We are planning to backpack the Northern route of the Camino de Santiago in Spain in March/April 2011. It seems that the weather might be cold and wet. It is over Easter, shops might be closed and accommodation at youth hostels and backpackers might be difficult to find. Is it a good time to backpack?
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First time backpackers. Want to do something adventures and something totaly different. We are a group of 4 woman, middle to late 30's. We want to do the coastal route of the Camino, by independent backpacking, train and bus for 3 weeks.
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Damian Corrigan, Spain Travel Guide, says:Hello Adele,
I did the Camino de Santiago at Easter last year (albeit the Camino Frances route). It was busy as many Spaniards have this time of year off work and try to do a small section of the Camino.
It is true that many shops will be closed towards the end of Easter week, but the Camino's popularity at this time of year, you will have no problem with accommodation and provisions on the route.
The weather will be variable. Pack a light poncho and something warm, but also be prepared for warm days too!
However, I think it might be a good idea to reconsider your 'backpacking, train and bus' idea. Read more here: Should I Walk The Whole Camino de Santiago or Combine with Public Transport?.
If you are worried about your fitness levels, don't do the northern route, which is a lot more difficult than the more popular Camino Frances. You can also adjust your starting point to make sure you don't overexert yourself. Read more about Choosing Your Camino de Santiago Starting Point.