Doing the Camino de Santiago in April is one of the best months you can choose to do the Camino. April is the month in which spring tints the landscape with bright colours and the fields bloom, making the Camino come alive in a unique way, inviting pilgrims to immerse themselves in an experience that goes beyond a simple journey that allows them to connect deeply with themselves.
Why do the Camino de Santiago in April?
The month of April and the arrival of spring create the perfect environment to do the Camino de Santiago. Pilgrims have the opportunity to enjoy the calm of the Camino before the level of affluence begins to rise face the summer months, providing a quieter experience that allows you to connect deeply with the Camino.
Spring transforms the paths of the Camino. Trees regain their leaves and flowers fill the fields, creating an atmosphere of freshness and vitality.
April’s mild temperatures provide the ideal setting for walking. Although mornings can be cool, as the day progresses, temperatures become warmer, offering ideal conditions for connecting with the journey and enjoying the scenery.
Advantages of walking the Camino in April
If you are thinking of doing the Camino de Santiago in April these are the main advantages:
Warm and pleasant climate
In April, you can enjoy warm temperatures, as temperatures range between 15ºC and 20ºC, which is ideal for walking the routes that pass through the centre and south of Spain.
On the stages that pass through Castile-León, you are likely to find colder days, especially in early April.
On some days there may be light, intermittent showers, especially in the northern regions. However, they will not be an inconvenience for walking.
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Longer days for walking
With the arrival of spring, the days start to get longer. This means that you will have more time during the day to walk, explore and enjoy the landscapes of the Camino without worrying about it getting dark earlier.
Although April marks the beginning of the high season on the Camino de Santiago, the crowds are smaller compared to the summer months. This will allow you to enjoy the journey in a quieter and more personal way.
Greater availability in accommodation
In spring, pilgrims begin to arrive on the Camino, so the accommodation will work at full capacity. Unlike other seasons of the year, you will not have problems finding accommodation.
However, we recommend that you book your accommodation in advance when planning your Camino.
Disadvantages of doing the Camino de Santiago in April
Although doing the Camino de Santiago in April can be a fascinating experience, it also presents certain challenges that you should be aware of.
“En abril aguas mil”- Unexpected rainfall
As the saying goes: “En abril aguas mil”. Unexpected rainfall can occur during this month, especially on routes in the north of Spain. We recommend you to be prepared with spare clothes, a light mackintosh, waterproof shoes and protection for your backpack.
Which Camino de Santiago route should I do in April?
Given that in February the weather conditions are challenging, we recommend choosing short itineraries. In addition, it would be wise to choose stages that pass through populated areas, where you can take shelter in case of rain, storm or any other unforeseen event. This will make your experience more enjoyable and safer.
The Portuguese Way is the second most popular route after the French Way. It starts in Lisbon but many choose to start in Porto, the most important city in Portugal, which is 250 km from Santiago de Compostela. The approximate walking time would be 12 days.
If you are looking to enjoy the tranquillity of the sea and Galician gastronomy, the English Way is the perfect choice. It has two alternatives: from Ferrol and from A Coruña, with 118 and 73 km respectively, and it is ideal if you have little time to walk, as it can be done in 3 to 5 days.
It is the most popular route among pilgrims, but at this time of year, there will be fewer pilgrims, which will allow you to live a quieter experience. In addition, finding services along the Camino will not be a problem, as it has a large number of infrastructures available throughout the year.
What to carry in your backpack on the Camino de Santiago in April?
So that you can walk comfortably, we recommend carrying a backpack of 30 or 40 L capacity and that its total weight does not exceed 10% of your own. A common mistake is to overload the backpack and most injuries such as tendinitis, are caused by the weight of the luggage.
If you do not want to do without anything in your backpack, you can hire a luggage transfer service from stage to stage throughout your Camino.
We also recommend that you carry a first aid kit with plasters, bandages and medicines you may need such as painkillers and anti-inflammatories.
Remember to carry the documentation and credentials of the pilgrim with you and any other important identification document.
Celebrations and festivals in April in Galicia
In April, you will find numerous activities to enjoy and relax after a long walk. If you are planning to do the Camino this month, here are some of the most popular celebrations in Galicia.
This holiday is an important celebration that is experienced with fervour in many towns in the region, especially in Santiago de Compostela. During this week, various processions, religious events and cultural activities take place, attracting both locals and visitors.
San Simón Cheese Fair in Vilalba
On the first weekend of April, this festival is celebrated where cheese lovers can taste this delicious gastronomic product typical of the region of Terra Chá.
Other local festivities
April is also a month of celebrations and festivities in various towns and cities in Galicia. One of the most popular is the Cebreiro Cheese Fair in Pedrafita do Cebreiro, which you can attend if you are on the French Way. This festival celebrates the quality of this fresh cheese, with Protected Designation of Origin, considered one of the most exquisite in the country.
In short, if you are organizing your next Camino, remember that April awaits you with open arms on the Camino de Santiago, a path of self-discovery, beauty and connection that will leave a mark on you long after reaching Santiago de Compostela.