The Pilgrim’s Welcome Office in Santiago de Compostela keeps detailed statistics about the Camino de Santiago (500 mile trek through Spain) which I break down and report on each year. Outdoor adventure travel, specifically long distance treks, are continuing to grow. They have just released the most recent annual statistics for 2017 and it looks like the Camino de Santiago is continuing the upward trend in popularity.
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2017 Camino de Santiago Highlights:
- 301,036 people walked the Camino de Santiago in 2017 (compare to 237,886 in 2014 – 262,459 in 2015 – 277,913 in 2016)
- Of those hikers, 147,867 were women and 153,169 were men
- 278,490 completed the Camino de Santiago on foot (92.51%)
- 21,933 completed the Camino de Santiago by bike (7.29%)
- 43 completed it by wheelchair and the rest on horseback
- 84,064 pilgrims were under the age of 30 (27.92%)
- 164,625 were between the ages of 30 and 60 (54.69%)
- 52,347 adventurers were over the age of 60 (17.39%)
- 130,831 people walked for religious purposes (43.46%)
- 142,662 walked for spiritual or cultural reasons (47.39%)
- 27,543 walked only for the adventure of it (9.15%)
WHERE PILGRIMS COME FROM
- The largest single nation represented was no surprise, Spain, with 132,478 (44.01%) walking the trail.
- Italy was 2nd, Germany 3rd and the United States was 4th with 17,522 (10.4%) people represented.
- The majority of pilgrims started in Sarria (26.48%) and the next most popular starting point for the Camino de Santiago in 2017 was where I also began my journey, St. Jean Pied-de-Port in France. 33,177 souls started in St. Jean.
- The Camino Frances remains the most popular route with 180,737 (60.04%) of pilgrims choosing this historic route.
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Past Statistics Reports – Camino de Santiago