28/07/2015

The Way of Saint James, on rails

The Way of Saint James is one of the main tourist attractions of our country both within and outside our borders. Not surprisingly, there are two distinctions that highlight its cultural, historical and spiritual value: First European Cultural Itinerary (1987), and Cultural Heritage (1993). Many travelers each year decide to embark on a journey to the Holy City full of experiences that will shape the rest of their lives.

Summer is a time particularly suitable for doing the Way of Saint James and enjoying long days in contact with nature, heritage and gastronomy, but this is possible only either you have a great athletic strength to endure the long daily walks under high temperatures or you decide to live the famous route from a means of transport that allows you to enjoy every comfort during the trip while enjoying first hand, each of the charms of the surrounding environment. We tell you about the trips on luxury trains, particularly suitable for all those seeking exclusivity, fleeing from the crowds that usually occurs in this pilgrimage.

Transcantábrico
It is the most ancient tourist train in Spain. And it was put in place over thirty years ago to provide a unique experience to the most discerning travelers. The Transcantábrico begins its route in Leon and runs a total of 18 municipalities in northern Spain, in 8 days and 7 nights: Leon Cistierna, Villasana de Mena, Guardo, Bilbao, Santander, Cabezón de la Sal, Santillana del Mar, Arriondas, Oviedo, Candás, Aviles, Gijón, Luarca, Ribadeo, Viveiro, Ferrol and Santiago de Compostela.
Its interior decoration makes you travel to the early twentieth century and in a 5-star stay. To allow a better break in each of its 14 suites, the train stops overnight journey. The limited number of passengers allows a better customization of all the services, ranging from excursions to important places in the company of a professional guide, to a fine dining menu prepared with typical products of the towns of the Cantabrian coast —the best seafood and fresh fish, seasonal fruit, ham, etc.— available both on board and in the famous restaurants to be visited during the trip.

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Al-Andalus
For those who prefer a path of least duration, the Al-Andalus train offers a tour that covers only the communities of Castilla y León and Galicia and lasts 4 days and 3 nights. As the name suggests, this train has routes throughout Andalucía, but also features an itinerary focused on the Way of Saint James. With a maximum capacity of 64 passengers, the Al-Andalus train has its 15 cars decorated following a very similar style to the legendary Orient Express, a train that began to unite, in the nineteenth century, Western Europe and Southwest Asia. Its elegant rooms, built during the first decade of the last century, and its large windows, add an atmosphere of comfort and sophistication to any trip by the Spanish geography. As in the Transcantábrico, passengers carried and guided tours can taste dishes prepared exclusively by chefs specialized in the cuisine of northern Spain visits.

Al Andalus