Egun on, Bonjour, Buenos dias,
Nathalie is pleased to welcome you in her house in the heart of the Basque Country, where inhabitants are bilingual or even trilingual, in a famous Compostella halt since the Middle Ages, at the gates of the Pyreneans and Spain.
Located near the church of St Jean Pied de Port, the ULTREIA gite (Ultreia means “Forward!” ie pilgrims Latin interjection to encourage themselves) is an 18th old completely renovated cosy house. Its timber frame facade is caratheristic of the 18th construction style.
The entire team welcomes you and hopes to see you soon for sharing with you the usual friendliness and good mood of the region.
Nod to Bernard and Fafa, happy retired people, who created in 2010 the Ultreia gite. From 2015, the family atmosphere remains with Nathalie, Argitxu and Laure taking care of you now.
Mountain enthusiast, Nathalie took over Ultreia after having worked among other for 7 years in Hendaye tourist office, starting point of the Camino del norte and the trekking route GR10.
Nathalie discovered El Camino in 1994 in Bilbao as an Erasmus student at the Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herria Unibertsitatea. After university studies in Rennes in Business Economics, she began her career in the alpine tourism for 2 years, and joined during 8 years the family Breton boilerworks, developing export and administration skills.
Rich with its friendships from all backgrounds and encounters, she is also a tour guide in the Basque Country and volunteer mountain guide with the French Alpine Club (CAF) of Bayonne. She also practices climbing with her companion, CAF climbing instructor.
In 2015 she created her company Vertes Montagnes & Cie to introduce visitors to a living Basque Country from the Ultreïa gite, where the beauty of its green mountains can be admired on the main hiking routes, the Santiago de Compostela trail and the GR10 Pyrenees crossing.