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Question about crowds in September

peregrina2000

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Hello, everyone,

I have been reading the comments of Sil and others, who are on the Camino Frances right now, and it sure looks like September is now a very crowded month. As one who has been tentatively planning to start the Frances next September to see how it compares to the spring caminos I have walked, I'm wondering whether, and if so where, we can get numbers that show when in September the crowds start to drop off. Does the albergue in Roncesvalles keep numbers and post them on a daily or weekly basis? Or the pilgrims' office in Roncesvalles? For instance, it's entirely possible that the numbers in Roncesvalles in the third week of September are much lower than the numbers in Galicia during that same week, not only because more people start in Galicia than in Roncesvalles, but also because the numbers in Galicia reflect those who started in Roncesvalles early in September. Is there any source that gives this kind of detailed information?

Thanks much. Laurie
 
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Fascinating and I see the logic of your question. I understand the albergues keep ( and submit? ) weekly statistics of pilgrims who have lodged there - this would be the obvious source of data but I am not sure where this is held - I am sure more experienced hands will be able to let us know.
 
The albergue in Villafrance Montes de Oca keeps record of the number of pilgrims staying there. Throughout the entire month of September (up to the day we were there) the albergue averaged about 45 people a night, the most being over 60!! No doubt this was due to the hotel being closed for vacations, but until Boadilla on Friday night, I only stayed in 1 albergue that was not complete. The albergues I stayed in since (Sahagun & the convent in Leon) were not full either.

Kelly, live in Leon
 
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