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Camino Statistics: Nationalities and numbers

The annual Camino statistics from the Pilgrims Office in Santiago give us some interesting insights into the Camino de Santiago. This week we take a look at the number of pilgrims, where they come from and what age they are.

The Pilgrims Office only accounts for pilgrims receiving the Compostela certificate, number-of-compostelas-2016-caminoways-infographicmeaning they finished in Santiago. These figures don’t take into consideration the number of pilgrims who do not finish in Santiago, or those who don’t request the Compostela.

A total of 278.224 pilgrims reached Santiago in 2016 and received their Compostela pilgrim certificate:

Jan – 1,304

Feb – 1,733

Mar – 11,067

April – 15,120

May – 32, 787

June – 39,118

July – 45, 545

Aug – 53,788

Sept – 40, 197

Oct – 29, 289

Nov – 6,401

Dec – 2,875

Top nationalities on the Camino

Where are the Camino pilgrims from? Spaniards account for 46.61% (122.344) of the total number of pilgrims. After them, these are the top nationalities on the Camino de Santiago:

  • Italy 23.973 (15.58%)
  • Germany 21.247 (13.81%)
  • USA 15.248 (9.91%)
  • Portugal 13.258 (8.62%)
  • France 8.879 (5.77%)
  • Ireland 6.542 (4.25%)
  • United Kingdom 6,062 (3.94%)
  • Korea 4.544 (2.95%)

What are the ages of all pilgrims?

27.16% Camino pilgrims were under 30 years old
55.12% were aged between 30 and 60 years old
17.72% were over 60 years old

You might also like to read our blog post: Camino statistics: most popular routes.

For more information about walking or cycling the Camino de Santiago please contact one of our travel specialists.


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Lisa hails from the west of Ireland and has spent some time living on the slopes in Canada where she discovered her love of hiking, walking and all things outdoors. Lisa is a digital diva and active member of an International poetry network.
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