Secrets, Castles, Caves and Magic

April 25, 2018 So yesterday, once I discovered the train station here in Lisbon, Portugal and knew that I could buy a ticket to get to a popular destination and a place of country pride- Sintra, that’s exactly what I did. Previously I had been researching tours and found that they were all quite expensive…

Santiago de Compostela

Monday, April 22, 2019 From our the website, ultreyatours.com: “Santiago de Compostela is often referred to as a large village built around a beautiful Cathedral. When walking around the Old walled town and arriving into any of the 5 squares of the Cathedral you will see this is true. Each one of these 5 squares…

Easter Sunday in Spain

Sunday, April 21, 2019 What an auspicious day to be in this vibrant city of pilgrims, tourists, Spaniards and Catholics and all Christians! In Spain, Easter is celebrated is for the entire week before Easter Sunday – “Semana Santa” or “Holy Week,” is full of processionals with giant Catholic floats, musical bands and hooded brotherhood…

Santiago de Compostela Here We Come!!

Saturday, April 20, 2019 Today we walked from Outeiro to Santiago de Compostela, another “short” day at 16.7 km or 10.4 miles. Also a special treat to weary bodies, our trek was along bucolic country roads, there were very few big hills, and no other peregrinos”! We have heard that the Francés route is extremely…

On The Road Again

Friday, April 19, 2019 Today seemed like a “walk in the park” from Bandeira to Outeiro!!! We had a few hills, as is usually the case, but mostly we were walking through the eucalyptus scented forests and farm land. We were all thrilled that we only had 10 miles to cover. It’s all about perspective…

Coming Into The Home Stretch!

Thursday, April 18 Today we walked from A Laxe to Bandeira, 17.1 km, 10.6 miles and stayed in the government albergue. Today was s Delightful day! We heard the rain pounding on the roof ALL NIGHT, yet true to the forecast, it stopped at 5:00 a.m. so that our 7:15 departure was a dry one….

Get Up And Do It Again

Wednesday, April 17 Today we walked from Monasterio de Oseira to A Laxe, 29 km, 18 miles. We set out to walk 12 yet, it didn’t work out that way and tomorrow we will have less!! Several have injuries though and general fatigue has set in. Our group tries to stay together as a general…

It’s Been A Hard Day’s Night

Tuesday, April 16 Ourense to Monasterio de Oseira, 30.8 km, 19.1 miles. Alarms off at 5:45!!! We walked a mile to the rail station and had breakfast. Then we proceeded to encounter and conquer a KILLER HILL – steep, steep, steep and at least a mile plus!!!! All of our previous incredibly crazy elevation gain…

We Are (a bigger) Family!

Monday, April 15 Xunquiera de Ambia to Ourense, 23 km, 14.3 miles. Even though we knew we had a short day, we were still out the door by 7:00. Unfortunately it took us forty-five minutes to figure our way out of town… There is never a day without hills though today was mostly flat –…

A Change in Tempo

Sunday, April 14 Laza to Xunquiera de Ambia, 32.7 km, 20.3 miles, stay Albergue de Peregrinos de Xunquiera de Ambia.   Being on another route means no more Alma from Mexico – who became part of our family until she stepped up her game with “super fast Spanish dude”, (though we still saw her often)….

Shall We Try Another “Way”?

Saturday April 13, 2019 Si, si, si!  Today we walked to a bus station a mile from our albergue, took a bus to the Bilbao airport and traveled by rental car 5 1/2 hours to Laza.  Now we are on the Camino Sanabras for a couple of days until we reach Ourense, where we will…