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Dear all,
I have recently postponed walking the camino del Norte due to the rise in Covid 19 in Spain. However I am considering of walking a short camino max 10 days in winter ..ideally December subject to improvement in the current pandemic.
Can anyone suggest a route for winter? I am considering the Ruta del Mar to Ferrol, the Invierno, the Ingles, the San Salvador and what else?I already hiked the camino Portugues from Lisbon, the Via de la Plata, The Mozarabe and the Camino Frances.
I will appreciate your suggestions.
Thank you,
Raymond Aquilina
 
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Lirsy

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Primitivo, Norte, Francés, Volunteer Hospitalero.
I'd make a suggestion ;) :

Take the Camino you want, but finish the Camino in Santiago on December 30.

This year, on December 31 the opening ceremony of the holy year will take place (the last holy year was 2010). From what I've heard, that ceremony could be quite interesting.

I myself plan to start in Roncesvalles at the end of November, in order to arrive in Santiago on that date.
 

psheehan

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I'd make a suggestion ;) :

Take the Camino you want, but finish the Camino in Santiago on December 30.

This year, on December 31 the opening ceremony of the holy year will take place (the last holy year was 2010). From what I've heard, that ceremony could be quite interesting.

I myself plan to start in Roncesvalles at the end of November, in order to arrive in Santiago on that date.

Great post Lirsy, I’m also planning on starting from SJPdP on December 1st and arriving in Santiago on December 30th for the holy year celebrations.
 

Lirsy

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I’m also planning on starting from SJPdP on December 1st and arriving in Santiago on December 30th
I will give myself 3 or 4 more days with the idea of encountering bad weather. It is always easier to lose time than to gain it. 😂

After crossing O Cebreiro, I will start adjusting the days in order to arrive on 30.
 
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I will give myself 3 or 4 more days with the idea of encountering bad weather. It is always easier to lose time than to gain it. 😂

After crossing O Cebreiro, I will start adjusting the days in order to arrive on 30.

Mozárabe from Málaga to Córdoba, or Vía serrana from Gibraltar to Seville, gentle weather, green Andalucía
Mozárabe from Málaga to Córdoba, or Vía serrana from Gibraltar to Seville, gentle weather, green Andalucía
The via Serrana is a great idea to consider.
Thanks a lot for thr tip Lirsy.
Regards,
Ray
 

lt56ny

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I would say that if you are walking a winter Camino you may be best off walking the CF because of the availability of albergues, especially if you, like myself, need to stay in public albergues as much as possible for economic reasons. I also like it alot too. I would again say WAIT to walk. I would tell you to watch Ivar's video and his advice not to walk now. I know December is still months away but no one knows what turn the virus will take and how severe the flu season will be in the coming months. Also based on this uncertainty what is the likelihood that there will be the full ceremony to welcome in the Holy Year. Can anyone say that they will not postpone or even cancel the ceremony given the circumstances? As I have stated before there are very large numbers of people who are asymptomatic and have the virus. How do you know you may not be one of them and infect a fellow pilgrim, or an old woman passing you on the street in a city or town, or someone with a compromised immune system. Wait to walk until there is a vaccine. We see over and over again and now happening in France, Spain, Korea and other places that had the virus under control that when you open things up and things can quickly turn for the worse.
 
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Portugues - (2015)
Camino Frances - (2016)
Camino Finisterre Muxia (2017)
VDLP (2018)
I would say that if you are walking a winter Camino you may be best off walking the CF because of the availability of albergues, especially if you, like myself, need to stay in public albergues as much as possible for economic reasons. I also like it alot too. I would again say WAIT to walk. I would tell you to watch Ivar's video and his advice not to walk now. I know December is still months away but no one knows what turn the virus will take and how severe the flu season will be in the coming months. Also based on this uncertainty what is the likelihood that there will be the full ceremony to welcome in the Holy Year. Can anyone say that they will not postpone or even cancel the ceremony given the circumstances? As I have stated before there are very large numbers of people who are asymptomatic and have the virus. How do you know you may not be one of them and infect a fellow pilgrim, or an old woman passing you on the street in a city or town, or someone with a compromised immune system. Wait to walk until there is a vaccine. We see over and over again and now happening in France, Spain, Korea and other places that had the virus under control that when you open things up and things can quickly turn for the worse.
You are very correct..I am hoping for the best...ar least for a short camino...I walked the Frances and being a short one the ingles would be the right choice..however I have to monitor and decide accordingly.
Thanks a lot,
Ray
 

lt56ny

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You are very correct..I am hoping for the best...ar least for a short camino...I walked the Frances and being a short one the ingles would be the right choice..however I have to monitor and decide accordingly.
Thanks a lot,
Ray
I know you will make a good decision. We all can’t wait to safely get out there. Buen Camino
 
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I'd make a suggestion ;) :

Take the Camino you want, but finish the Camino in Santiago on December 30.

This year, on December 31 the opening ceremony of the holy year will take place (the last holy year was 2010). From what I've heard, that ceremony could be quite interesting.

I myself plan to start in Roncesvalles at the end of November, in order to arrive in Santiago on that date.
The last Holy Year was 2016.....I walked the Camino Francis that year. On arrival in Santiago to the Cathedral I entered through the Holy Door.
 

Lirsy

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Primitivo, Norte, Francés, Volunteer Hospitalero.
The last Holy Year was 2016

Has to be some kind of mistake. Here you have the list of the Holy Years:

DEL SIGLO XX Y XXI
+6+5+6+11
+281909191519201926
+281937194319481954
+281965197119761982
+281993199920042010
+282021202720322038
+282049205520602066
+28207720832088

May be they open the door for other celebrations.
 

peregrina2000

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The last Holy Year was 2016....I walked the Camino Francis that year. On arrival at the Cathedral in Santiago I entered through the Holy Door.

Has to be some kind of mistake.

You are both right, it was a special Jubilee Year of Mercy.


Can anyone suggest a route for winter?

And with regard to the OP’s question, I would definitely take Amancio’s suggestion of either the Mozárabe from Málaga or The Via Serrana.

Buen camino, Laurie
 
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@Raymond Aquilina I have the same dilemma I already postponed my Camino twice this year and to tell you my unpopular opinion it was all for nothing ...
 

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