Tabernanova is a project built on our wildest dreams with a touch of pure love.
The owners fell in love with the Camino de Santiago years ago and have made a home right here on the path at 33KM. They are opening it up to other pilgrims.
The hope is to provide a warm, inviting space for pilgrims from around the world to relax, unwind and fill their bellies for their last stretch of the Camino de Santiago before reaching Santiago de Compostela.
We pride ourselves on using fresh, local products from Galicia and mixing those cultural items with our favourite American and family recipes. Be sure to ask about the daily specials!
On tap, we have Estrella Galicia, a Radler Shandy, Punk IPA and a local Galician Maeloc Cider. We also have local craft beers.
The bar is located in the very small hamlet called Tabernavella along the Camino de Santiago. The name of the village means the “Old Tavern.” It was this location where a priest built a tavern to serve the small Galician community. That was over 200 years ago.
The tavern, which not only served as a bar to the locals, also housed a small farm shop with rice, potatoes and milk. Following the death of the priest, the house was passed on to his beloved niece. She later raised her family at the property and expanded the tavern to include a larger home and small farmhouse. Here, at the farmhouse, is where the New Tavern was reconstructed, or Bar TabernaNova.
The property was passed on to an American/Galician woman who held onto her dream for 4 years and persisted in seeking permission from the local family to bring life back into the tavern. Vanessa, along with her wife Ashleigh, have now made the tavern their home and are opening the bar to fellow pilgrims who need a rest stop on their Camino and journey to Santiago de Compostela.
Vanessa has had a lifelong attraction to Spain. Although she was born and raised in the U.S., she spent many of her childhood summers with her grandparents in a seaside village only an hour away from Santiago de Compostela. She learned about the people, the language, the customs and the magical walk to the city of Saint James. In 2010, she co-founded a company to help pilgrims reach their goal of completing the Camino to Santiago, Andaspain Walking Adventures.
Ashleigh was born and raised in the United States. After completing her master´s degree, she packed her bags and moved to London where she worked as a social worker with children and families for over ten years. Her passion for travel took her back many times to Spain and the Camino. She has now made her home on the Camino.
Buen Camino Peregrino, Vanessa & Ashleigh