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Pilgrim numbers on the Via are down slightly

Time of past OR future Camino
2023
There are statistics in a graph format below, showing numbers and trends by month of Compostelas issued for Pilgrims on the Camino Via de la Plata (as defined by the Pilgrim Office).

Keep in mind that the data is by month of arrival in Santiago de Compostela.

The number of Pilgrims vary up and down by month and are down slightly overall. This is in contrast with most other Caminos which have generally shown an increase in numbers this year compared with 2019.

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Kev&Kath

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Camino Frances - Oct/Dec 2021
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There are statistics in a graph format below, showing numbers and trends by month of Compostelas issued for Pilgrims on the Camino Via de la Plata (as defined by the Pilgrim Office).

Keep in mind that the data is by month of arrival in Santiago de Compostela.

The number of Pilgrims vary up and down by month and are down slightly overall. This is in contrast with most other Caminos which have generally shown an increase in numbers this year compared with 2019.

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Thanks for posting! I’m actually quite amazed at the summer numbers...thinking there would be very few walking during Jun/Jul/Aug.
 
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2023
Thanks for posting! I’m actually quite amazed at the summer numbers...thinking there would be very few walking during Jun/Jul/Aug.
Yes, but keep in mind that the months shown are the month that they arrived in Santiago. They would have started some time before that, depending on their starting point.
 
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2023
Quite popular with cyclists during the summer.
Yes, one of the issues with the Pilgrim Office data is that I can't get the raw underlying data and so while they do an overall breakdown of walkers vs cyclists vs horse riders vs wheelchairs vs boats it is not possible to do this breakdown on a per Camino basis, just overall.

However, some data is better than no data and so "Thank you" to the Pilgrim Office for their data.
 
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Starting May 2023 from St Jean Pied de Port
Yes, one of the issues with the Pilgrim Office data is that I can't get the raw underlying data and so while they do an overall breakdown of walkers vs cyclists vs horse riders vs wheelchairs vs boats it is not possible to do this breakdown on a per Camino basis, just overall.

However, some data is better than no data and so "Thank you" to the Pilgrim Office for their data.
Can you do it a boat?

All the way?
 

Kev&Kath

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Yes, but keep in mind that the months shown are the month that they arrived in Santiago. They would have started some time before that, depending on their starting point.
Very true…but finishing in Aug means you're in the midst of it in Jun/Jul.
 
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2023
Can you do it a boat?

All the way?
I have seen (from memory - I will get to this data later) up to 25 people in a month get a Compostela based on "Vela". I initially thought that this meant Candle but it turns out it also means boat.

There were some Irish mariner Pilgrims a couple of years back.

Recent years there is a regular trickle, normally some each Summer month.
 

Molly Cassidy

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Time of past OR future Camino
Starting May 2023 from St Jean Pied de Port
I have seen (from memory - I will get to this data later) up to 25 people in a month get a Compostela based on "Vela". I initially thought that this meant Candle but it turns out it also means boat.

There were some Irish mariner Pilgrims a couple of years back.

Recent years there is a regular trickle, normally some each Summer month.
I would love to do that!
 

C clearly

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Most years since 2012
I’m actually quite amazed at the summer numbers...thinking there would be very few walking during Jun/Jul/Aug.
the months shown are the month that they arrived in Santiago.
Very true…but finishing in Aug means your in the midst of it in Jun/Jul.
I think (can anyone confirm?) that the statistics include all the people who start at any point along the Sanabrés. The number of people who walk from Seville or elsewhere in the south is likely only a small fraction of the reported numbers, especially during the hot months. Ourense is a more popular starting point.
 
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Kev&Kath

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I think (can anyone confirm?) that the statistics include all the people who start at any point along the Sanabrés. The number of people who walk from Seville or elsewhere in the south is likely only a small fraction of the reported numbers, especially during the hot months. Ourense is a more popular starting point.
C Clearly...good point!
 

Rita Flower

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2022 Via del la Plata
I think (can anyone confirm?) that the statistics include all the people who start at any point along the Sanabrés. The number of people who walk from Seville or elsewhere in the south is likely only a small fraction of the reported numbers, especially during the hot months. Ourense is a more popular starting point.
Thanks for the clarification @C clearly - ah your name is true!
Starting from Sevilla in September I guess I can expect a few fellow pilgrims, but as with other routes, more as I get closer to Santiago. Of course that is obvious but wasn't in front of mind till now. 😂
 
Time of past OR future Camino
2023
Was just going to ask can it be broken down by start point to figure how many are vdp or Mozarab/vdp vs Sanabres ??
It certainly can but I haven't done that bit yet. The graph shows data as collected and defined by the Pilgrims Office. They don't publish their definitions anywhere that I can see.

If you want to know what their definition of a particular Camino is then someone should ask them.

Knowing the start city by month will help a little but won't answer the question about how many people walked vs riding a bike.

The other issue with the data is that there are so many possible starting cities/villages that the Pilgrim Office only reports on ones that have large numbers. This means that the number starting in Seville or south of that rarely get separately reported.

It would be nice to have access to the raw data but that isn't currently possible.
 
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Camino Frances, Finisterre & Muxia (2018)
Camino Portuguese - Lisbon (2019)
It certainly can but I haven't done that bit yet. The graph shows data as collected and defined by the Pilgrims Office. They don't publish their definitions anywhere that I can see.

If you want to know what their definition of a particular Camino is then someone should ask them.

Knowing the start city by month will help a little but won't answer the question about how many people walked vs riding a bike.

The other issue with the data is that there are so many possible starting cities/villages that the Pilgrim Office only reports on ones that have large numbers. This means that the number starting in Seville or south of that rarely get separately reported.

It would be nice to have access to the raw data but that isn't currently possible.
Thanks Mate, Wasn't interested in the cyclist thing just given length whether the delineation between the VDP/Mozarab and the Sanabres was discernable. I'll go and have a gander at the pilgrim office. Cheers
 
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