Congratulations to the 300 000 pilgrims who accomplished the Camino de Santiago in 2017

2017 is the biggest year for the Camino de Santiago on record as the Pilgrim Office in Santiago de Compostela announced last week they gave out a total of 301 036 Compostelas, Certificates of Achievement of the Camino de Santiago.

Congratulations to all those brave pilgrims who walked, cycled or horse-rode over 100 km into the City of the Apostle Saint James!

Each Camino has its reason and is an achievement.

Whichever way you have done it (with luggage transfers, support van & booked luxury accommodation or with just your backpack and a map), you dedicated at least a week of your time plus preparation, you overcame your fears and each one of the challenges that were put in front of you, you went out of your comfort zone and interacted with other human beings. Even if you are a seasoned traveller and have walked the Camino in the past, each Camino is unique and worthy of respect and praise.

group of horse-riders on the Camino de Santiago arriving in Monte de GozoSo, we dedicate this post to the 300 000 intrepid pilgrims who accomplished their goal last year, to those who are not in this list but who walked a long section of the Camino somewhere not finishing in Santiago and to all those who have done it in the past and will in the future! Well done!

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Ultreya Tours shortlisted for a 2016 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards

Yesterday, Ultreya Tours woke up with a good news:

We were nominated by at least one of our customers and therefore shortlisted  as a potential winner for the 2016 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards from the Luxury Travel Guide.

Over the last 12 months, the Luxury Travel Guide have invited and encouraged their affluent subscriber base to cast their vote on whom they believe have excelled. They contacted almost two million subscribers to invite them to vote for the best experiences they have had and their research team have put forward a selection of companies & individuals who have excelled within their region.

Ultreya Tours obviously received a nomination and we are waiting to find out if we won! You can help us by voting for us here: corporatelivewire.com/luxury/de-awards.html

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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