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Crowds in August?

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AJ

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We have had threads concerning crowds and difficulties with accommodation on the Camino Frances in August; does anyone have experience of the Camino del Norte in August? Are there enough Albergue beds for everyone?

Thanks
 
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mdefrayne

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Howdy,

Look through the posts on here. I have no experience with August, but I have never read anything good about that time of year. I'm planning on mid-June to mid-July, hopefully missing a lot of the pressure for beds.

One indicator is to look at the rates for hotels along the coast. Notice the dates they use as High Season (Alto), mostly mid-July through August.

Suerte,
Mark
 

peregrina2000

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Hi, AJ,

I left from Irun in early May so I can't comment on August either. But I will say that even if the Camino itself isn't crowded in August, remember that you're walking through prime vacation land during the month when every Spaniard who possibly can goes on vacation. That means if there's no albergue or if one is full, you're going to have to deal with overcrowded and expensive private accommodation. We stayed in a lot of non-albergue accommodations on the Norte, more than on other Caminos, but I do know people who managed to plan their stages better and stay only (or almost only) in albergues. I just don't know what the numbers are like in August, but in May-June there was no problem. The other thing is that a lot of the "albergues" on the Norte are actually youth hostels and likely to be filled with groups of young hikers, etc. I'm sure you will find places to stay, but it might be more of a hassle than you would expect on a "lesser traveled" Camino.

Just my two cents -- Laurie
 

Javier Martin

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AJ said:
We have had threads concerning crowds and difficulties with accommodation on the Camino Frances in August; does anyone have experience of the Camino del Norte in August? Are there enough Albergue beds for everyone?

Thanks

Last year there were no problem. I was walking some etapas and it only seemed to be a bit crowded the first day in Irun. But this is an albergue quite small.

Buen Camino,

Javier Martin
Madrid, Spain.
 

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