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Which pilgrim passport/credencial has the nicest design?

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Sam Hardman

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2006 (Camino Francés)
2007 (Camino Francés)
2017 (SJPdP - Belorado)
2018 SJPdP - Fisterra/Muxía
People often talk about which of their stamps they like the most, but there are also many different designs of credencial. Last year I used the French credencial from the pilgrim's office in SJPdP and in 2017 I used the credencial provided by the cathedral in Santiago. I like both of these but also met people from all over the world with really beautifully designed credencials which made me a bit jealous! In particular the I really liked the Slovenian and British designs. Clearly a lot of thought has gone into them.

This year I am walking the Camino Primitivo and have already ordered a British designed credencial to add to my collection.

So, which credencial do you like the best?
 

PiryatJos

Pilgrim Brit
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances - SJPdP - SdC (Oct/Nov '18) (Sep/Oct '19)

Camino del Norte - Santander - SdC (2021)
I had the one from CSJ in the UK last year. I think they've updated it and now looks much nicer. Mine was fine for functionality. Clear maps and lots of space. I liked the SJPDP ones better. I think I'm going to be getting mine straight from that Pilgrim's Office in September this year.
 

scruffy1

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Holy Year from Pamplona 2010, SJPP 2011, Lisbon 2012, Le Puy 2013, Vezelay (partial watch this space!) 2014; 2015 Toulouse-Puenta la Reina (Arles)
The nicest one I ever saw was years ago from the CSJ in England - one had to be a member which was/is(?) very expensive and it was big really big something like one would expect for a classical Grand Tour.
 

Moorwalker

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Saint's Way, Cornwall
I love the New Zealand one with the silver fern. And second to that, the Irish one. I've wondered whether it's OK to use one from a country that isn't your own.
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2012, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011
I love the New Zealand one with the silver fern. And second to that, the Irish one. I've wondered whether it's OK to use one from a country that isn't your own.
Well, I have used the credencial provided at the pilgrim office at SJJPP or one of the Spanish variants. Never been a problem!!
 

kiwi-couple

Camino Frances April/May 2019
Camino(s) past & future
CF from SJPdP April/May 2019
I love the New Zealand one with the silver fern. And second to that, the Irish one. I've wondered whether it's OK to use one from a country that isn't your own.
I didn't know there was a New Zealand credential. Where do you get one from?
 

tpmchugh

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
Camino Frances (2015)
People often talk about which of their stamps they like the most, but there are also many different designs of credencial. Last year I used the French credencial from the pilgrim's office in SJPdP and in 2017 I used the credencial provided by the cathedral in Santiago. I like both of these but also met people from all over the world with really beautifully designed credencials which made me a bit jealous! In particular the I really liked the Slovenian and British designs. Clearly a lot of thought has gone into them.

This year I am walking the Camino Primitivo and have already ordered a British designed credencial to add to my collection.

So, which credencial do you like the best?
Hands down no argument win for the Irish credencial. Even hospitaleros commented on it being the nicest. Have a look at it on the Irish Society web page https://www.caminosociety.com/. Just had a look myself and it appears they have changed the design. Its even better now
 

Sam Hardman

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2006 (Camino Francés)
2007 (Camino Francés)
2017 (SJPdP - Belorado)
2018 SJPdP - Fisterra/Muxía
Hands down no argument win for the Irish credencial. Even hospitaleros commented on it being the nicest. Have a look at it on the Irish Society web page https://www.caminosociety.com/. Just had a look myself and it appears they have changed the design. Its even better now
I really like the look of the Irish one. I never saw one in real life though, even though I met a few Irish people on the Camino last year.
 

Sam Hardman

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2006 (Camino Francés)
2007 (Camino Francés)
2017 (SJPdP - Belorado)
2018 SJPdP - Fisterra/Muxía

Sam Hardman

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2006 (Camino Francés)
2007 (Camino Francés)
2017 (SJPdP - Belorado)
2018 SJPdP - Fisterra/Muxía
The nicest one I ever saw was years ago from the CSJ in England - one had to be a member which was/is(?) very expensive and it was big really big something like one would expect for a classical Grand Tour.
It is quite expensive (30 pounds a year) but I was lucky and was given membership as a gift last Christmas so I will get a credencial from them this year. I think I will renew my membership despite the cost as the albergue at Gaucelmo was one of my favourites and the organisation does really good work. They are also strugling for money at the moment (deficits for the post couple of years) and need support to survive.
 

Sam Hardman

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2006 (Camino Francés)
2007 (Camino Francés)
2017 (SJPdP - Belorado)
2018 SJPdP - Fisterra/Muxía
I love the New Zealand one with the silver fern. And second to that, the Irish one. I've wondered whether it's OK to use one from a country that isn't your own.
I would think you could use it if you could get one. Loads of people use the French one and Spanish ones after all. I amagine it would be quite hard to get a New Zealand one outside of the country though.
 

Dara H

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pamplona to Santiago & Fisterra (2014-2017)
Oloron to Puente la Reina (Arles/Aragones) (2018)
Hands down no argument win for the Irish credencial. Even hospitaleros commented on it being the nicest. Have a look at it on the Irish Society web page https://www.caminosociety.com/. Just had a look myself and it appears they have changed the design. Its even better now
As far as I know, the booklet from the Irish Camino Society remains the same. What is new is that they now also provide a fold-out credencial. It is a lovely credencial.
 

tpmchugh

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
Camino Frances (2015)
As far as I know, the booklet from the Irish Camino Society remains the same. What is new is that they now also provide a fold-out credencial. It is a lovely credencial.
The first time I saw the fold out it had the same design as the booklet. The new design is great. Still the best looking by far of any credencial :)
 

Moorwalker

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Saint's Way, Cornwall
I would think you could use it if you could get one. Loads of people use the French one and Spanish ones after all. I amagine it would be quite hard to get a New Zealand one outside of the country though.
That's true, I have a Spanish one tucked away ready for next year, which I got when I bought a couple of books from Ivan. I didn't want to upset people by using one that I wasn't entitled to, although I did live in New Zealand for several years.
 

omar504

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,2017,2018
I was a member of CSJ for a few years and got many comments on my bright yellow credencial i now use the compact white one from oz. From memory the Spanish one seemed very dull and unimaginative
 

PiryatJos

Pilgrim Brit
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances - SJPdP - SdC (Oct/Nov '18) (Sep/Oct '19)

Camino del Norte - Santander - SdC (2021)
It is quite expensive (30 pounds a year)
You can just get the credencial for £5 as a non-member. I just wanted to be prepared which is why I got mine in advance. Unless I was starting somewhere weird and not SJPDP I might have picked one up this time.
 

PiryatJos

Pilgrim Brit
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances - SJPdP - SdC (Oct/Nov '18) (Sep/Oct '19)

Camino del Norte - Santander - SdC (2021)
The first time I saw the fold out it had the same design as the booklet. The new design is great. Still the best looking by far of any credencial :)
I met some Irish pilgrims last year and they didn't like the fact it was a book. I didn't think it was anything outstanding just okay but if it's the same design in a layout form then I will say it's an improvement.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" Camino
but 2019?
It is quite expensive (30 pounds a year) but I was lucky and was given membership as a gift last Christmas so I will get a credencial from them this year. I think I will renew my membership despite the cost as the albergue at Gaucelmo was one of my favourites and the organisation does really good work. They are also strugling for money at the moment (deficits for the post couple of years) and need support to survive.
You can always sponsor (or co-sponsor) a week at Gaucelmo. When I worked there the senior Hospitalero wrote to that week's sponsor and told them what was going on (refugio/village) how many Pilgrims had boarded there etc. Don't know how much it costs now but if you're feeling magnanimous . . .
 

Sam Hardman

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2006 (Camino Francés)
2007 (Camino Francés)
2017 (SJPdP - Belorado)
2018 SJPdP - Fisterra/Muxía
You can always sponsor (or co-sponsor) a week at Gaucelmo. When I worked there the senior Hospitalero wrote to that week's sponsor and told them what was going on (refugio/village) how many Pilgrims had boarded there etc. Don't know how much it costs now but if you're feeling magnanimous . . .
That‘s interesting. Sponsoring the albergue is something I never would have thought of but would consider if I could afford it. I really think the albergue in Rabanal is a special place on the camino. I am hoping to volunteer there too, maybe next year.
 

PiryatJos

Pilgrim Brit
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances - SJPdP - SdC (Oct/Nov '18) (Sep/Oct '19)

Camino del Norte - Santander - SdC (2021)
The Slovak one is pretty.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Leon - Santiago (2015); Ingles (2016); Baiona - Santiago (2018); Pamplona - Burgos (2020!)
After walking with the APOC credential and the one that Ivar sends, last year I walked with the Irish one to honor my triple diaspora roots. I considered the Canadian to honor my Canadian roadie husband (he has a bad back and can't walk, but has been my roadie for three Caminos now and has his own amazing adventures along the way), but it's Comic Sans, and I just can't do that. Sincerely praying for a re-design, maybe before my 2020 walk?
 

tpmchugh

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
Camino Frances (2015)
I met some Irish pilgrims last year and they didn't like the fact it was a book. I didn't think it was anything outstanding just okay but if it's the same design in a layout form then I will say it's an improvement.
Have to say, they are the odd ones out. Also, note that I was referring also to the fanfold credencial, yes, we have both and the new design on the fanfold is great
 

jbear

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to SdC march-may 2015
I love the New Zealand one with the silver fern. And second to that, the Irish one. I've wondered whether it's OK to use one from a country that isn't your own.
My first camino I used a German one and a French one. The one I ordered from American Pilgrims got lost on the way over. ( I had intended to use that one and a French one from the office in SJPdP) No problems with either.
A piece of notebook paper
Depending on who is at the Pilgrims Office that could be an issue if you want a Compostela.
 

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