Doing the Camino de Santiago in August

In August, the Camino de Santiago becomes a scene of beauty and vitality that offers pilgrims a unique experience full of new emotions and discoveries.

In this post we tell you why doing the Camino de Santiago in August is the perfect time to undertake this adventure.

Why do the Camino de Santiago in August?

In August, the landscapes along the Camino are in all their splendour, with lush green fields and forests. Nature is at its peak, offering an unparalleled visual spectacle that captivates every pilgrim who walks its paths.

With longer days, August provides the opportunity to make the most of every moment of the day, allowing more time to walk, explore and enjoy the Camino without worrying about getting dark earlier. The weather conditions of this month provide the perfect combination of sunny days, mild nights and little rain, creating the ideal environment to enjoy the route to the fullest.

In August, the Camino becomes much more than just a walk. It is a unique experience where the harmony of its stunning landscapes, favourable weather and a festive atmosphere invites pilgrims to connect with nature, with themselves and with those who share this journey.

Pilgrims on the Camino

Advantages of doing the Camino de Santiago in August

If you are thinking of undertaking the Camino de Santiago in August, you can enjoy the following advantages that will make this month, perfect choice for your pilgrimage:

Services are running at full capacity

Unlike the low season, in July, there will be a greater availability of services along the route, offering a wide variety of options to pilgrims. You can find restaurants and terraces where you can rest and taste typical dishes from the different regions of the Camino such as the omelette of Betanzos, as you pass through the English Way; fresh seafood in O Grove on the Route of Father Sarmiento or the famous peppers of Padrón, on the Portuguese Way and the Portuguese Way of the Coast.

You will also find shops where you can buy souvenirs of your experience, such as the symbolic scallop shell, local craft products or books about the Camino de Santiago.

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    You will walk lighter

    In this month, temperatures are higher than in other seasons, so you will be able to wear lighter clothes. In this way, your backpack will weigh less and you will be able to walk more comfortably.

    If you want to live this experience without worries and fully enjoy the Camino, remember that we offer a luggage transfer service between stages.

    You will enjoy many festivities and cultural events

    The month of August coincides with various festivities and events in towns and regions along the Camino. A unique opportunity for pilgrims to get to know the Camino in a deeper way, learning about its culture and traditions.

    Disadvantages of doing the Camino de Santiago in August

    There will be less availability of accommodation

    During the summer, the availability of accommodation on the Camino de Santiago may be limited due to the high number of pilgrims who walk it. For this reason, we recommend that you book your accommodation in advance when planning your Camino.

    You will share the Camino with other pilgrims

    During the month of August, the Camino de Santiago is full of pilgrims, making it one of the busiest periods of the year to undertake this adventure, especially on the most popular routes.

    Which Camino route to do in August?

    Choosing the right route of the Camino de Santiago is essential to ensure that your experience is rewarding and memorable. These are the most recommended routes to undertake during this month.

    Northern Way

    If you are looking for an unforgettable experience, the Camino del Norte is the perfect choice for you. This route will allow you to discover the northern coast of Spain through its breathtaking views of the Cantabrian Sea and its charming coastal villages.

    Portuguese Coastal Way

    This route follows the Atlantic coastline, where you will walk between cliffs, mountains and estuaries, while feeling the gentle sea breeze along the Way. In the month of August, this choice becomes even more attractive for its favourable weather conditions and the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the coast to the full.

    Primitive Way

    Recognised as the first Jacobean route, the Primitive Way is an ideal route to follow in August. It is an uncrowded route, which will allow you to enjoy the authenticity of Asturias through its green landscapes and rich culture until your arrival in Santiago de Compostela.

    What to take on the Camino de Santiago in August?

    In August, temperatures are warm and the likelihood of rain is lower than at other times of the year. Before starting the Camino, it will be essential to properly prepare your luggage to ensure a comfortable and safe experience.

    • Lightweight, breathable clothing. Opt for T-shirts and shorts for daytime wear. The warm weather makes these clothes ideal for comfortable walking. Evenings can be cool so we recommend bringing a light jacket or jumper to keep you warm when temperatures drop.

    • Comfortable, sturdy footwear. It is important to bring a pair of hiking boots that you have used before. Also, remember to bring a pair of comfortable slippers or flip-flops to rest your feet in after your hike.

    • Waterproofs. Although rain is rare in August, it is always advisable to carry a light mackintosh to protect you from unexpected precipitation.

    • Hat and sunscreen. In summer it is very important to protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat, applying sun cream and avoiding walking in the middle of the day.

    • Swimwear. All the routes have places where you can cool off. The paths that run along the coast have beautiful beaches to enjoy, while on the inland paths you will find a multitude of rivers, pools and municipal swimming pools where you can take a dip.

    • Lightweight backpack. Opt for a lightweight, durable backpack to help you carry your belongings efficiently. We recommend a backpack with a capacity of 30 or 40 L and that does not exceed 10% of your own weight to avoid injuries caused by the weight of your luggage.

    • Water bottle. It is important to stay hydrated at all times. Carry a water bottle and fill it whenever you can.

    • First aid kit. Health and safety are important on your pilgrimage, so in your backpack you should have bandages and disinfectants; and medicines that you may need such as painkillers, anti-inflammatories or others that you may need.

    • External battery and adapters. It is important to have an external battery to charge your devices along the way. You will also need an adapter if you are travelling from a country outside Europe.

    • Pilgrim’s documents and credentials. Don’t forget your ID card (or passport if you are travelling from outside Spain), your pilgrim credentials and any important identification documents.

    Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago in August

    Celebrations and festivities in August in Galicia

    In August, you will find numerous festivities 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.

    Octopus Festival in Carballiño (second week of August)

    Considered one of the most important gastronomic festivals in Galicia and declared a Festival of International Tourist Interest, this celebration attracts hundreds of visitors and pilgrims who travel along the Vía de la Plata. Its undisputed protagonist is the octopus, one of the most representative dishes of Galician gastronomy, which attendees will be able to taste in different ways, being the octopus á feira the most traditional and popular recipe.

    Albariño Festival in Cambados (first week of August)

    This celebration is dedicated to the Albariño wine, one of the jewels of Galician oenology. It is one of the most awaited festivities by the inhabitants of the region and tourists that you can enjoy on your way through the Portuguese Way, and which offers a unique experience to enjoy the culture and tradition of Galicia through various activities such as wine tastings, craft fairs and cultural activities.

    Viking Pilgrimage in Catoira (first Sunday of August)

    The Viking Pilgrimage of Catoira recreates the landing and attack of the Vikings on the Galician coast in the Middle Ages. There are recreational and cultural activities such as theatre performances, music and dance shows and gastronomic tastings.

    One of the highlights of this festival is the traditional boat race on the river Ulla, which recreates the clashes between the Vikings and the local inhabitants, an unforgettable experience in which you can immerse yourself in Galician history and culture on your way along the Portuguese Coastal Route.

    Viking pilgrimage in Catoira

    Other local festivities in August

    In August there are also numerous festivities in various towns and cities in Galicia. Of particular note are the Fiestas de María Pita in A Coruña, which you can attend if you do the Portuguese Way, the Portuguese Coastal Way or the English Way; or the Fiestas de la Peregrina in Pontevedra, if you do the English Way.

    In short, if you are organizing your next Camino, remember that the Camino is more than just a path. It is a journey of self-discovery, beauty and connection that will stay with you long after you reach Santiago de Compostela.

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