14.8% Increase in Pilgrim numbers in May!

A record number of pilgrims arrived to Santiago in May with 46,673 Compostelas issued!! This is a 14.8% increase compared to May 2018.

The number of pilgrims who arrived to Santiago from Jan – May 2019 compared to Jan – May 2018 also increased, by 15.6%.

An Analysis of the Pilgrims – May 2019 

Of the pilgrims who walked in May, there were 24,163 (51.7%) women compared to 22,510 (48.3%) men. 43,633 (93.50%) walked the Camino, 2,750 (5.9%) cycled, 199 (0.43%) did it on horseback and 87 (0.19%) in a wheelchair. In terms of nationality; 28% were Spanish and 72% were foreigners. Excluding Spain, the top 8 Countries with the highest number of pilgrims were:

  1. Germany – 4,986 (14.9%)
  2. Italy – 3,537 (10.5%)
  3. U.S.A – 3,500 (10.4%)
  4. Portugal – 2,120 (6.3%)
  5. UK  – 1,937 (5.8%)
  6. France – 1,670 (5%)
  7. Ireland – 1,395 (4.2%)
  8. Korea – 1,294 (3.9%)

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