Spain is one of the most popular destinations in the world for tourists. Indeed, over 50 million people come here annually to relax, sun themselves on the beach and see the many historic cities that dot the country. With the availability of cheap holidays to Spain and these great attractions it makes sense to come here.
Of course train aficionados will want to travel the country in style and thankfully this is an option. The best way to do this is by taking the Transcantábrico, a tour which takes passengers from Ferrol to Bilbao before concluding in León – this 400 mile stretch will take you along the northern coast of Spain treating you to some of the most gorgeous views in the world. It generally takes eight days and will set you back a few grand – but don’t fret, this is money well spent.
Like most luxury train tours the accommodation is superb – once aboard you can rest in a double bed and avail yourself of your own private bathroom. Beyond the bedroom there are wonderful lounges and a bar which is perfectly suited to watching the world go by. Get yourself a fine glass of Spanish wine and settle into the comfort of a leather chair to watch the limestone cliffs roll by.
What stands out about this tour is the food – Spain is an amazing place and the Transcantábrico does well to highlight this. You will eat some of your meals on board, however, others will see you head in to local villages to try superb delicacies like butter bean stew and the country’s legendary chorizo sausages. You will be taken to quite a few amazing secret restaurants along the way, so you can rest assured that you are truly getting top of the line treatment.
The Transcantábrico may not be one of the most famous luxury train tours in the world, yet it is by no means a slouch: the accommodation is great and the food is stunning. But what really makes it worthwhile is the scenery – Spain is an absolutely gorgeous country and its craggy mountains and jagged coast is the perfect place to travel by rail.