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Rita Flower

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Hi all.
I’m sitting in the sun on this spectacular day in the Pyrenees at the statue of Mary and Jesus. A glorious day. Thank you to all the weather Gods.
Perhaps June / July are the best walking months - at least this year. There are people around but not a feeing of being crowded.
I booked Orisson and Roncesvalles just two days before I arrived. I am aiming for Pilgrim only accomodation but will book something if I know I will arrive late. Otherwise just take it as it come.
I am so happy to be here heading for Spain.
Last Camino Francés was 17 years ago.
Ultreia
Buen Camino
 

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Perhaps June / July are the best walking months - at least this year. There are people around but not a feeing of being crowded.
I booked Orisson and Roncesvalles just two days before I arrived. ...
WOW!!! I guess all the horror stories of end of April and well into May scared everyone away
 
The one from Galicia (the round) and the one from Castilla & Leon. Individually numbered and made by the same people that make the ones you see on your walk.
The first edition came out in 2003 and has become the go-to-guide for many pilgrims over the years. It is shipping with a Pilgrim Passport (Credential) from the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.
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@Rita Flower, your pictures are glorious with the beautiful sunshine!
I always walk in the popular spring and fall months of what is usually called the "shoulder season", although it has become busier and busier. I am apprehensive to choose summer because I abhor walking in potential heat as anything above 85°F zaps my energy and I feel miserable walking. In order to avoid the worst temps, of summer, I would dislike getting up super early and ending my days at Noonish. I actually prefer rain to heat..."knock on wood".
 
Isn’t it always that way? Aren’t April/May & September the busiest months on the Frances?
In 2023 on the Frances:
August 1st, September 2nd...
You can set the filters (Camino Frances) "on the page" and "at the bottom" is the grafic:
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(April/May and September are maybe the busiest months for American pilgrims by departure)

Buen Camino!
 
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Hi all.
I’m sitting in the sun on this spectacular day in the Pyrenees at the statue of Mary and Jesus. A glorious day. Thank you to all the weather Gods.
Perhaps June / July are the best walking months - at least this year. There are people around but not a feeing of being crowded.
I booked Orisson and Roncesvalles just two days before I arrived. I am aiming for Pilgrim only accomodation but will book something if I know I will arrive late. Otherwise just take it as it come.
I am so happy to be here heading for Spain.
Last Camino Francés was 17 years ago.
Ultreia
Buen Camino
Safe journey
Hi all.
I’m sitting in the sun on this spectacular day in the Pyrenees at the statue of Mary and Jesus. A glorious day. Thank you to all the weather Gods.
Perhaps June / July are the best walking months - at least this year. There are people around but not a feeing of being crowded.
I booked Orisson and Roncesvalles just two days before I arrived. I am aiming for Pilgrim only accomodation but will book something if I know I will arrive late. Otherwise just take it as it come.
I am so happy to be here heading for Spain.
Last Camino Francés was 17 years ago.
Ultreia
Buen Camino
safe journey Mary ,
Beautiful pictures ,

Buen Camino,
Cheers !
 
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Consider that the trick - as it were - to avoiding crowds of pilgrims, anywhere at any time, is simple. Just be where they are not.

If pilgrims start from a favored starting place on Saturday or Sunday, start on another day. Donlt forget to research and consider local holidays for the affect on "bridge holidays."

If they start at 0700, start at 0600. With a little bit of forethought and planning, you can do this anywhere for any route.

Hope this helps.

Tom
 
@Rita Flower, your pictures are glorious with the beautiful sunshine!
I always walk in the popular spring and fall months of what is usually called the "shoulder season", although it has become busier and busier. I am apprehensive to choose summer because I abhor walking in potential heat as anything above 85°F zaps my energy and I feel miserable walking. In order to avoid the worst temps, of summer, I would dislike getting up super early and ending my days at Noonish. I actually prefer rain to heat..."knock on wood".
I suspect it might be a ‘cool’ summer - reminiscent of Portugal in 2018 when it was quite cool and rainy most of the time. Will keep you posted.
 
Consider that the trick - as it were - to avoiding crowds of pilgrims, anywhere at any time, is simple. Just be where they are not.

If pilgrims start from a favored starting place on Saturday or Sunday, start on another day. Donlt forget to research and consider local holidays for the affect on "bridge holidays."

If they start at 0700, start at 0600. With a little bit of forethought and planning, you can do this anywhere for any route.

Hope this helps.

Tom
I seem to have landed with a group of early birds - like me. I am usually awake around 5.30 - 6.00 pm. Will keep the forum posted.
But I think it is also a matter of personal good fortune. Someone else might be walking right now and having quite a different experience. By the way it’s due to rain in the Pyrenees area in a day or so.
 
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Hi all.
I’m sitting in the sun on this spectacular day in the Pyrenees at the statue of Mary and Jesus. A glorious day. Thank you to all the weather Gods.
Perhaps June / July are the best walking months - at least this year. There are people around but not a feeing of being crowded.
I booked Orisson and Roncesvalles just two days before I arrived. I am aiming for Pilgrim only accomodation but will book something if I know I will arrive late. Otherwise just take it as it come.
I am so happy to be here heading for Spain.
Last Camino Francés was 17 years ago.
Ultreia
Buen Camino
Looks wonderful
 
In 2023 on the Frances:
August 1st, September 2nd...
You can set the filters (Camino Frances) "on the page" and "at the bottom" is the grafic:
View attachment 172390

(April/May and September are maybe the busiest months for American pilgrims by departure)

Buen Camino!
Yes I'm aware of the site, I view the statistics periodically. However the statistics for the Camino Frances you've shown are not indicative of how many people actually start in SJPP. Which is where the OP started and what I was talking about .
Perhaps I should have been more specific, as people broadly talk about 'the Frances' when realistically they're often talking about just the last 100 kilometers from Sarria.

The statistics kindly supplied by @Bradypus linked below show exactly what I was referring to, the large spike in departures from SJPP during April/May and September. The spike this year was anecdotally potentially even higher than last year. Hardly surprising given the reported increase in both pilgrim & tourist numbers in Spain overall.
The SJPDP pilgrim office numbers for January to October have just been posted on their Facebook account. After a very busy start to the year things seem to have settled down a little. By the end of October the numbers recorded by the office were 6.4% up on the same period in 2022. At the other end of the camino the running total of Compostelas issued in Santiago is about 2% up on the same period last year.

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@Peterexpatkiwi - yes but seems that this year brought on much more "panic" posts including even "shall I abandon CF and switch to..." - something I have not seen in all 6.5 years I have been a Forum member.
With the ever increasing number of pilgrims walking year on year, and the change in people's habits from 'winging it' to booking everything ahead I wouldn't be at all surprised if this is the new norm. At least for the next year or two until the infrastructure starts to catch up, or as others have suggested, the numbers drop because of the difficulties people have experienced.

Another factor is of course the increased use of social media in this world of ours.... . 6 1/2 years ago there were only a handful of YouTube videos on the camino, now something new comes out every week.

I wonder how many forum members there were six and a half years ago as compared to now?
 
In 2023 on the Frances:
August 1st, September 2nd...
You can set the filters (Camino Frances) "on the page" and "at the bottom" is the grafic:
View attachment 172390

(April/May and September are maybe the busiest months for American pilgrims by departure)

Buen Camino!
That graph is for arrivals in Santiago. As has been pointed out elsewhere, a few times, the statistics are very different pre-Sarría and post-Sarría. In points east of Sarría, May and September are the busiest times. In points west of Sarría, July and August. With the high percentage of people starting in Sarría, you get the graph you displayed. But for most of the Camino Frances, it is as Peter said.
 
Ideal sleeping bag liner whether we want to add a thermal plus to our bag, or if we want to use it alone to sleep in shelters or hostels. Thanks to its mummy shape, it adapts perfectly to our body.

€46,-
Hi all.
I’m sitting in the sun on this spectacular day in the Pyrenees at the statue of Mary and Jesus. A glorious day. Thank you to all the weather Gods.
Perhaps June / July are the best walking months - at least this year. There are people around but not a feeing of being crowded.
I booked Orisson and Roncesvalles just two days before I arrived. I am aiming for Pilgrim only accomodation but will book something if I know I will arrive late. Otherwise just take it as it come.
I am so happy to be here heading for Spain.
Last Camino Francés was 17 years ago.
Ultreia
Buen Camino
I LOVE your attitude! Buen camino e susceia!
 

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