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Camino Guides updates for 2016

2016 Holy Year of Mercy. Pope Francis has declared that 2016 will be the Holy Year of Mercy. This is likely to put extra pressure on accommodation, particularly in the city itself. The Holy Door Puerta Santa will be open (it won't open again until the next official Holy Year of St. James in 2021).

The Pilgrimage office has moved
from Rua Vilar to Rúa Carretas, 33. Open Mon to Sun 8.00 - 21.00 (1st April to 30th October). Mon to Sun 10.00 -
19.00 (winter schedule). Telephone (+34) 981 568 846.

Camino Portugués

The 2016 edition now includes the camino da costa.

Camino Finisterre

The new hybrid 2016 edition includes the last 5 stages from Sarria and also route finding information around the Muxía circuit in either a clockwise or counter clockwise direction.


Flights to/ from Santiago: Easy-jet London Gatwick and Geneva. Ryanair London Stansted, Frankfurt and Milan. Iberia / Vueling London and Brussels. Aer Lingus begin their 2016 schedule from Dublin on 29th March. Spanish airports served include Alicante, Almeria, Barcelona, Bilbao, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Seville, Tenerife, Valencia with connecting routes to European destinations.

For airports serving the various caminos – see map under Which Route? Note that FlyBe now operate flights to Biarritz from several UK regional airports.


The tithing from royalties of the sale of these guidebooks continues to support various initiatives that seek to preserve the physical and spiritual integrity of the Caminos de Santiago. Apart from the usual tithing to confraternities is a donation of $1,120.00 to the help in the production of The Camino Documentary by Lydia Smith during 2016. Thank you for buying these guidebooks that help support and promote the caminos.

Pilgrim Statistics:

262,458 pilgrims collected a Compostela last year. The percentage walking the Camino Francés fell (for the 8th consecutive year) to 66% with the Camino Portugués rising to 16% and the Camino Norte 6%. The most popular starting point remains Sarria with 67,408 (26%), St. Jean Pied de Port 31,052 (11.8%). Tui on the border of Portugal was 3rd with 13,799 (5%) followed closely by Porto with 13,199.

Pilgrims from 140 nations walked the route with 122,344 Spaniards representing 47%, Italians 2nd with 22,121 (16%) followed by: Germany 13%, USA 10%, Portuguese 9%, French 7%, UK 4%, Ireland 4%.


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