SCENIC TRAIN TRIP THROUGH SNOW
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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Journey: Valencia, Madrid, to Santiago de Compostela- 650kms approx.
As mentioned on our last blog, the weather in Spain took a cold and wet turn. Some areas on the southern coast got snow and Valencia was extremely wet and cold. We were not complaining becasue this is the first wet day in our 4 weeks in Spain.
We ordered a taxi to pick us up, just in case it was still raining, it wasn't, and made it to the railway station early enough to have coffee and toast. We had booked the fast train to Madrid 47 euros each, about $60 and it is indeed fast, hitting 300kms per hour and reaching Madrid in 90 minutes.
Despite the speed the journey is very smooth!
The really special aspect for us was that it had snowed overnight and the country side was beautiful; the train is very comfortable and airconditioning meant we were not affected by the 3-6 degrees outside.
Our train arrived in Madrid at 11.30 and we had to catch the train to Santiago de Compostela from another station so negotiated our way on the metro to Charmartin where we were meeting our friend Alberto for coffee- it was lovely to catch up with him again.
The train for Santiago de Compostela was leaving at 2.30, so we sat around reading until then.
We had trouble finding space on the train for our suitcases, and we were travelling "preferential" for 25 Euros each; not good, but Kath found a spot in the next carriage for her suitcase, and kept an eye on it to avoid anyone grabbing it which you are warned about.
It was another scenic journey with snow on the ground for about 100kms out of Madrid but as we went north west to Santiago conditions were dry and warmer.
We reached our destination at 8.30pm so it had been a 12 hour travelling day and we were really happy, after walking 10 minutes to our hotel- Tryp Santiago- to find a lovely hotel with a clean, modern room. Wwwbooking.com has proved a great resource for hotel accommodation on this trip, when airbnb has not been appropriate. Out of the bigger cities airbnb has fewer choices and is more expensive.
With booking.com you can search by price, recommendation, star rating etc and make a reservation that you are not charged for until you check into the hotel! And you get good rates!
Our stay in Santiago de Compostela is for 3 nights $42 per night with parking included which we did not use because we collected our hire car when we left the city!!