When you set out on the road to Santiago, the standard is to purchase – for a few Euro only – a Pilgrim Passport; also known as a Credential or Credencial.
With this you gather stamps along the way.
Interestingly the word for this stamp in Spanish is Sello, and in French it is Tampon.
The passport serves three main purposes:
1. You need to present your passport at the end of your Camino to prove places visited and thereby receiving your compostela (certificate of achievement).
2. You also need to present your passport at the various pilgrim accommodation options along the way to prove pilgrim status and so receive your discounted pilgrim accommodation.
3. Your passport also acts as a reminder of places visited, people met, and the landscapes and places walked through.
To give you an idea of what a pilgrim passport looks like I have photographed the pages of mine, from the walk I made on this journey from Prague to Finisterre in northern Spain:
As always please remember that you can click on any photo to enlarge. Thank you.
I purchased my passport in Prague; hence the reason for the Czech language.
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Thank you and Buen Camino!