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

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: