Last year in 2017, a total of 301 036 pilgrims received their Compostela, the Certificate of Achievement of the Camino de Santiago, which is 30 000 more than during the last Holy Year in 2010.
This is the most pilgrims on the Way of Saint James in centuries and is a direct reflect on the increasing popularity of the Camino de Santiago.
More people on the Camino and enjoying its benefits is a wonderful things, and in this article we would like to invite you to learn a bit more about those brave 300 000 pilgrims who accomplished their goal last year.
Summary of the updated official Camino de Santiago statistics given by the Pilgrim Office for 2017:
- A large majority of pilgrims are between 30 and 60 years old – 55%
- 49% of all pilgrims were women
- 28% who received the Compostela were under 30 and 17% were over 60
- 44% of all pilgrims claim they completed the pilgrimage for solely religious reasons Continue reading 2017 Camino de Santiago statistics
2017 is the biggest year for the Camino de Santiago on record as the Pilgrim Office in Santiago de Compostela announced last week they gave out a total of 301 036 Compostelas, Certificates of Achievement of the Camino de Santiago.
Congratulations to all those brave pilgrims who walked, cycled or horse-rode over 100 km into the City of the Apostle Saint James!
Each Camino has its reason and is an achievement.
Whichever way you have done it (with luggage transfers, support van & booked luxury accommodation or with just your backpack and a map), you dedicated at least a week of your time plus preparation, you overcame your fears and each one of the challenges that were put in front of you, you went out of your comfort zone and interacted with other human beings. Even if you are a seasoned traveller and have walked the Camino in the past, each Camino is unique and worthy of respect and praise.
So, we dedicate this post to the 300 000 intrepid pilgrims who accomplished their goal last year, to those who are not in this list but who walked a long section of the Camino somewhere not finishing in Santiago and to all those who have done it in the past and will in the future! Well done!
Continue reading Congratulations to the 300 000 pilgrims who accomplished the Camino de Santiago in 2017
Today, as we are getting ready to celebrate Christmas Eve with our families, I would like to take a moment to thank all our clients for your trust this year in letting us organise your holidays and to send you our best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.
This year was our best yet as we celebrated over 750 clientes on the Camino de Santiago from 45 different countries, only 5 out of 5 stars reviews on Google Plus, Facebook y TripAdvisor & our fifth “Best Tour Operator in Galicia” Award. It has been a lot of hard work, but it is all worth it when we are able to greet you in person into Santiago or receive a kind note at the end of a trip! It is due to our wonderful team and service providers (hotels, guides, transporters, restaurants etc.) but mostly to your trust and we are really thankful for it.
So, again I want to wish you a Merry Christmas with your loved ones and that in this New Year you have a hundred reasons to laugh, a dream to live for (maybe to return to the Camino de Santiago), a thousand different moments of joy and no reason to suffer.
See you soon in Santiago de Compostela,
Managing Director & Founder
ULTREYA TOURS · THE CAMINO TRAVEL AGENCY BASED IN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
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15704 Santiago de Compostela · A Coruña, Spain
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