Welcome to Santiago de Compostela

Welcome to Santiago de Compostela, the Sacred City, built stone by stone around the said resting place of the Apostle Saint James.

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela at sunset

The Galician novelist Valle Inclán wrote that: “… of all the old Spanish cities, the one which seems to be trapped in a dream of granite, immutable and eternal is Santiago de Compostela…. although it doesn’t appear ancient, but rather everlasting. But Compostela, in the ecstasy of the pilgrims, unites all its stones in one single evocation. There, the passing hours are just one hour, repeating itself eternally, under a grey rainy sky…”

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Quotes for women traveling alone on the Camino de Santiago

To celebrate the International Women’s Day, today on March 8th 2018, we would like to congratulate all the brave women pilgrims who have decided to overcome their fear & walk the Camino de Santiago alone or together and share some inspiration quotes about traveling alone.

10 inspirational quotes about solo female travels

  • “I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalia de Castro (one of Galicia's most precious daughter)
  • “I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” - Amelia Earhart
  • “The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.” – Albert Einstein
  •  “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” - Maya Angelou

  • ‘When you’re traveling with someone else, you share each discovery, but when you are alone, you have to carry each experience with you like a secret, something you have to write on your heart, because there’s no other way to preserve it.” – Shauna Niequist
  • “Traveling solo does not always mean you’re alone. Most often, you meet marvelous people along the way and make connections that last a lifetime.” – Jacqueline Boone
  • “The more I travelled the more I realised that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends” – Shirley MacLaine
  • “If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.” – Angelina Jolie

  • “How do the geese know when to fly to the sun? Who tells them the seasons? How do we, humans, know when it is time to move on? As with the migrant birds, so surely with us, there is a voice within, if only we would listen to it, that tells us so certainly when to go forth into the unknown.” – Elizabeth Kübler-Ross
  • “Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live in?” – Caroline MyssLeave your fears behind, follow your dream and you will experience something exceptional.

Happy Women’s Day and Buen Camino to all!

Love from Ultreya Tours

Repairing and Restoring Massages for Pilgrims during and after the Camino de Santiago

For some getting a massage is the ultimate way to relax, a treat for a special occasion. In this post, we would like to recommend you indulge in this treat during your Camino de Santiago to help you reach your goal safely and without any pains. Our partner Angel Antelo specialises in repairing and restoring massages for pilgrims during and after their Camino de Santiago.

Based in Caldas de Rei, on the Portuguese Way, his company offers services on the last 112km of the French Way from Sarria and the Portuguese Way from Baiona or Tui as well as services in Santiago de Compostela. If you are staying in a spa hotel, he can book a massage in their dedicated space or bring the equipment to your room. His staff are all professional Quiromassage Therapist and speak several languages. Continue reading Repairing and Restoring Massages for Pilgrims during and after the Camino de Santiago

Monuments on the Plaza del Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela

Beautiful Santiago de Compostela is famous world-wide for its Gothic Cathedral, the resting place of the Apostle Saint James and the end of the Camino de Santiago. But inside the old Medieval walls that surround the City there is much more to discover for those who allow themselves to wander and who know what to look for. In this article, we would like to give you a bit more insight on the monuments that make the most stricking and important of the 5 squares of the Cathedral – The Plaza del Obradoiro.

The Plaza del Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela, at the end of the Camino

What monuments will you find on the Main Square of the Plaza del Obradoiro

The Portico de la Gloria of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

The main facade of the Cathedral has a style that is unique in the world known as Compostela Baroque. It was built, by the architect Fernando de Casa y Noboa between 1738 and 1750. Continue reading Monuments on the Plaza del Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela