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no one can tell you what the weather is like in April 23. I have almost always run in the second half of April - first half of May and have had everything, 2 weeks of rain, but also 4 weeks without a drop from above. So you should be prepared for everything. I always have a 600g light sleeping bag with me and above all, you can't rely on all hostels having (clean?) blankets ready.
It cán be nice in April but .... I was a hospitalera in the first two weeks of April this year: snow knee-high, temperatures -7 degrees C, freezing cold winds in the Pyrenees, many pilgrims arrived totally undercooled, especially those who thought walking over the mountain in non-waterresistant shoes was a good idea.
We have no blankets in Roncesvalles for hygienic reasons (washing +200 blankets every day/week is impossible) so take a sleeping bag with you, be sure your shoes are waterresistant and clothe yourselve in layers.
Hello! I walked from Lorca to Villafranca Monte de Ocas this past April and was FREEZING at night. Spoiled American here, used to heat at night! I had silk liner and lightweight down blanket and wore my long johns to bed. Some days it got up to 70 but most nights it was cold. I had to get private rooms a few nights just ao I could sleep! I hate being cold. But, going back next April to do my next leg of my journey! Layers are your best bet!
Thanks for the detail in your reply, it was very helpful and enlightening.Eylandters,
April 2023 is a long way weather wise, but I can tell you my experience in April 2022 , I was in SJPP on April 25/26th , the two most beautiful sunny warm days in SJPP and the Pyrenees ,much warmer than when I left home for Paris , but April 27/28th were totally opposite in the Pyrenees .it was raining , fog so think you can cut with a knife. A miserable day, at times you could not see in that fog more than 10 feet on the paved road .
But then it get better after Roncesvalles.
May 21st /2022 I walked from Bercianos del Real Camino to Mansilla de Las MULLAS , it was so hot and humid to walk in the hot sun, ( 35c in the afternoon )
On May 25th I left Astorga for Foncebedon , cool morning around 7 am and my hands were so cold, I could not hold my poles tight to walk with them till around 10.30/11 am when sun start to wam up,
On June 1st/2022 , while walking from Sarria to Portomarin and it rains so heavy and so much ( My first and only rainy day on the Camino, inside Spain) somewhere in the middle that I was soaked /drenched from head to toes. There was no place to hide,
so all kind of weather is possible on the Way.
Just grin and wear it.
You will forget the hard and difficult days ,
but please don’t forget to enjoy what pleasant things comes on your Way,
(my two cents)
Buen Camino pilgrim.
We started our walk from St Johns PDP the last week in April 2017. The route over the Pyrenees had only just opened up the day before we set off. Early morning it was around freezing but we made it to Roncevalles just before a snowstorm hit. That day many pilgrims has to be taken off the mountains by police/ mountain rescue. For the next week it was very cold in the mornings when we set off but warmed up fairly quickly. So I think it’s been said already “unpredictable” you need to be prepared for bad weather. Bearing in mind you do want to keep your pack weight to an absolute minimum if you have extra clothing for the cold starts you can always discard or post back home what you no longer need. We carried a sleeping bag and a lightweight bag liner/sheet and used these several times during our 40 days walking. Be prepared and enjoy. Bon camino
If you live there then I would say you will find it cold. I remember meeting a girl from Darwin in Pamplona in July many years ago who was wearing a parka due to her feeling the cold, while the rest of us were wearing t-shirts!Thanks everyone for your input and thoughtful replies. We live in Northern Australia, and aren’t used to the cold, so your input has given us plenty to think about. Much appreciated. Cheers.
Hey that’s pretty funny!! That’s also true here in the winter months, where you can tell who’s the local, as they’re the one with the parka and the southern tourist is wearing the t-shirt. I think we’re going to feel the cold, hence we’re packing a lightweight doona. Cheers.If you live there then I would say you will find it cold. I remember meeting a girl from Darwin in Pamplona in July many years ago who was wearing a parka due to her feeling the cold, while the rest of us were wearing t-shirts!
No, I think it was Wednesday in JulyI may live in Cairns but I bloody well hate the heat! My last trip was to Iceland - I travelled from pretty much 1100% humidity and 38'C in our monsoon season to -7'C in Iceland. It was brilliant! I can't wait for the nip in the air. We had winter this year... I think is was a Tuesday in June...?
We’re a couple planning to leave SJPDP mid April 2023. We’re doing a lot of reading and starting to look at what we pack and how we train and prepare ourselves etc. It’s our first pilgrimage walk and while excited, a little apprehensive.Am in cairns also and planning to start on 3 April 2023 from SJPDP
Hi there. Sorry just saw this. Helena has been in contact and I am keen to catch upWe’re a couple planning to leave SJPDP mid April 2023. We’re doing a lot of reading and starting to look at what we pack and how we train and prepare ourselves etc. It’s our first pilgrimage walk and while excited, a little apprehensive.
How’s your planning going? If you’d like to catch up over a coffee, let us know, as we’d be keen to chat to hear your thoughts etc.