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Best time to walk San Salvador

sharon w

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Camino Frances 2007
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Aussie Camino 2016
In planning for next year. Thinking of Camino Madrid then Frances to Leon, Salvador and finish Norte from Oviedo. Any suggestions on best time for the Salvador. I was the thinking of halfway through May or early June.
 

trecile

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SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
In planning for next year. Thinking of Camino Madrid then Frances to Leon, Salvador and finish Norte from Oviedo. Any suggestions on best time for the Salvador. I was the thinking of halfway through May or early June.
I'm planning something similar this year. Frances-->Salvador-->Norte. I start from St Jean on May 11th, so I should be on the Salvador around the first of June.
 

jpflavin1

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CF(10,11,17), Vasco(12), Salvador(13), CP(13), CN(14), Madrid (16), Mozarabe (18), VdlP(19)
Mid may sounds like a good start time. Cercedilla to Segovia is the only snow threat on the Madrid but I would think by May all should be well. Other than Winter and very early Spring the Salvador should also be good.

Sounds like a great Camino plan, enjoy.

Ultreya,
Joe
 

Ant

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Frances 2014
Norte & Ingles 2015
Mozarabe & VDLP 2016
Portuguese 2017
Levante/VDLP/Salvador/Prim2018
I walked it end of May, last year and the weather was great - bright blue skies and about 15-20C
 

peregrina2000

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Mid may sounds like a good start time. Cercedilla to Segovia is the only snow threat on the Madrid but I would think by May all should be well. Other than Winter and very early Spring the Salvador should also be good.

Sounds like a great Camino plan, enjoy.

Ultreya,
Joe
Late spring or summer have been the kindest to me on the Salvador. Joe, didn’t you have a lot of snow in April?

One thing to watch out for is the crunch of Spanish pilgrims in August!
 

Elle Bieling

Elle Bieling, PilgrimageTraveler
Camino(s) past & future
Inglés, '14 '17 Finisterre, '14 '17 '18 Primitivo, '15 '18 Portuguese, '17, '18 San Salvador, '18
We walked the Salvador in late September and the weather was perfect. Nice cool mornings and very warm days. The blackberries are ripe all along the trail at this time which it's a lovely perk! For my experience here is a link to my blog: Camino San Salvador.
 
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Frances (2014); Madrid, Salvador (2018)
I walked it end of May, last year and the weather was great - bright blue skies and about 15-20C
You must have got through before the weather changed. We arrived in Oviedo on May 28th. We had gorgeous weather going the highest terrain but got hit a massive hail storm descending into Pajares. The rest of the trip we were trekking in rain gear through soggy, dripping and muddy terrain. That said it is a gorgeous route no matter the weather.
 

gittiharre

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In planning for next year. Thinking of Camino Madrid then Frances to Leon, Salvador and finish Norte from Oviedo. Any suggestions on best time for the Salvador. I was the thinking of halfway through May or early June.
Mid to late June last year was stunning. Green, verdant, flowers everywhere up on the mountain.
 

SusanMB

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Norte (2017)
Planing in place for September 19. Thanks for the information
 

camino07

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I walked late September 2016, weather was good after very hot first day to La Robla.
 

Ant

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Levante/VDLP/Salvador/Prim2018
You must have got through before the weather changed. We arrived in Oviedo on May 28th. We had gorgeous weather going the highest terrain but got hit a massive hail storm descending into Pajares. The rest of the trip we were trekking in rain gear through soggy, dripping and muddy terrain. That said it is a gorgeous route no matter the weather.
Fro
You must have got through before the weather changed. We arrived in Oviedo on May 28th. We had gorgeous weather going the highest terrain but got hit a massive hail storm descending into Pajares. The rest of the trip we were trekking in rain gear through soggy, dripping and muddy terrain. That said it is a gorgeous route no matter the weather.
But then from Oviedo on the 26th to Santiago, via the Primitivo, almost torrential rain all the way!
 

calmeg

Member
Our plan is to start in Irun to Oviedo in mid May, bus Oviedo to Leon, return to Oviedo via the Salvador, and then the Primitivo. Should the weather be ok then on el Salvador?
 

Ant

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2014
Norte & Ingles 2015
Mozarabe & VDLP 2016
Portuguese 2017
Levante/VDLP/Salvador/Prim2018
Our plan is to start in Irun to Oviedo in mid May, bus Oviedo to Leon, return to Oviedo via the Salvador, and then the Primitivo. Should the weather be ok then on el Salvador?
Who knows. In theory from Leon to Pajares is the drier side. You are in the mountains so anything is possible at any time.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2014); Madrid, Salvador (2018)
Fro

But then from Oviedo on the 26th to Santiago, via the Primitivo, almost torrential rain all the way!
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We had planned to do the Primitivo too. But seeing the weather forecast and reading the reports in this forum of the condition of the terrain realized we wouldn’t make it to SJPP in the time we had left. So we decided to save it for another time and headed south on the train to find some sunshine.
 
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Dinah Shaw

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Camino Norte and Frances Sept 6 - Oct 11, 2016
We walked the Salvador in late September and the weather was perfect. Nice cool mornings and very warm days. The blackberries are ripe all along the trail at this time which it's a lovely perk! For my experience here is a link to my blog: Camino San Salvador.
Great blog. I plan to do it in Sept I climb volcanoes and mountains here at home so I hope I won't have a problem. However, I've had some serioius back problems that are resolving, I hope. Then I plan to do the Primitivo. I did half of the Norte and had to go down to the Frances at Leon due to blister, and didn't like it at all. Boring and too many people even in Oct. Thanks fior the info.
 

Joodle

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I'm planning something similar this year. Frances-->Salvador-->Norte. I start from St Jean on May 11th, so I should be on the Salvador around the first of June.
Do you know how many days that this trip would add, going from Leon to the Norte? that is what we would like to do too. We start out from SJPP on the 27th of April, to Orisson the first night. we have to fly back to Paris on June 3rd Would this time frame give us time?
 

trecile

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Do you know how many days that this trip would add, going from Leon to the Norte? that is what we would like to do too. We start out from SJPP on the 27th of April, to Orisson the first night. we have to fly back to Paris on June 3rd Would this time frame give us time?
I'm planning 5 days for León to Oviedo, then 13 from Oviedo to Santiago. Of course the plan will probably go out the window at some point. I did SJPDP to Santiago in 32 days on my first Camino. I think that this hybrid version should take between 5-7 days longer. I'll let you know at the end of June! 😀
 

calmeg

Member
We previously went from San Sebastian on el norte to Oviedo and then on el primitivo to Santiago in 30 days. We expect an extra 5 days for el salvador?
 

Elle Bieling

Elle Bieling, PilgrimageTraveler
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Inglés, '14 '17 Finisterre, '14 '17 '18 Primitivo, '15 '18 Portuguese, '17, '18 San Salvador, '18
Do you know how many days that this trip would add, going from Leon to the Norte? that is what we would like to do too. We start out from SJPP on the 27th of April, to Orisson the first night. we have to fly back to Paris on June 3rd Would this time frame give us time?
Yes, it took us five days on the San Salvador, but I would not advise it. The third day, from Poladura de la Tercia, assuming that is where you start, all the way to the albergue in Bendueños or farther as we did to Camponanes, is a killer! If you click on the link and read my story, of day three and day four, you can see that it was a hardship, for us, and for all the pilgrims we were traveling with. It is better to take a short day to Pajares and split it up. I would only recommend the strongest hikers do it all in one day! If you split the third day, which is the most glorious of the days with stunning mountain views, you get to spend some time up there, not rush and relish the day!

There is a chart on my intro to the San Salvador that shows the possibilities of making the walk 4-9 days, depending on your abilities. You may want to look at it for your planning purposes. I wish we had done it in six! Ultreia!
 

Joodle

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CF May 10th- June 21st 2016
VDLP March-April 2017
CF coming up April-May
Yes, it took us five days on the San Salvador, but I would not advise it. The third day, from Poladura de la Tercia, assuming that is where you start, all the way to the albergue in Bendueños or farther as we did to Camponanes, is a killer! If you click on the link and read my story, of day three and day four, you can see that it was a hardship, for us, and for all the pilgrims we were traveling with. It is better to take a short day to Pajares and split it up. I would only recommend the strongest hikers do it all in one day! If you split the third day, which is the most glorious of the days with stunning mountain views, you get to spend some time up there, not rush and relish the day!

There is a chart on my intro to the San Salvador that shows the possibilities of making the walk 4-9 days, depending on your abilities. You may want to look at it for your planning purposes. I wish we had done it in six! Ultreia!
Muchas Gracias!
 

camino07

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances x5, Portuguese VdlP12, Sanabres, Aragones, Norte,Salvador,Primitivo, VdlP 17,Madrid18Norte
Yes, it took us five days on the San Salvador, but I would not advise it. The third day, from Poladura de la Tercia, assuming that is where you start, all the way to the albergue in Bendueños or farther as we did to Camponanes, is a killer! If you click on the link and read my story, of day three and day four, you can see that it was a hardship, for us, and for all the pilgrims we were traveling with. It is better to take a short day to Pajares and split it up. I would only recommend the strongest hikers do it all in one day! If you split the third day, which is the most glorious of the days with stunning mountain views, you get to spend some time up there, not rush and relish the day!

There is a chart on my intro to the San Salvador that shows the possibilities of making the walk 4-9 days, depending on your abilities. You may want to look at it for your planning purposes. I wish we had done it in six! Ultreia!
For me 6 days was best. Loved Pajares Albergue and the wonderful Hospitalera who cooked for us.
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
Having walked the Salvador in the 4, 5, and 6 day version, I would have to say that they are all spectacular! The 6 day version allows you to stay in both Pajares and Bendueños, which makes the most of the mountain stages and gets you to two lovely albergues. The 5 day version means you have to choose between Pajares and Bendueños (I would choose Bendueños), and the 4 day version means Pola de Gordón to Pajares to Pola de Lena to Oviedo. Being flexible allows you to make the decision on the fly, always the best option.
 

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