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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