 C), without rain (1 or 2 days of 30), there are not so many pilgrims on the way, you can always find accommodation in the albergues. Strongly recommended period for walking.
  • October: Moderately warm month (15-25 C) with light rain, there might be some heavy rain at the end of the month.
  • November: cold (5-15 C) and rainy – recommended only for professionals
  • December: cold (0-10 C) and rainy /snowy – recommended only for professionals

Caminoteca’s advice for walking: June, September

1 Comment

  1. Loana

    I am starting the Camino from SJPP on March 26, if anyone is doing it before please let me know how the conditions are from SJPP to Pamplona

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