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Primitivo in April?

jennysa

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I have trawled through the posts but cant find anything about the weather in April. Is it OK to walk in April or is snow likely?
 

alaskadiver

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May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
I walked in early May and there was no snow. Rain is likely. It was hot in early May, that’s why this year we’re doing the Invierno route in mid April. Cut down on the heat. There’s always a chance for a freak snowfall but in April, statistically, you’re looking at about a 25% chance of some sort of precipitation. A dusting of snow is nothing. Just prepare for whatever your comfort level is.
I hike in real snow and in the single digits and below zero temps in the same amount of layers most people on this forum wear when it’s a warm 60 degrees :). So you have to know your comfort level and remember that you will be carrying a pack and walking up steep hillsides. It’s okay to feel a little cool starting out. I think some inexperienced hikers think they need to feel perfectly comfortable or be sweating when they walk.

Here’s a link to historical data and averages. Just search for the different towns along the way:
https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/primitivo-in-april.59678/

And I just saw you are from South Africa....So you’ll probably freeze :) LOL
 
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Portugués, Francés, Le Puy, Rota Vicentina, Soulac, Norte, Madrid, Salvador, Primitivo
Is it OK to walk in April or is snow likely?
Hi Jenny, I did the Primitivo from 13 April last year, and the weather was great. It was a perfect cool, sunny day to take the Hospitales route, which had a small amount of snow still on the path at the top, but easy to cross.
 

Jarin

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
4-5/2019, Camino Primitivo + Fisterra
Hello to all,
I'm also interesting in the weather in the end of April + the start of May for my the first camino (Camino Primitivo). So thanks a lot for all your tips.
 

Camino Chris

One step forward...
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Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I walked it starting May 1st, 2016 and it was delightful. The temps were about perfect and only had some drizzle and mud a few days.
 

Jarin

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
4-5/2019, Camino Primitivo + Fisterra
Many thanks.
And what does it mean "perfect temps"? Are there necessary some warm gloves, warm cap, scarf...?
Maybe yes for Primitivo situated between 600 - 1000 m of altitude.
 

jpflavin1

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Camino(s) past & future
CF(10,11,17), Vasco(12), Salvador(13), CP(13), CN(14), Madrid (16), Mozarabe (18), VdlP(19)
I have trawled through the posts but cant find anything about the weather in April. Is it OK to walk in April or is snow likely?
Jennysa:

I walked in April. The weather was fine. There was some snow but there were also 25C days and mud.

The weather is unpredictable. Pick a time that suits your schedule. Bring rain gear and adjust to whatever weather you have.

Ultreya,
Joe
 

jpflavin1

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Camino(s) past & future
CF(10,11,17), Vasco(12), Salvador(13), CP(13), CN(14), Madrid (16), Mozarabe (18), VdlP(19)
I do not understand this general question about weather. No one can predict the weather. The professionals, people who get paid to do this, have a tough time doing it more than 48 hours out.

Last year or the year before are not good indicators of this years weather during same period.

I remember walking the Norte, beginning April 1st. A member who lives in Bilbao told me I would very likely have a lot of rain. The first 21 days, I had sun and 20C. Not a drop. I hit Galacia and it rained the next 7 days.

I suggest to all, "Do not worry about the weather". Bring rain gear and wear when required.

Ultreya,
Joe
 

Camino Chris

One step forward...
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Many thanks.
And what does it mean "perfect temps"? Are there necessary some warm gloves, warm cap, scarf...?
Maybe yes for Primitivo situated between 600 - 1000 m of altitude.
For me it means perfect temps for walking, not too cold, not too hot, but everyone's different. I always bring gloves, hat, and buff. They don't have to be heavy. Sometimes I've used them in the morning, but never needed them throughout the day.
 

alaskadiver

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Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
I do not understand this general question about weather. No one can predict the weather. The professionals, people who get paid to do this, have a tough time doing it more than 48 hours out.

Last year or the year before are not good indicators of this years weather during same period.

I remember walking the Norte, beginning April 1st. A member who lives in Bilbao told me I would very likely have a lot of rain. The first 21 days, I had sun and 20C. Not a drop. I hit Galacia and it rained the next 7 days.

I suggest to all, "Do not worry about the weather". Bring rain gear and wear when required.

Ultreya,
Joe
Yes nobody can predict weather. But scientifically calculated weather averages is a good way to gauge what can be expected. This is the information that people are looking for. What can be expected.
 

jpflavin1

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CF(10,11,17), Vasco(12), Salvador(13), CP(13), CN(14), Madrid (16), Mozarabe (18), VdlP(19)
Yes nobody can predict weather. But scientifically calculated weather averages is a good way to gauge what can be expected. This is the information that people are looking for. What can be expected.

Alaskadiver:

You can get all the information, from every source possible on weather for an area. It is all basically useless for a two week Primitivo walk in the Spring. It might rain, snow, be sunny, cloudy, dry or muddy. More than likely it will be all of the above.

Therefore, be prepared for all of the above and adjust as each day presents itself.

A Camino is a week to two months walk through a variety of topography not a vacation in a particular place in Spain.

Ultreya,
Joe
 

alaskadiver

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Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
Alaskadiver:

You can get all the information, from every source possible on weather for an area. It is all basically useless for a two week Primitivo walk in the Spring. It might rain, snow, be sunny, cloudy, dry or muddy. More than likely it will be all of the above.

Therefore, be prepared for all of the above and adjust as each day presents itself.

A Camino is a week to two months walk through a variety of topography not a vacation in a particular place in Spain.

Ultreya,
Joe
It is possible to look at weather averages for all the areas along the Primitivo. I know, because I've actually walked the Primitivo and used the weather data. I knew that I didn't need snow gear based on the information. Actually I wouldn't need it even in Spain's version of winter, but that's another subject.

I agree you should be prepared, especially if you feel snow will be a problem for you. No need to come across so aggressive. Relax :) People just want information and telling them to just ignore historical data and pack their closet isn't really helpful either.
 

alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
I have trawled through the posts but cant find anything about the weather in April. Is it OK to walk in April or is snow likely?
You'll get a better idea the closer you get to April. But looking at weather patterns this winter, I'll take a guess you'll be fine. Just take layers and some rain gear and keep an eye on the weather.
 

jpflavin1

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Camino(s) past & future
CF(10,11,17), Vasco(12), Salvador(13), CP(13), CN(14), Madrid (16), Mozarabe (18), VdlP(19)
It is possible to look at weather averages for all the areas along the Primitivo. I know, because I've actually walked the Primitivo and used the weather data. I knew that I didn't need snow gear based on the information. Actually I wouldn't need it even in Spain's version of winter, but that's another subject.

I agree you should be prepared, especially if you feel snow will be a problem for you. No need to come across so aggressive. Relax :) People just want information and telling them to just ignore historical data and pack their closet isn't really helpful either.
1. Nowhere in my note did I tell people to ignore historical data. I am just saying it is of no real value, imo.

2. Aggressive is not in my DNA.

3. Nowhere in my post did I suggest anyone pack their closet.

I believe that weather is something people worry to much about. It is unpredictable. Therefore, not worth wasting any gray cells.

That said, everyone has a different approach and comfort zone in preparing for their Camino. Weather, imo, is an area that the data is of little value.

The original post is about an April CP walk. I have walked this route during that time frame.

I encountered snow, rain, sunshine, clouds, warm, cold, muddy track and dry (factual data). I am not sure how that helps anyone.

Ultreya,
Joe
 

zrexer

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2014, 15,16 & 19 Camino Frances
2017 Camino Portuguese
2018 Camino Primitivo
The weather is so variable year to year it is hard to say. This past year had a wet spring and the summer was wet as well.
I walked it in mid -September and had perfect weather, not a drop of rain.
On a few day, we could see where the trail must have been under water earlier, but was only a few muddy patches we could easily walk around.
As a general rule, April will tend to be wetter than the fall.
The Primitivo has been my favorite Camino by far as compared to the Frances or Portuguese walks I have done previously, so don't hesitate to go.
 

OzAnnie

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I have trawled through the posts but cant find anything about the weather in April. Is it OK to walk in April or is snow likely?
Hi Jenny
I walked this route early may2015
A few rainy bits . Copped rain on top of Hospitales route and mist up top spoiled an occasional view, but generally good walking conditions.
I was on the Salvador in later April ., similar weather. More likely snow still about there (there was in 2015) but passable. It’s great walking in cooler temps and your water bottle keeps nice and cold for drinking. !

Buen camino
Annie
 

efdoucette

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2011 Camino Frances
2012 Porto
2013 Le Puy
2014 Francigena
2015 - 2018 More ...
Walked the Primitvo last Oct so I really have no experience on April but I would say to expect muddy walking conditions. That's all I got other than to say I had the best of times.
 

Ctshagr

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances- Sarria to Santiago 2017
Camino Portugués - Porto to Santiago 2018
I’m planning on doing the Primitivo starting out March 6th barring any extreme weather. I planned some alternates like Portuguese coastal or the del Norte if bad weather doesn’t look good. Being from New England I’m used to cold weather but if no ones out there I won’t take chances. I wouldn’t want to be a problem for locals. My question is has anyone done Primitivo in early March? Also will I see any other pilgrims out there?
 

JAVS79

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(2017) Ourense-Santiago
(2018) Camino Ingles
(2018-...) Português by stages
(2019) Primitivo and Fr
I'm going to make the Camino Primitivo starting in Oviedo, and we will start 14th of April.
 

Hansel

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Camino Frances (2018)
Some good advice in there, still deciding on a start date, enjoyed my sunny days on the Frances last August. I'm sure August would work on the Primitivo, fancied May, but May appears to be a wetter month in Gallicia, so looking at end May early June, then onto Muxia.
Bill
 

John MLT

Not all those who wander are lost!
Camino(s) past & future
Nov18: SdC-Muxia-Finisterre; 2017: Leon-Sarria; 2016: SJPdP-Leon; 2015: Tui-SdC; 2014 Sarria-SdC
My first walking day out of Oviedo will be Easter Sunday, 21st April. I'm wondering whether I should be carrying my sandals?
 

efdoucette

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My first walking day out of Oviedo will be Easter Sunday, 21st April. I'm wondering whether I should be carrying my sandals?
I would say wear your hiking shoes, it doesn't take too long (~30 min, depending on start point) to be out of town and on to the trail.
 

John MLT

Not all those who wander are lost!
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Nov18: SdC-Muxia-Finisterre; 2017: Leon-Sarria; 2016: SJPdP-Leon; 2015: Tui-SdC; 2014 Sarria-SdC
I would say wear your hiking shoes, it doesn't take too long (~30 min, depending on start point) to be out of town and on to the trail.
Thanks, my sandals saved my CF, particularly when it was hot, but I am not sure the 600g are justfied on the Primitivo in April.
 

HE-J

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Camino Frances (2015)
Hi, I too am thinking about the primitivo in April 2019... I will be walking solo...while I don’t mind walking alone some of the time I’m not sure I want to be ‘isolated’. Any indications as to how many people will be on the primitivo in mid April would be gratefully received! (Thinking about starting from Oviedo about the 9/10 April) Many thanks is advance, buen camino.
 

peregrina2000

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Hi, I too am thinking about the primitivo in April 2019... I will be walking solo...while I don’t mind walking alone some of the time I’m not sure I want to be ‘isolated’. Any indications as to how many people will be on the primitivo in mid April would be gratefully received! (Thinking about starting from Oviedo about the 9/10 April) Many thanks is advance, buen camino.
Hi, HE-J,
Well, according to the pilgrim office statistics, in 2018, more than 800 people getting compostelas started in Oviedo. That is around 25 people per day. You won't be crowded, but you certainly won't be alone!
 

HE-J

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Camino Frances (2015)
Hi, HE-J,
Well, according to the pilgrim office statistics, in 2018, more than 800 people getting compostelas started in Oviedo. That is around 25 people per day. You won't be crowded, but you certainly won't be alone!
Thanks Peregrina2000... 25 people per day arriving in Santiago sounds reasonable ...but 800 per year works out at an average of 15 per week...although I imagine that people aren’t walking all year round! ...can you post the link showing 25 people per day? Thanks in advance x
 

peregrina2000

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Staff member
Thanks Peregrina2000... 25 people per day arriving in Santiago sounds reasonable ...but 800 per year works out at an average of 15 per week...although I imagine that people aren’t walking all year round! ...can you post the link showing 25 people per day? Thanks in advance x
Sorry, I wasn’t clear, I was quoting the statistics for the month of April, 2018.

Only about half started in Oviedo though, so there will be fewer than that at the beginning.

In 2018, 15,000 people reported Primitivo when they got their compostela. And that number is definitely way deflated because a lot ofthe people walking theh Primitivo start in Irún on the Norte and drop down, but will probably be recorded as Norte pilgrims.
 

HE-J

New Member
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Camino Frances (2015)
😂 thanks peregrina2000! That makes a lot more sense. Link to the stats much appreciated thank you for that 🙏
 

Chris Day

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VdlP /Sanabres / Finistere 16
Portuguese & Ingles '17
Norte '18
Not quite start of April, but I plan to set out from Oviedo 30th March following on from San Salvador Route (out from Leon around 24th or 25th March). I share the view of an earlier contributor on this thread - if the weather is really "extreme" (snow/ice) or just plain awful around that time, I'll take a view and be flexible and head off for Porto or some other more favourable start point.

Inspired by Jozero's Winter Camino blog last year, I walked and greatly enjoyed a "Winter Camino" last year partly in heavy snow and ice, but thankfully and intentionally never alone in those specific conditions on the more isolated and higher stretches. Advice from locals etc. is always welcome and recommended. Whatever you do, enjoy it and stay safe.
 

Hansel

Member
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Camino Frances (2018)
Finally booked my flights, arrive in Santander from Edinburgh on the 10th April, so will probably start on the 12th April, from Oviedo, all being well. Seems more real now that my flights are booked.
Booked the wrong night at Santander, joys of being too tired on line, will book the right night another time.
 

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