The Camino de Santiago has become (because of the hype) a "bucket list" sort of destination for the masses. It represents (in my opinion) some of the worst hiking, and some of the worst possible experiences one can have in a very beautiful part of Spain. It will be very crowded, the food along the way is mostly not very good and very high priced. Lodging in July will be very difficult. Santiago, when you get there, will be a ZOO. Do yourself a favor and do something else. If you really want to walk in Spain, do the GR 11 through the Pyrenees ... if you insist on doing the Camino, don't do the Camino Frances ... do the Primitivo or the Camino del Norte route along the ocean in Asturias. But, if you just have to get your ridiculous piece of paper, the "Compostela" you will have to walk that last little bit that you are proposing. I got mine and thought, what an idiot I am .... I will never ever ever do this again. I've lived on and off in Spain for many years and have hiked all over the country, including the routes that I have suggested to you.camper1 wrote: ↑Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:34 pmI remember reading this thread years ago and thought someday....well my wife and I have an opportunity to be in Spain next July and may be able to take a week to walk the last 100 km of the Camino. Also a possibility that one or two of our teenage-college age kids may be able to make the trip. I reread the thread and have read some online sites concerning the 100km section from Sarria to Santiago on the Camino Frances. I'm a little discouraged by some of the websites which say its wall-to-wall people in July and lodging will be difficult to find. Some made it sound like Disney world with all the tourist.
Here are my concerns:
As a married couple should we plan on private/hotel lodging and private rooms (also may include 1-2 kids) Would this take away from the experience? We would like the experience of meeting others and don't expect solitude, but also want some quite and rest. The Boglehead in me also wants to know if lodging and food prices are much higher during this time because it is "peak season"?
Would this busy section and being July require us to make advanced lodging reservations? How would you suggest we research and choose lodging, or do we just "go with the experience" and not make reservations? (which sounds adventurous, but prefer not to end up sleeping on the side of a road )
Is July so crowded that we should possibly consider one of the less traveled routes to Santiago? I have read of other routes, but we also don't want to feel we are alone and missing the pilgrim experience of the Camino Frances, as this may be our only opportunity. We also don't want to feel like we are packed like sardines. Has anyone walked the final sections of any of the other caminos in July? Were there many other pilgrims?
My initial thoughts are that even though it may be the worst time of year to go, hot, crowded, and only a small part of the camino, it's an opportunity that may not come again.
Would love to hear the thoughts of Victoria or anyone else who has advice/suggestions.
Please Google, "Truth About The Camino de Santiago", Why the Camino de Santiago Sucks" etc etc .... good luck in whatever decision you make.