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      Bilbao-Santander Railway Station Facade
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  • Bilbao-Santander Railway Station and River Nervion - Bilbao
      Bilbao-Santander Railway Station and River Nervion
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This was the building that I mentioned earlier that I'd return to, it is the Ferrocarril de Santander a Bilbao or the Bilbao to Santander Railway station. It is also known as Estación de La Concordia de Bilbao. It is located in the Ensanche neighbourhood, on the banks of the River Nervion, facing the Arriaga Theatre.

The station was built between1898-1902 by Valentín Gorbeña (an engineer). The spectacular Art Nouveau façade was added later, and is the work of the architect Severino de Achúcarro . A programme of renovation was recently completed with restoration work to the facade, a link to Abando station and improved access for those with mobility problems.

FEVE (Ferrocarriles Españoles de Vía Estrecha, or Spanish Narrow Gauge Railway) is one of 3 companies that operate rail services in Bilbao (RENFE operates from the adjacent Abando train station and Eusko Tren/ Ferrocarril Vasco (ET/FV) from Atxuri station)

It owns the longest narrow gauge line in Europe, which spans 1,200 kilometres. The company's railways are located in northern Spain and the two main routes link Bilbao with Santander(2.5hours) and Bilbao with León (7 hours).

FEVE also operate El Transcantabrico. This is a De-Luxe rail experience- Eight days and seven nights travelling the 650 kilometre/400 mile Northern coastal line. It has been operating since 1983, offering the choice of travelling in style from León to Santiago de Compostela or from San Sebastián to Santiago de Compostela.
These are the same railway lines that the old coal trains of the historic La Robla Railway, transported coal from León to Biscay.

I really like the sound of this-but it's way out of my price range (2,600 - 3.500 Euros per person)

Click here for a peep at El Transcantabrico

FEVE also operate normal regional services (in sections) from Ferrol (in Galicia) to Hendaya (in the French Basque region)

Address: Calle de Bailén 48008 Bilbao
Phone: +34902240202

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