- The travellers left Madrid and today arrived at the railway station of the capital of Galicia after travelling along several stages of the Camino de Santiago and visiting several localities of the Rías Baixas with accommodation in a high class cabin in a train-hotel
- The participants who completed at least 100 kilometres on foot during the journey received the Compostela as accreditation of having culminated their pilgrimage.
- The Pilgrim Train has three more departures scheduled throughout this month of August.
Santiago de Compostela, August 6, 2017
The Director of Turismo de Galicia, Nava Castro, today welcomed the travellers from the first Pilgrim Train, who arrived in Santiago de Compostela after travelling the Portuguese Way. This touristic proposal, which takes place for the third consecutive summer, still has three more departures scheduled throughout this month. These will take place on August 10, 17 and 24, with Madrid as the point of departure and destination the capital of Galicia after a journey of four days and five nights along the Camino de Santiago.
This is the first edition in which the Pilgrim Train travels along the Portuguese Way, the second most travelled route after the French Way. Only this year, more than 30,000 pilgrims travelled this Way, which supposes 20% of the total number of travellers. The travellers who wished could travel the last stages of the Portuguese Way on foot or on bicycle.
During the journey, the participants were accommodated in a high class cabin, it crossed the towns of Tui, O Porriño, Mos, Redondela, Arcade, San Amaro, Vilagarcía de Arousa, Cambados, O Grove, Caldas de Rei, Valga, Padrón and Teo. From the station in which the train stops until the commencement point of each stage of the Jacobean Route, the travellers are transferred by bus. At the end, they can obtain the Compostela as the stages scheduled achieve sufficient kilometres which the Pilgrim Office requires in order to obtain this document.
Those participants who prefer not to travel these stages have a selection of trips, activities and other visits which complete the journey on board the train-hotel.
Success of the tourist train offer
The Pilgrim Train is framed within the Galicia a todo tren offer which travels along several zones of the Community of Galicia from June to October thanks to the collaboration of Turismo de Galicia, Renfe and the Instituto Ourensano de Desarrollo Económico (Ourense Institute for Economic Development). Once more, the proposal is highly welcomed by the travellers, as Nava Castro pointed out, the group of 11 itineraries has an average occupation greater than 60% and, in some cases, almost 100% of the accommodation offered for this edition was sold.
Galicia a todo tren has 56 departures until October 28, whose schedule can be consulted on the Turismo de Galicia and with the railway company Renfe, where tickets can also be reserved at €40 for adults and €20 for those under 14 for one day trips. Moreover, there are discounts for group.