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What is the best month to do the Camino de Santiago?

Choosing the month in which you are going to do the Camino de Santiago is one of the things you should take into account when planning your trip

Doing the Camino de Santiago is an unforgettable experience but, like any adventure, prior preparation is recommended, both physically and organizationally. Within the latter section, one of the most important aspects is to choose which month to do the Camino de Santiago.

Of course, not everyone has the possibility to choose a month in which to do the Camino de Santiago, so throughout this article we will list the advantages and disadvantages that you will find in each month of the year if you want to do the Camino.

Calendario - Envato Elements/sergign

Calendario - Envato Elements/sergign

Do the Camino de Santiago in January

Few pilgrims who decide to do the Camino de Santiago in January, as the weather is not usually accompanied and the proximity of the Christmas holidays usually do not leave time to make the pilgrimage to Compostela. However, those who decide to embark on the adventure will find spectacular scenery in an environment that only locals can see.

Do the Camino de Santiago in February

February is one of the best months to make the pilgrimage to Santiago if you like to escape the crowds, but instead you will face lower temperatures and fewer services open, at least on the less travelled routes. Doing the Camino de Santiago in February can be a different travel experience, which can help you see life from another perspective.

Do the Camino de Santiago in March

During this month begins to rise considerably the number of pilgrims on all routes to Santiago, due to the arrival of spring and the general improvement of the weather. It is also the month in which most of the public hostels begin to open. If you decide to do the Camino de Santiago in March, the most recommended route is the Vía de la Plata.

Doing the Way of Saint James in April

In general, this month is one of the best months to do the Camino if you like to enjoy the warm temperatures, but without being suffocating, although you may also encounter some unexpected showers. In addition, if the pilgrim is lucky and the Easter Week fits in April of that year, you can enjoy one of the most important festivities in many places in Spain.

Doing the Camino de Santiago in May

For the same reasons as in March and April, this month is also a very good time to do the Camino if you are looking for pleasant temperatures and a moderate amount of people. Another advantage of doing the Camino de Santiago in May is that you will almost certainly not encounter those unexpected showers of previous months.

Doing the Camino de Santiago in June

This month is when the number of pilgrims really starts to increase, especially in the last weeks and you will surely find all the albergues open.  If you are in Galicia the night of 23 to 24 June you can not miss the night of San Juan, one of the most special nights of the year in this Community and in which festivities are held in all municipalities.

Doing the Way of St. James in July

To do the Camino de Santiago in July we must be aware that the routes will be very crowded. This also has its positive side, as you can find many people who share the same goal as you and you will open the door to new friendships. In addition, if you decide to do the Camino de Santiago in July, you can schedule it to arrive in Santiago on July 25 and see the Fires of the Apostle, a spectacle worth seeing once in a lifetime.

Fuegos del Apóstol - WikimediaCommons/Dariome

Fuegos del Apóstol - WikimediaCommons/Dariome

Do the Camino de Santiago in August

If you are thinking of doing the Camino de Santiago in August, you will most likely encounter the same conditions as in July. As a tip: you should avoid the central hours of the day to walk, as it can have detrimental effects on your health.

Do the Camino de Santiago in September

This month the temperatures begin to soften again, after the hot summer, so many pilgrims decide to do the Camino de Santiago in September. In addition you will find less crowds than in July and August, which makes it one of the best months for pilgrims to Compostela.

Doing the Camino de Santiago in October

If we stick to the weather, this month is ideal for doing the Camino, as we find temperatures ranging between 16º and 18º, which is perfect for walking and the days are not as short as in winter. In addition, you can still find plenty of accommodation available on most routes.

Doing the Camino de Santiago in November

The best thing about doing the Camino de Santiago in November is to be able to walk the routes to Compostela with tranquility and in the midst of a different environment, ideal for taking unique photographs. On the other hand, pilgrims may find it difficult to find public hostels open on some routes, so you should opt for other types of accommodation.

Doing the Camino de Santiago in December

This is not usually one of the months with more influx of pilgrims on the Camino, as with all the Christmas holidays it is difficult to make time to travel, plus the weather is usually not very nice for this. On the other hand, doing the Camino de Santiago in December, can be a religious experience, as you can coincide your arrival in the Galician capital on the day of the birth of Jesus.

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