Best places to experience the Camino de Santiago in Easter

Camino in Easter

We have many reasons to believe that there is nothing like Easter on the Camino de Santiago, but there are others that may not be so encouraging. 

This festivity can be considered as the beginning of the season on the Camino de Santiago.

After the quiet winter months, pilgrims start to hit the road again.

If you are thinking about walking the Camino de Santiago in Easter, keep reading! Easter on the Camino de Santiago

 This year, Easter in Galicia was from the 14th of April to the 21 of April.

Are you planning to walk the Camino de Santiago in Easter? 

A lot of questions arise when planning an adventure like the Camino de Santiago, and among them there is always the one related to the period of the year.

  • When is the best time to walk the Camino?

This is a questions with many different answers, depending on the motivations and preferences of each pilgrim.

If you are planning to walk the Camino de Santiago during the Holy Week, in this post you will discover some of the most popular spots along the way. Processions, traditions, celebrations… the Camino de Santiago has so many different routes, that there are different kind of festivities. Let’s discover a bit more about the ones taking place in Galicia region.

Camino Inglés Ria Ferrol

The Holy Week Processions in Ferrol (English Way)

The Holy Week in Ferrol is the popular of Galicia region, a Festival of International Tourist Interest. From the first day Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, the city hosts more than 26 processions throughout its streets.

Camino de Santiago en Semana Santa

The city welcomes visitors from all over the world, who travel to Ferrol to see the worshippers and the parades. The most popular ones: Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

If you plan to walk the English Way during these week, we strongly recommend you to book in advance, as accommodation could be an issue.

Festival of the Holy Christ in Finisterre (Finisterre & Muxia Way)

The Festival of the Holy Christ in Finisterre, takes place on Easter Sunday, on the road towards the lighthouse. It commemorates the Passion of Christ, represented by town locals.

This religious play represents the moment in front of the tomb of Jesus Christ, when the Roman soldiers were guarding it. And an angel brought the news of the resurrection. All the emotions of joy and happiness are represented on this play, that ends with the “Dance of Our Lady of Areas” (a traditional dance from the 17th century).

Paradela is a small village in Meis (right on this Camino de Santiago route), very popular in the area because of its Holy Week celebrations. The most popular one: the re-enactment of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ, that takes place in the chapel. Even though Paradela is a very small village, all the details of this play are very conscientious: from the costumes, the performance, the setting… we strongly recommend to discover it if you are around!

The processions of Mondoñedo (Northern Way)

Modoñedo is one of the most popular stops of the Northern Way (or Camino del Norte). It used to be one of the capitals of the Kingdom of Galicia, and its cathedral is impressive.
There are a couple of singularities about the Holy Week in Modoñedo. One of them, is the procession taking place in Good Friday, just for women (known as the Procession of Solitude, or “Procesión de la Soledad”).

The traditional song played during this procession, is the “Plorans”, written by Mestre Pacheco. This song can only be played in Mondoñedo, and at the Royal Chapel in Madrid!

What are the advantages and disadvantages of walking during this period of the year?

Easter on the Camino de Santiago: Advantages

dsc8928Special Events: the Holy Week is a very special period in Spain, particularly in some specific regions. That is the case of Ferrol, starting point of the English Way, and the city where we can see the most renowned religious processions of Galicia.

We will also be able to enjoy Easter in other spots along the different routes, such as Tui, Sarria or Santiago de Compostela. There will be liturgical ceremonies and musical events.

And of course, we don’t need to talk about the Holy Week of Seville, starting point of the Ví­a de la Plata, as it is renowned worldwide.

-More social Camino: in Spain, students enjoy at least one week of holidays in Easter, and most of the companies close down on Holy Thursday and Friday. This means that many national pilgrims use these days off to travel. The Camino starts to be full of “life” again, after winter, and the Holy Week is considered to be the beginning of the new season.

If you are an international pilgrim, looking to meet Spanish walkers on the Camino, Easter is the perfect time to do so.

-Spring-like landscapes: the dates of the Holy Week can vary every year depending on the Christian calendar, but it tends to mark the beginning of the Spring. The landscape covered with flowers will accompany us on our way to Santiago de Compostela.

Easter on the Camino de Santiago: Disadvantages

-WeathEaster on the Camino de Santiago Galiwonderser: many pilgrims (particularly the Spanish ones) tend to walk in July and August, to have better chances of good weather on the way. It depends on the period of the year, but if Easter is too early (March for example) the rain could be our “travel companion”.

-Difficulties when looking for accommodation: if we put “holidays” and “good weather forecast” in the same equation, the result will be loads of national pilgrims looking to walk the Camino. This could mean problems when looking for accommodation.

For those who are sure about walking the Camino in Easter, we would recommend you to book as soon as possible to avoid last minute surprises.

-Higher prices: considering the large number of tourists that come to Spain during the Holy Week, hotels use to increase their prices compared to the rest of the year, as it is considered to be high season.

Easter is a really nice period, with a lot of life and activities going on, but you’ll need to get your wallet ready!What about you, which is your favorite period of the year to walk the Camino de Santiago? Have you ever walked it in Easter?

Do you have any questions about walking the Camino de Santiago in Easter? Please do not hesitate to contact us! A member of the team will get back to you in less than 24 hours!

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