We show you all the data this year on the Camino de Santiago: number of pilgrims, nationalities, busiest routes and much more.
As has happened in all areas, Covid-19 has also affected the Camino de Santiago in recent years. In 2020, obviously, the numbers were very low due to the situation, but gradually pilgrims have been able to return to normal. Thus, the year 2021, although it began with very low numbers, these were improving over the months and in the middle of the year the situation began to resemble the pre-pandemic.
For its part, this 2022 has managed to return to the Camino de Santiago the figures we are used to seeing, and even better. And is that during this year, the number of pilgrims who came to Santiago has been even higher than that collected in 2019.
In addition to the reduction of restrictions related to Covid-19, there is another reason why 2022 has been a great year in the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. This is because the Xacobeo year, which took place in 2021, was also extended to 2022 so that more pilgrims could make their adventure during this special time.
Thus, pilgrims from all over the world through the dozens of routes that make up the Camino, threw his backpack on his back to enjoy this experience and return to the Camino de Santiago the affluence it deserves, leaving us such impressive data as those presented below.
Although any time is good for the Camino de Santiago, there are certain months of the year that continue to welcome more pilgrims than others. Specifically, August remains the month with the highest number of walkers, with more than 85,000 people. But if we count the total number of pilgrims who requested their compostela, the figure reaches more than 438,000, making 2022 the most successful Xacobeo year in history.
The Camino de Santiago is transited each year by hundreds of thousands of people who come from all over the world, but the Spanish nationality remains the most abundant among the pilgrims in this 2022 and, although by little, the number of women also continues to be higher than men.
On the other hand, a non-European country has been placed among the three that have given more pilgrims to the Camino de Santiago this year, which is a novelty. In addition, the number of bicigrinos has also increased, which indicates that this way of walking the different routes is increasingly common. Here are some more detailed figures.
While the French Way is still the most travelled by pilgrims, the Portuguese Way is gaining more and more prominence. And although last year was already in second place, its variant along the coast has managed to overcome other routes such as the English Way, thus ranking as the third most chosen option for pilgrims. Of course, the overall increase in walkers this year has also been reflected in the secondary routes, which year after year are counting with greater influx of pilgrims.
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