I will be in Spain from 29 march till 15 april. I plan to walk the first part of the "Camino de Santiago"
(St Jean Pied-de-Port > Pamplona > Logrono > Burgos), and then go to Bilbao by train,
and spent some days there, maybe take a daytrip to Santander.
Then I will hike from Bilboa to San Sebastian, and spent some days there.
I was wondering if anyone else has been around these cities this time of year, and what kind of weather I can expect ? What I found out so far, is that it rains a lot in this area, but I was hoping to catch some sun too.
So, if you have been around this area during the beginning of april, please let me know what the weather was like.
Thanks in advance, cheers, Arnout.
(B.T.W. anybody who wants to hook up for a couple of days, feel free to contact me.)
Hey, I can't believe it...March 29 is the date I started my Camino in 2000. Although Pamplona weather was good.. over all, it was very wet.. We even got snow on one part of the walk.. make sure you are traveling very lite, bring a pair of walking gators, and wrap your sleeping bag in a plastic bag.. I wore a fleece and layers underneath.But bring gloves, and a hat.. some parts of the camino are quite elevated, and it is cold. a good small flash lite will come in handy for early morning departures. Drink lots of water too.
Bring the compede style of band-aids too.
Be prepared for lots of rain.
If you are there for a fortnight, it will rain and some point. But you'll get some sun too. Just don't expect it to look like the classic tourist photos of the sunny south. I can remember snow in Vitoria once in April, but that's exceptional, and Vitoria is pretty high.
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You have been well informed. The Basque Country is a rather rainy region, although we are having quite a dry winter, and expecting a dry spring too unfortunately. You may expect some rain but I wouldn't be sure. You should check weahter conditions once you get here for more accurate information.
Anyway we have a proverb in Spanish which says: "Abril aguas mil", which could be translated as: "April water to one thousand", which means that traditionally April is a very rainy month. Things have change anyway in the last couple of years. I don't know if it's the global warming or just a rare period. The things is that I think you will be lucky and won't get much rain.
You will love the area and the landscapes. Don't miss local food, which is great. Next time you should follow the Camino de Santiago through the coastal way, which is spectacular, all around the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias (stunning province) and finally ending in Galicia, Santiago de Compostela.
Hope you have a lot of fun! Would love to join you for a couple of days, I love hiking, and I love the Basque Country... but... damn work!!!!!
Hope it helped!
Thanks everybody for your replies. I guess I have to be prepared for rain and maybe snow, .... and fantastic food.
I am reading about de Camino del Norte also, I might walk a part of that, but in reverse order, from Bilbao to San Sebastian. I borrowed all the books I could find in the library about the Camino de Santiago and North Spain. This area has such an interesting history and culture, I can't wait to start my trip.