In Ultreia we design signature experiences on the Camino de Santiago. Our job is to emphasize the experience inside of your experience and we do that by taking you on a trip through the richness of flavours of the incredible gastronomy and wines of Portugal and Spain and by offering you unique and hidden accommodations filled with history and charm!
We are Rui and Yolanda and we met on the Camino Inglés in 2013, got married in 2014 and we brought Ultreia to life in 2015!
We started to walk in 2008 and after walking several Caminos, we left life taking its natural course and realized that Ultreia was just meant to be: “The two most important days of our life are the day we were born and the day we find out why.” – Mark Twain said..
Yolanda’s career spans nearly 15 years of experience in tourism, with Disney Paris and the Spanish hotel industry. I’ve worked in the Banking industry but after 15 years, it was time to leave and to start combining our love of the Camino with our professional expertise to create the most genuine and powerful experiences possible!
Our mission is to keep this ancient paths and historical culture alive for future generations.
The Camino exists because of the Pilgrim and Pilgrim exist because of the the Camino. Providing sustainable life time experience on the Camino we’ll keep it alive and regenerated for the generations to come.
” Legacy is not leaving something for the people. It’s leaving something in people”. – Peter Strople
El Camino de Santiago (The way of Sant James)
El Camino de Santiago, (The Way of Saint James) is an ancient pilgrimage across Europe to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain, where legend has it that the remains of Jesus’s apostle Saint James the Elder, lie.
Christian legend tells that the apostle James, the Elder, was a missionary to the Iberian Peninsula before returning to Jerusalem, where he was beheaded by Herod. His body was placed in a stone boat guided by angels and carried by the wind back to his beloved Spain. The body remained there, largely unforgotten until the 9th century when Pelayo, a hermit living in Galicia, had a vision of a field of stars that led him to the ancient tomb containing three bodies. He told the local bishop, Teodomiro, who declared that the remains were that of Saint James and his disciples. King of Asturias, Alphonso II named James as their patron saint (later the patron saint of all Spain) and was the first Pilgrim to travel to the site (on the Camino Primitivo), which became a small village named Campus Stellae where a monastery was established. Pilgrims almost immediately started arriving and many miracles were attributed to the site. Pilgrimages where encouraged and promoted by the Kings and the religious Orders of both Spain and France, because the Camino de Santiago also helped to settle the borders between the Christians and the Mours. Thus began the thousand year history of the Camino.
Every year a handful of pilgrims still leave from their own home, and many tens of thousands more travel to one of the starting points along the way. The Camino embraces pilgrims from all walks of life, all religions, creeds, and nationalities, providing the catalyst to overcome all social and cultural barriers.
No matter a pilgrim’s personal reason for walking the Camino de Santiago, nearly all come away transformed and revitalized with a new outlook on their life, the possibilities that abound, and new friends from around the world.
The Camino’s special and enduring nature and it’s historical significant to all of the world earned it the UNESCO honored title: World Heritage Site, in 1993. In 2015, the Camino Primitivo, the Camino del Norte, the Camino of Liébana and the Camino Vasco-Riojano received the same honor.