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Planning Camino Norte mid March 2023

Elvis

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Planning on hiking Camino Norte in mid March 2023. Please advise on places to stay and general info. on hiking at that time of year. Hiked The Frances in early April 2022.
 
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Dennis Pack

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Camino de Santiago Norte 2018
I started my camino in late May 2018 and experienced a significant amount of rain, fog, and cool, cloudy days ... and a number of albergues were just opening for the season.
 

Robi Diaz De Vivar

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Walked San Sebastian to Bilbao in mid-March and it was grim. As a less travelled Camino the route maintenance seems to be non-existent and it was a sea of mud. On a number of downhill sections I was reduced to scrambling down on all-fours. Accommodation was straightforward. Hostel in San Sebastian (pricey) Zarautz hostal, cheap and handy for cheap meals, Municipal hostal in Debo- in an old station building, great but no obvious clothes and boot drying areas. In Markina we stayed in one of the best run places that I have found - Hostal Intxauspe. Very comfortable and very well priced communal evening meal - no stinting on the wine there. Guernika saw us in the Youth Hostal. An experience never to be repeated. I do not know if it has improved but it was badly run - rude staff - and completely filthy. It is difficult to find other budget accommodation there but YH absolutely the last resort. Buen Camino.
 

LTfit

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I've walked the Norte in June, July and October and had cloudy and rain in June, little in July and October.

Personally I would not walk this route in March. I live close to the coast in The Netherlands and our weather is often the same as the Northern coast of Spain. March could be quite rainy and cold, not my idea of fun.

I don't know when Easter falls next year, but many albergues don't open till after that or sometime in April.
 

Sanman

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Via Pondiensa, Francis, Portugal, West Highland W,
Hi Elvis - i posted a similar question earlier this year. We were wondering late April or May 2023, as expected answers were diverse, general consensus was later is better. We are walking to Muxia so we plan to start late April, we are not good in the heat and so we feel this will be a good date for us! Buen Chemin!
 
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Elvis

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Camino Frances 2022
Hi Elvis - i posted a similar question earlier this year. We were wondering late April or May 2023, as expected answers were diverse, general consensus was later is better. We are walking to Muxia so we plan to start late April, we are not good in the heat and so we feel this will be a good date for us! Buen Chemin!
Hello,Sanman, I am also not good in the heat. LFfit, you are correct about Albergues opening after Easter and it can be rainy in June as well. Robi I have read your mid March experience. Dennis, yes, a rainy May. Coming from Vancouver I am used to rain. Thus far, after reading the input from The Forum I have moved to starting some time in April after Easter. Thanks to all of you for your input. All future input appreciated as well. BUEN CAMINO
 

Rick M

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I left irun in mid April 2019, and conditions were excellent. A few rainy days, but nothing to be concerned about. I think that's an ideal time to go as the tourist season has not started yet, but the weather was perfect for walking with 15 to 18 degrees most days.
 

Elvis

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Camino Frances 2022
I left irun in mid April 2019, and conditions were excellent. A few rainy days, but nothing to be concerned about. I think that's an ideal time to go as the tourist season has not started yet, but the weather was perfect for walking with 15 to 18 degrees most days.
Rick M, Mid April is what I have been moving towards during the course of the day.
 
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We started in Bayonne on March 21 this year and made it as far as Laredo on March 31. It was lovely cool and scenic. Not too many pilgrims (or tourists) that time of year. We will return same time next year and pickup where we left off. We have done all our Camino segments in mid-March to early-April as that is when my wife gets 2 weeks off from school. The weather can be anything, but we have enjoyed it all. This time we really only had 2 days with significant rain. We are from Colorado so we prefer snow (not likely on the Norte) and rain to baking heat. Buen Camino!
 
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Elvis

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Rick M, Mid April is what I have been moving towards during the course of the day.

We started in Bayonne on March 21 this year and made it as far as Laredo on March 31. It was lovely cool and scenic. Not too many pilgrims (or tourists) that time of year. We will return same time next year and pickup where we left off. We have done all our Camino segments in mid-March to early-April as that is when my wife gets 2 weeks off from school. The weather can be anything, but we have enjoyed it all. This time we really only had 2 days with significant rain. We are from Colorado so we prefer snow (not likely on the Norte) and rain to baking heat. Buen Camino!
tjz thanks for sharing. I'm happy to hear you had a great Camino. Buen Camino.
 

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