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Who are the top Camino pilgrims by nationality?

The Irish rank number 6 in the total number of international pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago, the St James Way (according to figures from the Pilgrims Office in Santiago de Compostela). In 2012, nearly 4,000 Irish people walked the Camino de Santiago, representing 2% of the total number of pilgrims heading to Santiago.

The popularity of the Camino de Santiago has been growing in Ireland and abroad in recent years, as director Roland Monsegu explains, ‘Ireland has a tradition of pilgrimage since the Middle Ages, including the tomb of St James and the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.’

‘For such a small country we send a great amount of pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago every year, even more than the UK or Canada. This is a good indication of the popularity of the Camino de Santiago trail among the Irish.’

Spain ranks highest in the figures with their pilgrims accounting for 49.5% of walkers during 2012.

camino-pilgrims-PamplonaThese are the Top 10 International Camino Pilgrims (walking the Camino in 2012):

Germany 15,620 (8%)

Italy 12,404 (6%)

Portugal 10,329 (5%)

France 8,121 (4%)

US 7,071 (4%)

Ireland 3,844 (2%)

UK 3,758 (2%)

Holland 3,015 (2%)

Canada 2,904 (2%)

Korea 2,493 (1%)


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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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4 Responses to “Who are the top Camino pilgrims by nationality?”


I live in the US, born in Argentina. I did The Camino in 2012. Amazing experience. The Camino is magic!


Hello, I am from the U.S. and I did it in May 2012.

Roland M.

Hello Renan! Roland

Renan Sacilotto

Hello there. I’m from Brazil, and I did the Camino in 2012!

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