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Norte sept-oct 2021?

Maxcheese

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Camino Frances autumn 2019 or spring 2020
Hi guys!

I'm looking to go back on the Camino this autumn, having walked already the Frances in 2019. I'd like to vary thing a bit and try a new way, so I was thinking about the Norte. I have all of September and October, but I was wondering if it's doable, considering Covid restrictions and albergues closure for the autumn season and such.

I'd be willing to try another camino, Norte is not mandatory, but I feel that walking the Frances again would take some 'magic' out of the experience.

Anybody walking the Norte at the same time?
 
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I am like minded with the Norte and the time frame but will not bother if testing is required in either direction during air travel. Alternatively I will travel in the U.S. until all of that is settled. Fingers crossed for Sep/Oct though.
 

trecile

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I'd be willing to try another camino, Norte is not mandatory, but I feel that walking the Frances again would take some 'magic' of the experience.
I think that September - October might be an ideal time for the Norte, especially since it's past the summer holidays when the Northern coast is so popular with tourists. You will likely find quite a few other pilgrims walking at that time. However, I don't know when albergues start closing for the season, so you should probably budget for some private accommodations. In fact on the Norte a larger daily budget is probably a good idea most any time of the year, since the pilgrim infrastructure isn't as robust as on the Francés.
That said, a repeat Camino Frances can be just as "magical" as your first, provided that you don't try to recreate your first experience. Make it its own unique experience by spending more time in towns that you just walked through the first time. And of course you will meet a whole new group of pilgrims. That's where I find much of the magic.
 

SisterEmily

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2021
Hi guys!

I'm looking to go back on the Camino this autumn, having walked already the Frances in 2019. I'd like to vary thing a bit and try a new way, so I was thinking about the Norte. I have all of September and October, but I was wondering if it's doable, considering Covid restrictions and albergues closure for the autumn season and such.

I'd be willing to try another camino, Norte is not mandatory, but I feel that walking the Frances again would take some 'magic' out of the experience.

Anybody walking the Norte at the same time?
My niece and I are walking from San Sebastian Starting Oct 1st we're planning on switching over to the Primitivo though. We're hoping to arrive in Santiago on Nov 1st.
 

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I agree with @trecile that the Norte in autumn sounds like a very good choice. When I walked it in springtime, it was very nice to have a huge array of accommodation options other than albergues — touristic apartments, small hotels, etc — all waiting for the tourist crowds to arrive, but willing to cut prices quite drastically for peregrinos. I’m assuming that the same rationale will hold true in a fall Norte. The tourists will be gone, and many of the owners who have survived covid will likely continue to keep their places open during the fall. If you’re committed to an albergue-only camino, though, I think that the situation could be a bit more tricky.
 
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2019
Early September through mid October is an ideal time to walk the del Norte. I finished the second half of my second del Norte in late October into early November and concluded that was a little late. Lots of wind and rain and some very cool days. And few fellow Peregrinos. But enough, of course, to make new Amigos del Camino for life.
 

DonnaM

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2021
Hi guys!

I'm looking to go back on the Camino this autumn, having walked already the Frances in 2019. I'd like to vary thing a bit and try a new way, so I was thinking about the Norte. I have all of September and October, but I was wondering if it's doable, considering Covid restrictions and albergues closure for the autumn season and such.

I'd be willing to try another camino, Norte is not mandatory, but I feel that walking the Frances again would take some 'magic' out of the experience.

Anybody walking the Norte at the same time?
I've got the Norte and Primitivo planned for September/October, from my planning there are a lot of places open and it (fingers tightly crossed) can only get better right! :)
 
Year of past OR future Camino
2019
Hi guys!

I'm looking to go back on the Camino this autumn, having walked already the Frances in 2019. I'd like to vary thing a bit and try a new way, so I was thinking about the Norte. I have all of September and October, but I was wondering if it's doable, considering Covid restrictions and albergues closure for the autumn season and such.

I'd be willing to try another camino, Norte is not mandatory, but I feel that walking the Frances again would take some 'magic' out of the experience.

Anybody walking the Norte at the same time?
I am hoping to walk Primitivo in October but I am exploring taking the ferry from Plymouth here in England to Santander on del Norte then walking from there to Villaviciosa/Sebrayo and cutting across to Oviedo to pick up the The Primitivo. This works out at about 500k give or take. I have no time pressures so may decide to start mid September. I will just see how it goes.
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My current hope/plan is to begin walking from Irun on September 7, 2021. I have a little over three weeks before I need to get back to the U.S. I'll see how far I get (hopefully to Oviedo) and, provided the universe, my health and the various powers-that-be are agreeable, I'll walk the Primitivo in May, 2022.

Until this latest variant appeared, I was concerned the Norte would be crowded in September. At this point, it's hard to tell what may happen or what restrictions might be in place by then.

Here's hoping for the best.
 

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