• For 2024 Pilgrims: €50,- donation = 1 year with no ads on the forum + 90% off any 2024 Guide. More here.
    (Discount code sent to you by Private Message after your donation)

Search 69,459 Camino Questions

thinking of doing a short winter camino

aljay

New Member
Time of past OR future Camino
SJPdP to SdC (May 2017)
Portugues 2018
Norte (2019)
I've walked about 5 caminos the last six years, but never in the winter. Anyone planning to walk this December-January? Recommendations?
 
€2,-/day will present your project to thousands of visitors each day. All interested in the Camino de Santiago.
I have walked the Camino Frances from SJPDP in January this year, the Ingles a couple of times in January and the Via de la Plata in January and February in previous years. I love the VdlP but it is a very solitary experience. If you want some company along the way without the crowds of peak season then the Frances may be your best option. There is an excellent website listing places open during the winter on the Frances.
 
In addition to the Valcarlos alternate to Roncesvalles difficult CF stretches after winter storms could be across the Montes de Oca from Villafranca, Najera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Monte Irago and, of course, to and from O Cebreiro. Be prepared.

For any winter camino I stress this bit of info re: carrying food supplies.

Whenever/wherever you do walk
keep warm, stay safe and Buen camino!
 
Last edited:
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 Portuguese is a good option for a winter camino from Porto, especially as no mountains to cross.
But do a search for winter as there are lots of threads on the topic
 
Nothing special needed for a Winter camino, Aljay. It's a beautiful time to walk, easily done and at least on Frances you'll have plenty of company.

Other camnos - Primativo, Aaragones, Portuguese, Invierno and San Salavador - are also easily walkable in Winter. They're more solitary of course - w/ days of only the sound of your footsteps and wind - but it's actually quite wonderful ; ) And you'll still find accommodation available at the end of most stages.

Obviously you'll want to check forecasts before crossing higher passes - but at least for me, on all the above caminos, they've been 99% snow-free in Dec, Jan, Feb. (Winters have been warmer than usual these past few years) In 3 times over O'Ciebro, only once was there snow, a few inches, and everyone tromped up just fine.

You can expect a weather mix - warm sunny days, cold rain/snow showers, wind, morning fog, etc. I use gaiters, thin wool sweater, simple waterproof jacket/pants - add some sunblock and you're ready to go ; )
 
Be part of the Camino Cleanup team! Help us pick up litter from Ponferrada to Sarria.
I've walked about 5 caminos the last six years, but never in the winter. Anyone planning to walk this December-January? Recommendations?
If it's the Francès, I'd say start from Logroño or later.

If it's the Português, start from wherever, but bring the appropriate wet weather kit !! And probably stick to the Central ...
 

Most read last week in this forum

After so many years of being hesitant, I booked today, I guess you could say the “lite” journey, Tui to Santiago. I’m starting the journey on my 62nd birthday, Very excited, and nervous all at the...
Hello everybody, I’m Giuliano. I have question for you guys. I will be arriving the 15th April at barritz airport at 12 and hope to get a train to sjpdp around 12,30. I have a reservation at...
I am considering a shorter walking day and am thinking of stopping in Uterga, there only seem to be 2 accommodation options. has anyone stayed in Uterga and if so would you recommend it
Starting May 10th from SJPP with partner Richard, to Finisterre. Allowing 46 days from SFO to Pamplona, to SJPP. Then . . . well, just start walking.
Hello and nice to meet you fellow travelers, My name is Loek, a 26 year old male from the Netherlands looking to solo walk his first camino. I do have quite some hiking experience. I am planning...
I have booked my flight thru Biarritz arriving on 24th April 2024. Based on recommendations and suggestions, I have booked accommodations in SJPdP, Roncesvalles, Zubiri and Pamplona...

❓How to ask a question

How to post a new question on the Camino Forum.

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Camino Updates on YouTube

Camino Conversations

Most downloaded Resources

This site is run by Ivar at

in Santiago de Compostela.
This site participates in the Amazon Affiliate program, designed to provide a means for Ivar to earn fees by linking to Amazon
Official Camino Passport (Credential) | 2024 Camino Guides
Back
Top