Numbers arriving at Santiago have gone up every year, but there is always a big peak in Holy Years. 

Holy Years occur when the Feast of St James (the 25th of July) falls on a Sunday. There are great festivities in Santiago and many, many pilgrims choose to do their Camino then. 

See Pilgrim Office Statistics for details of compostelas granted each year to give you an idea of the additional pilgrims walking in Holy Years.

2021 and 2022 are both Holy Years, after an extension was granted by Pope Francis. This will, hopefully, allow for a more prolonged recovery period for the Camino in the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Time will tell as to the effect this has on the amount of infrastructure that recovers after 2020, as well as the number of pilgrims on the Way. 

To stay up-to-date with the most recent information and guidance about whether to postpone your Camino until after the Holy Year, we suggest you keep an eye on the Camino de Santiago Forum and our Camino Pilgrim Discussion Group on Facebook. 

See more information about the Holy Years 2021 and 2022 here.