Which route to choose in high season?

In addition to the backpack, footwear, first-aid kit, training… you will have to choose the path you want to take you to Santiago. There are as many paths as there are people, but not all of them are equally in demand at all times of the year.

What are the most crowded roads?

As we mentioned in the previous post, the path is much busier in spring and summer. This, together with the decision of the majority of pilgrims to travel the same routes, make some of them become overcrowded at certain times of the year.

Although it is true that the road is very long and that there is room for everyone, it must be taken into account that the establishments along the route have their capacity and limitations. This makes your experience more tedious than you would like.

As all the records show, and as we ourselves can corroborate from our experience, the vast majority of people decide to embark on the adventure of traveling the French or Portuguese Way. Even the latter in his version of the coast.

In the ranking, the French Way with its origin in Sarria appears in first position. Secondly, the Portuguese Way originating in Tui.

What is our recommendation?

If you feel like living the experience and touring the landscapes that these two options offer you, do not hesitate to do so, but then it will be better for you to opt for times when there are fewer pilgrims. Thus, you can avoid running out of a place in the hostels, not arriving on time to eat or having to go around the rest of the pilgrims who do not have the same pace as you.

If, on the other hand, you give more value to the time of year, since this way you “ensure” good weather and longer days, then we will tell you that you have many other options to opt for. Here we will list some of them:

Camino Ingles from Ferrol: A route of just over 100km, with which you can apply for the Compostela and which begins in the city of the shipyards.

Camino Inglés from A Coruña: You can choose the same English Way with another route, this time starting in A Coruña. Perfect for those who do not want an excessive number of kilometers and a medium-low level of intensity.

Winter Path: Although this path was born as an alternative to enter Galicia with snow, it is a great option any time of the year and with wonderful landscapes. To Rúa, Quiroga, Escairón, Belesar, Lalín…

Camino del Norte: This is the path chosen by pilgrims who come from Europe. Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias… Until entering Galicia through Ribadeo.

Camino Primitivo: The oldest of all. It connects Oviedo with Santiago. About 325km in which you will enjoy a gastronomic experience like no other.

These are just a few examples of routes that you will find perfectly conditioned but without so much traffic.

Have you thought of any that we have not named and you liked or would like to visit? Tell us on social networks!