We continue to review the monthly numbers of pilgrims. At the worst moment of Covid-19, with more restrictions and perimeter closures, the Camino continued to welcome some pilgrims. As many people point out in the pilgrimage forums: who knows what motives push some pilgrims to try to reach Santiago facing so many difficulties!
60 pilgrims arrived, 20 of them living abroad and 40 residents in Spain. Of them, 57 traveled the Camino on foot, 2 by bicycle and 1 in a wheelchair.
The starting points were very diverse: many places on the French Way (Sarria and O Cebreiro already in Galicia, but also Sain-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Astorga, Sahagún or Villafranca); many of the Portuguese Roads (Lisbon, Porto, Valença, Tui); from Seville by the Vía de la Plata; from Irún and San Sebastián by the Camino del Norte; from Oviedo along the Camino Primitivo; from Ferrol by the English Way; and even 2 pilgrims came walking from Germany.
The nationalities present on the Camino were: Spain (27 pilgrims), Germany (9), Portugal (9), Holland (2), France (2), United States (2), Argentina (2), Finland (1), Brazil (1), Ireland (1), Iceland (1), Lithuania (1), Romania (1), Korea (1).
There were no incidents and all the pilgrims who arrived in Santiago did so following the hygiene and safety regulations and respecting the restrictions, such as the one that allows passage through cities that are closed without spending the night or eating in them. So, the pilgrims arrived at a closed Santiago and just collected their Compostela and visited the cathedral.
These are not good times for pilgrimage and we ask everyone to respect the rules at all times. We welcome those who respect them and do not put their health or that of others at risk.