Using Santiago Matamoros for political reasons in Medieval Times

In the middle of the 9th century, the Iberian peninsula was a large, bloody battlefield, as a result of the constant fighting between Christians and the Arab invaders. The south of Spain was controlled by the Arabs where they consolidated their supremacy by converting much of the old Visigoth élite to Islam. Still, Galicia, parts of Leon, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque area have not been subdued (where the French Way passes).

Santiago Matamoros in the Cathedral of Burgos
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The Parador of Santiago de Compostela – el Hostal de los Reyes Católicos

About the Parador of Santiago de Compostela

The Parador of Santiago de Compostela

Certainly, one of the most luxurious and beautiful hotels in Spain. The Parador de Santiago, known as the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, is a blend of history, art and tradition, the dream of pilgrims and emblem of Santiago. This 5* luxury hotel is located on Obradoiro Square near the cathedral, creating an area of spectacular beauty in one of the most visited provincial capitals in the world. The exclusivity of the location, the quality of the accommodation and the cuisine on offer makes it a perfect place to stay in the City of the Apostle.

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The meaning of Ultreya Suseya Santiago de Compostela

Our company name is Ultreya Tours. Ultreya or Suseya are relatively common names for services providers on the Camino de Santiago (spas, restaurants, hotels, transporters and obviously travel agencies) and there is probably no expression more linked to the Camino de Santiago. But many people in Spain and on the Camino do not know what it stands for.

Ultreya Rocks on the Camino de Santiago

This post explains what we believe Ultreya means. But we would like to warn you that although we know it comes from Medieval Latin meaning “further” and it has been used since at least the 12th century no one really knows how it came to be linked with the Camino de Santiago and when people started using it.

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