Camino FAQ: What are the busiest months on the Camino?

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Planning 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 issues pilgrim certificates.

PILGRIMS ON THE CAMINO

Their figures account for the number of Camino 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 higher.

However, these statistics will give you an idea of the number of fellow pilgrims you will 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 because 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.

PILGRIMS TO SANTIAGO – THE YEAR 2019

January: 1628
February: 2181
March: 11056
April: 22.068
May: 40665
June: 45685
July: 50868
August: 60415
September: 47006
October: 35602
November: 7651
December: 2553

TOTAL: 327.378

The month you choose will depend on the amount of time you have available to walk and the weather conditions you prefer to walk in. Galicia in Northern Spain is the perfect destination for a walking holiday as it has a relatively temperate climate all year round. The most popular months for walking the Camino de Santiago are from April to the end of October each year. If you are hoping to meet fellow pilgrims, Summer and Autumn are great seasons, as you will see walkers from around the world out on the trails. The Camino Frances would be the most popular route, followed by the Portuguese Way. You can walk the Camino in the winter, but you must be mindful that some services will not operate and some accommodations may be unavailable.

Talk to our travel specialists for advice on the best months to travel and what route suits the time of the year. We hope this will help you plan your Camino de Santiago trip! Let us know if you have any questions.

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