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First Camino - Crazy to start July/August 2010???

LTfit

Veteran Member
Just discovered this site - wow, lot's of information so thanks!

The more I read, the more I feel called to walk this summer but my problem is that I have max 3 weeks vacation and need to take it in July or August. Would be lovely to reach SdC but realize that this is unrealistic.

Question: Who has walked during this period (understand it will be even busier given holy year) and what is your experience? If you did it over again would you choose another time period?

I have no problem with hot weather but crowds...

FYI will be looking for transportation from Amsterdam to SJPDP.

Thanks for your advice!

Ltfit
 

JohnnieWalker

Nunca se camina solo
Hi

July and August are the busiest months of the year by far. Have a look:

http://www.archicompostela.org/Peregrin ... nacion.htm

This year numbers overall and certainly in July and August are set to more than double what they were in the same months last year. So, it will be extremely busy. However that has its own excitement and local authorities along the routes are providing additional accommodation to cope.

In the time you have you could think about routes other than the Camino Frances which wil definitely be the busiest. You could for example walk the Camino Portugues from Porto + the route to Finisterre/Muxia or a large part of the one of the Northern routes.

Happy choosing!

John
 

elzi

Active Member
Hi,

I did Pamplona to Burgos in the later part of August last year and I actually thought it was pretty quiet!! Nothing compared to the crazy crowds you see in May! I think maybe the huge crowds are nearer Santiago. A lot of Spanish pilgrims walk in July/August but many Spanish only walk the last 100km or so. I passed through Galicia once a couple of days before 25th July and the crowds walking were crazy! I would advise if you had to walk then to try the last weeks of August rather than earlier on.
It's very hot walking in July/August but that is a different discussion (fine for sleeping outdoors though).
How far you get and where you start is dependent on you, if you want to reach Santiago badly in one trip start further down the route. It's true when things are really busy the camino brings different challenges but if bed racing is not your thing then you could always walk one of the quieter routes or take a tent.

Who knows what effect Holy Year will have..?!

Buen Camino :D
 

vinotinto

Active Member
LTfit said:
Question: Who has walked during this period (understand it will be even busier given holy year) and what is your experience?

In 2007 I started in SJPP on 14 July, and on 24 August I entered Santiago. I enjoyed it, since I'd rather walk in the heat vs. the cold. However, I think that year was cooler than normal, especially on the Meseta (had rain/fog/wind during the beginning and ending portions). It also got quite crowded during the last 100K or so.

I met a lot of neat people throughout my trek, so I'm glad I did it during a peak period. However, some of us who started in SJPP or thereabouts were a bit distressed at how the character of the Camino seemed to change towards the last 100K. There are lots of tourist types and so forth, and they altered the atmosphere a bit - like it was more of a vacation or a lark than a vision quest, I suppose... :|

VT
 

LTfit

Veteran Member
Hi VinoTinto, Elzi and John,
Thanks for you responses. It looks like I'll be going to walk the camino in July. Still need to finalize dates but probably will start in SJPP 2nd week of July. Won't get to Santiago which is probably good given the crowds...
Now need to start to investigate travel to SJPP from Amsterdam.
Cheers,
LTfit
 

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