April can be considered as the starting month of the Camino de Santiago season. As such, we are reviewing the most popular Camino routes.
After the cold winter months, the Camino de Santiago wakes up again by the end of March, beginning of April. Pilgrims from all over the world start again to pack their boots and walking poles, and hit the road on the way to Santiago de Compostela.
The Pilgrim’s Office publishes every month all the statistics related to the Camino de Santiago: number of pilgrims, motivations, starting point, nationality… As April marks the beginning of Spring, and the third trimester of the year, we will focus on this month.
Let’s find out the most popular Camino routes this year, so far! If you are planning to walk the Camino de Santiago, but haven’t decided which route to follow, this information can be very useful. Keep reading!
The French Way is still the most popular Camino route. 11943 arrived in Santiago de Compostela in April, using this path. This means more than 50% of the total number of pilgrims!
Sarria is still the most popular starting point (6612 pilgrims started here, 30% of the total). If you are thinking about walking this route (particularly its last 100 km, from Sarria to Santiago) during the busy months (from April to October), we strongly recommend you to plan your trip as son as possible. Accommodation could be an issue!
Only in April, 5888 pilgrims have requested their Compostela (Pilgrim Certificate) once in Santiago, after walking the Portuguese Way. In fact, Porto (and not Tui) is the most popular starting point of the Camino route (2756 pilgrims have started in this Portuguese city, that marks the last 200 km of the walk).
There are other importante starting points, such as Tui, Valença do Minho or Ponte da Lima.
The Portuguese Way is very well marked (particularly from Porto to Santiago) and there are many facilities along the way. Also, pilgrims walking this route, will be able to enjoy the views of the sea on the stretches from Redondela to Pontevedra. If you are still undecided… we strongly recommend it!
The English Way is the third most popular Camino route this year, which means a big change compared to the previous trends. In fact, last year, it was the 6th route in number pilgrims (preceded by the Northern Way and the Primitive). 925 pilgrims have chosen it, just in April!
It is great to discover that this amazing route is recovering a nice place on the Camino ranking! In fact, it used to be one of the most popular routes in the Middle Ages. It was the path chosen by those pilgrims coming from overseas (Ireland or the UK), who landed in Ferrol or A Coruña.
Here, at the Galiwonders office, we noticed an increase in the number of requests to walk the English Way over the past few months. It is a very pleasant option, full of amazing landscapes, and sea views all the way from Ferrol to Betanzos.
It is still too early to know the final ranking, but this figures can give us some hits related to the new trends. Other Camino routes to keep in mind:
➡ The Primitive Way: 801 pilgrims
➡ The Portuguese Coastal Way: 765 pilgrims. This Camino route also shows a great improvement, since it is the 5th path at the moment, and last it was the 9th!
➡ The Via de la Plata: 762 Pilgrims
➡ The Northern Way: 736 Pilgrims
➡ The Finisterre Way: 127 Pilgrims
Do you have any questions or any information you would like to add about the Camino routes? Please do not hesitate to contact us, or to leave a comment on this post. We would love to hear from you!