The Camino de Santiago routes in October
Do you want to do the Camino de Santiago in October? Pilgrimage to Santiago in the autumn is a splendid decision. During October and November, the landscapes on the pilgrim routes are dyed ochre.
In this blog post we want to dedicate it to the climatic conditions that you will find on the main routes of the Camino de Santiago in October. We will also tell you about the different festivals that take place in October in the towns and villages that cross the routes on the Camino de Santiago.
The Camino Frances in October
The Camino de Santiago Frances, in October, begins to regain its calm. In October you will not share a route with hundreds of pilgrims, as is the case in the months of July and August. However, the route will not be as desolate as in the winter months.
You can read more about the stages on the Camino Frances in this article about the routes on the Camino de Santiago. If you do not have many days, an excellent option is the stretch that goes from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela. These kilometres are the most popular, but in October you won’t find as many crowds.
As we told you, on the Camino de Santiago from Sarria you have the option to complete the route in 7, 8 or even up to 11 days respectively, so there is plenty of flexibility. If you’ve already made up your mind, tell us when you’d like to travel and we’ll arrange an unforgettable experience.
The climate on the Camino Frances in the month of October
In October, you will find typically autumn temperatures. They’re not cold days, but you won’t find the high summer temperatures either. An ideal climate for walking.
For much of the tour, you will find an average temperature of 20 degrees centigrade. However, on sections that cross Castile and León or on the mountain passes, the thermometer could drop to 15 or even to 10 degrees.
October festivals on the Camino Frances
With the arrival of autumn, the festive rhythm of the towns and villages on the Camino de Santiago decreases. However, if you decide to do the Camino de Santiago Frances in October you can enjoy the Marathon that takes place from Roncesvalles to Zubiri. If you arrive in León on October 20th, you will also have the opportunity to witness the Feast of San Froilán.
Doing the Camino Portugues in October
The Camino Portugues has two routes in Portuguese territory. One of them is known as the Camino Central Portugues and in October it gives way to beautiful interior landscapes.
The other route is known as the Camino Portugues Coastal Route. It starts from Porto and borders the Atlantic side. Choosing this route on the Camino de Santiago in October is not a bad option, as the temperatures are still warm enough to enjoy the sea.
If you want to know more details about both paths, you can consult the article in our blog that we dedicate to the Camino Portugues. You’ll love both of them!
The climate in Portugal during October
Temperatures in Portugal, during the month of October, are warmer than in northern Spain. In October, the average temperature of this route ranges between 12 and 22 degrees centigrade.
If you plan to do the Camino Portugues Coastal Route in October, the proximity of the sea may give you a greater feeling of cold, especially if it is windy. That’s why it’s important to have a good windcheater.
You should also anticipate that although the temperature on the Camino Portugues, in October, is quite pleasant, as you enter Galicia, the days will get cooler. Therefore, do not forget to put in your backpack some waterproof clothes, because in Galicia it always rains.
October on the Camino Portugues
If you decide to do the Camino de Santiago Portugues, from Lisbon, on the tour you can enjoy several events, in the month of October. Next, we’ll talk to you about them.
Santarém Gastronomy Festival
If you choose to do the Camino de Santiago Portugues, and if you pass through Santarém, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the Festival of Gastronomy that takes place in the town throughout the month of October. An excellent opportunity to get closer to traditional Portuguese food!
Coimbra en octubre
In October, Coimbra regains its student rhythm and therefore you will find a city full of students. Weekends in this city are very lively. However, during the month of October you will also find the Festa das Latas, also known as Latada.
This is basically a student celebration, in which new students have to take to the streets with ridiculous outfits or satirical banners. You will also have the opportunity to listen to the student bands through the streets of the city.
The Cockerel Festival
All those who venture to do the Camino de Santiago Portugués in October will have the opportunity to attend the Festival of the Cockerel in Barcelos (stage 19). It is one of the most emblematic festivals in the country, as it lives up to the legend of the BarcelosCockerel that gave rise to the famous rooster that, today, represents the country.
Other festivals on the Camino Portugues
In addition to the previous two celebrations, on stage 23 you will arrive in O Porriño. In this town, on the first Sunday of October, the Tripe Festival is held. On the next stage, in Redondela, you can enjoy the Butchery Festival.
The Camino del Norte to Santiago in October
October is still a good month to tour the Cantabrian coast. While you won’t find as many sunny days as in previous months, the warm temperatures at the beginning of autumn will allow you to enjoy its beautiful landscapes and stunning beaches.
The weather on the Camino del Norte to Santiago
The proximity to the Cantabrian means that temperatures recorded in the cities that cross this route are much warmer than on the Camino Frances, especially on the Castilian plateau. However, October is a rather rainy month on this route.
If you want to know more about the Camino del Norte route, you can read our post about the Camino del Norte. In it, you will find other related articles in which we talk about what to see and do on this route.
Celebrations on the Camino del Norte in October
During the month of October, you will find various towns with festivities on the Camino del Norte to Santiago. Below is a list of some of the celebrations you can enjoy if you choose to do this route in October:
- Markina (stage 4): Great Fair and Feasts of Saint Teresa of Jesus (October 15th).
- Gernika (stage 5): Agricultural, livestock and artisan fair (last Monday of the month) and Feast of Saint John.
- Bilbao (stage 7): Feast of Our Lady of Begoña (October 11th).
- Portugalete (stage 8): Festival of the Azeta neighbourhood.
- La Caridad (stage 25): Feast of Pilar (12th October).
- Lourenzá (stage 27): Bean Festival (first weekend of the month) and the Feast of Our Lady of Pilar (October 12th).
- Abadín (stage 28): Galician Beef Day (first or third weekend of the month).
La Via de la Plata in October
As we explained in our article on La Via de la Plata, this immense section has several sections. The southern stages, both those known as the Camino Mozarabe like the southwest section that runs between Seville and Merida, are recommended to do in October, since it is not so hot.
The climate in October on La Via de la Plata
In the southern stages of La Via de la Plata you will find a temperature that varies between 15 and 25 degrees centigrade during the month of October. As you get on the plateau, the days will get colder.
October on La Via de la Plata
If you decide to do the Via de la Plata from Seville, in the month of October you will have the opportunity to enjoy various popular events. Some of them are:
- Sevilla (stage 1): Meeting of the Regional Houses (October 12th-14th).
- Mérida (stage 9): The Gypsy Girl Fair (October 9th-12th).
- Alcuéscar (stage 10): Feast of the Virgin of the Rosary.
- Casar de Cáceres (stage 12): The Carbote (31st October) and Casar Cake Week.
- Galisteo (stage 14): Sunday of the Rosary (first Sunday of the month).
- Salamanca (stage 19): The Ascension Festival of Mariquelo (31st October).
The Camino Primitivo in October
October continues to be a good month to make the Camino Primitivo to Santiago. The temperatures are still not too low and you will have no problem saving your mountain passes.
The climate on the Camino Primitivo in October
In the month of October on the Camino Primitivo to santiago you will find an average temperature of 12 or 14 degrees. The chances of rain in October are quite high and in the mountain passes you may suffer some frost, so make sure you have waterproof and warm clothing.
Festivals on the Camino Primitivo
During the month of October, you will find various towns with festivals on the Camino Primitivo. Here’s a list of some of the celebrations you can enjoy if you’re not able to do this route in October:
- Oviedo (stage 1): Disarmament (19th October).
- Grado (stage 1): Autumn Market (the first Sunday closest to October 12th), Pilar Cattle Competition and Exhibition (October 10th-12th) and San Simón Fair (October 28th).
- Tineo (stage 3): San Francisco Fair (4th October) and GastroTineo (October 14th and 15th).
- Baleira (stage 8): San Froilán (8th October).
- Lugo (stage 9): San Froilán (8th October).
The Camino Ingles in October
The Camino Ingles to Santiago is a suitable route to do in October. The biggest drawback you will find will be the rain, but on this route the temperature is still quite pleasant.
El Camino Ingles is an excellent route if you have a few days to complete the Camino. The tour can be completed in 5 days. If you want to know more about the Camino Ingles, you can check the article we dedicate to this route.
On the Camino Ingles to Santiago you will not find big popular festivals during the month of October. The most prominent event on this route is the Tortilla Festival that takes place in Betanzos (stage 2), in the first week of the month.
The route to The End of the World in October
Along with the other routes on the Camino de Santiago, the Camino de Finisterre returns to calm in October. As with other paths that run mostly through Galician soil, the chances of rain on this route in October are considerable.
If you want to learn more about this itinerary you can consult our article on the Camino de Finisterre. The route is magical and with the arrival of autumn, it is even more so!
With everything we have told you in this article and the information that you will find in the related posts that we have been recommending, you already have all the information you need to do the Camino de Santiago in October. If you make your trip between October and November or between September and October, don’t forget to check out the monographs you’ll find in our blog about those months.
To say goodbye, remind you that if you want to have an agency specialized in the Camino that will help you organize your trip, in Santiago Ways we will be happy to do so. Call us write us a comment at the end of this article or on our page on Facebook.
Excellent information, a very good place to start making your plans.
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