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It's winter on the Camino!

And just in case you were wondering...

Yes, there is an official Winter Way that bypasses the O Cebreiro Mountain Pass; and sorry but we do not offer a winter tour (too cold!).

#caminodesantiago #winter #damegalicia #camino2018
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What's in a name? - Melide

Melide may be named after a wealthy Roman landowner who lived here and whose name was Mellitus (from the genitive Melliti);and if this were the case, Mr Mellitus may have also been a sweet patrician as his name derives from the Latin word Mel (honey).

However, Melide is now best known for being the 'Octopus Capital' of the Camino!

#caminodesantiago #frescotours #damegalicia #melide #octopus
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Often, 'less is more'.

And that's exactly how we feel when we visit the Cistercian Monastery of Sobrado dos Monxes.

#caminodesantiago #damegalicia #frescotours
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What's in a name? - Palas de Rei

At Fresco we would love to believe that Pallatium Regis (Royal Palaces), now Palas de Rei (Palace of the King), was once the site of the palace of the 8th century King Witiza.

Legend describes Palas de Rei as being the place where King Witiza murdered Don Favila over the favours of the lovely Doña Luz, who happened to be Don Favila’s wife and mother to Don Pelayo. (Don Pelayo was the first Christian king able to defeat and contain the advance of the Moors in the north).

Unfortunately, apart from the usual array of castros and a Medieval castle in the vicinities, no trace of the palace or Witiza remain.

#caminodesantiago #frescotours #palasderei
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Camino Trivia


What does Jules Verne, the Portuguese Camino and the War of the Spanish Secession have in common?

In 1702 the Battle of Rande was fought in the Vigo estuary, just off the Portuguese Camino near Redondela. A painful defeat was inflicted on the Franco-Spanish fleet by the Anglo-Dutch one.

A hundred and seventy years later Jules Verne would use this event to explain how Captain Nemo finances his operations; by pillaging the gold and silver in the sunken wrecks.

There is a wonderful monument to Jules Verne featuring Captain Nemo and two divers just off the Island of San Simón, which is close to the Portuguese Camino.

#portuguesecamino #julesverne #frescotours #caminotrivia
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We can't think of a better way to beat those winter blues...

... than by joining us on our Andalucian Affair tour this March in the south of Spain!

More information here: https://buff.ly/2A2be1y

#spain #frescotours #andalucia
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THANK YOU for walking with us

THANK YOU for your smiles

THANK YOU for a wonderful year

&

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

#caminodesantiago #thanksgiving
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It's lunchtime on the Camino with Fresco

Yep, our gourmet picnics may be delicious; but we confess that it's the picnic spots on the Camino that garnish our lunches!

#caminodesantiago #frescotours #camino2018 #picnic
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A hidden gem on the French Camino

Just a couple kilometres off the Camino before you reach Palas de Rei is the intriguing and often overlooked Church of Vilar de Donas.

This 13th century church was once the local headquarters of the Order of Santiago operating in the region as well as being the burial place for the most prominent knights of the order. It has a heavily ornamented west door as well as Gothic frescoes and sculptures in the interior.

Amongst its treasures is an unusual altarpiece carved in stone, which depicts on the right side the Passion of Christ's Mother at the Cross and, perhaps more interestingly, on the left side, the miracle of O Cebreiro.

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