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Best Time to Go

Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2008, Le Puy route 2013
#1
Hi All,

Due to financial restraints, I won't be able to do the Camino this September, which I'm really upset about. :cry:

So it looks as though I'll be heading out sometime next year. Can anyone tell me when is the best time to go?

I wish you all a Buen Camino whenever you plan on going.

Love and smiles to you all
Sonia
:)
 

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sillydoll

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#2
What a pity you can't go this year.
Most guide books recommend May/June and September/October

March/April can still be very cold - as it was this year - with late snows right up until early May.

May/June is springtime on the camino and everything is green, the wildflowers are spectacular and it is not too hot yet. This year was a particularly wet spring so you can expect rain and mud!

July/August can be very hot and overcrowded.

September/October is harvest time - the heat of summer is over and the European holiday makers have largely gone back to school/college/work.

Buen camino for next year.
 

Rod

New Member
#3
Sonia,

Very sorry to hear that you can't make it this year as you have been one of the driving forces behind me making my decision to go in October, but I know you will make it next year.

Keep smilin'
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2008, Le Puy route 2013
#5
I need your advice

Hi Folks,

Thank you all for all your support, it means sooo much to me.

I've been in contact with the airline, the ticket I've purchased is very restrictive, I need to use my ticket and be back in Oz by the 30th May.

So my next question is, what's it like walking the Camino mid April to the end of May?

As someone once stated to me, "the Camino has already started" and indeed it has....I've got to start laughing now, cause I'm out of tears.

Thank you all once again for your encouraging words. I look forward hearing your stories when you get back.

All the best
Sonia
:D
 

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#6
Re: I need your advice

TravellingSonn said:
Hi Folks,
As someone once stated to me, "the Camino has already started" and indeed it has....I've got to start laughing now, cause I'm out of tears.

Hi Sonia,

I am pleased to hear you are at the chuckling stage.

Regarding what it is like walking April/May -
Fresco tours
http://www.flickr.com/photos/frescotours/sets/

gives you the choice of photo viewing of their April and May tours

sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

and weather details at

http://weather.msn.com/monthly_averages ... s=wc:29736

Beun Camino
Lp
 

jl

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#7
Hi Sonia,

It is just a thought, but have you asked the airline how much it would cost for you to change the fare? I know that my Sister in Law changed her ticket coming back to Australia for $50.00. You do need to know exactly what you want to do though, as it costs every time it is changed. Anyway - it may be worth a try.

Good luck, Janet
 
#8
TravellingSonn said:
Hi All,

Due to financial restraints, I won't be able to do the Camino this September, which I'm really upset about. :cry:

So it looks as though I'll be heading out sometime next year. Can anyone tell me when is the best time to go?

I wish you all a Buen Camino whenever you plan on going.

Love and smiles to you all
Sonia
:)
The best time to go has to be...whenever you can... Just don't wait forever.

I have only seen the Camino in the fall and enjoyed it immensely but I suspect each season has its own particular "encantos".
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2008, Le Puy route 2013
#9
Hi All,

Again, thanks for all your support and encouraging words.

JL, I contacted the airline and unfortunately I cannot upgrade my ticket. (I never realised HOW restrictive my ticket really was until now...hehehehehe)

Alas, I'm settled with the new decision I've made and I'm head over mid April/May 2008, with my new boots broken in, more $ in my back pocket, fitter than I am now, wearing and carrying the right gear, Spanish as my 3rd tongue (hehehehe...I wish) and a better understanding and appreciation to why I'm doing the Camino...heehehe

Thank you everyone, you are ALL such an inspiration to me...

Buen Camino
Sonia
:D
 

jl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances('05, '07), Aragonese ('05), del Norte / Primitivo ('09), Via Tolosana (Toulouse '05), Via Podiensis (Le Puy '07), Via Lemovicensis (Troyes '09), VF ('12), Winter Camino ('13/'14) Cammino d'Assisi ('14) Jakobseweg (Leipzig - Paris '15) San Salvador/Norte ('15) Ignaciano ('16) Invierno ('16)
#10
That's bad luck Sonia. I always find that things work out for the best, and so think of all the good things that will come out of going at that time. Friends of mine have gone at that time and they love it. I always have to go in the late summer / early autumn and while the heat is hard at times the ground is generally firm. The thing I miss out on is all the wildflowers - you should get to see plenty of them. The only thing that I would be cautious about is the post winter slippery ground - maybe think about poles - they may help in slippery conditions. Good luck and enjoy your preparations.

regards, Janet
 

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