Every season on the Camino de Santiago is different and autumn time does not disappoint.
If you are considering walking a Camino de Santiago during the autumn months, here are six reasons to pack your boots and hit the Camino Portuguese in autumn.
1. If you prefer to walk during cooler weather, the months of September and October are the perfect time to wander a Camino de Santiago. You’ll experience clear, blue skies and crisp mornings (with a little rain from time to time).
2. The Camino is a little less crowded at this time of year, as the August holiday pilgrims finish their way and return home, yet you’ll still have plenty of pilgrims to share a Buen Camino!
3. Did you know that thousands of people flock to northern Spain and Portugal to celebrate and witness the harvesting of the grapes in September and October? The vineyards along the Camino are heavy with the year’s fruit. It’s such a wonderful experience to wander through the countryside and watch the farmers harvest the grapes by hand, in the old ways. Indeed, it’s an added bonus of walking the Camino in autumn time.
4. As the the leaves begin to fall with the change of season, the lush green countryside turns to autumn hues of brown, orange, and red. Fall is a beautiful time to appreciate nature on the Camino in all its glory.
5. Many Portuguese and Spanish towns celebrate the harvest of the chestnut and you’ll find that little stalls appear on street corners selling roasted chestnuts by the bagful in the towns along the way.
6. The golden hour is best enjoyed during the months of September and October which is perfect for photographers who enjoy capturing the perfect shot. At the end of your Camino day, you can enjoy stunning sunsets over the Spanish countryside and the golden hour at its finest.
If you plan to walk the Camino de Santiago, check out my book, A Wild Woman’s Guide To The Camino de Santiago. I share everything you need to know before you begin your Camino. Read at A Wild Woman’s Guide To The Camino De Santiago or click the link below.
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