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Camino Portuguese Starting Week In September

Dennis M

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May 2015 - Camino Ingles; Future Caminho Portuguése, Camino de Fisterra
Hello,

As I plan my Camino Portuguese starting from Valenca, Portugal in September next year, I have a few questions.

1) Which is better start week? Start on 2nd week or 3rd week of September?
2) What are the pros and cons of starting week? Weather, albergue, cafes, and number of pilgrims

Thank you.
 
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You should start on the second week of September. The weather will be perfect. All the Albergues will be very comfortable, the cafes will be charming and welcoming and there will be just the right number of friendly fellow pilgrims to make the whole experience wonderful.

On the third week of September there might be people like me 😳
Thank you for the recommendation. I’ll start planning (look around for airfare) for 2nd week then & I’m also hoping to see you even it’s only on the 2nd week.

Take care.

Best regards, Dennis
 
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Thank you for the recommendation. I’ll start planning (look around for airfare) for 2nd week then & I’m also hoping to see you even it’s only on the 2nd week.

Take care.

Best regards, Dennis
Hi Dennis

From your reply, I can't tell if you picked up on the humour (sarcasm?) of the reply from @Tincatinker If you did, yours was a perfect response. And, in any case, a gracious one.

Lots of people on the forum ask questions which seem a bit obvious to others and/or are not possible to answer. But I'll give it a try. I can't think of any reason for you to favour or compare the second week of September over the third. September is a popular time on the most travelled routes. There will be pilgrims in both weeks. Albergues and cafes will be open. People often ask about weather on the forum - but it's impossible to predict the weather in September 2024, let alone the second vs third week. September is popular for a reason, and one of those is the weather - usually neither too hot nor too cold, nor too wet. But who knows.

Also, you can find plenty of information on the forum about the route you want to walk. Spend some time browsing and using the search function.

I'm only adding my comments as you are looking around for airfares. I recommend you don't be concerned about whether it's the second or the third week, just take the dates and deal that suit you best

Best wishes
 
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I'm only adding my comments as you are looking around for airfares. I recommend you don't be concerned about whether it's the second or the third week, just take the dates and deal that suit you best
I agree with Pelerina ;find the best deal and go with it!!
You will find good people whatever time you walk.
Regarding the weather i would say like others it's impossible to give a definitive answer.
However i walked in 2021 and was there from 17th Sept till 13th Oct temps in the region of 20 to 27 C ( mornings were a bit chillier) had one day of rain!
But i think i remember someone posting that in 2019 -20 somewhere on the route in Galicia they had snow and 2C temps.
Once you have booked your flights just roll with it you can't change the weather; if it rains smile and keep telling yourself you love the rain.
Buen Camino
Woody
 
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I walked from Porto on the Camino Portugués Central & Variante Espiritual from September 1st to 15th, 2022. In both weeks, I had a mix of rain (sometimes even heavy rain) and sunshine, often both within one day. Temperatures were quite nice for walking, in the lower 20s Celsius.
 
Hello,

As I plan my Camino Portuguese starting from Valenca, Portugal in September next year, I have a few questions.

1) Which is better start week? Start on 2nd week or 3rd week of September?
2) What are the pros and cons of starting week? Weather, albergue, cafes, and number of pilgrims

Thank you.
Hola, we started at the beginning of the third week in September this year and it was very hot. Towards the end of the week we had a day of drizzle and light rain showers, which we regarded as a blessing from the heat. We are used to much more rain than that here in the north east of England!
 
There shouldn't be much difference between the 2nd and 3rd week of September. Go when it's convenient for you.
 
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Thank you for all the input. Much appreciated
 
There shouldn't be much difference between the 2nd and 3rd week of September. Go when it's convenient for you.
Hi Dennis

From your reply, I can't tell if you picked up on the humour (sarcasm?) of the reply from @Tincatinker If you did, yours was a perfect response. And, in any case, a gracious one.

Lots of people on the forum ask questions which seem a bit obvious to others and/or are not possible to answer. But I'll give it a try. I can't think of any reason for you to favour or compare the second week of September over the third. September is a popular time on the most travelled routes. There will be pilgrims in both weeks. Albergues and cafes will be open. People often ask about weather on the forum - but it's impossible to predict the weather in September 2024, let alone the second vs third week. September is popular for a reason, and one of those is the weather - usually neither too hot nor too cold, nor too wet. But who knows.

Also, you can find plenty of information on the forum about the route you want to walk. Spend some time browsing and using the search function.

I'm only adding my comments as you are looking around for airfares. I recommend you don't be concerned about whether it's the second or the third week, just take the dates and deal that suit you best

Best wishes
Thank you.
Hi Dennis

From your reply, I can't tell if you picked up on the humour (sarcasm?) of the reply from @Tincatinker If you did, yours was a perfect response. And, in any case, a gracious one.

Lots of people on the forum ask questions which seem a bit obvious to others and/or are not possible to answer. But I'll give it a try. I can't think of any reason for you to favour or compare the second week of September over the third. September is a popular time on the most travelled routes. There will be pilgrims in both weeks. Albergues and cafes will be open. People often ask about weather on the forum - but it's impossible to predict the weather in September 2024, let alone the second vs third week. September is popular for a reason, and one of those is the weather - usually neither too hot nor too cold, nor too wet. But who knows.

Also, you can find plenty of information on the forum about the route you want to walk. Spend some time browsing and using the search function.

I'm only adding my comments as you are looking around for airfares. I recommend you don't be concerned about whether it's the second or the third week, just take the dates and deal that suit you best

Best wishes
I may have slightly picked up what @Tincatinker may have meant 😀.

Thank you for your response. Have a fantastic day!
 

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