2Is the Camino francés becoming too popular ?2

Certainly the “Camino francés” has been promoted well beyond the capacity of the facilities available for pilgrims, and the refugios have been tending to fill up well before the usual high season. The summer’s unseemly race between pilgrims who set off earlier and earlier each day to be sure of a bed in the next refuge, starts in the spring, and extends into the autumn as well.
This means that another type of hardship is added to the physical hardship of the Camino. You can check the numbers of pilgrims arriving at Santiago at www.archicompostela.org, the website of the archbishopric of Santiago.