Camino Weather Map
Weather on the Camino the Santiago can vary depending on the Camino route and the season of the year. The most popular Camino trail is the French way; it extends from Northeast to Northwest Spain, winters are mild with rainfall and in summer temperatures rarely exceed 25ºC.
In the north of Spain you can enjoy an average of 1584 to 2223 hours of sunshine per year. So even during winter days you can experience cold temperatures but with the sun shining in the blue sky.
To help you plan your Camino better we have developed the Camino Weather Map to keep you informed about the climate conditions every month of the year.
The French Way in its entirety stretches from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela, and is divided into eight sections. Some of the most popular cities along the route include Pamplona, Leon, and Sarria. All sections of the Camino Frances stretch across the northern region of Spain, creating very seasonal weather.
Like most countries in the Western Hemisphere, Spain in summer can be very warm. In fact, from June to August the temperatures in this region average at around 27°C (80°F). The sun is shining for a majority of the days every month. However, in Sarria in particular, there is a higher chance of rain.
When the season turns to fall, the temperature on the Camino shifts as well. Temperatures cool to around 23°C (73°F) in September, 18°C (64°F) in October, and 13°C (55°F) in November. As the temperatures drop, there is also a higher chance of rain along the route. Like before, in Sarria specifically, there are more predicted rainy days than sunny days.
As winter hits the region, the temperatures drop drastically. Averaging around 9°C (48°F) or 10°C (50°F), the weather in the northern region of Spain is typically rainier.
In March, April and May, the temperatures slowly get warmer. With temperatures increasing from 13°C (55°F) in March to 18°C (64°F) in May, the days still have a tendency to be half rainy and half sunny.
Going from Lisbon to Santiago, over five sections, the Camino Portugues travels from southern Portugal up to Spain and Santiago de Compostela. Typically, the beginning sections of the Portuguese Way are warmer than the later sections.
On average, in the months of June, July and August, the area is very warm. Temperatures can range from 23°C (73°F) to 27°C (80°F), especially in Lisbon, the southernmost city in the route. Typically, there are very few rainy days.
Once the season shifts from summer to fall, the temperatures start to cool off, if only a little. Generally, in September the temperatures will average at around 25°C (77°F) , but in October and November they will drop to around 20°C (68°F). As the season shifts to cooler weather, the chance of rainy days will also rise for the area.
Changing from fall to winter, you can expect the temperatures to drop more dramatically. Winter brings an average temperature of around 14°C (57°F). There is also a higher chance of rain during this season, particularly in February.
As spring rolls around, there’s still an increased chance of rainy days. However, the weather does begin to warm up. On average, during March, April and May, the temperatures will rise from 17°C (62°F) to around 20°C (68°F). Expect cooler nights, especially if there has been quite a bit of rain.
Divided into four sections, the Northern Way starts in San Sebastian and stretches to Oviedo. Because the Camino del Norte is in Northern Spain, the weather is not as intense as other routes to Santiago de Compostela.
During the summer months, the temperatures average at around 24°C (75°F) to 26°C (78°F). June, July and August are also very sunny months, with over two-thirds of each month basking in the sun.
As the season turns from summer to fall, the weather starts to change. The temperatures will cool off, especially in October and November. There are also quite a few more rainy days, with rain every other day on average.
Moving from fall to winter, you can expect quite a change in the region’s weather. The temperatures for the area will level out at around 12°C (53°F). There is also a higher chance of rain, with rainy day expectations and predictions set at just over half of the month.
Shifting from winter to spring, you should expect there to be plenty of rainy days. With spring being an already rainy season, the coastal location of this route significantly increases the chance of rain. The temperature of the area will hold steady at around 15°C (59°F) through March and April, but expect the average temperatures to rise to about 19°C (66°F) in May.
The Via Podiensis (Le Puy Route) stretches, in six sections, from Le Puy en Velay to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. Since the Via Podiensis traverses through inland France, the weather is reflective of that area. In the summer, the temperatures average at around 28°C (82°F). There are also quite a few rainy days, averaging about 13 rainy days for every 17 sunny days.
Changing from summer to fall, the temperatures will begin to drop. In September, the average is around 24°C (75°F) and still quite warm. However, in October and November, the temperature shifts to cooler weather, with averages between 14°C (57°F) and 19°C (66°F). The further inland you go, such as to Le Puy en Velay, you can expect much more rainfall, especially during the fall.
As the season shifts from fall to winter, there is still quite a bit of rainfall. The average temperature for December to February levels out at around 10°C (50°F). The evenings can get quite cold, with typical temperatures averaging out at 2°C (35°F).
When the season turns from winter to spring, the weather will shift accordingly. Starting in March, the temperatures will increase from 15°C (59°F) up to 23°C (73°F) by May. Like the other seasons, however, you should still expect quite a bit of rain throughout these months.
Santiago de Compostela
The final destination of each Camino is Santiago de Compostela, home to the remains of St James. Typically, the weather in the city is steady, since it’s located within 100km of the coast. In the summer months, the temperature does not typically rise above 24°C (75°F). There are also many more sunny days than rainy days in the city.
As the season shifts to fall, the temperatures begin to drop. Throughout September, October, and November, the temperatures will drop from an average of 23°C (73°F) to 14°C (57°F). Similarly, as you get later into the year, there is an increased possibility for rain. Generally, about half the month is predicted to be rainy.
When the season changes from fall to winter, the temperature will actually hold steady at around 11°C (52°F) for the months of December, January and February. Throughout winter, there is also an increased chance of rain, especially in January.
During the springtime, the temperatures will average at around 14°C (57°F), rising slightly to 18°C (64°F) in May. Spring will also bring an increase of sunny days. However, you should still expect one-third of each month to produce rainy days.
For information on packing lists and what to wear at each time of the year, please click here.