This legendary itinerary taken by pilgrims for centuries unveils priceless treasures. After visiting Bilbao and its museum with its daring architecture, let yourself be won over by the emotion that embraces all those who discover the sublime landscapes of Cantabria. Wild beaches, monasteries, flower-filled villages, and Romanesque churches follow one another before giving way to the captivating panoramas of Asturias. Visit the capital of Galicia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With no less than 46 churches, 114 bell towers, and a majestic cathedral, the mystical atmosphere of the city invites contemplation.
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Hotel and restaurant in a village. In the north of Spain, in the magnificent region of La Rioja, renowned for its wines, the picturesque village of Ezcaray is the lovely setting in which the Echaurren Hotel is nestled. José Félix and Francis Paniego preside over the destiny of this prestigious gem whose reputation goes back five generations. With its warm and friendly atmosphere, this charming hotel, featuring bright rooms and suites designed with a modern touch, provides the ideal setting for enjoying truly unforgettable moments. Explore the surrounding countryside and savour one of the region’s fabulous wines. A visit to the impressive Santa María la Mayor church, located opposite the hotel, with its famous Spanish-Flemish altarpiece, is a must. Also not to be missed is the gourmet restaurant El Portal de Echaurren and its delicious promise of a feast for the taste buds. Delight in sampling the emblematic products of the region, exalted by the avant-garde cuisine of renowned chef Francis Paniego. It is a phenomenal experience enhanced all the more by the exceptional and ever-evolving wine list of master sommelier José Félix Paniego. ... Learn moreless
What would Pampelune be without its festivals of San Fermin? 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 popular.
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.
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.
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Hotel and restaurant in the country. The Cantabrian countryside is the setting for Palacio La Helguera, a 17th century palace which has now become an adults-only hotel. History buff, the interior designer and owner has given the property a unique soul. Some of the carefully sourced antiques on display are available for sale. Inspired by a historical figure from Spanish or English nobility, the rooms and suites all offer a breathtaking view of the Pasiegos valleys, the bucolic treasure of the Santander region. Its meadows lined with low stone walls invite you to take time and simply contemplate, unless you’d rather cycle through them. With its majestic fireplace and partially covered swimming pool, the wellness area, which is entirely open to the landscape, will make you forget all about time. Your taste buds will also travel with the creative cuisine of Palacio La Helguera's chef, Renzo Orbegoso Hinojosa, who favours fresh, seasonal and local produce. ... 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
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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
For an astounding panoramic view, make the effort to ascend to the roofs of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. The site of a ceaseless flow of pilgrims, the cathedral is a monument unlike any other, a fascinating Baroque masterpiece that is the subject of both devotion and fervor. At the heart of...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in the woods. Located on the edge of the ocean, just on the western tip of Europe, Pepe Vieira Restaurant & Hotel promises a spectacular culinary experience for thrill-seeking gourmets. During an interactive dinner, you can visit the restaurant’s kitchens. Chef Pepe Vieira invites you to move around the room, an elegant glass bubble set in the middle of nature. He boldly interprets techniques and uses ancestral local produce, rediscovered through research with historians, scientists and anthropologists. His creativity in imagining new dishes that exude the essence of Galicia seems limitless! You can extend the adventure at Pepe Vieira Restaurante & Hotel by spending a night in one of the galpones nestled between the vegetation. Their large windows and strikingly natural design will give you the impression of spending a night under the stars. ... Learn moreless
To pursue the pleasures of traveling on foot, there’s nothing like losing yourself in the streets of the beautiful city of Pontevedra. Everything here has been designed or redesigned to ensure the pedestrian reigns supreme. The city has even become a model of a carless future, garnering many international...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.
"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."