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StClairFam

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July 23
Hi all
We are looking into our best route for our Camino start of July 2023 and it looks like St James , the last 110kms looks great for our family. We will take 14 days with rest stops so our 6 year old loves it.

It seems most people say to avoid it in summer and I wanted to see if the reason is it's so hot and what temperature is expected?

Our hopes would be early walking for up to 5 hours, heaps of stops and I'm not sure if private b and B's have pools? Very much beginning research! Too hot for us would be anything above 26 Celsius first thing in morning (6am).
Thanks so much!!!
Bel
 
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It seems most people say to avoid it in summer and I wanted to see if the reason is it's so hot and what temperature is expected?
It can be hot in July for sure, but the reason why people suggest avoiding that stretch in the summer is because it is very busy, mostly with Spanish families, church and youth groups.
If you book your accommodations ahead of time you shouldn't have a problem.
 
It can be hot in July for sure, but the reason why people suggest avoiding that stretch in the summer is because it is very busy, mostly with Spanish families, church and youth groups.
If you book your accommodations ahead of time you shouldn't have a problem.
Ah yes good to know. Is there another route of no more than 150km that is less busy? 😬
 
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I checked the temperatures on 15th July in Santiago for the previous years, and got this:
2019: 25 celsius
2020: 25 celsius
2021: 29 celsius
2022: 43 celsius

So, it can get really hot around Galicia. Protect yourself and your loved ones.
The Portuguese route, from Tui to Santiago, is equally nice and equally hot, with lots of infrastructure, but tends to be less busy.
 
I checked the temperatures on 15th July in Santiago for the previous years, and got this:
2019: 25 celsius
2020: 25 celsius
2021: 29 celsius
2022: 43 celsius

So, it can get really hot around Galicia. Protect yourself and your loved ones.
The Portuguese route, from Tui to Santiago, is equally nice and equally hot, with lots of infrastructure, but tends to be less busy.
Holy smokes!!!!
 
I checked the temperatures on 15th July in Santiago for the previous years, and got this:
2019: 25 celsius
2020: 25 celsius
2021: 29 celsius
2022: 43 celsius

So, it can get really hot around Galicia. Protect yourself and your loved ones.
The Portuguese route, from Tui to Santiago, is equally nice and equally hot, with lots of infrastructure, but tends to be less busy.
Actually I'm not sure, are those temps accurate ? I don't seem to be getting those temps in my research.... maybe those temps are not average?
 
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Actually I'm not sure, are those temps accurate ? I don't seem to be getting those temps in my research.... maybe those temps are not average?

They are not average, they are the max temperatures on 15th July each year. Historical average for July is usually 15-25 celsius.

This is just to alert that it can get REALLY hot every now and then. Also, not the entire day was 43degrees, but it reached that point.
 
They are not average, they are the max temperatures on 15th July each year. Historical average for July is usually 15-25 celsius.

This is just to alert that it can get REALLY hot every now and then. Also, not the entire day was 43degrees, but it reached that point.
Ohhhh. Yes ok. That's fine. Heat spikes we can manage 😆
 
Actually I'm not sure, are those temps accurate ? I don't seem to be getting those temps in my research.... maybe those temps are not average?
From my limited experience, the heatwaves are literally that, waves. So you can get variation over time.
I arrived in Santiago in the last week of June 2017, to 43 Celsius midday. Cool and misty in the mornings, then hot and clear after.
Hot, humid, and rain every few days in Galicia.
 
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Ideal pocket guides for during & after your Camino. Each weighs only 1.4 oz (40g)!
From my limited experience, the heatwaves are literally just that, waves. So you can get variation over time.
I arrived in Santiago in the last week of June 2017, to 43 Celsius midday. Cool and misty in the mornings, then hot and clear after.
Hot, humid, and rain every few days in Galicia.
Yep, we get them in our country too. Becoming longer now though!
 
Actually I'm not sure, are those temps accurate ? I don't seem to be getting those temps in my research.... maybe those temps are not average?
Hi
I walked SJPDP to SDC in 2013 June/July. The temperature variation was between 25c and 41c. The 41c was mid-July on my penultimate day. I have also walked in April, May, September and October. I found September and October were the best months for walking for me. Hope this helps.
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Hi all
We are looking into our best route for our Camino start of July 2023 and it looks like St James , the last 110kms looks great for our family. We will take 14 days with rest stops so our 6 year old loves it.

It seems most people say to avoid it in summer and I wanted to see if the reason is it's so hot and what temperature is expected?

Our hopes would be early walking for up to 5 hours, heaps of stops and I'm not sure if private b and B's have pools? Very much beginning research! Too hot for us would be anything above 26 Celsius first thing in morning (6am).
Thanks so much!!!
Bel
Start and end early and you will be ok.
 
One note for your planning

My husband and I stayed in hotels ( ish...private rooms, ensure bathroom) the entire 114km. 6 days, typical stages (Sarria, Portomarin, Palas de Rey, Meriden, Arzua, Arenal, Santiago). In July 2021. Not Paradors...but not albergues.

Air conditioning wasn't really a feature (read: non existent) until Amenal, and by then it had cooled down a lot. And I don't remember more than one pool in the lot. We were typical tourists in southern and Central Spain for 10 days afterward, with much the same results.

Depending on your comfort levels, you may want to go for October.
 
One note for your planning

My husband and I stayed in hotels ( ish...private rooms, ensure bathroom) the entire 114km. 6 days, typical stages (Sarria, Portomarin, Palas de Rey, Meriden, Arzua, Arenal, Santiago). In July 2021. Not Paradors...but not albergues.

Air conditioning wasn't really a feature (read: non existent) until Amenal, and by then it had cooled down a lot. And I don't remember more than one pool in the lot. We were typical tourists in southern and Central Spain for 10 days afterward, with much the same results.

Depending on your comfort levels, you may want to go for October.
This is super helpful to know!
 
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Air conditioning wasn't really a feature (read: non existent) until Amenal,
In Portomarin, I stayed at Albergue PortoSantiago, it’s in town near the church. Private room, en suite bathroom, AND air con (unexpected surprise!).
And I don't remember more than one pool in the lot.
I will stay in A Brea (between Arzua and O Pedrouzo) in a few days time in Mar de Frisia, they also have a pool although I doubt it’ll be open this time of the year, the Spanish thinks it’s winter already! The last time I used a pool was in Pajares, the next 2 places with pool, the pool was closed.
 

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