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Weather in March

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March 2019 Frances
I intend starting Camino Frances on March 13th 2019 from Saint Jean Pied de Port - what will the weather be like and will I have problems with Accommodation?
 

falcon269

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Many places do not open until April or Easter week, whichever comes first. You will be relegated to the larger towns and cities; in-between places will be closed. Call ahead because few places stay open just waiting for the lone pilgrim.

Check any internet weather site with historical information. March 2019 will be exactly like every March, but on different days. Remember that the route covers nearly 500 miles, so checking a single city for history won't help guessing the entire route!:)
 

jpflavin1

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I intend starting Camino Frances on March 13th 2019 from Saint Jean Pied de Port - what will the weather be like and will I have problems with Accommodation?

Bazzaboy:

No one can tell you year to year what the weather will be like. You can look at historical data but your experience might be totally different. Over the entire 800 kilometers you will encounter weather from the low 20's to the mid 80's or -7c to 30c.

I started from SJPdP twice on March 23rd and once on April 11th. I never had any problem finding accommodation.

Ultreya,
Joe
 
Camino(s) past & future
March 2019 Frances
Bazzaboy:

No one can tell you year to year what the weather will be like. You can look at historical data but your experience might be totally different. Over the entire 800 kilometers you will encounter weather from the low 20's to the mid 80's or -7c to 30c.

I started from SJPdP twice on March 23rd and once on April 11th. I never had any problem finding accommodation.

Ultreya,
Joe
Thanks Joe, sounds like it could be cold but I was more concerned about Accommodation which in your experience wasn’t a problem. Did you book ahead?👍
 

jpflavin1

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Camino(s) past & future
CF(10,11,17), Vasco(12), Salvador(13), CP(13), CN(14), Madrid (16), Mozarabe (18), VdlP(19)
Thanks Joe, sounds like it could be cold but I was more concerned about Accommodation which in your experience wasn’t a problem. Did you book ahead?👍
Bazzaboy:
I have never booked ahead on any of my Camino's. I have started them all between March 23rd and April 11th. You should not have any trouble with accomodation starting as early as you plan too.

The Val Carlos route, imo, is better than the Napoleon route. Prior to ValCarlos (approx. 11km's) there is a strip of stores to purchase anything you might need. After ValCarlos there is a combination of rural roadside and off road walking.

You will also finish prior to Easter week, which adds to congestion.

Ultreya,
Joe
 
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Camino(s) past & future
March/April (2019)
I intend starting Camino Frances on March 13th 2019 from Saint Jean Pied de Port - what will the weather be like and will I have problems with Accommodation?
Hi Bazzaboy, I will be one day in front of you...starting out fro SJPdP on the 12th March... probably see you at some point,
Regards,
Chris
 

FranziBee

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Camino(s) past & future
I am going to walk the Camino Frances from March - April 2019, starting in SJPdP.
I intend starting Camino Frances on March 13th 2019 from Saint Jean Pied de Port - what will the weather be like and will I have problems with Accommodation?
Hi :) I guess that we’ll meet then at a certain point since my friend and I are starting the same day from SJPdP. We are also very curious about the weather, so any tips are highly appreciated!
 

tsher09

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Beginning of March (2019)
Looking at starting March 1, so tips are greatly appreciated, here as well. Thanks!
 

Levi

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2015
VDLP 2016
Portuguese March 2017
Sanabres September 2017
Madrid September 2018
I'm starting from Pamplona around the 6th of March for three weeks on the Camino. Having previously walked in January a few years ago I'm not too anxious about accommodation - there was always a bed to be found. (There is a very good resource somewhere on the forum that gives a link to a regularly updated list of open/closed albergues - I'll try to find this). The weather? Who knows. I'll have layers for heat, and good waterproofs and whatever comes, comes. It will be great!
 

Ewen Huff

Ewen
Camino(s) past & future
March 2019 Camino
Hi, I'm starting at Pamplona on 7th March 2019 so have been following comments about weather and accommodation. See some of you there! :)
 

WhidbeyWanderer

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planned first trip May 1, 2017
Hello, I too am beginning my walk in March (March 5th from Saint Jean Pied de Port). Looking forward to seeing you all along the way. Safe travels and Buen Camino!

Andy
 

Australian Crawl

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances (SJPdP - Finisterre) 2019
I intend starting Camino Frances on March 13th 2019 from Saint Jean Pied de Port - what will the weather be like and will I have problems with Accommodation?
I intend starting Camino Frances on March 13th 2019 from Saint Jean Pied de Port - what will the weather be like and will I have problems with Accommodation?
hi Bazzaboy
I’m also starting in SJPdP on March 13 on my way to Finisterre. See you on the way.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 was Camino #14
The weather is anyone's guess.
You could have a sunny cold day, or you could have 9 feet of snow!
My best advice is to prepare well, layer your clothing, and PAY ATTENTION to what the Pilgrim Office tells you. If they say do not walk, do not walk! If they say to take the alternate route, take the alternate route.
Buen Camino!
 

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