Get on a tourist train in Spain
Travelling by train has always had a special feel. And when you include period carriages and extremely attentive staff, even more so. Below you'll find 10 ideas for touring Spain on a tourist train. Click on each option for further information on routes, seasons, length (there are routes from 24 hours to eight days) and the arrival cities. There is further information on these options and other trains at http://www.renfe.com/trenesturisticos/eng/. All aboard!
Here's what we suggest: Journey through the north of Spain with its renowned verdant landscapes aboard one of the best tourist trains in the world. Carefully equipped carriages, exquisite dining and trips to museums, cathedrals, wineries and harbours.©
J. Alonso. Renfe
There are several routes to choose from. Around Andalusia, on Saint James' Way… Whatever you choose, you will be able to travel aboard the carriage-suites once used by the British royal family. The four spacious lounges were built between 1928 and 1930.©
Trenes Turísticos de Galicia©
Expreso de La Robla©
Now we're heading to Catalonia. Thanks to the 'ye-yés' locomotives, you'll think you've been transported into the past. This journey takes you to the spectacular lakes in the Pyrenees. They are a must-see.©
Museo del Ferrocarril
If you are staying in Madrid, this is a classic tourist train for discovering nearby Aranjuez, its Royal Palace and gardens. Stewards dressed in period outfits will offer you the chance to try Aranjuez's famous strawberry on the trip.
Literary characters such as Don Quixote of la Mancha and Sancho Panza join the train ride just to accompany you on your trip from Madrid to Alcalá de Henares, birthplace of the universally renowned author Miguel de Cervantes.©
Under 90 minutes from Madrid, it's worth discovering this beautiful town known as 'the city of the young knight'. The journey will be truly entertaining with mediaeval characters ensuring you have a great time.
We promise that following in the footsteps of the poet Antonio Machado is a beautiful experience. This weekend trip takes you to Soria's most emblematic locations, such as the mysterious and beautiful Black Lagoon.