The Best Time to Walk the Camino de Santiago

July 6, 2012 18 Comments »


arrow made of flowers on the trail

Marker arrow made of spring flowers on the Camino

Let me first just say – I’m biased – I of course think when I walked it in April/May was the best possible time to do it! Yes, I did get rained on a bit and it was muddy, but I will take those conditions any day over heat and people!  Most days were pleasant and cool with clouds and a breeze.  But best of all you saw the Spring happen in front of your eyes.  When I started walking through the Rioja wine region in April there weren’t even leaves on the vines, but by the last week I was walking through fields with an abundance of leaves!  The hills were bright green and the the wind would blow through the wheat fields making them look like an undulating ocean.

The trail wasn’t overcrowded, and I always found a bed at the albergues.  I didn’t have to get up super early and race through my walk in order to get a bed as quite frankly that would have taken the enjoyment out of the experience for me.

Trying to put bias aside, here are some things to consider:

Less people

More beds

Cool weather

and of course -you can’t pass up the colorful, fragrent Spring flowers!

Flowering trees in Pamplona

A colorful path near Pamplona

new leaves on the vines

New Leaves bursting out by week 4

lilac bush

My favorite flower and smell in the world – Lilacs!

yellow flower fields

A sea of yellow flowers against the gray sky

new tree growth

New green branches stretching out along the Camino

field of poppies

Poppies were everywhere along the trail in the spring!

purple flowers around a fence pole

The colors are so bright in the spring!

flowers in the fog

Purple flowers bring some color on this cool spring foggy morning

green fields

Fields of green as far as the eye can see along the Camino


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