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Via de la Plata 2019.

Camino(s) past & future
Camino del Norte ( Irun to Luarca), Camino Primitivo-Fisterra: April-May 2018
Via de la Plata 2019
#1
Hello all,
I did the Camino del Norte/Primitivo to Fistere in April/May of this year and I am now a hopeless Camino addict. Every morning I remember and smile, and I wish I was still there.
Planning to do the Via de la Plata in 2019, either starting again in April, or more likely a late summer start, end of September.
Looking for any advice, experience and of course opinions about anything VdlP related.
Thanks in advance fellow Peregrinos...buen Camino!
Dave Marquez
 
#2
Hello all,
I did the Camino del Norte/Primitivo to Fistere in April/May of this year and I am now a hopeless Camino addict. Every morning I remember and smile, and I wish I was still there.
Planning to do the Via de la Plata in 2019, either starting again in April, or more likely a late summer start, end of September.
Looking for any advice, experience and of course opinions about anything VdlP related.
Thanks in advance fellow Peregrinos...buen Camino!
Dave Marquez
Hi Dave.... I have walked a Camino each year since 2012. A happy addiction.
I walked the VDLP starting mid April 2017. I felt it was the perfect time to start. Just a nice number of other walkers. Varied from 15 to 40 people at different towns.
Loved the walk. One of my favourites. Would definitely do again. I had heard prior of the huge distances between towns. I found no problems... but like to do 25 to 30k a day. Albergues were fantastic. A lot of what we called a "2 sheet Albergue".
Just turn up and start as normal. You will love it.
Cheers
Gary
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino del Norte ( Irun to Luarca), Camino Primitivo-Fisterra: April-May 2018
Via de la Plata 2019
#3
Hi Dave.... I have walked a Camino each year since 2012. A happy addiction.
I walked the VDLP starting mid April 2017. I felt it was the perfect time to start. Just a nice number of other walkers. Varied from 15 to 40 people at different towns.
Loved the walk. One of my favourites. Would definitely do again. I had heard prior of the huge distances between towns. I found no problems... but like to do 25 to 30k a day. Albergues were fantastic. A lot of what we called a "2 sheet Albergue".
Just turn up and start as normal. You will love it.
Cheers
Gary
Gary, muchas gracias! Exactly what I want to hear! I will either do a mid April or a late September start....really looking forward to it! It’s an addictin that I am happily succumbing to!😏
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April/May 2017. Via de la Plata/Sanabres April/May 2018.
#4
Hi Dave, I walked the Via from Seville commencing April 2018. I timed my start for a week after the Easter celebrations had completed. It was a fabulous experience from start to finish. Never too crowded but the Sanabres became a bit of a bed race towards the end. Experienced all four seasons with the weather but the beauty of Spain in the spring was stunning. I'm planning to do the Norte same time next year but I feel so drawn to get back on the Via again soon. Buen Camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino del Norte ( Irun to Luarca), Camino Primitivo-Fisterra: April-May 2018
Via de la Plata 2019
#5
Hi Dave, I walked the Via from Seville commencing April 2018. I timed my start for a week after the Easter celebrations had completed. It was a fabulous experience from start to finish. Never too crowded but the Sanabres became a bit of a bed race towards the end. Experienced all four seasons with the weather but the beauty of Spain in the spring was stunning. I'm planning to do the Norte same time next year but I feel so drawn to get back on the Via again soon. Buen Camino
You must have been walking the Via whilst I was walking the del Norte. I started on April 6th. I am still dumbfounded by the spectacular beauty of Spains North coast. I too found April-May to be wonderful timing. Being from near Seattle the extremely wet spring this year did not put me off. My one thought to offer you on the del norte is to investigate all of the optional or alternative routes that avoid using paved roads and follow the shoreline. There are numerous places, in particular the departure from Santander, where it will be a longer walk, but in my opinion infinitely more rewarding to follow the trails along the shoreline and bluffs overlooking the bay of Biscay!
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#6
Hello all,
I did the Camino del Norte/Primitivo to Fistere in April/May of this year and I am now a hopeless Camino addict. Every morning I remember and smile, and I wish I was still there.
Planning to do the Via de la Plata in 2019, either starting again in April, or more likely a late summer start, end of September.
Looking for any advice, experience and of course opinions about anything VdlP related.
Thanks in advance fellow Peregrinos...buen Camino!
Dave Marquez
Check the temperatures for southern Spain in September. ☀️🔥☀️
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2016) ; 1st Camino Frances September 2016-November 2016 ; Camino Frances August 2017-October 2017
#8
Hello all,
I did the Camino del Norte/Primitivo to Fistere in April/May of this year and I am now a hopeless Camino addict. Every morning I remember and smile, and I wish I was still there.
Planning to do the Via de la Plata in 2019, either starting again in April, or more likely a late summer start, end of September.
Looking for any advice, experience and of course opinions about anything VdlP related.
Thanks in advance fellow Peregrinos...buen Camino!
Dave Marquez
We, wife and I with 2 Frances in 11 months, behind us are planning a end of September 2019 or October 1, 2019 start of the Via de la Plata. We are starting our planning now. Buen Camino
 

omar504

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,2017,2018
#9
I've done a few VDLP either the whole route or bits. I have walked in months ranging from may to august and never found the heat too oppressive. I generally started around 8 or 9am depending on the distance. A word of caution about starting in September; one year I started in late august and got to Galicia in October and it was FREEZING. I met up with some Swedes and we all bought gloves in Mombuey as it was so cold I was wearing a t shirt,shirt,fleece,scarf and raincoat to keep warm...and sunrise is obviously much later than mid year.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino del Norte ( Irun to Luarca), Camino Primitivo-Fisterra: April-May 2018
Via de la Plata 2019
#10
We, wife and I with 2 Frances in 11 months, behind us are planning a end of September 2019 or October 1, 2019 start of the Via de la Plata. We are starting our planning now. Buen Camino
Maybe I will see you! My spring has been booked up with a trans-amerian bicycle ride in May-July. So I will be planning to start the VdlP around October 1st. Still hoping to start in Tarifa.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino del Norte ( Irun to Luarca), Camino Primitivo-Fisterra: April-May 2018
Via de la Plata 2019
#11
I am considering a pull behind single wheel trailer, a Monowalker Fatmate....anyone have experience/opinions about pulling a trailer? I saw a few on the main Camino Frances route into Compostela this past spring and they have some advantages that appeal to me....and the Monowalker is pricey but its designed from the ground up for “Adventure walking”
 
Camino(s) past & future
Caminos Madrid, Frances and Finisterre (2015)
Camino Norte-2017; Camino Ingles from A Coruna - 2017
#12
In April there will most likely be beautiful wildflowers. By late September things are pretty brown if that makes a difference to you. Also, you will likely have more company in April.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Ch. d'Arles: Oloron Ste Marie to Aragones; Frances (2016); V.d.l.P.; Sanabres (2017)
#13
Maybe I will see you! My spring has been booked up with a trans-amerian bicycle ride in May-July. So I will be planning to start the VdlP around October 1st. Still hoping to start in Tarifa.
@david marquez
I walked the VdlP October/November 2017, beginning in Seville on Oct. 3 and arriving in Santiago on Nov. 21. From Seville to Salamanca (halfway) the daytime highs were in the mid 30s, too hot for me. After that the weather freshened and one or two days there was frost in the early mornings, but comfortably cool daytime walking and very little rain. Whether this weather suits you may depend on your own background and preferences. And of course the weather may be very different next year. Regardless, Buen camino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April/May 2017. Via de la Plata/Sanabres April/May 2018.
#14
I walked the Via from Seville to SdC in April/May this year. There were numerous areas where pulling a single wheel trailer behind me would have been absolutely impossible.
 

Via2010

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
06/07 & 12 Camino Francés, 08-10 Via de la Plata, 13/14 & 17 Camino Portugués, 18 Camino Primitivo
#15
The earlier the year the more humidity in the ground. When walking the sanabrés in May 2010 there were lots of sections which were flooded or soaking wet. No chance to get through these areas with a trailer. I also learnt from some friends who started in Seville in March/April that there were some hazardous river-crossings. Walking this section in mid September, they were no problem. Though, in mid September it can still be very hot.
 

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Camino(s) past & future
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#16
I am considering a pull behind single wheel trailer, a Monowalker Fatmate....anyone have experience/opinions about pulling a trailer? ...
There are quite a few streams to cross on the Plata, not sure if a trailer would be such a great idea in that case ...

Buen Camino, SY
 
Camino(s) past & future
VdLP-Sanabres-Fisterra (Summer 2015); Future? Levante-VDLP-Invierno (Feb/Mar 2019);
#18
I walked the Via from Seville to SdC in April/May this year. There were numerous areas where pulling a single wheel trailer behind me would have been absolutely impossible.
The first that came to mind was Calvary just before Almaden. That hill is steep enough for a person to lug themselves up and I wondered how bicigrinos do it without bypassing the park altogether.
 

Kanga

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese.
#19
I am considering a pull behind single wheel trailer, a Monowalker Fatmate....anyone have experience/opinions about pulling a trailer? I saw a few on the main Camino Frances route into Compostela this past spring and they have some advantages that appeal to me....and the Monowalker is pricey but its designed from the ground up for “Adventure walking”
I walked the Vdlp last spring with a couple who were using a pull behind trailer (used with a set of walking poles), and also a single man who had made his own heavy duty trailer and was using it. He had walked all over Europe with it. Both lots were enthusiastic about the benefits.
 

jpflavin1

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(10,11,17), Vasco(12), Salvador(13), Primitivo(13), Norte(14), Madrid (16), Mozarabe (18)
#20
Hello all,
I did the Camino del Norte/Primitivo to Fistere in April/May of this year and I am now a hopeless Camino addict. Every morning I remember and smile, and I wish I was still there.
Planning to do the Via de la Plata in 2019, either starting again in April, or more likely a late summer start, end of September.
Looking for any advice, experience and of course opinions about anything VdlP related.
Thanks in advance fellow Peregrinos...buen Camino!
Dave Marquez
David:

VdlP is on my list as a possibility this year. I would be looking at a late March start around the 25th. I am assuming weather will be similar to the Mozarabe. That said, I have rain gear and do not let weather, other than heat, impact my walking decisions.

Ultreya,
Joe
 

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