Highlights: From the highest cliffs in Europe to camellia gardens. From heroic viticulture to tasting the best cheeses. From the most incredible medieval monasteries to the different Caminos de Santiago. These are just some of the 15 routes of the tourist trains that run through Galicia in full and that are already available. In addition, the season arrives with novelties, since the characteristic routes are joined by novelties such as the Mega Experience itinerary and A Coruña of 1906.
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From the highest cliffs in Europe to camellia gardens. From heroic viticulture to tasting the best cheeses. From the most incredible medieval monasteries to the different Caminos de Santiago. These are just some of the 15 routes of the tourist trains that run through Galicia in full and that are already available. In addition, the season arrives with novelties, since the characteristic routes of the pazos, the wines or the monasteries are joined by novelties such as the Mega Experience itinerary and A Coruña of 1906, a journey through time around beer.
With it we start these original proposals of Tourism of Galicia and Renfe that every year attract from all over the world to enjoy on rails, in addition to knowing the different enclaves of the Galician territory through visits to museums, towns and monuments, river walks, culinary tastings ... Travelers to the train, that this starts.
1. Mega Experience and A Coruña of 1906
The protagonist of this new route is Estrella Galicia, Galician beer whose production began in 1906. This trip offers the possibility of visiting the Mega Museum, the first dedicated to this drink in our country. Immersive, the proposal includes, in addition to the visit to its facilities, a tasting of beer and Galician gastronomic products. The municipality of Abegondo and the Cecebre reservoir will also be known.
Interior of the Mega museum.
2. Medieval monasteries
We continue traveling on rails towards the Pazo de Oca, the Galician Versailles, to also visit the monasteries of Carboeiro, of Benedictine character, or that of Oseira, the first Cistercience of the region. There is also time to discover O Carballiño and its Temple of Veracruz, as well as the Great Spa and take a walk following the course of the Arenteiro River.
3. Camellias in bloom
It is one of the most original routes, since it allows you to enjoy this floral show through a visit to the gardens of the Pazo de Quinteiro da Cruz, with its more than 1000 varieties of camellias. In addition, the experience is accompanied by a tasting of tea and pastries. There is also time to discover the Castle of Soutomaior and the Pazo de Rubians, a reference in the world of camellia and wine of the Rías Baixas.
Garden of the route of the camellias.
4. The Rías Baixas
The denomination of origin of Rías Baixas is the protagonist of this train itinerary that runs through the landscape of the Ría de Arousa, allowing you to know the West Towers of Catoira, the winery of Pazo Baión and the historic center of Cambados, the capital of Albariño, among other points.
5. The lighthouses of the North Coast
The following proposal takes us to the northernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula, where the lights that guide the navigators will lead the traveler to enclaves such as the Ortegal and Estaca de Bares capes, the viewpoint of Vixía Herbeira, the cliffs of Loiba, the Sanctuary of Santo André de Teixido, in addition to the town of Viveiro.
Panoramic view of Cape Ortegal.
6. The roads of Santiago
The different Ways of Santiago had to be present in this railway route through Galicia. From English to Northern, French or primitive, the route allows you to visit monasteries such as Santa María, in Sobrado dos Monxes, or San Julián, in Samos.
7. The Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras
This time, it is time to know together the denominations of origin of Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras. Among the essentials of this tour is the catamaran ride on the River Sil around the Monastery of Santo Estevo and the winery of A Coroa. The sanctuary of As Ermidas is also known.
San Estevo do Sil Station.
8. As Mariñas
The train route continues in Betanzos, where there will be the opportunity to discover the only tea plantations in continental Europe, ls de Orballo. Pontedeume is another stop on this tour, which offers a boat trip along the Ría de Ferrol.
9 and 10. Ribeira Sacra (Sil and Miño)
There are two routes through the Ribeira Sacra. The first takes as a reference the river Sil on board the motorized train Aba Sacra, which reaches the Regina Viarum winery. At the same time, it shows what heroic viticulture is like at the Centro de Interpretación do Viño de Monforte de Lemos. The second itinerary, along the Miño, reaches the Convent of the Bernardas, the Arxeriz Ecomuseum, the Cape of the End of the World by catamaran and the Via Romana winery.
Ribeira Sacra wine park.
11. O Ribeiro and Rías Baixas
Wine is also the epicenter of this tour of the Denomination of Origin O Ribeiro and Rías Baixas, so a visit to a winery such as Señorío de Rubiós; You can not miss. Neither the Wine Museum of Galicia or the castro of San Cibrao de Las.
12. The historic pazos and gardens
If you go to Galicia you have to visit a pazo and the Pazo de Rubiáns is exceptional, since its botanical park, with more than 100 plant species, has been recognized as an International Camellia Garden of Excellence. Those of the Soutomaior Castle and the Pazo Quinteiro da Cruz complete the route.
The Pazo de Rubians.
The Galician itineraries end with the Monterrei Denomination of Origin, tasting some of its wines in the homonymous castle. Passengers will also discover the Gargalo winery, Verín, the village of Allariz and its International Garden Festival, on the right bank of the Arnoia River. The trip ends at the Baños de Molgas railway station, converted into a museum and restaurant.
14. The cheeses of Galicia
Here comes one of the most appetizing proposals of Renfe, since you discover the Casa do Queixo de Sobrado, where there will be the possibility of tasting the cheeses of the denominations of origin Tetilla and Arzúa-Ulloa. The Don Crisanto cheese factory is also on the route, as well as the visit to Arqueixal Ecoturismo, in Palas del Rei.
Tasting of local cheeses.
15. The world of the lamprey
It's time to head to Tui from Pontevedra to get to know the world of lamprey. The proposal includes visiting the Castle of Salvaterra de Miño and the Museum of Wine Science. Also the work of the pesqueiras, the centennial constructions that serve to capture the lamprey in the river Miño.
Learn more. Tickets for tourist trains can be purchased at the ticket offices of any Renfe station, as well as on its website. Price: 45 euros for the adult ticket and 20 euros for children under 14 years. Groups from 10 travelers have a 15% discount.
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