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FAQ: What are the busiest months on the Camino?

number-of-compostelas-2015-caminowaysPlanning your next Camino de Santiago adventure? Wondering which month of the year would be the best for you? what are the busiest months on the Camino?

We have taken the most recent statistics from the Pilgrims Office in Santiago de Compostela to give you an idea of the number of pilgrims arriving in Santiago and claiming their Compostela month by month. The Pilgrims Office in Santiago welcomes pilgrims to the city and issue pilgrim certificates. Their figures take into account the number of ‘Compostela’ certificates issued, which means statistics include those pilgrims finishing in Santiago de Compostela and walking at least the last 100km or cycling at least the last 200km. Therefore, the total number of pilgrims on the Camino is likely to be higher.

However, these statistics will give you an idea of the number of fellow pilgrims you are likely to encounter depending on the month you choose to travel. You will see August is by far the busiest month on the Camino (this is likely due to the fact that many Europeans take holidays that month. That is the case in Spain; Spaniards still are the most predominant nationality on the Camino), followed by July and September. Click on the graphic to enlarge.

January: 1217
February: 1544
March: 5080
April: 17722
May: 31078
June: 35925
July: 44799
August: 54796
September: 37433
October: 25574
November: 5229
December: 2062

TOTAL: 262.458

We hope this will help you plan your Camino de Santiago trip! Let us know if you have any questions.

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Marketing Manager Maria Golpe is from Viveiro, in the misty and beautiful northern coast of Galicia. She loves Santiago, where she studied Journalism at Santiago de Compostela University. She also loves good food, travel and all things arty crafty.
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7 Responses to “FAQ: What are the busiest months on the Camino?”


Of course, write us an email with your questions to Kindest regards.


Dear Maria. I am student from Denmark and Camino is interested to me. Could I write to you directly? Thank you in advance.


Hi David, I just checked with our travel team and you can collect your pilgrim passport at the following address in San Sebastian: Calle Zabaleta nº 5 bajo Teléfono: 943-285 000
Horario: De lunes a viernes de 09:30 a 13:30 horas. En Agosto de 11:00 a 13:00 horas. If you have any other questions do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Kind regards, Lisa.


Hi David, the pilgrim office is located at 39 Rue de la Citadelle in St Jean pied de port. I am going to check with our travel team about San Sebastian and send through any details this afternoon. I hope that this helps. Kind regards, Lisa.


address of pilgrim passport places in st john pier de port and san sebastian


Hi Aisling, great choice! Public albergues on the Camino can’t be booked in advance; only private accommodation. Here’s a post on Camino accommodation that might be helpful: You might be able to find providers to transfer your luggage on the route. We include accommodation (breakfast-only or half-board), luggage transfers and holiday pack with route notes as part of our standard packages. Here’s an overview of our itinerary from Tui to Santiago: Let us know if you need any additional information or a quote. Kindest regards.

Aisling fahy

Hi, im planning on walking the last 100km of the Camino Portuguese in july. Just wondering can the alberges be booked in advance or not? Also can our bags be transferred along that route? Thanks!

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