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Sureste late august 2018?

Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2014)
Finisterre - Muxia(2014,16)
Portuguese (2016)
Vdlp and Sanabres (2017)
Ingles (2017)
#1
Last year I left Seville on the 23rd August following the VDLP and then the Sanabres to Santiago. It took me 35days. While the first few weeks were extremely hot I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I know a lot on the forum would not consider doing the VDLP at that time of year but I would see it as one of the best times if you are properly prepared, sensible with hydration and keep within your limits. I had no rain any day on that camino (life is so much easier when it is dry!). The small number of pilgrims, especially at that time of year, was a big plus for me.

I am now seriously considering the Sureste this year for similar reasons. My intention would be to stick roughly to the same time frame, leaving Alicante around last week of August and arriving in Santiago first week October. I still haven't fully decided the entire route yet but am leaning towards Astorga from Benavente to Ponferrada and then on to the Camino Invierno, as I did the Sanabres last year.

I am interested to know if anyone is planning on doing the Camino del Sureste this year around that time and/or general thoughts/suggestions. I have the 2017 Pilgrim Guide by Lewis Roxby Maris and use mainly OsmAndMaps on my iPhone for directions.
 

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2014)
Finisterre - Muxia(2014,16)
Portuguese (2016)
Vdlp and Sanabres (2017)
Ingles (2017)
#3
Many thanks Domigee. Hope you do one day.
 

MikeJS

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francis (2011), Norte (2012), VdlP (Apr 2016). Sureste/Invierno (Apr/May 2017).
#4
I walked the Sureste and then the Invierno last year starting in late Apr - details on the relevant threads on this forum. If you start in Aug you will probably be walking in 40 deg plus and you will be walking north into the cooler areas. I would recommend the guide that is available from the camino association in Alicante. The way was well marked on the Sureste and I did not see another walker for 95% of the way. I used a gps track for the Sureste and the Wise Pilgrim app for the Invierno.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2014)
Finisterre - Muxia(2014,16)
Portuguese (2016)
Vdlp and Sanabres (2017)
Ingles (2017)
#5
Hi Mike. Thanks for your response. Yeah it's a balancing act for me with regards my starting date and the expected temperature. Last year leaving Seville in late August it was 40+C and the first couple of weeks were hot but I excepted that, but it gives me a better chance of decent weather up north. It's a chance you take as you can never fully predict the weather. I carry a lot of water and use a brolly in those conditions. I experience much rain and cold weather here in Ireland that I enjoy the opportunity of a spell of real warm weather for a change.

I will try and pick up that guide from the association if I do the walk. I like the idea of using AirBandB for accommodation as an option. Never used them in Spain before. I have read you account of your Sureste experience last year. Really informative and greatly appreciated. I tried to upload your spreadsheet holding accommodation details but can't access it! Have you taken it down or is it a problem at my end? It would be a very useful resource.

Many thanks again.
 

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Camino(s) past & future
Levant from Avila 2013
Frances (2018 or 2019)
#6
Three of us walked part of the Camino de Levante in late 2013. We started In Avila and detoured onto the Sureste for the final "run" into Santiago. I see that we finished in late September. Not many walkers, and clear days. In Galicia of course a few drizzly days. No really cold days.
 

MikeJS

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francis (2011), Norte (2012), VdlP (Apr 2016). Sureste/Invierno (Apr/May 2017).
#7
Hi Mike. Thanks for your response. Yeah it's a balancing act for me with regards my starting date and the expected temperature. Last year leaving Seville in late August it was 40+C and the first couple of weeks were hot but I excepted that, but it gives me a better chance of decent weather up north. It's a chance you take as you can never fully predict the weather. I carry a lot of water and use a brolly in those conditions. I experience much rain and cold weather here in Ireland that I enjoy the opportunity of a spell of real warm weather for a change.

I will try and pick up that guide from the association if I do the walk. I like the idea of using AirBandB for accommodation as an option. Never used them in Spain before. I have read you account of your Sureste experience last year. Really informative and greatly appreciated. I tried to upload your spreadsheet holding accommodation details but can't access it! Have you taken it down or is it a problem at my end? It would be a very useful resource.

Many thanks again.
Sorry, but I think I deleted the spreadsheet some time ago. To be frank I hardly used it as in the end the guide from Amigos de Santiago en Alicante was much more comprehensive.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2014)
Finisterre - Muxia(2014,16)
Portuguese (2016)
Vdlp and Sanabres (2017)
Ingles (2017)
#8
Thanks Bob for your response.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2014)
Finisterre - Muxia(2014,16)
Portuguese (2016)
Vdlp and Sanabres (2017)
Ingles (2017)
#9
No problem Mike. I will do my best to pick up the guide in Alicante if I take on the Sureste!
Cheers
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés August 2014
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Salamanca) May 2015
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Zafra) April 2016
Camino Via de la Plata (Zafra-Santiago) september 2016
#10
Last year I left Seville on the 23rd August following the VDLP and then the Sanabres to Santiago. It took me 35days. While the first few weeks were extremely hot I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I know a lot on the forum would not consider doing the VDLP at that time of year but I would see it as one of the best times if you are properly prepared, sensible with hydration and keep within your limits. I had no rain any day on that camino (life is so much easier when it is dry!). The small number of pilgrims, especially at that time of year, was a big plus for me.

I am now seriously considering the Sureste this year for similar reasons. My intention would be to stick roughly to the same time frame, leaving Alicante around last week of August and arriving in Santiago first week October. I still haven't fully decided the entire route yet but am leaning towards Astorga from Benavente to Ponferrada and then on to the Camino Invierno, as I did the Sanabres last year.

I am interested to know if anyone is planning on doing the Camino del Sureste this year around that time and/or general thoughts/suggestions. I have the 2017 Pilgrim Guide by Lewis Roxby Maris and use mainly OsmAndMaps on my iPhone for directions.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés August 2014
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Salamanca) May 2015
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Zafra) April 2016
Camino Via de la Plata (Zafra-Santiago) september 2016
#11
We start on the 5e september to walk the camino del Sureste. I ordered a little guide by the Confraternity of St James in the Uk. (11 euro). Very good information of the stages in this guide.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2014)
Finisterre - Muxia(2014,16)
Portuguese (2016)
Vdlp and Sanabres (2017)
Ingles (2017)
#12
Hi Chrisje.
Thanks for your post. The guide you mention is it by Lewis Roxby Mairis? If it is then it's the one I have.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés August 2014
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Salamanca) May 2015
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Zafra) April 2016
Camino Via de la Plata (Zafra-Santiago) september 2016
#13
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés August 2014
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Salamanca) May 2015
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Zafra) April 2016
Camino Via de la Plata (Zafra-Santiago) september 2016
#14
Yes indeed. We also will try by the Ass. del Peregrinos in Alicante to become some maps.
Buen Camino Joe
 

MikeJS

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francis (2011), Norte (2012), VdlP (Apr 2016). Sureste/Invierno (Apr/May 2017).
#15
The guide from the Amigos de Santiago en Alicante is excellent and very up to date. It has all the necessary info. Its in Spanish but as an english reader with only a little spanish it was very easy to get the important info and the maps are really good.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés August 2014
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Salamanca) May 2015
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Zafra) April 2016
Camino Via de la Plata (Zafra-Santiago) september 2016
#16
The guide from the Amigos de Santiago en Alicante is excellent and very up to date. It has all the necessary info wSpanish but as an english reader with only a little spanish it was very easy to get the important info and the maps are really good.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés August 2014
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Salamanca) May 2015
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Zafra) April 2016
Camino Via de la Plata (Zafra-Santiago) september 2016
#17
Thanks Mike !
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2014)
Finisterre - Muxia(2014,16)
Portuguese (2016)
Vdlp and Sanabres (2017)
Ingles (2017)
#18
Thanks Mike and Chrisje. Will definitely try and pick up the guide from the Amigos de Santiago. Is it open on a Wednesday as it will be the only day I would be able to go there as I arrive late on the Tuesday and intend to start walking early Thursday morning 23rd August?

Buen Camino Chrisje
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés August 2014
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Salamanca) May 2015
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Zafra) April 2016
Camino Via de la Plata (Zafra-Santiago) september 2016
#19
You too Joe. Looking forward for this camino !
Buen camino !
 

MikeJS

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francis (2011), Norte (2012), VdlP (Apr 2016). Sureste/Invierno (Apr/May 2017).
#20
From memory they are supposed to be open on Thurs but I found them also open on the Tues so worth checking!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2014)
Finisterre - Muxia(2014,16)
Portuguese (2016)
Vdlp and Sanabres (2017)
Ingles (2017)
#21
Cheers MikeJS.

If they are not open on the Wednesday then it's unlikely I will get one as I intent to pull out very early on the Thursday morning!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés August 2014
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Salamanca) May 2015
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Zafra) April 2016
Camino Via de la Plata (Zafra-Santiago) september 2016
#22
Halo Joe, they are open on tuesday from 17u00 till 19u30 and on friday from 10u00 till 13u00. (From 1/6 till 31/8) Tel 0034/965 926 623.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2014)
Finisterre - Muxia(2014,16)
Portuguese (2016)
Vdlp and Sanabres (2017)
Ingles (2017)
#23
Thanks Chrisje for the opening times. Looks like I'm not going to be able to get one from them at their centre.
 

Bunclody1

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
September 2013 C Francis
June 2015 C Norte
September 2018 C Primitivo
#26
Last year I left Seville on the 23rd August following the VDLP and then the Sanabres to Santiago. It took me 35days. While the first few weeks were extremely hot I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I know a lot on the forum would not consider doing the VDLP at that time of year but I would see it as one of the best times if you are properly prepared, sensible with hydration and keep within your limits. I had no rain any day on that camino (life is so much easier when it is dry!). The small number of pilgrims, especially at that time of year, was a big plus for me.

I am now seriously considering the Sureste this year for similar reasons. My intention would be to stick roughly to the same time frame, leaving Alicante around last week of August and arriving in Santiago first week October. I still haven't fully decided the entire route yet but am leaning towards Astorga from Benavente to Ponferrada and then on to the Camino Invierno, as I did the Sanabres last year.

I am interested to know if anyone is planning on doing the Camino del Sureste this year around that time and/or general thoughts/suggestions. I have the 2017 Pilgrim Guide by Lewis Roxby Maris and use mainly OsmAndMaps on my iPhone for directions.
Hi Joe,
I’m hoping to walk from Seville from the last week in August. Im nervous I will find the heat too much.
At what time of day do the temperatures reach the max ? Did u start early in the day , what time does it get light ?
All the best,
John Sheridan (fair skinned Irish man !)
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
#27
About the Sureste: I spent one day walking out of Alicante following the markings. They were very good. Just pay attention: The locals mostly do not know there is a Camino there, so you're on your own :). The office of the Amigos is just on the way out.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2014)
Finisterre - Muxia(2014,16)
Portuguese (2016)
Vdlp and Sanabres (2017)
Ingles (2017)
#28
Hi Bunclody1,
I normally started around 7am most mornings for the first few weeks. Daybreak is about 7 30am at that time of year so a head touch is often necessary. I tried to reach the end of each stage by 2pm at the latest as temperatures were up in the high 30s at that stage and often even higher in the later part of the afternoon. I used a hiking brolly that I found invaluable for shade that can lower the temperature by up to 5C. I, like yourself, would be reasonably fair skinned and used high protection sunblock on exposed areas most of the time. A light long sleeve top is useful. I really enjoyed my experience and would recommend that time of year for the camino as it eliminates any water crossing issues and life is just much easier when the sun shines I feel. It is vital to have at least 3 litres of water on board each day as there is often no means of replenishing supplies on route in some cases. A sensible well planned approach at the start of each stage will ensure you should fully enjoy the experience. Go for it John.
Buen camino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2014)
Finisterre - Muxia(2014,16)
Portuguese (2016)
Vdlp and Sanabres (2017)
Ingles (2017)
#29
Hi alexwalker,

Thanks for your input. Much appreciated. I am fully signed up for this camino, flights all booked and can't wait. Just much prefer the less travel road!
 

MikeJS

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francis (2011), Norte (2012), VdlP (Apr 2016). Sureste/Invierno (Apr/May 2017).
#30
It is certainly a less travelled road - when I walked it last year I only saw 2 other hikers along all of the Sureste and that was near the end! As for temperatures, in Aug it will be very hot - probably high 30s at least.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés August 2014
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Salamanca) May 2015
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Zafra) April 2016
Camino Via de la Plata (Zafra-Santiago) september 2016
#31
Hi Bunclody1,
I normally started around 7am most mornings for the first few weeks. Daybreak is about 7 30am at that time of year so a head touch is often necessary. I tried to reach the end of each stage by 2pm at the latest as temperatures were up in the high 30s at that stage and often even higher in the later part of the afternoon. I used a hiking brolly that I found invaluable for shade that can lower the temperature by up to 5C. I, like yourself, would be reasonably fair skinned and used high protection sunblock on exposed areas most of the time. A light long sleeve top is useful. I really enjoyed my experience and would recommend that time of year for the camino as it eliminates any water crossing issues and life is just much easier when the sun shines I feel. It is vital to have at least 3 litres of water on board each day as there is often no means of replenishing supplies on route in some cases. A sensible well planned approach at the start of each stage will ensure you should fully enjoy the experience. Go for it John.
Buen camino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés August 2014
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Salamanca) May 2015
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Zafra) April 2016
Camino Via de la Plata (Zafra-Santiago) september 2016
#32
Halo Joe, did you used a normal brolly or UV brolly ?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2014)
Finisterre - Muxia(2014,16)
Portuguese (2016)
Vdlp and Sanabres (2017)
Ingles (2017)
#33
Hi Chrisje,
I use a Euroschirm silver trek brolly. Find it a really good piece of kit especially for sun protection and temperature control but also great for intermittent showers where it saves having to put rain gear on. I attach it to my backpack using a couple of ties so I'm hands free to use my walking poles.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés August 2014
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Salamanca) May 2015
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Zafra) April 2016
Camino Via de la Plata (Zafra-Santiago) september 2016
#34
Hi Chrisje,
I use a Euroschirm silver trek brolly. Find it a really good piece of kit especially for sun protection and temperature control but also great for intermittent showers where it saves having to put rain gear on. I attach it to my backpack using a couple of ties so I'm hands free to use my walking poles.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés August 2014
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Salamanca) May 2015
Camino Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Zafra) April 2016
Camino Via de la Plata (Zafra-Santiago) september 2016
#35
Thanks Joe, I have one that I can attach to my bacpack but is not sun protection. Perhaps I look for the silver brolly !
 

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