The Camino de Santiago closes its best month of February

2,181 pilgrims arrived in Santiago de Compostela last month, compared to 1,640 in the last Holy Year or 1,696 in 2017.

Fernando Borjas
05/03/2018 12:14
Camino de Santiago | Foto por @alberguesanmiguel

Camino de Santiago | Foto por @alberguesanmiguel

A record month of February for the Camino de Santiago

The month of February has ended on the Camino de Santiago with very good numbers in terms of influx of pilgrims, following the ascending line that we saw in January, with 1,628 pilgrims (20% more than last year). Last month, Camino received 2,181 pilgrims (official data from the Pilgrim Assistance Office) who requested their compostela in the cathedral of Santiago, which is 29% more than in the same month of 2017; Of all the pilgrims arrived in February, 33.96% were women (576) and 66.04% were men (1120).

As usual in recent winters, the number of foreign pilgrims (59.2%) who arrived in February in Santiago de Compostela surpassed the national ones (40.8%), who usually become the majority in the months of greatest influx ( and better weather). Despite the great fragmentation of the data, in February the country that contributed the most pilgrims to the Camino de Santiago was South Korea, with 26.39% of the total (265 people), coinciding with the winter holidays that thousands of Koreans take advantage of to travel. The following countries with the most pilgrims on the Camino were Portugal (145), Germany (91) and Italy (77).

64.5% of the pilgrims traveled the French Way in February, followed by the Portuguese Way (18.81%) and the Vía de la Plata (4.48%). The most popular starting points for pilgrims last month were Sarria with 494 (29.13%), Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port with 233 (13.74%); Porto with 128 (7.55%) and Tui with 80 (4.72%).

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