The Camino de Santiago routes in August
Doing the Camino de Santiago in August involves finding the pilgrim routes full of pilgrims, especially the French Way. August is the month in which most people enjoy their summer holidays and therefore the busiest dates on the Camino de Santiago.
This fact, as we tell you in our article about the Camino de Santiago in summer, has its advantages and disadvantages. Do not let the popularity of the Camino de Santiago in August discourage you to do it on those dates if it is when you take your holidays. There are always alternatives if you are looking for peace of mind.
In this article we want to talk about the temperature that you will find on the main routes, to inform you about the weather on the Camino de Santiago in August. We will also take the opportunity to tell you about the different festivities that take place in August in the towns along the Camino de Santiago.
Doing the Camino Frances in August
The Camino Frances in August is full of pilgrims. However, not all stages have the same influx. The section that runs from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela is the most popular and, therefore, in August it is quite overcrowded.
If you are interested in this route, you can check its features in this article in which we dedicate a section to talk about the sections of the Camino Frances. Here you will find information about what to see and do on this route.
The climate on the Camino Frances in August
August days are quite hot throughout Spain. The average temperature at this time is 25 or 30 degrees centigrade. The stages that go through Castilla y León are especially hard in August, since it is a part of the route that completely lacks shade.
If the heat is your doubt, we recommend you do the last 100 km on this route, the Camino de Santiago from Sarria. Don’t worry! Tell us when you would like to travel and we will organize an unforgettable experience for you.
August festivals on the Camino Frances
In August you will find many popular festivals in all towns and villages of Spain. Below we tell you in which locations on the Camino Frances you can enjoy them.
Fiestas de San Esteban
In Zubiri you will find the festivities of San Esteban during the first weekend of August. This town is located at the end of the first or second stage of the Camino Frances, depending on whether you begin your pilgrimage in Saint Jean Pied de Port or in Roncesvalles. These festivals also take place in Pamplona.
Los Arcos in August
At the end of stage 6 is the village of Los Arcos. This town hosts the Camino de Santiago Fair on August 14th. An excellent opportunity if you want to discover more about the pilgrim route. The village also celebrates in August the Feast of Our Lady of the Assumption.
Other festivals on the Camino Frances
Other festivities held on the Camino Francés during the month of August are:
- Carrión de los Condes (stage 16): Fiesta de San Zoilo (last Monday of August).
- Berciano del Real Camino (stage 18): Festival in honour of the old patron saint (9th August).
- Mansilla de las Mulas (stage 19): Festival of the Tomato (last weekend of August).
- Astorga (stage 22): Town festivals (last week in August).
- Triacastela (stage 27): Pilgrimage of San Mamede (17th August).
- Sarria (stage 28): Ponte de Lóuzara Festival (17th August).
- Melide (stage 31): Festival of San Roque (from 15th to 21st August).
- O Pedrouzo (stage 32): The Chicken festivals (beginning of August)
The Camino Portugues in August
The Camino Portugues to Santiago is a good option for the month of August. Considering the high temperatures that can be recorded at peak times, it is appreciated that the route does not present hard climbs. Perhaps that is why, after the Camino Frances, it is one of the most popular routes during the month of August.
Both the Central Camino Portugues and the Coastal route are good options for the month of August. Although, without a doubt, the best thing about the Camino de Santiago in Portugal is that, if you have time, you can enjoy both paths. If you want to know more about the Portuguese routes, you can consult the article that we dedicate to the Camino de Santiago in Portugal.
The Portuguese climate in August
In August, temperatures in Portugal range from 23 to 30 degrees centigrade. The further north you are, the cooler temperatures are.
August festivals on the Camino Portugues
On the Camino Portugues you will find various festivities in August. Here are some of them.
The Feast of the Assumption
The Feast of the Assumption is celebrated on August 15th. Whether you are doing the Camino Central Portugues, from Lisbon, or starting the Camino Portugues from Porto, you can enjoy them. Both Lisbon and Porto hold events in honour of the Assumption.
Alvaiázere in August
Alvaiázere is a town located on the seventh stage of the Camino Portugues on the Central route. Two events take place in this town during the month of August.
On the first Sunday of August, the town hosts the festivities in honour of Nossa Senhora da Graça. In the middle of the month, those of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Ponte da Lima in August
Ponte da Lima is at the end of stage 20 on the route. This village also hosts two events during the month of August. The first week of the month is the International Folklore Festival and the second, the Feira dos Petiscos.
In Pontevedra, the Pilgrim’s Festival is held during the second week of August. During the festivities you can enjoy numerous Galician bands and various plays. Certainly, a good time to travel through Pontevedra.
The Hebrón Pepper Festival
On 6th August, the festival of Hebron peppers is celebrated in Padrón. As you must know, and if not, we’ll tell you that the well-known Padrón peppers are not native to that town, but from Hebron.
The Camino del Norte in August
August is one of the best months to enjoy the beaches along the Cantabrian coast. This route, the second longest of the pilgrim routes is a perfect choice for summer, especially if you are looking to avoid crowds of pilgrims.
If you want to know more about it, you can consult the post we dedicate to the Camino del Norte. Here, you will find links where you can learn more about what to see and do on this pilgrim path.
The August climate on the Camino del Norte to Santiago
During the month of August, on this route you will find temperatures ranging from 17 to 28 degrees. August is a good month to complete the Camino del Norte because the chance of rain is not very high.
August festivals on the Camino del Norte
In August, in addition to enjoying the impressive beaches on the Camino de Santiago del Norte, you will be able to participate in a multitude of popular festivities. Here are the locations where you’re most likely to find popular events during the month of August.
Markina on stage 4
Markina is located at the end of the fourth stage of the route, if you begin your pilgrimage in Irun. In this town you will find during the month of August three celebrations: Santutxu (1st August), Feast of Our Lady of the Snows (5th August) and the festivities of San Jacinto (17th August).
Gernika in August
At the end of the fifth stage of the Camino del Norte, you will reach the historic Gernika. This village holds the Rioja Alavesa Wine and Cod Festival in August, an excellent opportunity to taste these regional products. From 14th to 15th August the Feast of Andra Mari is also held.
Bilbao is also full of festivals during the month of August. On the one hand, the festivities of San Roque, and on the other, the Big Week in Bilbao.
Laredo on stage 10
The town of Laredo holds several festivities during the month of August, so if you do the Camino del Norte and pass by, you will easily find villages at festival time. Here are some of the events you’ll find in Laredo during the month of August:
- Festival of San Lorenzo (10th August)
- The Feast of Our Lady of the Assumption (15th August)
- The festival of San Roque (16th August)
- The Battle of Flowers (last Friday of the month)
Doing La Via de la Plata in August
La Via de la Plata is the longest Camino de Santiago. Therefore, when talking about this route, reference is made to various sections or paths.
One of its sections is known as the Camino Mozarabe. The other is the one that joins Seville with Merida.
The previous stages are not very recommended for the month of August, as the temperatures in the Spanish south are very high. However, nothing is impossible. If you decide to do the southern sections in August, don’t forget to read our advice for doing La Vía de la Plata in summer.
On the Via de la Plata you will find other sections that are much more recommended for the month of August. An example is the Camino Sanabrés, which begins in Ourense. We especially like this route because it is little-known.
The August climate on la Via de la Plata
In August, on the southern sections you will find temperatures ranging from 35 to 40 degrees. While in the northern sections, such as the Camino Sanabrés, temperatures are much milder, around 25 or 28 degrees.
August festivals on La Via de la Plata
The entire Camino de Santiago de la Plata is dotted with popular festivals during the month of August. Below is a list of some of the festivities you will find on the route from Seville to Santiago de Compostela:
- Guillena (stage 1): Fiesta de Nuestra Señora del Rosario.
- Almadén de Plata (stage 3): Feast in honour of Our Lady of Our Lady of Grace and Feasts of Our Lord of the Christ of the Cross.
- Monesterio (stage 4): The Festival of the Emigrant.
- Fuentes de Cantos (stage 5): Fuentes de Cantos town Festival.
- Almendralejo (stage 8): Fair of Piety (August 15th).
- Torremejía (stage 8): Town Festival
- Alcuéscar (stage 10): The Festival of the Emigrant.
- Casar de Cáceres (stage 12): Feast of the Tenca (last weekend of the month).
- Embalse de Alcántara (stage 12): Feast de San Roque (mid-August).
- Grimaldo (stage 13): Feast of San Roque (16th August).
- Galisteo (stage 14): Feast of Our Lady of the Assumption (14th – 18th August).
- Aldeanueva del Camino (stage 15): Cultural week (mid-August).
- Baños de Montemayor (stage 16): The feast of the Elders, the feast of San Ramón Nonat, the feast of Santa Rosa de Lima.
- La Calzada de Béjar (stage 16): Feast of San Ramón Nonato.
- Fuenterroble (stage 17): Festivities (6th August).
- Benavente (stage 24): Medieval Market.
- Alija del Infantado (stage 25): The Vizana Pilgrimage (15th August).
The Camino Primitivo in August
August is an excellent month to complete the Camino Primitivo. If you are looking for tranquillity on the Camino de Santiago during the month of August, this is your route.
The August temperature on the Camino Primitivo
In August the temperature on the Camino Primitivo to Santiago varies between 15 and 25 degrees. The chances of rain in August are not very high, so it is a good opportunity to make this route without worrying too much about the rain.
August festivals on the Camino Primitivo
On August 15th you will find various towns on the Camino Primitivo that celebrate the festivities in honour of San Roque. Some of them are: Tineo (stage 3), Grandas de Salime (stage 6), Cadavo Baleira (stage 8) or Lugo (stage 9).
Other celebrations you will find on the Camino Primitivo are:
- Tineo (stage 3): The Chosco festival (first week of the month) and the Wine and Stuffed Bread Festival.
- Pola de Allende (stage 4): Pilgrimage of Our Lady of Bedramón (15th August).
- Grandas de Salime (stage 6): Jira Campestres and San Salvador Festivals (first weekend in August), the Bellido Festival (31st August) and the Sardine Festival (last weekend of the month).
- Fonsagrada (stage 7): Festival of the Emigrant (first fortnight of August).
- Cadavo Baleira (stage 8): Feast of San Cristóbal (12th August).
The Camino Ingles to Santiago in August
The Camino Ingles is an excellent route if you have a few days’ holiday in August. In 5 days you can complete all of the Camino Ingles. If you want to know more about this route, you can consult the post that we dedicate to its stages.
The average temperature on this route during the month of August is 18 to 24 degrees. Since the route is completely made through Galicia, there is a chance of rain. But in the summer months, it is when the least rainfall is recorded.
On the Camino Ingles during the month of August you will find celebrations in Ferrol, Betanzos and Bruma. Here’s some details about each one:
- Ferrol (stage 1): Craft fair, gastronomy and period shows, Battle of Brión (the Sunday closest to 25th August) and Fuegos de San Ramón (last week of the month).
- Betanzos (stage 2): Festival of San Roque (from 14th to 25th August), Os Caneiros and the Balloon Festival
- Bruma (stage 3): Feast of San Lorenzo.
The Camino de Finisterre in July
The Camino de Finisterre is quite busy in August. Temperatures on this route are somewhat cooler during the month of August than on other pilgrim routes.
On the Camino de Finisterre you will find various celebrations during the month of August. Some of them are:
- Cee (stage 3): Book Fair (second week of the month), Feast of the Virgin of the Xunqueira (August 13th-16th) and Cockles Festival (end of month)
- Finisterre (stage 4): Longueirón Festival (first Sunday of the month) and Fin del Camino Festival (third weekend in August)
- Muxía (stage 6): Sea route Market (August 25-26)
With everything we’ve told you, you know everything you need to know to do the Camino de Santiago in August. If you do this between July and August or between August and September, check out the articles about the Camino de Santiago in those months.
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