Record on the Camino de Santiago in 2016: 278,041 pilgrims

First time that a not holy year is placed as an absolute reference of influx of pilgrims

Fernando Borjas
02/01/2017 10:38
El Camino de Santiago mira con optimismo a 2017

El Camino de Santiago mira con optimismo a 2017

2016, a year to remember on the Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago closes 2016 in the best way possible; We already have the official data from last year, which closes with 278,041 pilgrims who have sealed their compostela in Santiago, a figure that already became an absolute record last November - since records have been kept of the Ruta Jacobea-. It is also the first time that a non-holy year is placed as the referent of influx of pilgrims, since we are half way between a Holy Year Jacobean (2010) and another (2021). Of this success, the French Way continues to take the best part, with 63.4% of pilgrims who choose it, followed by the Portuguese Way, which rises with 18.7%, followed by the Northern Way, with a distant 6 , 2% of the total.

If the growth of the Camino de Santiago was constant in recent years, in 2016 it has increased its pace by 6% compared to the previous year; What is the impressive peak of the Jacobean Route? Among other things, the celebration of the Year of Mercy convened by Pope Francis I, who has kept the Holy Door of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela open for almost a year, seems to have attracted more pilgrims than usual.

On the other hand, the success of 2016 can also be explained by the increase in the number of foreign pilgrims, which has stood at 55% of the total (exceeding the percentage of Spanish pilgrims since 2012). Among this 55% of pilgrims we find citizens from up to 147 different countries, where the Italians, Germans, Americans and Portuguese are the most numerous. Several phenomena abroad around the Camino de Santiago, such as the success of several bestsellers, the success of the Xunta in the tourist promotion of the route or even a South Korean reality show, have managed to attract more than 150,000 international pilgrims.

2017, even with the Holy Door of the cathedral already closed, augurs very good numbers, mainly supported in the commented success of the Way between the foreign pilgrims and of Galicia like outstanding tourist destination. However, the great challenge on the horizon is found in 2021, with the celebration of the Holy Year Jacobean, which intends to overcome by far the current figures of pilgrims to Santiago. This is a key moment for the public and private institutions are already preparing, allocating large amounts of resources for the rehabilitation and construction of infrastructure or road signaling.

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Andrés de Ciórraga 04/01/17 01:49:33
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Estamos instalados en la autocomplacencia, y la autocomplacencia y falta de crítica no son buenas consejeras.
El Camino de Santiago es una ruta que tiene grandes atractivos, y lugares de gran interés, pero la opinión más extendida entre los caminantes es que sobra muchísimo asfalto y faltan muchísimos árboles.
Salvo el Camino Primitivo, todas las rutas que se dirigen hacia Compostela a través de España, adolecen de un exceso de asfalto, proximidad a carreteras, autopistas y coches, y un abuso (a veces descaradísimo) de las pequeñas y grandes localidades cercanas, para hacer pasar la ruta por el interior de esos núcleos de población, cuando no por delante de la puerta de mesones, albergues, cafeterías, etc.
POR FAVOR, MENOS ASFALTO Y MÁS NATURALEZA
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Pepe AM 03/01/17 13:08:12
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Yo creo que conforme nos acerquemos al año santo de 2021, los datos mejorarán año tras año. No hay motivos para pensar que no, y al final esto es expansivo, cuanto más lo hacen, más gente lo conocen en los orígenes.
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David Romero
David Romero 02/01/17 20:06:22
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Yo creo que este año no se van a superar los registros de 2016, aunque seguramente sean bastante similares.
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Guillermo Brandan Peteiro Deben 24/01/2018 22:46:15
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pues mira tu por donde te equivocaste! its increasing
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