Laurie’s blog “The Camino Provides”, offers a lot of very good information about the Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James). Be sure and check it out if you are looking for information. The following article provides some great statistics regarding pilgrims walking the Way.
Every January, the Oficina de Acogida de Peregrinos (Pilgrims’ Welcome Office) in Santiago, Spain and the American Pilgrims on the Camino (APOC) publish the pilgrim statistics for the previous year. Among the various data is a chart showing numbers of pilgrims receiving Compostelas for each year dating back to 1986. When I first started to learn about the Camino, I was intrigued by the dramatic spikes for some years.
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