The tradition in the past is kept nowadays: pilgrims who accredit to have done. The Way will be given La Compostela in Santiago They were and are put up in Hospitals or Hostels throughout The Way, espacially in Real de Compostela Hospital, where, in the past and for three days, were given any kind of need.
Nowadays, the Reyes Católicos Hostel, National State-run Hotel, located in Obradoiro Square, offers a free meal to the first ten pilgrims each dayat 1 o’clock (every day). They do so to keep the old tradition.
In order to be able to Access this free service, the Pilgrim’s Office must provide you (after requesting the Compostelana, a ticket which will allowyou to enjoy the meal in the old hospital. If you want to request you Compostelana, you have to do The Way on foot, by bike or horse. You have to cover at least 100km; that is, you can start your way wherethere are 100km left to get to Santiago. The Compostelana is free, although any altruist money offering is accepted.
The only way to accredit that you have covered this distance (or more) is with the stamps of your pilgrim’s passport. Remember: you need at least two stamps per stage.Together with La Compostela, you can request a certificate with the whole distance that you have covered. The resquest is done at the Pilgrim’s Office at the same time that you get your Compostelana. You will have to pay for this document a small sum of money.
TO OBTAIN THE COMPOSTELA YOU MUST FILE A REQUEST IN ADVANCE OR AT THE PILGRIM´S OFFICE.