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The Camino de Santiago in 2019: Records, routes, pilgrims ... All you need to know

2019 leaves us a Camino de Santiago of record -a more year-, leaving us a question: where is the ceiling of its power of attraction? And the Holy Year Jacobeo 2021 is coming ...!

Puente la Reina | Camino de Santiago

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✔ The Camino de Santiago in 2019: The data that must be known

We closed a new year on the Camino de Santiago, which means taking advantage of the official data provided by the Pilgrim's Office to see how the year has gone on the Jacobean routes. On this occasion we will examine the data of the Camino de Santiago through four prisms: the influx data (total and month to month), the habits and origin of the pilgrims, the most popular routes and finally, the starting points most chosen this year.

▷ The records of 2019: a spectacularApril

In 2019 the total number of pilgrims reached 347.538, raising respect to the 2018 data (327.342 pilgrims) and in 20.16% the data for the last Holy Year 2010 (272,417). This absolute record of pilgrims is the result of the increase in the number of walkers in most months of the year compared to 2018. It is noteworthy the exceptional growth data for the month of april.

You can consult the pilgrims who have traveled the Camino de Santiago every month in the following list:

  • January: 1.651 / 1.628 (2018) / 1.355 (2017)
  • February: 2.119 / 2.181 (2018) / 1.696 (2017)
  • March: 7.474 / 11.056 (2018)/ 5.176 (2017)
  • April: 31.721 / 22.068 (2018)/ 26.925 (2017)
  • May: 46.672 / 40.665 (2018)/ 35.346 (2017)
  • June: 49.057 / 45.685 (2018) / 41.619 (2017)
  • July: 53.319 / 50.868 (2018)/ 47.470 (2017)
  • August: 62.814 / 60.415 (2018)/ 57.680 (2017)
  • September: 45.649 / 47.006 (2018)/ 42.189 (2017)
  • October: 36.115 / 35.602 (2018)/ 31.341 (2017)
  • November: 8.237 / 7.651 (2018)/ 7.346 (2017)
  • December: 2.710 / 2.517 (2018)/ 2.893 (2017)

▷ The pilgrims: parity between men and women

To get an idea of ​​the profile of the average pilgrim who has traveled the Camino de Santiago in 2019, we believe that it is best to answer the following questions:

1. How many women and men have traveled the Camino in 2019? This year there has been parity, with women being 177.767 majority (51.15%) by a narrow margin compared to men 169.771 (48,85%).

2. How has the Camino de Santiago traveled this year? As usual, by far, pilgrims travel mostly on foot the Camino, with 326.645 walkers (93.99%)

▷ The Jacobean routes: a more shared path

As for the roads most chosen by pilgrims to reach Santiago de Compostela, the continuous growth of some secondary routes is striking. The French Way is still the most chosen route, up the total compared to 2018 (186,187 pilgrims).

These are the most popular Camino de Santiago routes in 2019:

  • The French Way: 189.893 (54.64%)
  • The Portuguese Way: 72.361 (20.82%)
  • The Northern Way: 19.019 (5.47%)
  • The English way: 15.784 (4.54%)
  • Primitive Way: 15.715 (4.52%)

▷ The starting points:popular starting points

What have been the most chosen starting points for the pilgrims? Given that the Camino de Santiago has only one goal but multiple possible starting points, this list is always well distributed, although Sarria is traditionally the most popular point, since it is just over 100 km from Santiago (requirement to get the compostela) touring the French Way. But other municipalities have also been chosen as usual starting points, such as Puente la Reina or Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

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