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
One of the most enthusiast Caminoer we know and a wonderful poet, has just published her first book and the subject is how to prepare yourself for a Buen Camino. So if you are looking for that extra push to decide to embark on this once in a lifetime experience, we highly recommend you give it a read!
How to plan, where to stay, how to pack, what not to miss, and how to have a Buen Camino from the #littleoldladywalking!
Buen Camino! is not a guidebook, there are no maps, no long-winded legends or history – just lots of fun little stories and helpful tips from a veteran American pilgrim to anyone planning their first Camino by themselves or just waiting to go back without the help of an agency or staying in albergues.
Released in December 2017, the book is available for purchase on Amazon ($6.99 US) and will soon be available on Kindle, Nook (Barnes & Noble) and on Casa Ivar’s Camino Forum Store. Continue reading New BOOK Notice: Buen Camino! Tips from an American Pilgrim by Anne Born