The Camino de Santiago in numbers I 2018-2017

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Below are the statistics for the Camino de Santiago that refer to the years 2018 and 2017.

The year 2018 was a record in terms of the number of pilgrims who made the Camino de Santiago.

Today we analyze the statistics for 2018 in the different itineraries .

 

First of all, the Camino de Santiago (or the Way of Saint James) can be described as a network of pilgrimage routes towards the tomb of Saint James the Apostle, in Santiago de Compostela. According the the Christian tradition, the remains of the Apostle are buried there.

There are many pilgrims who take on this trip for spiritual reasons, retreat, and self growth. There are different motivations to walk the Camino de Santiago: religious, cultural, spiritual… and even physical challenges! This trail is also very popular among hiking and cycling enthusiasts, and walking groups.

Let’s find out a bit more about the key figures related to the Camino de Santiago in 2018, collected by the Pilgrim’s Office in Santiago de Compostela. But please bear in mind that the Pilgrim’s Office only takes record of those pilgrims who get the Certificate (Compostela); which means those who end up in Santiago de Compostela. These figures do not take into account those walkers who choose a different Jacobean route or section of the Camino that does not finish in Santiago; nor those who do not request the Pilgrim Certificate.

 

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Evolution of the number of pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago: from 1986 to 2018

In 1986, the number of pilgrims was 1.801. Since then, this figure started to increase, particularly in 1993, because of the Holy Year and French Way being declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. On the Holy Years, the number of pilgrims is always higher.

Over the last three years, the number of Pilgrim Certificates issued by the Pilgrim’s Office, has almost surpassed the last Holy Year (2010). 2018 was record-setting year in number of Certificates (327.378, compared to 301.036 in 2017; this means 26342 more).

Evolution and pilgrim profile in 2018

 

➡ Statistics by means of transport on the Camino de Santiago: walking, cycling or horse riding

As previously mentioned, 2018 was a record-setting year. The barrier of 320,000 pilgrims was exceeded (which meant surpassing the last Holy Year in 2010 with 272.135 pilgrim).

How did these pilgrims arrive in Santiago de Compostela?

  • Walk: 306.064
  • Bike: 20.787
  • Horse: 318
  • Wheelchair: 79

In 2018, the Vía de la Plata Way was officially recognized as the first route for horse riding. There are plans to improve the pilgrimage routes in 2018, in terms of access for wheelchairs.

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The number of pilgrims always increases from April to October. Winter time is not a very popular period to walk the Camino, because of the weather. But there are also options for this time of the year, like the Winter Way.

➡ Statics on Pilgrims’ Nationality along the Camino de Santiago

In 2018, there have been more international pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago (183.237) than nationals (144.141).

Spanish pilgrims came from:

  • Andalucía  30833 (9,42%)
  • Madrid 28680 (8,76%)
  • Comunidad Valenciana 17243 (5,27%)
  • Cataluña 13626 (4,16%)
  • Galicia 8780 (2,68%)
  • Castilla la Mancha 7722 (2,36%)
  • Castilla León 7264 (2,22%)
  • Canarias 5330 (1,63%)
  • Pais Vasco 4619 (1,41%)

 

International pilgrims came from:

  • Italia 27009 (8,25%)
  • Alemania 25296 (7,73%)
  • Estados Unidos 18582 (5,68%)
  • Portugal 14413 (4,40%)
  • Francia 8775 (2,68%)
  • Reino Unido 7624 (2,33%)
  • Irlanda 7548 (2,31%)
  • Corea 5665 (1,73%)

➡ Age

  • Under 30 years: 87843 (26,83%)
  • Between 30 and 60: 179450 (54,81%)
  • Over 60 years: 60085 (18,35%)

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➡ Which were the most popular Caminos in 2018?

  1. French Way: 186199 pilgrims
  2. Portuguese Way: 67822 pilgrims
  3. Northern Way: 19040 pilgrims
  4. Primitive Way: 15038 pilgrims
  5. English Way: 14150 pilgrims
  6. Portuguese Coastal Way: 13841 pilgrims
  7. Vía de la Plata:9127 pilgrims
  8. Muxia – Finisterre: 1131 pilgrims
  9. Winter Way: 703 pilgrims
  10. Other Caminos:326 pilgrims

➡ Statistics on the TOP 10 STARTING POINTS along the Camino de Santiago

  1. From Sarria to Santiago (Last 100 km French Way) : 88509 pilgrims
  2. Saint Jean de Port (French Way Full): 32899 pilgrims
  3. Oporto (Portuguese Way Full): 26839 pilgrims
  4. From Tui to Santiago (Last 100 km Portuguese Way): 213080 pilgrims
  5. From León to Santiago (French Way): 10915 pilgrims
  6. Ferrol (English Way Full): 13335 pilgrims
  7. From O Cebreiro to Santiago (French Way):9189 pilgrims
  8. Oviedo (Primitive Way Full): 8799 pilgrims
  9. Ponferrada (Winter Way Full): 7209 pilgrims
  10. Valença do Minho (Portuguese Way): 8726 pilgrims

 

And the winner is the French Way, particularly its last 100 km, from Sarria to Santiago!

What do you think about the statistics of 2018? Any figure caught your attention?

And finally, here you have 5 reasons to walk the Camino de Santiago in 2019. Besides, there are new Camino de Santiago routes for 2019.

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And, if you do not know which Camino to walk… We help you with our Test of the Camino de Santiago.

If you want to know the statistics of the Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago with reference to 2017, keep reading!

Evolution and pilgrim profile in 2017

 

➡ Number of pilgrims by means of transport: walking, cycling or horse riding

As previously mentioned, 2017 was also a record-setting year. The barrier of 300,000 pilgrims was exceeded (which meant surpassing the last Holy Year in 2010).

How did these pilgrims arrive in Santiago de Compostela?

  • Walk: 278.490
  • Bike: 21.933
  • Horse: 417
  • Wheelchair: 43

In 2017, the Vía de la Plata Way was officially recognized as the first route for horse riding. There are plans to improve the pilgrimage routes in 2018, in terms of access for wheelchairs.

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The number of pilgrims always increases from April to October. Winter time is not a very popular period to walk the Camino, because of the weather. But there are also options for this time of the year, like the Winter Way.

➡ Statistic on Pilgrims’ Nationality

In 2017, there have been more international pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago (168.558) than nationals (132.478).

Spanish pilgrims came from:

  • Andalusia: 27.472 (20,74%)
  • Madrid: 24.983 (18,86%)
  • Valencia: 15.926 (12,02%)
  • Catalonia: 13.604 (10,27%)
  • Galicia: 9.166 (6,92%)
  • Castilla-la Mancha: 7.133 (5,38%)
  • Castilla León: 7.065 (5,33%)
  • Basque Country: 4.542 (3,43%)

International pilgrims came from:

  • Italy: 27.073 (16,06%)
  • Germany: 23.227 (13,78%)
  • United States: 17.522 (10,40%)
  • Portugal: 12.940 (7,68%)
  • France: 8.835 (5,24%)
  • Ireland: 6.643 (3,94%)
  • United Kingdom: 5.768 (3,42%)
  • Brazil: 5.113 (3,03%)

➡ Statistics on Pilgrims’ Age

  • Under 30 years: 84.064 (27,92%)
  • Between 30 and 60: 164.625 (54,69%)
  • Over 60 years: 52.347 (17,39%)

➡ Statistics on motivations to walk the Camino de Santiago

 

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➡ Which were the most popular Caminos in 2017?

  1. French Way: 180.737 pilgrims
  2. Portuguese Way: 59.235 pilgrims
  3. Northern Way: 17.836 pilgrims
  4. Primitive Way: 13.685 pilgrims
  5. English Way: 11.321 pilgrims
  6. Vía de la Plata: 9.138 pilgrims
  7. Portuguese Coastal Way: 7.327 pilgrims
  8. Muxia – Finisterre: 665 pilgrims
  9. Winter Way: 555 pilgrims
  10. Other Caminos: 537 pilgrims

➡ Statistics on TOP 10 STARTING POINTS to walk the Camino de Santiago

  1. From Sarria to Santiago (Last 100 km French Way) : 79.717 pilgrims
  2. Saint Jean de Port (French Way Full): 33.717 pilgrims
  3. Oporto (Portuguese Way Full): 22.336 pilgrims
  4. From Tui to Santiago (Last 100 km Portuguese Way): 20.139 pilgrims
  5. From León to Santiago (French Way): 11.614 pilgrims
  6. Ferrol (English Way Full): 10.882 pilgrims
  7. From O Cebreiro to Santiago (French Way): 10.130 pilgrims
  8. Oviedo (Primitive Way Full): 7.903 pilgrims
  9. Ponferrada (Winter Way Full): 7.656 pilgrims
  10. Valença do Minho (Portuguese Way): 6.982 pilgrims

And you?

Are you ready to walk the Camino de Santiago?

Please keep in mind that, at Galiwonders.com, we organize tailor-made tours!

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Buen Camino!

 

 

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