The arrival of pilgrims is being “reactivated” in Galicia, according to the agreement between the Galician administration and the Galician Association of Private Hostels (Agalber). “Those who collected the ‘Compostela’ are more than 11,200 so far this year and only in the first 15 days of June more than 5,700 “, summarized from the Department of Tourism.
Meanwhile, the president of Agalber, Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, has assured that the sector is “relatively optimistic” before the increase of pilgrims that, according to says, they are verifying. “The expectation is for a progressive recovery.” “An important rebound is expected, so a significant flow is expected for this second semester,” the Galician administration added, highlighting the numbers of pilgrims.
To welcome them, from June 15 almost half of the shelters have opened public, to which are added those who did so since March on the private network. Only in the public, there are 70 shelters that make up the network, according to data from the Department of Tourism, which explains that three more are about to be added to them that will open shortly: the Vigo hostel, the Sobrado dos Monxes hostel. and Oseira’s.
“But the network will continue to grow and throughout this Double Holy Year – they point out about the 2021-2022 period – another five will be opened, so this Xacobeo will end with 78 public shelters”, in it. Of the 70 existing, and as with the private ones, not all are open at the moment.
Since last June 15, some thirty shelters have opened and on July 1 the others will do so. Added to them are 446 private hostels thatwhich exist, according to the Registry of Tourist Companies and Activities (REAT).
Both the private sector and the Galician administration confirm an increase in demand, with an increase in pilgrims who collect the ‘Compostela’, “with averages that this June exceed the 300 pilgrims daily, an average that is widely exceeded on weekends in which, even, the arrival of pilgrims is doubling, “they maintain from the Department of Tourism.
So far this year the arrival is distributed following these criteria: the French Way concentrates half of the pilgrims, followed by the Portuguese Way (23%), the English Way (7%), the Primitive Way (6%), the Portuguese Way along the Coast (5%), the Northern Way ( 4%), Vía de la Plata (3%) and Other Roads 2%.
On the requirements that pilgrims are asked, given the context of pandemic, from the Xunta they explain that they are required to register as travelers arriving in Galicia and to comply with the requirements that are established in the use of shelters, as well as the rules of hygiene and use of the facilities established in accordance with the regulations by the Covid-19.