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2019 Camino Guides

March or April - Seville to Mérida

Camino(s) past & future
started in 2012, hooked ever since.
#1
When planning to walk part of the VdlP this year, I was aware of many comments about how hot it can be starting In Seville in Sept/Oct. So I walked from Mérida to Zamora just returning on the 8th October. Strange thing was this year, it was hotter in Mérida than in Seville on my start date of 18th Sept! Now I am thinking of going back to walk the first part Seville to Mérida in March or April and although I know there will never be any guarantees regarding weather these days, I just wanted to know from those who have walked this part, if March is a recommended month for walking or is April better?
 
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Some, and with luck, some more.
#2
When planning to walk part of the VdlP this year, I was aware of many comments about how hot it can be starting In Seville in Sept/Oct. So I walked from Mérida to Zamora just returning on the 8th October. Strange thing was this year, it was hotter in Mérida than in Seville on my start date of 18th Sept! Now I am thinking of going back to walk the first part Seville to Mérida in March or April and although I know there will never be any guarantees regarding weather these days, I just wanted to know from those who have walked this part, if March is a recommended month for walking or is April better?
This morning I was thinking the same thing about the same time period. The only difference being I'm thinking Sevilla to Salamamca.

I'm leaning towards mid- April after reading the blogs by other people.

Hope you don't mind if I piggy-back your post and watch what replies you get?

Buen (getting the time right) Camino
 

george.g

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
French way 10, 11
Norte 12
Vdlp 13
Levante 14
Mozarabe/Malaga 15
Augusta 16
Mozarabe/Almeria 17
#4
Hi.
Easter 2019 falls on the 21st of April, you should factor that into your plans re accommodation, it might be advisable to book in advance where you can, also Seville spring fair starts on the 4th of May, we went this year before starting the VdeLP an experience not to be missed.
Regards
George
 
Camino(s) past & future
started in 2012, hooked ever since.
#5
Thanks George, I was thinking about that as Semana Santa is 14th to 21st April in 2019. I have never walked in Spain in the Spring or around Easter. I was initially thinking about the weather.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Some, and with luck, some more.
#6
Hi.
Easter 2019 falls on the 21st of April, you should factor that into your plans re accommodation, it might be advisable to book in advance where you can, also Seville spring fair starts on the 4th of May, we went this year before starting the VdeLP an experience not to be missed.
Regards
George
Good points George,
Thank you so much for telling us.
 

omar504

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,2017,2018
#7
My first camino was the vdlp in 2006 and i left sevilla mid may. The weather was good with only one rainy afternoon in galicia. Since then ive walked in every month from may to october and was never troubled by the heat but there again i prefer to crowds and i hate the cold so pick times when others are less likely to be walking.I'd say mid april would be better than march...if you leave in march you'll be in galicia when it could still be cold and wet.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April/May 2017. Via de la Plata/Sanabres April/May 2018.
#8
I walked the Via this year starting out of Seville in early April. The weather was very comfortable.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
#11
Easter is supposed to be fabulous in Seville, but you might want to book your accommodation now, if you want to stay for a couple of days at the start. I have passed through several towns (including Salamanca, but not Seville) during Easter week and it is a great experience.
 
Camino(s) past & future
started in 2012, hooked ever since.
#12
Thanks @C clearly I love Seville, having just spent a day there this year on the way to Mérida, so yes as you say it must be amazing at Easter. Did you find the walk out of the city to the Camino easy enough?
 

george.g

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
French way 10, 11
Norte 12
Vdlp 13
Levante 14
Mozarabe/Malaga 15
Augusta 16
Mozarabe/Almeria 17
#13
Hi we found the route easy enough, from Triana backpackers, through Camas to Santiponce, mostly on the road, you have to be vigilant the arrows are on street furniture or on the pavement and can tend to disappear into the background. You will find lots of reference to people being robbed on the way out of Seville, I’m fairly sure that was a few years ago, but in April you will find any number of pilgrims starting their Camino so company should be easy to find.
George
 
#16
Now I am thinking of going back to walk the first part Seville to Mérida in March or April and although I know there will never be any guarantees regarding weather these days, I just wanted to know from those who have walked this part, if March is a recommended month for walking or is April better?
Hi, lainey
I’ve started twice from Sevilla, once in mid April and once in early May. My May start had colder weather, go figure. In fact, I found I was wearing my lambswool gloves till ten or eleven most mornings for the first few weeks.

I have never started any camino with a southern starting point before mid April. And the weather has always been just what I had been hoping for — little rain, no temps too high, and lots of wildflowers. I’ve started in Valencia in early May, Almería in mid April, Delta del Ebro in mid May, Madrid in early May. My reason has been trying to outsmart the rain. This year a start before mid April anywhere in southern Spain (or maybe almost anywhere in Spain for that matter) would have brought with it endless days of continuous rain. The amigos in Almería told us that the rain in Almería had essentially stopped the day we arrived (April 13), but that is probably a bit of exaggeration. I did hear of many pilgrims who left the camino in March and early April because of non-stop hard rain, but my impressions are general and I can’t tell you if one camino or another got more rain.

Having said all that, of course, you can never tell about the weather these days!
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2015) Frances
(2018) Portuguese
(2019) VdP Seville to Salamanca
(2020) VdP Salamanca to Santiago
#17
I'm walking from Seville to Salamanca April (just before Easter to mid-May), and the accomodations are already filling up for Easter week in Seville. Not too tight as yet but starting there.
 
Camino(s) past & future
started in 2012, hooked ever since.
#18
Thanks so much for that @peregrina2000 ! You and the other comments have made up my mind that I shall walk in April, in fact I shall walk part of the route during Semana Santa (Easter week) with a treat of spending Good Friday in Seville, whatever the weather it is bound to be a fantastic experience. Also I have never walked a camino in Spring as I always walk in September, so again a new treat in store!
Thanks for all the suggestions.
 
Camino(s) past & future
started in 2012, hooked ever since.
#19
I'm walking from Seville to Salamanca April (just before Easter to mid-May), and the accomodations are already filling up for Easter week in Seville. Not too tight as yet but starting there.
Yes, John that´s what I am finding and also the prices in Seville are very high, but there are several hostels which still seem reasonable.
 
Camino(s) past & future
started in 2012, hooked ever since.
#21
@peregrina2000 you were kind enough to send me last year, your stages of the VdlP and you mentioned that in Monesterío, the village priest was in the process of converting his home into an Albergue, do you know the name of this as I assume it is up and running now?
 
#22
@peregrina2000 you were kind enough to send me last year, your stages of the VdlP and you mentioned that in Monesterío, the village priest was in the process of converting his home into an Albergue, do you know the name of this as I assume it is up and running now?
Yes, it is the parochial Albergue. The town won’t let the priest advertise, I’ve been told, so it’s kind of a secret. There is a Canadian pilgrims group that supports this Albergue with an annual donation. @karenhypes is a member of the group I believe. It’s this one: https://www.gronze.com/extremadura/badajoz/monesterio/albergue-parroquial-monesterio
 

george.g

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French way 10, 11
Norte 12
Vdlp 13
Levante 14
Mozarabe/Malaga 15
Augusta 16
Mozarabe/Almeria 17
#23
Hi Laurie.
Would that be the Albergue that is the upstairs apartment at about number 218 Paseo de Extramadura which is the main through road, if it is I’ve stayed there a couple of times, very well kept Albergue, all facilities, super clean, one of the very best, and If you haven’t been, a visit to the Museo de Jamon is a must!
George
 
Camino(s) past & future
VdLP-Sanabres-Fisterra (Summer 2015); Future? Levante-VDLP-Invierno (Feb/Mar 2019);
#24
The Monesterio refugio is fantastic and has everything a pilgrim could need. Very well thought out and definitely worth supporting.
 

MileHighPair

Active Member
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2012, 2014: Cam. Frances
2015: Chimayo, USA.
2016, 2017: VdlP
2018: Madrid and Ourense
#25
Started March 1 from Seville in 2017. It was absolutely perfect weather for most days. From what I read this March was quite wet. So it is hard to say for certain. Buen Camino!
 
#26
Hi Laurie.
Would that be the Albergue that is the upstairs apartment at about number 218 Paseo de Extramadura which is the main through road, if it is I’ve stayed there a couple of times, very well kept Albergue, all facilities, super clean, one of the very best, and If you haven’t been, a visit to the Museo de Jamon is a must!
George
That’s the address that Gronze gives. When I was in Monesterio there were no albergues, but the priest told me he was going to open one in his home. He has walked some Caminos and is a lovely man.
 
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VdlP April/May 2018
#27
Just chiming in with another vote for an April start. I did the whole VdlP this spring, starting in mid-April, and know that the rains wreaked havoc for many who started in March. This year may have been worse than usual for the rains, but it typically is wetter in March regardless. Buen camino!
 

notion900

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
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#29
I have been in Sevilla for Feria and Semana Santa. Semana Santa is spectacular. There is a website with details of all the processions. Feria I felt was also spectacular but I didn't really feel part of it - most of the casetas in Sevilla are private (unlike Cordoba or Malaga ferias for example), and you feel a bit of a flaneur, walking about watching people dance in pretty dresses in tents. The few public casetas didn't look half as much fun to me. I have been to other fairs like the Romeria in Fuente de Cantos where it was much less spectacular and vast but much more welcoming. Both times I stayed at Triana backpackers, I was able to get a bed but they put the price up.
 
Camino(s) past & future
started in 2012, hooked ever since.
#30
Thanks for that. I am looking forward to being in Seville again, it's such a beautiful city. I love how the Spanish celebrate, even just Sunday lunch!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014), Camino Mozarabe, Via de la Plata, Sanabres (2016)
#31
Also started the vdlp in mid-April this year. As an alternative to Albergue or Hostel/Hotel lodging in Seville, you might consider VRBO, or Airbnb. When I need a couple of extra days, or more, to adjust to local time zone, ir touring, that choice works for me. Cost per night can be very competitive, and usually comfortable apartment amenities. Beware of price per night bumps during Farie de Sevilla & Easter week. I concur, Spring weather in southern Spain this year was spectacular, no rain until Galicia. Buen Camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
started in 2012, hooked ever since.
#32
Thank you for that Greg. I have heard of air b&b. Actually one of the places in Castilblanco only uses Airb&b as a booking method - lovely place recommended by @peregrina2000 . Never heard of VRBO, but thanks for that suggestion. But you and a couple of others are so right, I think it may be necessary to book accommodation over Easter and certainly the prices jump a bit especially in Sevilla, but that's okay because it's a special holiday time of year. I am so looking forward to walking a bit of Spain in Spring and hopefully having time to explore Sevilla a bit more.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014), Camino Mozarabe, Via de la Plata, Sanabres (2016)
#33
Thank you for that Greg. I have heard of air b&b. Actually one of the places in Castilblanco only uses Airb&b as a booking method - lovely place recommended by @peregrina2000 . Never heard of VRBO, but thanks for that suggestion. But you and a couple of others are so right, I think it may be necessary to book accommodation over Easter and certainly the prices jump a bit especially in Sevilla, but that's okay because it's a special holiday time of year. I am so looking forward to walking a bit of Spain in Spring and hopefully having time to explore Sevilla a bit more.
Vacation Rental By Owner(VRBO) provides the same services, and functions similarly as Airbnb.
 

mmm042

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
VDLP 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
#34
I have started in March and the weather was fine. But, as others have noted, nothing is guaranteed, especially these days!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Via de la Plata (2019)
#35
Hi.
Easter 2019 falls on the 21st of April, you should factor that into your plans re accommodation, it might be advisable to book in advance where you can, also Seville spring fair starts on the 4th of May, we went this year before starting the VdeLP an experience not to be missed.
Regards
George
Hi, My first entry on this forum and VDLP will be my first camino. I am booked in Seviile April 1st and 2nd 2019, beginning my camino the the 3rd. It will be Good Friday when I predict I will be somewhere around Embalse de Alcantra and then Easter Sunday perhaps in Galisteo. Are the albergues typically open on these holidays?
Oh and are there others out there thinking of starting around the same time? I know so many folks that encountered very few other pilgrims on this route. I am avoiding the busyness of CF but I do not wish to be completely alone either. Thanks.
 
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Frances (May/June 2015)
Planning VdlP (April/May 2019)
#36
Hi, My first entry on this forum and VDLP will be my first camino. I am booked in Seviile April 1st and 2nd 2019, beginning my camino the the 3rd. It will be Good Friday when I predict I will be somewhere around Embalse de Alcantra and then Easter Sunday perhaps in Galisteo. Are the albergues typically open on these holidays?
Oh and are there others out there thinking of starting around the same time? I know so many folks that encountered very few other pilgrims on this route. I am avoiding the busyness of CF but I do not wish to be completely alone either. Thanks.
Hi there
There will be 3 Canadians 1 day ahead of you. We will start on April 2nd. We plan to walk short distances. We night bump in each other then. :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
started in 2012, hooked ever since.
#37
Hi, My first entry on this forum and VDLP will be my first camino. I am booked in Seviile April 1st and 2nd 2019, beginning my camino the the 3rd. It will be Good Friday when I predict I will be somewhere around Embalse de Alcantra and then Easter Sunday perhaps in Galisteo. Are the albergues typically open on these holidays?
Oh and are there others out there thinking of starting around the same time? I know so many folks that encountered very few other pilgrims on this route. I am avoiding the busyness of CF but I do not wish to be completely alone either. Thanks.
HI there, welcome to the forum! I cannot be sure but from what I read and hear about walking in April on the VdlP, I don't think you will be alone. I start a week after you and am only walking to Mérida. Buen Camino.
 

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