Figures from the Pilgrim Office in Santiago de Compostela can give us quite an accurate idea of the most popular Camino de Santiago routes.
Statistics take into account the number of pilgrims obtaining the ‘Compostela’ certificate which means they have walked at least the last 100km to Santiago de Compostela (or cycled at least 200km) and not the total number of people on each of these routes. However it will give you an idea of which ones would be the most popular Camino de Santiago routes.
You can see the number of pilgrims travelling on each particular Camino and the percentage in relation to the total number of ‘Compostelas’ issued (*Year 2012 statistics, we’ll share the figures for 2013 as soon as they are released):
-French Way / Camino Francés 134,979 (70,12%)
–Portuguese Way / Camino Portugués 25,628 (13,31%)
–Northern Way / Camino del Norte 12,919 (6,71%)
–Vía de la Plata 8,163 (4,24%)
–Original Way/ Camino Primitivo 6,349 (3,30%)
–English Way / Camino Inglés 3,577 (1,86%)
-Other 873 (0,46%)
*You might also like to read Where does the Camino de Santiago start?
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