The 2014 figures for the Camino were brilliant, you can check the latest figures here: 2017 Camino figures. An impressive number of nearly 240.000 pilgrims received their Compostela in 2014, from 140 countries around the globe. Walking the Camino this year? The statistics will give you a great insight into the most popular Camino de Santiago routes, the pilgrims’ favourite starting points and top nationalities on the Camino:
Most popular Camino de Santiago routes
1-The most popular Camino de Santiago route is still the Camino Frances or French Way with 68.10% of all Compostelas issued (161.994 people) in 2014.
2-The classic Camino Portugues is the second most popular with 14.92% of all pilgrims, 35.491.
3-Camino del Norte is third with 6.34% (over 15.071)
4-Via de la Plata follows with 3.57% of all pilgrims (8.490)
5-Camino Primitivo is next with 3.48% (8.275)
6-and the English Way or Camino Ingles attracted 3.02% of pilgrims (7.194). Still not at the top but one of the routes experiencing the biggest growth. The Camino Ingles received 1.86% of all pilgrims reaching Santiago in 2013.
It is worth noting that statistics only account for those pilgrims who have received the Compostela, hence finishing in Santiago and therefore not taking into consideration those pilgrims walking stretches of the Camino de Santiago routes in France, Spain or Portugal for instance but not reaching Santiago.
Most popular starting points
1-Sarria on the Camino Frances remains the most popular Camino starting point with 58.554 (24.61%) pilgrims starting their journey here in 2014.
2-Saint Jean Pied de Port, starting point of the Camino Frances, was chosen by 29.344 Camino pilgrims or 12.34% of the total.
3-Tui (Camino Portugues) was the starting point for 11.575 (4.87%) pilgrims.
4-León was chosen by 11.410 (4.80%) pilgrims.
6-10.260 or 4.31% of the total started their Camino journey from O Cebreiro.
7-Ponferrada was the starting point for 7.979 (3.35%) pilgrims.
8-7.848 (3.30%) chose to start their Camino walk from Roncesvalles.
9-Ferrol, starting point of the Camino Ingles – English Way, saw 6.817 (2.87%) pilgrims commence their journey there last year.
10-Astorga saw 5.810 (2.44%) pilgrims starting their Camino journey.
Most popular nationalities on the Camino
Beside the Spaniards who account for over 48% of all pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela, these are the most popular nationalities on the Way:
1-Italy with 20.241 (8.51%)
2-Germany with 16.345 (6.87%)
3-Portugal with 11.655 (4.90%)
4-USA with 11.577 (4.87%)
5-France with 9.345 (3.93%)
6-Ireland with 5.020 (2.11%)
7-UK with 4.395 (1.85%)
8-Korea with 3.840 (1.61%)
9-Australia with 3.775 (1.59%)
10-Canada with 3.575 (1.50%)
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