The Camino credential

Many of you have seen my picture holding up my Camino Credential document. Many of you have asked me to explain the how and why of this document.
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A Camino credential is a document, typically distributed by pilgrim associations, albergues on the Camino or Camino tourist centers.

This document is to be stamped during the day, to show progress of your journey. It typically gets stamped at every albergue or hotel where you spend your night, at tourist locations such as museums, churches and often at local bars and restaurants. Each location have their own special stamp. For the pilgrims who chose to walk the 100 km needed to received the official Compostela document (future blog), two stamps are required per day.

This document also serves as proof that one is truly undertaking this journey. Only with the Credential can one sleep in designated pilgrim only albergues. The document itself becomes a type of journal – each stamp brings about its own set of memories.
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I framed my first Camino Credential Document, however due to its size, I only show one side of the document. They other side contains just as many stamps at the visible side.

Each time I enter the room and see my credential framed on the wall, it reminds me of the wonderful experience that is the Camino!

4 thoughts on “The Camino credential

  1. Thanks for sharing this Sylvie … this is a beautiful collection of stamps. Seeing some other pilgrims photos of their credentials, I had wondered about carrying more than one so only the one side is used?
    Years ago my wife was give a beautiful set of Russian playing cards … both sides were works of art. She had them framed between two sheets of glass with some fronts and backs showing on each side. The hanging cord was attached to the upper ends of the frame instead of the back, and every once in a while she flipped it over to see the “other” side for a while.
    ¡Buen Camino!

    • Smart way to show both sides… I actually thought of photocopying the back and adding it to the frame, but I decided to show this side.
      I might do something different for my second one! I often look at the document and remember most of the places associated with each stamp. It is such a great document to have!
      Buen Camino in the fall – Syls

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