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How busy will it be in April 2023?

ChrisG1

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Planning on doing the Camino from SJPDP commencing mid April next year. Is there still a risk that hostels will be full so early in the season? Should we still consider making reservations? I heard that in 2022 many people were undertaking the camino.
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Rather difficult to predict although it’s difficult to see the post covid / holy year numbers being maintained.

Easter’s in early April next year which in normal years would see significant numbers especially from Sarria; which may subside by the time you get there.

Book from St Jean to Pamplona certainly; but personally I’d just go with the flow thereafter.
 
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Yes, when I went in mid-April, 2017, I booked first two nights (Orrison and Roncesvalles). Thereafter, a combination of "winging" it and calling ahead to secure a room when Pilgrim traffic (in my mind) warranted. I was going to go in 2022, but figured there would be more folks walking because it was a double holy year. So, I am currently thinking April of 2023. And doing it at the same relaxed pace.
 

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Planning on doing the Camino from SJPDP commencing mid April next year. Is there still a risk that hostels will be full so early in the season? Should we still consider making reservations? I heard that in 2022 many people were undertaking the camino.
Thanks
Hi Chris I walk in 2018 and left on 9th April from St Jean. I never booked ahead for any stage. I had no problem with finding a bed. In general I walk anywhere between 7kn and 38kms a day. I did not walk the recommend stages and found this a great advantage. This year I walked the via de la plata, starting after Easter and it was busy for the first week. However again no problem and this year was an extended holy year. Hope this helps Buen Camino
 
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I heard that in 2022 many people were undertaking the camino
From St. Jean this year less people have started so far than in 2019 and 2019 represented a drop on 2018 figures.

I think comments that you may have heard about this year's numbers might have been from first time walkers who didn't have a background of how the numbers ebb at different locations and times of the year.

Certainly there has been a big jump in numbers from Sarria this year but the opposite from St. Jean.

You will be fine leaving St. Jean in April.
 

Rhysmike

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From St. Jean this year less people have started so far than in 2019 and 2019 represented a drop on 2018 figures.

I think comments that you may have heard about this year's numbers might have been from first time walkers who didn't have a background of how the numbers ebb at different locations and times of the year.

Certainly there has been a big jump in numbers from Sarria this year but the opposite from St. Jean.

You will be fine leaving St. Jean in April.
Agree. We walked in May this year from Saint Jean and found that whilst most bookable double rooms had been reserved there were noticeably fewer people on the trail compared to the last time we walked in 2019.
 

Gavala

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Frances April 2023
As this thread is regarding the Frances during April and some of you have done this, how much of this route could be achieved in trekking sandals during mid April-May?
 

Gavala

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All of it; as many on here will confirm; although it’s far from my preference.
Very much appreciated. I'm one of the last to go from shorts to trousers so don't feel the cold as much as most, and was hoping to maximise backpack space by not taking trekking shoes. April 2023.
 
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Anamiri

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As this thread is regarding the Frances during April and some of you have done this, how much of this route could be achieved in trekking sandals during mid April-May?
Well I plan to walk it in April May next year, and I will most certainly be wearing sandals. And with true pilgrim fashion sense, I'll be wearing them with socks.
No fashion police on the Camino.
 

Gavala

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Frances April 2023
I was thinking similar. Rather than shoes some decent socks for if the average temps dip down. Its relief to hear sandals are good to go.
 

Gavala

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Frances April 2023
It is certainly doable although keep in mind that I encountered snow on the Pyrenees in May and Spring can be very wet!
Much appreciated. I guessed it can fluctuate. As an example, the average April temperature for SJDP is 16C yet this year was 26C on the 12th April. That said, I may break in some shoes for the first leg just in case and if there's no need donate them.
 
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Consider one pair of waterproof socks in your sandals. I walked Burgos to Astorga this April and saw cold rain and resultant mud. Faster pilgrims who passed me said they had walked through snow. As I approached Astorga April 23 all the hills around were white. Buen Camino
 
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As this thread is regarding the Frances during April and some of you have done this, how much of this route could be achieved in trekking sandals during mid April-May?
As others have suggested the route is entirely achievable in sandals and, you have the comfort of the thought that the melting snow will help to wash away the mud ;)

Me, I'll continue to wear a well broken-in leather boot with enough grip in the sole to cope with ice, slush, mud, wet rock & dust. I prefer not to worry about where I'm putting my feet. My eye is on-the-prize, not the next two yards in front of me.
 

Gavala

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Frances April 2023
My eye is on-the-prize, not the next two yards in front of me.
Which confirms the notion that each persons camino is personal.
For myself each day, hour, minute and step will be my reward.
And that end bit. I'll leave that alone to a surprize.
 

Stephan the Painter

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Frances 2022
Planning on doing the Camino from SJPDP commencing mid April next year. Is there still a risk that hostels will be full so early in the season? Should we still consider making reservations? I heard that in 2022 many people were undertaking the camino.
Thanks
I did the Camino starting from Pamplona in early April 2022. Actually many albergue's were still closed. After Easter there were more albergues open.
There were very few people on the Camino France when I started, and it increased a little bit as I got closer to santiago. It didn’t get really crowded until Sarria.


As this thread is regarding the Frances during April and some of you have done this, how much of this route could be achieved in trekking sandals during mid April-May?
When I did it in April 2022 it was actually not very wet. Maybe two days where it rained torrentially, but otherwise dry. But I think every year is different.

There was however a snowstorm in the Pyrenees on April 5 and sixth. So the route from SJPP to Pamplona was quite messy. I decided to start from Pamplona, because I started on April 6. It wouldn’t of been appropriate for sandals.
 
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