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How many credentials do you need if you walk multiple Caminos in a row? Can you just keep using the same one? For example, Camino Madrid, to Camino San Salvador, to Camino Norte, to Santiago.
 
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How many credentials do you need if you walk multiple Caminos in a row? Can you just keep using the same one? For example, Camino Madrid, to Camino San Salvador, to Camino Norte, to Santiago.
Yes. As long as you have space for a stamp you can keep using the same credential.
 
Yes. As long as you have space for a stamp you can keep using the same credential.
Thank you. Also, is the Camino Passport the same as the Credencial? If they are different, how many passports would I need for multiple Caminos?
 
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Thank you. Also, is the Camino Passport the same as the Credencial? If they are different, how many passports would I need for multiple Caminos?
They are the same. If/when you run out of free space you can use any paper until you can find/get another credential.
 
How many credentials do you need if you walk multiple Caminos in a row? Can you just keep using the same one? For example, Camino Madrid, to Camino San Salvador, to Camino Norte, to Santiago.
When I did my combo Francés - Salvador - Norte - Finisterre Camino (approx 1000 km) I used one credential. I'm not a big "stamp collector" and don't tend to get more than one stamp per day, except when necessary, so I had enough spaces the one credential.

If you like getting more stamps you may want a second or third credential.
 
Yes. As long as you have space for a stamp you can keep using the same credential.
However, if you intend to keep them for nostalgia, you may want to have a separate one for each route.
 
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When I did my combo Francés - Salvador - Norte - Finisterre Camino (approx 1000 km) I used one credential. I'm not a big "stamp collector" and don't tend to get more than one stamp per day, except when necessary, so I had enough spaces the one credentia
Thank you. Also, is the Camino Passport the same as the Credencial? If they are different, how many passports would I need for multiple Caminos?
When I did my combo Francés - Salvador - Norte - Finisterre Camino (approx 1000 km) I used one credential. I'm not a big "stamp collector" and don't tend to get more than one stamp per day, except when necessary, so I had enough spaces the one credential.

If you like getting more stamps you may want a second or third credential.
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Thank you. Also, is the Camino Passport the same as the Credencial? If they are different, how many passports would I need for multiple Caminos?

I have long deprecated the use of the term "pilgrim passport" from the days when I issued credentials and encountered an extremely furious pilgrim who had thought that the "pilgrim passport" was an easily-obtained and economical alternative to a Canadian passport, and was blazing with anger (and obscenities) when he found out that the airlines would not accept them to board their aircraft.

What you described in your opening paragraphs ( Camino Madrid, to Camino San Salvador, to Camino Norte, to Santiago) was one Camino--- one pilgrimage to Santiago-- albeit cobbling together bits of different routes to get you there. As others have pointed out, likely one credencial will get you there. If you are like me, a collector of sellos, obtaining them from every church I visit (as well as from guardia civil stations and local ayuntamientos), you may need more than one. Still, if you want to use four, you can, although you will be carrying them and every gram counts.

I am informed by a local police detective that they can serve as backup for your alibi so if the police are investigating a bank robbery and you are asked where you were on (say) September 10, you can honestly respond and say "Medina de Rioseco at the albergue in Santa Clara's monastery, and boy did they snore."

PS If you are a RC priest, you might want to schlep your celebret with you. If you don't normally carry one (ssome dioceses issue them in the form of a little ID card, but some don't), your diocesan vicar general will get you one. This will enable you to assist at masses along the way, and to do so at the Cathedral in Santiago-- they supply the kit (although one priest I know carried a travelling stole to hear confessions along the route.... to no avail, as apparently none of the pilgrims he met seemed to feel sinful).

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How many credentials do you need if you walk multiple Caminos in a row? Can you just keep using the same one? For example, Camino Madrid, to Camino San Salvador, to Camino Norte, to Santiago.
You can buy them in certain locations. You will likely need at least two.
 
The 2024 Camino guides will be coming out little by little. Here is a collection of the ones that are out so far.
Take a few. I’ve always got a spare at the bottom of my sack; but I do have a bit of a sello habit.

I start a new one if ever doing a ‘full’ Camino; but I also have a ‘bits and pieces’ credencial which I keep adding to whenever I do the odd 7-10 days. It’s now five credenciales taped together; in no logical order.
 

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