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Via de la Plata in May

Sonnie

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2015
My son and I will be walking the Via de la Plata from Ourense in May 2015. I have already found some very helpful links and information but would like to ask the following: What weather could we generally expect during that part of the year ? Should we prepare for really cold evenings and mornings ? We also want to extend our stay in Santiago for a day or what. Any suggestions on what to do and see ? We are thinking of going to Finisterre for a day. I believe there will be transport available to get there and is it worthwhile to do that ?
 
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The weather should be pleasant; not really cold. There is a lot to do in Santiago, so you might want to indicate what you like. You can take a bus to Fisterra and return the same day, or stay overnight. Yes, it is worthwhile to visit Fisterra.

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alexwalker

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(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
In Spain, you should expect sunny warm weather in May. However, when I walked in May in 2012, it was raining for 20 days, I had 2 days of snow in mountain passes, and one day of sun before SdC... (Walking from Salamanca through Ourense).

But I suspect I was only unlucky: Normally you should have sunny and warm days.

Go to Finisterre. It is worth it. Take a bus: 3 hours from SdC. Runs every day, and returns every day.​
 

ranthr

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C Frances 2005, 2007
Le Puy en Velay -SdC 2009
Via de la Plata 2011
gr 653 from Oloron to Puente la Reina 2012
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Astorga to SdC 2015
I walked the Via de la Plata from Seville to Santiago via Astorga, not the Sanabree via Ourense in May to June 2011 in fearly good and warm weather except for a couple of days at the start with heavy rain and some rainy days later on. As Alex says, May 2012 was wet. In 2013 I walked on the Norte in May and used my Goretexjacket nearly every day, rain, wind, cold weather. You never know, I was surprised on my first camino by how cold it could be, coming from the north of Norway to the south, expecting summertime in May. In Galicia you must be prepared for rainy days and have some warm layers even in August I think.
 
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cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean May/June 2017. Plans to walk Porto 2020
Hola - whilst everyone tells you that Spain is sunny and warm to hot - that's not always the case. I tried to do the VdlP in May last year - it snowed in Madrid on 16th - coldest spring in 40 years and yes there was snow on the Frances Camino (on the high points west of Astorga). But apparently this past May was back to "normal". So bring good wet-weather gear, a fleece and a rain-cover for your backpacks. If you do not use the rain gear then you will have had good weather. Santiago is definitely not typical Spain - that NW Atlantic coast can have rain at any time of year. Two days in SDC should allow you the time you need to get a feel of the city. The day trip to Finisterre is a good recommendation. Buen Camino!
 
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AZgirl

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Frances 2012 , via de la Plata 2014
Madrid/frances Sept/Oct 2017
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[QUOTE="Saint Mike II, post: 251144, member: 20994"So bring good wet-weather gear, a fleece and a rain-cover for your backpacks. If you do not use the rain gear then you will have had good weather. Santiago is definitely not typical Spain - that NW Atlantic coast can have rain at any time of year. Two days in SDC should allow you the time you need to get a feel of the city. The day trip to Finisterre is a good recommendation. Buen Camino![/QUOTE]
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I agree with this. I walked the vdlp, this past May, and there were a few very cold days. And it will most likely rain a few days. The weather was lovely for the most part, but on the bad weather days, I was very glad to have the gear.
 

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