"I was born in Madrid many years ago and moved to Santiago de Compostela in 1976. I fell in love with these lands and it was there that I spent the best years of my life. When in the summer of 1974, I was still living in Madrid and coming to the end of my architecture course, I decided with a friend to set off along the path to Santiago de Compostela, with only a backpack, very little money and a camera (one of my great hobbies). We wanted to discover this journey in that decadent era, photograph the treasures of Roman art that we had heard so much about in University, discover the castles, sample the rich, diverse regional gastronomy, meet new people and, naturally, enjoy an experience and an adventure that we couldn’t wait to have. The years have passed now and I know every inch of a number of the paths that lead to Santiago. I can say that the Northern path, leaving from Navarra, running along the Cantabrian coast and then going into the deepest parts of my beloved Galicia, is a rare gem, that turns into a genuine Road to Happiness, above all when we get the chance to stay in one of the most beautiful and charismatic hotels in Spain and Portugal and to delight in culinary delights from the different regions." ... Read Moreless
Hotel and restaurant in a village. The attractive town of Ezcaray, on the crossroads between the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela and the Rioja wine route, is home to a culinary jewel whose fame goes back for five generations. Echaurren has been handed down from father to son for more than a century, ever since the stable block of the former staging post was converted into a dining room. The restaurant, along with traditional Rioja recipes which have been brought to perfection and embellished by this family of renowned cooks, are at the heart of the property. Echaurren is nestled in the historic centre of the town opposite a fine stone church, Santa María la Mayor, and offers cheerful, modern rooms decorated in bright, fresh colours. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in a park. The marble whiteness of the Castillo de Arteaga, with its 13th century Gothic tower, rises dramatically out of the Basque Country’s Ria Urdaibai reserve with its narrow lush green valleys opening up into wide estuaries. Napoleon III and Eugenia de Montijo had it rebuilt when their son was proclaimed an honorary citizen of Biscay. Out of this castle, Garbiñe Azkuenaga has created a stunning hotel, masterfully combining period furniture with contemporary design. Spend your days exploring the surrounding area: cliffs, rivers, marshland and meadows. In the evening, enjoy a superb dinner in the castle's restaurant or a wine tasting in the well-stocked cellar. ... Learn moreless
The opening of the museum designed by Frank Gehry brightened Bilbao’s landscape. It opened up Bilbao to the outside world and vice versa. The capital of Biscay has become a place for heritage and culture. I regularly visit the museum to enjoy the exhibitions.
What would Pampelune be without its festivals of San Fermin, our holy patron? In July, the whole town and the region come alive to the rhythm of this unique tradition made famous by the American Writer Ernest Hemingway. Bull races in the village are exceptional events, at the same time traditional and...Read More less
We could call it the Romanesque road. Between these two cities of Navarre and the Basque Country is an enormous amount of Romanesque churches some of which date from the 13th century. It's worthwhile stopping in San Sebastian to enjoy La Concha beach and its old town.
Hotel and restaurant in a park. In the heart of Asturias, amidst eight hectare grounds boasting beautiful gardens and unspoilt nature, discover this 16th century palace between the Sierra del Sueve mountains and the Cantabrian sea. Palacio de Luces has been tastefully refurbished in complete harmony with its historic setting. The piano bar and the pool invite to relaxation and the ideal location between the sea and the mountains is conducive to the many, diverse activities on offer. Everything here is designed to ensure your well-being and peace of mind – spaciousness, décor, the traditional Asturian cuisine at the restaurant Balcón del Sueve which meticulously selects the finest ingredients served to you along with some fabulous views. ... Learn moreless
The pilgrims who take the Camino del Norte (the northern road) will have the chance to stop in Santillana del Mar. This medieval village was considered by the French writer Jean-Paul Sartre to be the prettiest of all Spain. Above the country houses and palaces emerges the Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana,...Read More less
Casa Marcial is his property; Nacho Manzano was born here, he grew up in this little village of the Asturias built right up against the snow-capped mountains of the Cordillera Cantabrica. He has turned this modest traditional inn, run by his parents, into a top gourmet restaurant. Inspired by the both...Read More less
Hotel and restaurant in town. Entering A Quinta da Auga is to arrive in a world of sensations where you immediately feel at home. This ancient paper mill from the 18th century has been lovingly restored by its owners. Embracing traditional Galician architecture, all the rooms provide views over the beautiful gardens. The property boasts a stunning spa and wellness area where guests are invited to relax. Its treatment menu combines oriental and occidental rituals using high quality natural cosmetics. At the Filigrana restaurant, food lovers will savour a contemporary cuisine with Galician influences, with a special presence of fresh local products and regional wines. ... Learn moreless
You have to climb up the rooftops of St. Jacques de Compostelle Cathedral to discover the beauty of the surroundings and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the old city; it’s a unique view that takes us away from the crowd for a while. The cathedral is a major Baroque masterpiece where you can spend hours and...Read More less
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: Suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.