WHAT IS CAMINO DE SANTIAGO?
( or The Way of Saint James in English )
It is here that there is a shrine to the apostle Saint James the Great lies and where tradition dictates the saint’s remains are buried. The French Way and the Routes of Northern Spain are two of the routes that are listed in the World Heritage List by UNESCO.
Hundreds of thousands of people have made the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage over the years, each one making the long, arduous journey to the shrine dedicated to Saint James the Great.
The number of pilgrims has been rising steadily thanks to the Xunta de Galicia, the regional government of Galicia, promoting the Way as a tourist activity. Figures released by the Office of Pilgrims at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela reveal 690 pilgrims made their way to the shrine in 1985.
This figure rose to 19,821 in 1995 and further still to 93,924 in 2005. In 2016, some 277,915 pilgrims, the highest-ever total, officially completed the pilgrimage.