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August weather in Northern Spain

tlepr

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances August 2020
Hi all, I'm thinking of flying out tomorrow from London to Biarritz to begin the Camino Frances. I have one concern...I've got all the equipment but I keep reading about record breaking temperatures in Spain. That's making me wary as, while I'm in good shape, I'm not super tolerant of heat. But people are still completing the camino, right? Of all ages? So I kind of feel I shouldn't let the weather hold me back. I'm in good physical condition and not overweight or anything...I don't know - I'm finding it very hard to make an assessment on this.
 

nycwalking

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Ourense to Santiago (2019), CF: (2014, 2004, 2002, 2001). On to Fisterra, (2002, 4, 14).
@tlepr,

If you are prepared for Covid strictures that is first consideration: If so, go.

Second, I walked August 2001 starting in Roncesvalles ending in Santiago.

From point A to B, my black hair became blonde: platinum blonde hairline with blonde to light brown throughout.

That’s how hot August can be.

Buen camino.
 

trecile

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Hi all, I'm thinking of flying out tomorrow from London to Biarritz to begin the Camino Frances. I have one concern...I've got all the equipment but I keep reading about record breaking temperatures in Spain. That's making me wary as, while I'm in good shape, I'm not super tolerant of heat. But people are still completing the camino, right? Of all ages? So I kind of feel I shouldn't let the weather hold me back. I'm in good physical condition and not overweight or anything...I don't know - I'm finding it very hard to make an assessment on this.
Maybe walk the Camino del Norte - it will be somewhat cooler along the coast.
 

Marbe2

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Camino(s) past & future
2015-2019 walked all or more than half of CF 7 times... CP recently cancelled by Covid 19!
There are many people when it's hot on the Camino who start very early in the morning-like 5am. Check the locations you intend to travel to because some areas you may walk in could be COVID hot spots!
 
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Cayou

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2015 Villafranca to SdC 2016 St Jean to LosArcos 2018 Leon to SdC 2019 Le Puy to Conques
Lots of water stops and some with electrolites included. Some area have partial sun shelter, but others are wide open and if it was over 35' you might regret it.
 

kdenogla

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2020
Hi all, I'm thinking of flying out tomorrow from London to Biarritz to begin the Camino Frances. I have one concern...I've got all the equipment but I keep reading about record breaking temperatures in Spain. That's making me wary as, while I'm in good shape, I'm not super tolerant of heat. But people are still completing the camino, right? Of all ages? So I kind of feel I shouldn't let the weather hold me back. I'm in good physical condition and not overweight or anything...I don't know - I'm finding it very hard to make an assessment on this.
Starting on the 9th, cycling the Frances from SJPP and have got the same slight worry. I’ll be starting a little earlier, proper hydration (inc electrolyte replenishmeant) avoiding the noonday sun and covering up. Added a few extra days to make sure we are not under pressure time wise. In the current ‘climate’ it’s a challenge relatively easier to manage. Hopefull, I’ll be wishing you a ’Buen Comino’ on the path at some stage.
 
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Lots ;0)
But people are still completing the camino, right? Of all ages?
Some are, many who have posted on the forum have not. Accommodation shortages and Covid-19 restrictions have led some to abandon their attempts. While there has been an impressive number of pilgrims arriving in Santiago and claiming a compostella most are likely to have been native Spaniards and to have started walking from Sarria not St Jean pd Porte.

If you are prepared for very early starts, and the possibility of having to walk extra kilometres in the afternoon heat in order to find accommodation, you should be fine. Be prepared to find yourself in lock-down for 14 days if any local restrictions are applied. Take a good book or two. Good luck
 

psheehan

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CF, CPo, CdN, CPr, F, CS, CV, CI, VdlP, CS, CA
My advice would be to Go... I walked sections of the Frances during August of the last 2 years... Yes, it’s hot... But very few pilgrims... lots of space in albergues which is important during these Covid times... and definitely lots and lots of water. If it wasn’t for the restrictions here in Ireland re self isolating after returning from Espana I would definitely be on the Frances again this August.
 

tlepr

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances August 2020
If the worst comes to the worst, can't you just sleep outdoors? Behind a building or something?
 
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Lots ;0)
Of course. If you are carrying sleeping bag & perhaps a mat for comfort then there will be opportunities to grab some sleep in church porches, unused agricultural buildings and the like. I'll not rehearse the long history of comment on wild camping in Spain. You can use the search facility for that. Just beware that "behind" just about every bush & structure on the Camino Frances is more likely a latrine than a camping ground :confused:
 
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biarritzdon

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CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
Ditch Pig16, CF&CP17, CdN18, CM18, CF18, LePuy19
Face masks are mandatory in Biarritz, I suspect the same for Bayonne.
 

malingerer

samarkand
Camino(s) past & future
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
@tlepr,

If you are prepared for Covid strictures that is first consideration: If so, go.

Second, I walked August 2001 starting in Roncesvalles ending in Santiago.

From point A to B, my black hair became blonde: platinum blonde hairline with blonde to light brown throughout.

That’s how hot August can be.

Buen camino.
Hah! My baldy skull can go a lovely brown whilst hitherto unseen hairs gleam like silver on a golden dome! and that was high July some years ago! Walk early, hydrate plenty and wear a hat!

:)

samarkand
 

LTfit

Veteran Member
Some are, many who have posted on the forum have not. Accommodation shortages and Covid-19 restrictions have led some to abandon their attempts. While there has been an impressive number of pilgrims arriving in Santiago and claiming a compostella most are likely to have been native Spaniards and to have started walking from Sarria not St Jean pd Porte.

If you are prepared for very early starts, and the possibility of having to walk extra kilometres in the afternoon heat in order to find accommodation, you should be fine. Be prepared to find yourself in lock-down for 14 days if any local restrictions are applied. Take a good book or two. Good luck
This has not been the experience of the pilgrims who have stayed with me since July 6th. Of course those who arrived in Villares de Orbigo only have about 260 km left to go. I didn't hear of anyone having problems finding a place to stay.

Restrictions/albergue guidelines apparently vary from place to place but no one has complained to me about them. What I have heard from repeat offenders is that it is very different. What else did they expect?
 

PJN

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Camino(s) past & future
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Call it a day around noon, take a shower and a nap before going out for the menu del dia.
That’s what we did. Get up at 5 am. Start walking at 6 am and stop at 1 pm latest.
kip for an hour in the worst of the heat
Up to wander and have supper in a relaxed way x
you enjoy the whole experience then
 

Raj1

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Plan on reaching Sjpp on 1st April. Start on 2 or 3 April 2019.
Hi all, I'm thinking of flying out tomorrow from London to Biarritz to begin the Camino Frances. I have one concern...I've got all the equipment but I keep reading about record breaking temperatures in Spain. That's making me wary as, while I'm in good shape, I'm not super tolerant of heat. But people are still completing the camino, right? Of all ages? So I kind of feel I shouldn't let the weather hold me back. I'm in good physical condition and not overweight or anything...I don't know - I'm finding it very hard to make an assessment on this.
Depending on how you feel do not stretch yourself each day. One does not have to cover 20 kms plus everyday. Also people start earlier in the morning to avoid the afternoon heat.
maybe think of it as a different twist to your Camino.Normally August is one of the busiest month. A hat is a Must!
good luck.
 

freespirit

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances - Lourdes v SJPDP - Santiago (June/July 2010) Camino Frances - SJPDP - Santiago (July/August 2015) Camino Frances - SJPDP - Santiago (June/July/August 2017)
Hi fellow pilgrims,am hoping to return next year what ever have put it of since 2016 for different reasons at home and the dreaded virus so i need to return in 2021, as i am not getting any younger and need to strike while the irons hot, it will be my third frances and after may try a different Camino , and just hope next year the dreaded virus has gone .
 

trecile

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Normally August is one of the busiest month. A hat is a Must!
good luck.
That's true for the last 100 km from Sarria on the Frances, but the first 600 km or so from SJPdP can be quieter in August than in the really busy months like May and September.
 


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