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The sightseeing trains of the north: nature at every stop

Everybody knows that travelling by train has a special charm all its own. And if your journey takes you through the north of Spain, there’s a special plan waiting for you.

We recommend that you arrange your next getaway on one of the “Sightseeing Trains of the North”, which ply different routes through Vizcaya, Cantabria, Asturias, León and Galicia. In addition to the regular itineraries, they also offer a support coach to transport you to more out-of-the-way places, for scheduled visits, and to enjoy meals in top quality restaurants. There are three different types of trains to choose from:

The Historic Train. This has two different routes in Vizcaya: the “History Route” and the “Marshes Route”. The first of these offers a chance to discover the mediaeval town of Artziniega, the Señorío de Ayala noble estate and Loizaga Castle; and to visit a collection of Rolls Royces and the Bodega Virgen de Lorea winery, as well as enjoying a typical meal in Balmaseda. The second route features a boat trip along the coast, including a tasting session in a seafood canning factory.

This train has another two routes around Cantabria: the “Pas-Miera Route”, with visits to the Alceda Spa; and the “El Soplao Route ”, including, among other attractions, an excursion to the lovely El Soplao cave.

The Green Coast Train. In Galicia , it covers the “Ferrol-Ortegal Route”. This weekend trip will take you around the historic centre of Ferrol (including a meal in the Parador luxury hotel and a boat trip around the estuary) and then goes on to the region of Ortegal and to beautiful areas such as El Barquero, Ortigueira, Cariño and Cabo Ortegal cape.

León is the site of the “Leonese Mountain Route” with interesting visits to the Railway Museum, the Steel and Ironworks Museum in Sabero, and including a tasting session of typical products from León in a cured meat and sausage factory. Delicious!

The Cantabrian Train. It offers two routes through Asturias. The first, the “Alto Aller Route” (between Oviedo and Moreda), includes visits to the gorges on the Aller river, old mining headframes, a honey factory and a fishing incubation plant. On the “Biosphere Route” (between Gijón and Laviana) you’ll be able to visit the Mining Museum, the Deboyu cave, the Beekeeping Museum, the Wood Museum, and a Roman road. These are some suggestions with a lot to offer!

Experience the spirit of old-time travel by train while you look out through large windows over the breathtaking natural scenery of northern Spain. What more could you ask for?

Things to remember:

Most of the trains operate at weekends in the months between May and October. Check all the information on the official website.

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