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Spain conjures up images of sun, sand and beautiful mountain villages, as well as big bustling cities full of drama and art, and there is no better way to see this country, than by train. The Spanish rail network, Renfe will take you on a wonderful journey on the high speed and stylish AVE trains.
The Renfe network
The high speed AVE trains are the main reason it is so wonderful to travel by train in Spain. Passengers can cross the country from top to bottom and side to side, seeing towns and cities like Valladolid, Malaga, Seville, Barcelona, Madrid and more.
Planning your route on the AVE trains will seem tricky as there are so many amazing cities to choose from, but a good starting point is Madrid. This capital city has the incredible Prado museum, amazing gardens and sculptures, as well as the most stylish shopping boutiques. It’s a busy happening city and the night life is fantastic.
After your stay in Madrid, why not climb aboard the AVE service and head away from the city and into the countryside of Andalusia. This beautiful region has the charming city of Cordoba to whet your appetite on all things really Spanish. After the old town why not head to the beach. Party on in Malaga, relax with cocktails and soak up the sun.
If you decide to start you adventure in Barcelona then you will find it hard to leave as the city is crammed full of wonderful restaurants and amazing architecture all topped off with a wonderful ambience. But in just half an hour the AVE train can take you to the Roman ruins and 12th century cathedral of Tarraco in Tarragona. The contrast is incredible.
Another option from Barcelona, taking less than 30 minutes, is to visit the city of Lleida, one of the oldest towns of Catalonia. From there you could make Zaragoza your next stop and see the Basilica del Pilar, La Seo Cathedral and the Aljaferia Palace. These are just some of the amazing sights you could see from Barcelona and just a tiny part of Spain. Take a look at our other itineraries and travellers’ tips about travelling in Spain, and see where the AVE could take you.
Great rail passes
The Renfe network means you can travel all over Spain and really get to know the Spanish way of life and a great way to do this is with a Eurail Spain Pass. The rail pass means you can jump on and off the Renfe network and visit many towns and cities along the way with great discounts and bonuses too.
But there are other rail passes you can choose from to take advantage of other countries too – including regional passes such as France-Spain Pass, Italy-Spain Pass or Portugal–Spain Pass. Eurail Global Pass or Eurail Select Pass are also available and these offer a lot more flexibility and freedom to travel all over Europe.
You can find information on the passes and buy them right here, right now on this website. Your adventure starts here!