We are planning to walk Camino del Norte this year, 2022, from Irun. We are trying to decide whether to start Aug. 15 or the beginning of Sept. Any thoughts, considerations, or suggestions to help us decide? Many thanks!
Thank you for the information!Many Europeans are on vacation in August. September will bring more pilgrims, but maybe you won't pay "high season" prices everywhere. We are in Bilbao now and were in San Sabastian yesterday as tourists and it's crowded and busy with tourists from around the globe.
Many thanks!Without a doubt the later you start the better. Less vacationers and with this summer's heat the later you start the better. If you can go even September 15th that would be great. I walked starting in mid October. Never had bad heat and problems with albergues. Things got colder as I turned southwest but never really bad. But who knows about weather. If my memory serves me correctly the early weeks have a great deal of open area to walk without shade, especially if you check out all the great variants you can walk to keep you on the coast.
That's helpful. Thank you!For the Norte, I would start in September because of the large numbers of tourists in the area during August.
If you were asking about the Camino Francés from SJPdP, I'd say August 15th, because of the large numbers of pilgrims who wait until September to start.
Wonderful! So many considerations. Thank you for your response.Thanks for asking this question, as I've been getting a bit more concerned about the heat. The other responses reinforce my need to be especially prepared for that first week. I arranged to start on Aug 30; it felt like the earliest possible date given heat, tourists and pilgrims.
Buen camino - and perhaps we'll run into each other!