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Ideal Time of Year for Camino de Norte

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Camino(s) past & future
2017 - Camino Frances
2019 - Camino Portugues
I plan to walk the Camino de Norte in 2020 and would appreciate any insights regarding the best time of year for this route. My wife and walked the St. James route beginning late April 2017 and enjoyed the spring like walk. I initially thought the same timing for the Camino Norte, but wonder if it would be colder and if it would be advisable to start a bit later. Any experience of fellow peligrinos would be appracited.

My wife and I leave in 5 weeks to walk the Camino Portuguese from Lisbon and then continue to Finisterre after Santiago . . . we can't wait.

Thanks everyone. Michael
 

Dan T

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning on walking Camino del Norte early 2020
I'm also looking to walk the Norte sometime in April - May 2020, would love to hear some feedback. I'm not fussed if it's a little cooler or wetter.
 

Rick M

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
April ('16,'18, '19, '20)
Not colder than the Frances.......warmer. The Norte rarely ventures above 500 m in altitude until you start getting close to Santiago. Most nights are spent at sea level.......next to the ocean. By contrast, on the Frances, you are bedding down at 800 m most nights. As a result, the Norte will be several degrees warmer than the Frances on the same day. It can also be wetter, since its right next to the ocean and backed by mountains. I went in April, and the weather was very nice except for the odd raindrop. My April trips on the Frances all had one or two mornings with frost on the meseta. Most mornings on the Norte that same time of year were 8-10 C.

Buen Camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
Geneva to Irun then Norte to SDC 2015, Piemont Pyreneen 2018
I arrived Irun on the 15th of June and left on the 17th. Warm and sunny when I left but within a couple of hours it began to rain and did so on and off for the next two weeks! But it was warm. I had left Geneva at the end of April and chose the Norte as I recconned there would always be a wind coming off the ocean and it would be cooler than trying to walk the Frances especially at that time of the year.
One day in early July I met a fellow peregrino who had a friend walking the Frances and that friend phoned to ask about the weather as it was in the high 30's where he was and where we were it was in the low 20's.
Soooo... I don't really know what the best time of the year would be but I do know I would like to return and walk at least as far as Bilbao once more just to see what I missed during all the rain.
buen camino
 

André Walker

Never loosing my way: always standing on it
Camino(s) past & future
Holland-St.Jean, Frances, Del Norte, VdlP.
Of course weather conditions will vary from year to year, but in general the Camino del Norte has a oceanic and mountain climate. The Frances has a continental climate (until you reach Galicia, which also has a oceanic and mountain climate.

This means that on the Frances winters are colder and summers are warmer than on the Camino del Norte. The Del Norte is also wetter. This is of course genereally speaking. Weather conditions can vary from year to year. When I walked the Del Norte in 2016 in May, I had nice temperatures and almost no rain, while on the Frances it rained each day for two weeks.

The weather is unpredictable. There are no guarantees. Once in a Spanish bar early one morning I asked the man behind the bar what the weather would be like. He bowed his head a bit, looked outside the window and replied: "Something like this".

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nickpellatt

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Camino(s) past & future
French 2015 Portuguese 2018 Norte May 2019 Finesterre and Muxia April 2019
I walked it this year, 50 days starting on May 1st. I'd say it was an ideal time. Weather was generally favourable and not too hot .... I did have rain of course, perhaps 5 days ... on those days I just walked less. Pre-Summer (and maybe post-summer) isnt the busiest time for pilgrims, but is busy enough for the majority of albergues to be open ... some are seasonal.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Caminos Madrid, Frances and Finisterre (2015)
Camino Norte-2017; Camino Ingles from A Coruna - 2017
I walked in 2017 from mid-May to end of June. The weather was generally quite good -only 4-5 days with rain but not a huge amount. Temperatures pleasant.

It was also before the "in-season" at the coast so finding accommodation was not an issue and higher summer rates were not in effect.

Buen Camino whatever you decide.
 

Walking Lover

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CdS from Leon to Santiago, June 16, 2016 to June 30, 2016.
I plan to walk the Camino de Norte in 2020 and would appreciate any insights regarding the best time of year for this route. My wife and walked the St. James route beginning late April 2017 and enjoyed the spring like walk. I initially thought the same timing for the Camino Norte, but wonder if it would be colder and if it would be advisable to start a bit later. Any experience of fellow peligrinos would be appracited.

My wife and I leave in 5 weeks to walk the Camino Portuguese from Lisbon and then continue to Finisterre after Santiago . . . we can't wait.

Thanks everyone. Michael
My
I walked in 2017 from mid-May to end of June. The weather was generally quite good -only 4-5 days with rain but not a huge amount. Temperatures pleasant.

It was also before the "in-season" at the coast so finding accommodation was not an issue and higher summer rates were not in effect.

Buen Camino whatever you decide.
My husband began in May 22. He found it cold, wet, and muddy; however, there were some fair days.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2017 - Camino Frances
2019 - Camino Portugues
I arrived Irun on the 15th of June and left on the 17th. Warm and sunny when I left but within a couple of hours it began to rain and did so on and off for the next two weeks! But it was warm. I had left Geneva at the end of April and chose the Norte as I recconned there would always be a wind coming off the ocean and it would be cooler than trying to walk the Frances especially at that time of the year.
One day in early July I met a fellow peregrino who had a friend walking the Frances and that friend phoned to ask about the weather as it was in the high 30's where he was and where we were it was in the low 20's.
Soooo... I don't really know what the best time of the year would be but I do know I would like to return and walk at least as far as Bilbao once more just to see what I missed during all the rain.
buen camino
Very helpful. Thank you.
 

Cealli84

Connie
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de
Norte (2018) Leaving San Sebastián May 29.
I plan to walk the Camino de Norte in 2020 and would appreciate any insights regarding the best time of year for this route. My wife and walked the St. James route beginning late April 2017 and enjoyed the spring like walk. I initially thought the same timing for the Camino Norte, but wonder if it would be colder and if it would be advisable to start a bit later. Any experience of fellow peligrinos would be appracited.

My wife and I leave in 5 weeks to walk the Camino Portuguese from Lisbon and then continue to Finisterre after Santiago . . . we can't wait.

Thanks everyone. Michael
My daughter and I walked the Norte last spring from start to finish beginning on Memorial Day (end of May) and finished around July 4th. There were only a couple of days of rain. The weather was perfect. YOU. WILL. LOVE. IT!! BUEN CAMINO❤
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
I did it in July last
My daughter and I walked the Norte last spring from start to finish beginning on Memorial Day (end of May) and finished around July 4th. There were only a couple of days of rain. The weather was perfect. YOU. WILL. LOVE. IT!! BUEN CAMINO❤
I started on July 4th last year, and so did the rain. 😂 I'm not saying that it rained all the time, but apparently it was a wetter than usual July. I'm going to try my luck with September next time for the Norte.
 

Luka

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pelgrimspad I, Via Monastica, Via Podiensis, Via de la Plata, Camino Francés, Camino del Norte...
The weather on the northern coast? Unpredictable. And changing all the time. I live in Asturias and heard a saying here: if you don't like the weather, wait for 15 minutes.

What @Rick M says is true though. The nights and mornings will (most likely) be warmer in spring on the Norte than on the Francés. Generally speaking (no guarantee whatsoever) the weather is a bit more stable and sunnier in autumn than in spring.

I did it in July last

I started on July 4th last year, and so did the rain. 😂 I'm not saying that it rained all the time, but apparently it was a wetter than usual July. I'm going to try my luck with September next time for the Norte.
That was a miserable summer month indeed. To compare: July 2018 had 123 hours of sunshine and (extremely warm and sunny) February 2019 had 203 hours of sunshine. With much less daylight. So unpredictable.
 

Lirsy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo, Norte, Francés, Volunteer Hospitalero.
I would say that the best start dates could be between the end of April and the beginning of July. That means that you will arrive to Santiago between the end of May and the beginning of August. Not too hot, not too cold, a lot of day light ... In the Norte, be always prepared for some rainy days (except if you are VERY lucky you will find some rain).
 

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