We visit FITUR and tell you the news about the Camino de Santiago

Hello again! This month of January is passing incredibly fast, but the Pambre Tours team has been active and working with enthusiasm. We have visited the International Tourism Fair (FITUR) and we want to tell you a little about our experience as an agency specializing in the Camino de Santiago and the latest news.

We leave you some photos of our attendance to the event where, as you can see, the Jacobean route has occupied a prominent place within the tourist offer of our country.

2019: a record year for the Camino de Santiago.

It is news that comes to us with joy, to know that every year more and more people are interested in living this wonderful experience. In 2019, 347,578 pilgrims collected their “la Compostela” certificate after completing the Camino de Santiago. These statistics can already be consulted from the official website of the Pilgrim’s Office.

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And the best part is that we expect an even greater influx for next year! As many of you know, 2021 will be the Holy Year of Compostela.

A cosmopolitan Way

The Camino de Santiago is a World Heritage Site; it welcomes different cultures and is the spiritual homeland of thousands of pilgrims. In 2019, visits from up to 190 different nationalities were recorded with Spain, Italy, Germany, the United States and Portugal, the countries that sent the largest number of pilgrims.

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Women take center stage

They have been the majority: 51% compared to 49% of men. The profile of the pilgrim is a foreign woman between 30 and 60 years of age who normally travels in a group.

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How do pilgrims do the Camino?

Despite the fact that every year there is greater interest in doing the Camino de Santiago by bicycle, pilgrims who do the route on foot are still in the majority (93.99%) compared to 5.62% who decided to reach Compostela on two wheels. Only 0.23% traveled on horseback.

Agencies specialized in the Camino de Santiago to meet the needs of a more demanding profile of pilgrims.

More and more often people who are encouraged to live the experience decide to hire the services of an agency specialized in the Camino de Santiago and stay in hotels, rural houses or inns, but not in hostels. Many pilgrims also request that the rooms be private and have their own bathroom, or that the same agency take care of the transfer of the suitcases for greater comfort during the route.

On the other hand, 80% of pilgrims who book a tour through an agency specializing in the Camino de Santiago also request a guide service.

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The French Way and the secondary routes

The French Way continues to be the preferred itinerary for pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. Some 55% of the pilgrims who reached Compostela in 2019 chose this route. But also striking is the growing interest in other secondary routes, a trend that began to be noticed already in 2018. For example, 27% of pilgrims opted to do the Portuguese Way. This route, known since the 11th century and promoted by the Portuguese crown, has been claiming for years for its stunning scenery and historical heritage. Other routes taken were the Northern Way (5.47%), the English Way (4.54%) and the Primitive Way (4.52%).

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Sarria: main starting point

As expected, the favorite starting point for the Camino de Santiago is still Sarria. A little more than 100 km. from the capital of Santiago de Compostela, it allows us to obtain the certificate of “la Compostela”, being Sarria-Santiago the ideal route for people who have few days or can not travel long distances.

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Do you dare to do the Camino from Sarria to Santiago with Pambre Tours or from another point of the Peninsula? Contact us and we will explain you the advantages of our guided or independent tours.

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