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Advice on starting VdlP

Dave W96

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2015,2017,2018,2019 Camino Frances; 2019 Santiago Muxia Finisterra
"2021"vdlp
I hope to walk the VdlP next year. Assuming no adverse problems should I start in March or delay until after Easter. My initial thoughts are for the later date as the route is not so popular and more albergues might be open in April.
Any advice most welcome and thanks in advance.
Dave W96 ( that's not my age)
 

Kanga

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Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
I just loved the Via de la Plata and can't wait to walk it again. I started walking from Seville on 24 April and thought the weather was perfect. It was still quite cold, particularly on the Sanabrés. But each year is different and unpredictable.

For myself, I am not making any plans until there is an effective vaccine for Covid 19, or better treatments. I don't expect that to happen for some time.
 

murraydv

Via de la Plata / Sanabres / Camino de Levante
Camino(s) past & future
Completed Via de la Plata (2018).
Started Camino de Levante (2019).
Hi Dave W96, I also loved the VdlP. Easter 2021 falls very early in April and so that could have you hitting the road relatively early in April, which is fine. Late April / early May is perfect with one possible downside, it can be hot. Kanga points out that it was still quite cold, particularly on the Sanabrés. The Sanabrés is much further north and I agree, it can be cooler. But down south, that is not the case. Down south you do have to manage heat. April should be fine, but getting into May you will likely have hot days.
Like Kanga, I will have to decide if I go back on the Camino de Levante next year or wait for a vaccine. Waiting will certainly mean at least 2022, perhaps 2023 or beyond. A long time to wait to do something that you love to do.
 

Dave W96

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2015,2017,2018,2019 Camino Frances; 2019 Santiago Muxia Finisterra
"2021"vdlp
Thanks Kanga and Murraydv , I know everything depends on Covid and there may be more at Seville around Easter with its festivities. If things quieten down perhaps on the road a few days before Easter would be good.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2012 Lemovicensis + Francés;
2016 Podiensis + CdN + Fisterra;
2018 VdlP + Sanabrés + Muxia/Fisterra
Hi Dave!
I walkest the via in 2018 and started in Sevilla a week before Good Friday. Be prepared that during Semana Santa the Camino can be quite crowded. I expierienced full albergues. Many spanish are on Holiday in this period and use it for some camino stages.
My advice: Come to Sevilla some days before easter and, if possible, stay there a couple of days to watch the impressive processions. Then start your camino on monday and you will find it quiet and peacefull.
 

malingerer

samarkand
Camino(s) past & future
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
Hi Dave!
I walkest the via in 2018 and started in Sevilla a week before Good Friday. Be prepared that during Semana Santa the Camino can be quite crowded. I expierienced full albergues. Many spanish are on Holiday in this period and use it for some camino stages.
My advice: Come to Sevilla some days before easter and, if possible, stay there a couple of days to watch the impressive processions. Then start your camino on monday and you will find it quiet and peacefull.
you could always try starting at Malaga and up to Cordoba and thence to Merida. Not many pilgrims and a beautiful route. As to weather, go local in that you start early and finish before late morning to avoid heat. Then siesta :) and you could carry on if you wish late evening. It will require planning with reference to accommodation unless you consider the tarp/tent option. Keep a very beady eye on hydration! Don't skimp!

Buen Camino and stay safe.

Samarkand.
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019) VDLP?
I just loved the Via de la Plata and can't wait to walk it again. I started walking from Seville on 24 April and thought the weather was perfect. It was still quite cold, particularly on the Sanabrés. But each year is different and unpredictable.

For myself, I am not making any plans until there is an effective vaccine for Covid 19, or better treatments. I don't expect that to happen for some time.
I too decided last December that the VDLP was next. I was originally planning a late February early March 2021 start. BUT NO VACCINE NO CAMINO FOR ME. I don't mind walking in the cold. In fact I would rather walk in cold weather than hot. Semana Santa is early next year but I figured I would be past the larger cities by the time it started. Living in Mexico I have seen lots of Semana Santa celebrations and at this point in my life would prefer to be away from the crowds, Covid or no Covid. If there is a vaccine next year but it is not widely available as of course there will be a ramp up for the manufacturing of it I will start my VDLP sometime in mid October. Just have to hope it is not too hot then. Can't wait to walk but I have to wait to be safe and do what is best for all.
 

Dave W96

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2015,2017,2018,2019 Camino Frances; 2019 Santiago Muxia Finisterra
"2021"vdlp
Hi Samarkand
Thanks for the idea I will check it out.
Dave
 

lordhowe

Member
I hope to walk the VdlP next year. Assuming no adverse problems should I start in March or delay until after Easter. My initial thoughts are for the later date as the route is not so popular and more albergues might be open in April.
Any advice most welcome and thanks in advance.
Dave W96 ( that's not my age)
Hi,

I walked in 2017 & 2019. I started both times in mid April . I found it to be the perfect time to go . Both times , quite by accident I arrived during Semana Santa . It was a nice start to my Camino. Next year Semana Santa runs from 28 March to 3 April .
 

frjuliangreen

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Inglés (2018)
Camino Portugués (2019)
Vía de la Plata/Camino Sanabrés (2020)
I hope to walk the VdlP next year. Assuming no adverse problems should I start in March or delay until after Easter. My initial thoughts are for the later date as the route is not so popular and more albergues might be open in April.
Any advice most welcome and thanks in advance.
Dave W96 ( that's not my age)
This year I walked from Seville to Zamora in sections through the winter. There was accommodation open everywhere and most albergues were open. However, after coronavirus who knows what will be open and when... The advantage of doing the early stages earlier in the year is avoiding the heat.
 


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