There are many who say that May is, without a doubt, the best month to do the Camino de Santiago.
In this post we will see why this month is the most recommended to make this fantastic trip, its advantages and disadvantages.
Many pilgrims and people who know the Camino de Santiago say that May is one of the best months to do the Camino de Santiago.
Temperatures are moderate, the alberques are at full capacity and the influx of pilgrims is moderate, thus allowing the walker to make his journey more relaxed and in turn meet people if desired.
Next, we are going to see the advantages and disadvantages of doing the Camino de Santiago in spring.
Advantages of doing the Camino in Spring
One of the advantages of doing the Camino de Santiago in spring is the weather. The mornings and evenings are usually cool, but during the day they are usually very pleasant with a sun that is not yet scorching but invites you to walk and enjoy the outdoors.
With such good temperature conditions on the Camino, pilgrims do not need to get up early as they do in summer to avoid the high temperatures in the afternoon.
Good weather and mild temperatures are the “normal” in the months of May and June, but we should not be overconfident. Spring tends to be very rainy in some parts of Spain, especially in the North (Galicia, Cantabria, Basque Country and Asturias). So before you start walking, don’t forget to take a look at the weather!
The arrival of good weather allows pilgrims not to wear warm clothes and thus walk with less heavy backpacks. However, if there is a garment that can not be missing on the Camino de Santiago, it is the raincoat …
A storm can fall at any time! In addition to not weighing and not taking up space in the backpack, the pilgrim can use it when the rain appears and put it away again until the next one.
As we mentioned before, the influx of pilgrims begins to be important in spring, but far from the large crowds of summer. The advantage is that this allows you to meet people and walk with other pilgrims and, at the same time, to make stages in solitude.
The best routes in spring
Any route is good to do in spring, but there are some routes that are more enjoyable at this time of year.
May is a good month to walk the Vía de Plata, characterized by its stretches full of little shade.
Another of the roads that are very enjoyable in spring is the French Way. The months of May and June, even September, offer very pleasant temperatures that allow the walker to enjoy each stage. The stages that cross Castilla y León can be a bit hard in summer.
We could say that the worst routes to enjoy at this time of year are those that cross the North of Spain: the Camino del Norte from Irún and the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo.
Due, as we have mentioned before, to their meteorological instability. Of course, nothing that can not be saved with a raincoat. Its unique landscapes will be the reward.
We hope this information has been useful and that you have been encouraged to walk the Camino de Santiago at this time. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to write a comment and we will be happy to answer them.
Remember that 2021 is a Holy Year and we can organize your Camino according to your needs. You also have the maximum flexibility of cancellation.