The Camino de Santiago is a trip that can be done at all times of the year. However, some pilgrims decide to do during the Winter months. Discover with this post the magic of walking during the winter season.
During the winter, the different routes of the Camino de Santiago are transformed. There are not many pilgrims, the crowded accommodations and the wide range of meals and services of summer and spring.
In the months of December, January and February, everything changes. The silence, the loneliness and the tranquility of the landscapes and towns are the protagonists, and walking during this time can be a wonderful experience.
ORGANIZE YOUR WINTER ROUTE
The Camino de Santiago, we always say it, is one of the best experiences that you Will have in your life. We must know the routes and our possibilities, especially if we walk alone.
Decide the route of the Camino de Santiago that you want to do is very important. Most pilgrims agree that the months of December and January are better but this depends on the place and the weather conditions.
We recommend the French Way, especially the route that starts from Sarria and ends in Santiago de Compostela, the most popular route of the Camino de Santiago. It’s a relatively easy journey and you can find a lot of services, restaurants, hostels and supermarkets.
Do you need more recommendations? The Winter Road is a good idea. It begins in Ponferrada and ends in Santiago de Compostela. It crosses the river Sil, the Médulas and the Ribeira Sacra.
You must be prepared for the low temperatures. Surely your backpack will be a little heavier. Consider the possibility of hiring a luggage transport service and assistance vehicle, they are an excellent option in case of any urgency.
Wear clothes that cover your skin, a rain jacket to protect your head and body from rain and snow, and a sweater or fleece. Bring with you the pants that you feel most comfortable to walk with.
Don’t forget your underwear, your personal toilet bag, a pair of T-shirts, some flip flops, some good gloves, hats, scarves, socks and the right footwear for the Camino.
Also, your favorite book, your music player, or any other distractor Will be a good idea!
ARE THERE RISKS?
The Camino de Santiago in winter is not dangerous. Don’t be afraid to undertake this adventure in Winter. There aren’t limitations!
If you need extra help, or you don’t have enough time to plan your trip, we will advise you!
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