The Pilgrim Passport (Credencial)
Your pilgrim passport is your entrance document into albergues, gets you free access to some museums on the way, and is a great way to remember your trip, as you collect stamps from all manners of places and people.
It also helps hospitaleros and hospitaleras to trace bed bug outbreaks.
At a number of places you can use this document of your travels to ask for another document, the Compostela, which attests to your Way and was originally intended as an indulgence, forgiving you all sins up to that moment.
Places you can get a Compostela
- Sagagún - located near the midpoint of the Camino Frances, at the Santuario de la Virgen Peregrina a little outside of the town center, you can get a midpoint compostela. They’re not always open, so check ahead and plan your Way accordingly.
- Santiago de Compostela - obviously. I’d get mine right after arrival, since the lines are usually long, but after finding an albergue and dropping off my gear.
- Muxia - the “Muxiana” is bestowed upon anyone who either walked the 30 kilometers from Finisterre or the 100 from Santiago de Compostela. You can get it at the tourist information in town.
- Finisterre - same applies here, either 30 or 100. Make sure to get your Credencial stamped once on the 30, to show you walked. You can get it at the municipal albergue.