Best time to walk or bike El Camino? About the Weather on the Camino!
It’s possible to walk The Camino the whole year, but there are big differences between the different seasons and the different Caminos.
It’s possible to walk The Camino the whole year, but there are big differences between the different seasons and the different Caminos. In Northern Spain, along the way of The Camino there's a mixture of oceanic, mediterranean and mountain climates. This means that the temperature can change drastically in a short time and there can be big differences between the different regions. The following are statistics about the French Camino, as it’s the most popular.
January & February: cold (0-10 C) and mildly rainy /snowy – very few pilgrims.
March: Moderately cold (10-15 C) and often rainy.
April: Moderately cold (10-15 C) and very rainy in the first weeks of the month, later a bit warmer and less rainy. This is the first month of the Camino season.
May: It could be “summer” or early spring weather – you never know. 12-20 C sometimes rain, but often with nice sunny days. You can expect beautiful views of green fields and flowers. May and September are high seasons on the Camino.
June: It's ideal weather for walking, not too hot (20-30 C) and occassional light rain. There are not too many pilgrims along the way! Strongly recommended period of the year!
July+August: It's a very hot month (30-40 C), without rain (1 or 2 days of 30). After 13 pm it's often too hot to walk! There are many pilgrims on the way and it is important to have your accommodation booked, as pilgrims will leave early and “race” to next town for accomodations. Recommended only with sunhats and strong sun cream.
September: It's not too hot (25-35 C), no rain (1 or 2 days out of 30). It’s a very busy season and hotels and other accomodations will get full. From mid-September the number of pilgrims will decrease. 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. Beginning of October is also very recommended period for walking.
November: Cold (5-15 C) and rainy – very few pilgrims.
December: Cold (0-10 C) and rainy /snowy – very few pilgrims.
Spain is More recommends walking or biking from mid-May to the end of June, and then again, from the beginning of September to the end of October.
Camino Weather Forecast - Please see chart overview of average temperatures in selected Northern Spanish cities. On the French route to Pamplona, Burgos, León and La Coruña used as pointers. In the North route are Bilbao, Gijon, La Coruña is used for the English Route.
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