Ultreya Tours won the Tour Operator of the Year for Galicia Awards!

Ultreya Tours is delighted to announce we have received today the prestigious Tour Operator of the Year for Galicia Award in the 2016 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards!

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Ultimate Camino de Santiago Light Summer Packing List

Lost when it comes to decide what to pack for the Camino de Santiago?

We have you covered with this Packing List for pilgrims planning to walk the Camino de Santiago in Summer:

Clothing:

The best clothing for the Camino are wicking materials which dry quickly, such as synthetic materials or merino wool. Avoid cotton as it takes much longer to dry and does not wick sweat away from the body.

Plan to bring at least two pairs of pants/shorts and two shirts, so that you can “wash one, wear one, repeat” day after day.

During the Summer in Galicia, expect between 20 and 27 degrees during the day with cool breezes and sunshine and 12 to 18 at night so remember to bring at least one warmer top, such as a long-sleeved t-shirt or fleece, for chilly evenings.

I would also recommend bringing a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun and a good lightweight rain jacket that packs small in case the weather changes. Continue reading Ultimate Camino de Santiago Light Summer Packing List

The 2016 Year of Mercy & the Opening of the Holy Door in Santiago de Compostela on Holy Years

On the 13th of December 2015, the Archbishop Barrio of Santiago de Compostela opened the Holy Door of his Cathedral under the recommendation of the Pope Francis in honor of the 2016 Jubilee Year of Mercy. This is an extraordinary event as the Holy Door should only be opened on Jubilee Years, when the Feast of Saint James, the 25th of July, falls on a Sunday.

Opening the Holy Door of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela The Holy Door of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela from inside[/caption]

According to Catholic traditions, walking the Camino on a Holy Year or during the 2016 Year of Mercy and entering the Cathedral of Santiago through the Holy Door gives believers plenary indulgence.

In this post, we would like to explain what this means and what happens on traditional Holy Years.
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