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Doing the Camino de Santiago in July

July comes to the Camino de Santiago with an overwhelming energy, radiating vitality at every step. In this month, the magic of the Camino comes alive, attracting pilgrims to a journey full of new discoveries and transformative experiences.

In this post we tell you why doing the Camino de Santiago in July is a good choice.

Why do the Camino de Santiago in July?

In the month of July, the landscapes take on a unique beauty, creating a scenery that captivates those who undertake this journey. The fields are dressed in a lush green adorned with colourful wild flowers and the rivers and streams meander between valleys and mountains, bringing peace and serenity. In the month of July, every day is a new opportunity to enjoy the beauty of nature at its purest.

The days of July bring with them more hours of daylight, allowing you more time to walk, explore and enjoy the Camino without worrying about getting dark earlier. The weather conditions this month provide the perfect combination of sunny days and cool nights, creating the ideal environment for walking the Camino. The sunny days will allow you to experience a comforting and revitalising feeling as you go. On the other hand, the cool nights offer the opportunity for a refreshing rest that will allow you to face each new day with energy.

¿Por qué hacer el Camino de Santiago en julio?

Advantages of doing the Camino de Santiago in July

Services at full capacity

Unlike the low season, in July, there will be a greater availability of services along the route. You will be able to find restaurants and terraces where you can rest and taste typical dishes from the different regions of the Camino, such as the Galician stew of Lalín on the Winter Way; the octopus of Melide, at the junction of the French Way and the Primitive Way; or the famous peppers of Padrón, on the Portuguese Way and the Portuguese Coastal Way.

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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    Lighter luggage

    In this month, temperatures are higher than in other seasons, so you will be able to wear lighter clothes. 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.

    Disadvantages of doing the Camino de Santiago in July

    Greater influx of pilgrims

    July is one of the most popular months to do the Camino, so you will find a greater number of pilgrims sharing the route with you, especially on the most popular routes.

    Less availability of accommodation

    Although in summer all accommodations are working at full capacity, occupancy is higher due to the increase of pilgrims. For this reason, we recommend that you book your accommodation in advance when planning your Camino.

    What route of the Camino to do in July?

    Choosing the right route of the Camino de Santiago can make all the difference in your experience. 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 get to know the northern coast of Spain through its stunning views of the Cantabrian Sea and its charming coastal towns.

    Primitive Way

    Recognised as the first Jacobean route, the Primitive Way is an ideal route to follow in July. 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.

    English Way

    If you are looking to enjoy the tranquillity of the sea and the gastronomy of Galicia, the English Way is the perfect choice. It has two alternatives: from Ferrol and from A Coruña, with 118 and 73 km respectively, and is ideal if you have little time to walk, as it can be done in between 3 and 5 days.

    What to take on the Camino de Santiago in July?

    So that you can walk comfortably, we recommend that you carry 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 during 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.

    Camino de Santiago en julio

    Celebrations and festivities in July in Galicia

    In July, 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.

    Rapa das bestas in Sabucedo (first weekend of July)

    This is one of the most emblematic celebrations in Galicia and dates back to the 15th century. This tradition brings together the horses that live in the wild on the lands of Sabucedo, where they are wormed and have their manes shorn.

    This festivity, a sign of the deep connection between man and nature in Galicia, attracts visitors from all over the world to witness this impressive display of Galician skill and culture.

    St. James the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela (25 July)

    Declared a Festivity of Cultural Tourist Interest, the Day of St. James the Apostle attracts thousands of pilgrims and visitors every year. On this day, a solemn mass is held in the Cathedral, during which the King or a delegate from the Royal Household makes a traditional offering to the Apostle St. James.

    During the days before and after the event, locals and visitors will be able to enjoy concerts, parades and different firework displays.

    Fiesta del Apóstol Santiago en julio

    Other local festivities

    July is also a month of celebrations and festivities in various towns and cities in Galicia. One of the most popular is the Columbus Festival in Combarro, which you can attend if you do the Route of Father Sarmiento; or the Noia Medieval Fair if you do the Muros and Noia Camino.

    In short, if you are organising 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.

    ¡Buen Camino!

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