Camino statistics part 1: most popular in 2015

infographic-camino-routes-caminoways-2016-mdThe latest Camino statistics from the Pilgrims Office in Santiago are out, giving us a very interesting insight into the Camino in 2015; they reveal the most popular routes, top countries on the Camino and the pilgrims’ favourite starting points.

Please note the statistics reflect the number of Compostela certificates, hence taking into account only those pilgrims finishing in Santiago and completing at least 100kms walking (or 200km by bike). They don’t account for pilgrims who do not finish in Santiago, or those who don’t request the Compostela.

A fantastic total number of 262.458 pilgrims reached Santiago in 2015 and received their Compostela pilgrim certificate.

In Camino statistics part 1, we look at the most popular routes and the pilgrims’ favourite starting Camino points in 2015.

Most popular Camino routes

1-French Way, Camino Frances, remains the favourite Camino route with 171.207 (65.61%) pilgrims.

2-The Camino Portugues, Portuguese Way stays as the second favourite, with 43.135 (16.44%) pilgrims choosing this route in 2015.

3-Northern Way, Camino del Norte, is the third most popular route with 15.871 (6.05%) of pilgrims making it all the way to Santiago.

4-Original Way, Camino Primitivo, was the chosen route for 11.426 (4.35%) pilgrims.

5-English Way, Camino Ingles, is increasing in popularity with 9.247 (3.52%) Compostelas issued for pilgrims following in the footsteps of British and Irish pilgrims.

6-Via de la Plata accounted for 9.221 (3.51%) of the total of pilgrims to Santiago.

Favourite Camino starting points

And these are the top 10 places chosen by pilgrims to start their journey:

67.408 (25,68%) pilgrims started their journey in Sarria (Galicia) on the Camino Frances, 111kms away from Santiago.

31.052 (11,83%) started in Saint Jean Pied de Port (France), starting point of the French Way route.

13.799 (5,26%) departed from the historic town of Tui (Galicia), on the Portuguese Way, the Camino Portugues; some 100kms away from Santiago.

13.199 (5,03%) chose to start from wonderful Porto, in Northern Portugal. Porto is the starting point of the Portuguese Coastal Way and also an important stop on the classic Camino Portugues.

11.495 (4,38%) pilgrims started their Camino Frances from the city of León.

10.351 (3,94%) departed from the picturesque mountain village of O Cebreiro, also on the Camino Frances.

8.685 (3,31%) pilgrims started from Ferrol and took the English Way to Santiago.

8.400 (3,20%) chose Ponferrada, home of the iconic Templars Castle, as their starting point, also on the French Way, but also the starting point of the Camino de Invierno (one of our new Camino routes for 2016).

7.414 (2,82%) started from the village of Roncesvalles, on the Camino Frances.

6.410 (2,44%) started from Oviedo on the Camino Primitivo, the oldest Camino route.

We’ll have more Camino statistics coming soon…

For more information about the Camino de Santiago routes or to book your Camino trip, contact our travel specialists



  1. By Lisa

    Hi Christian, thank you for getting in touch and it is great to hear that you are planning your Camino journey. If you have two weeks there are two great options. You could start in Ponferrada which is on the French Way. You would make your way from Ponferrada to Sarria and onwards to finish the Camino in Santiago – You can complete these two sections in 11 nights. The other option would be to do the complete Portuguese Coastal Way, starting in Porto and making your way upwards to finish in Santiago – If this is your first time walking the Camino we would recommend finishing in Santiago as it is a very special experience. I will get our travel team to send you some details on these options so that you can read through them in full. Kindest regards, Lisa.

  2. By Christian

    I’m planning to do the Camino this summer and would like to end up in Santiago de Compostella eventually. I have approximately two weeks and would like to have your advice to where it would be best for me to start. I can start in France, Spain or Portugal. It doesn’t really matter.
    Thank you in advance

  3. By Lisa

    Hi Sharon, thank you for your comment and it is great to hear that you are planning your Camino journey. I will get our travel team to send you on a full itinerary for the route that you have planned so that you can get an idea of what is involved. Kindest regards, Lisa.

  4. By Sharon Lyons

    Interested in Camino de Santiago – French Way – leaving around August 20th.
    Doing about 40 days of walking??

  5. By Maria

    Hi Hieu, we don’t have that specific information but July and August are the busiest months, see our graphic here:

  6. By Hieu Dovan

    Do you have statistics on the number of pilgrims leaving SJPdP on a daily or weekly basis? I am trying to avoid the busiest starting times from SJPdP. Thank you.

  7. By Lisa

    Hi Ralph, thank you for your questions. If you would like to do one week, flying in and out of Santiago you could either do the Northern Way which is a lovely route or the last section of the Camino frances which is the most popular route. Here is a link to the Northern Way: . If you need any further information or have any questions please feel free to contact one of our Travel Specialists on Kind regards, Lisa.

  8. By Ralph

    Hello and can you give me some starter advise?
    I am thinking of doing the Pilgrim walk with a friend some time in June and have 1 week to make the trip. Can you tell me what the best starting points are that we can fly into from Amsterdam and London and what airport we fly out from nearest Santiago?. We are looking for a walk with medium level endurance along the most scenic route possible, in France, Spain or Portugal. We want to split our time between staying in hostels and camping in our own tents.

  9. By Maria

    Hi Michael, 4639 (1.77% of the total Compostelas given) started in Pamplona last year, including yourselves! The starting points include cities/towns from different Camino routes such as the Portuguese Way, English Way and Original Way which are increasingly popular also.

  10. By Michael Valdez

    I notice in your information on starting points that you don’t have Pamplona listed. How many start from Pamplona which is where my spouse and I started because that is the farthest point where you delivered our bicycles?

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