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Spain Itinerary

Spain by rail is a breeze with its network of fast and modern trains. You'll see wine regions, small villages, and sunny beaches - all on a single train ride.

Our Spain travel itinerary has lively cities, delicious cuisines, and great opportunities for fiestas. Whether you're backpacking in Spain, or going on a flashier trip, you'll love the exciting cultural offerings! 

Itinerary in short

 

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For this itinerary we recommend:

  • Eurail pass: Spain
  • Travel days: 4 days within 1 month

 

Most of the high-speed trains in Spain require reservations. These reservations are not included in your Eurail Pass. Make sure to book your seats in advance, there are limited seats available for Eurail Pass holders. It's also possible to avoid reservations all together, simply by taking regional trains

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate, a cosmopolitan atmosphere, and an endless list of things to do. Antoni Gaudí’s architectural work is all around you, from Park Güell to the Casa Batlló, and the incredible Sagrada Familia.

Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of La Rambla (Las Ramblas), a lively pedestrian boulevard. Stop at La Boqueria Market and lose yourself in the maze of food stalls. Then relax on the white sand beaches of Barceloneta, and congratulate yourself on a great start to your trip.

tip-image Visit Montjuïc Magic Fountain at night for a truly spectacular light and music show!
Park Güell in Barcelona

From Barcelona to Valencia

Travel time:

3h7m

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  • Barcelona, Spain

    Barcelona Sants

  • 3h 7m

    Reservation required

  • Valencia, Spain

    Valencia Nord

Valencia, Spain

Valencia is one of the oldest cities in Spain. Its sights range from ancient Roman structures, to the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences. Walking through the city is like taking a time machine through architectural history!

Tuck into Valencia’s signature dish of paella. Still hungry? Sample the food at Mercado Central, one of the longest running markets in Europe. Valencia Cathedral is just minutes away – a trip up its tower will give you a beautiful view over the city. Round up your day by people-watching in the Turia Gardens (Jardines del Turia).

tip-image Eurail pass holders get a 20% discount on crossings and accommodation on the Balearia ferry route from Valencia to Ibiza/Palma de Mallorca.
Mercado Central, Valencia, Spain

From Valencia to Madrid

Travel time:

1h38m

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  • Valencia, Spain

    Valencia Joaquin Sorolla

  • 1h 38m

    Reservation required

  • Madrid, Spain

    Madrid Puerta de Atocha

Madrid, Spain

Spain's capital buzzes with culture and energy. There's no shortage of things to add to your Madrid itinerary! Stroll along the Art Walk and explore numerous museums, including the world-class Prado. Then check out the nearby Retiro Park (Parque del Buen Retiro).

Las Ventas Bullring - the birthplace of bullfighting - will get your heart pumping. Learn the history of this controversial Spanish tradition, or watch a torero (bullfighter) in action. Fans of European football shouldn't miss a trip to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. It's home to Real Madrid, the most successful football club in the world.

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home to Real Madrid football club

From Madrid to Seville

Travel time:

2h30m

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  • Madrid, Spain

    Madrid Puerta de Atocha

  • 2h 30m

    Reservation required

  • Seville, Spain

    Sevilla Santa Justa

Seville (Sevilla), Spain

Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan began the first voyage around the world in 1519, and it all began in Seville. This city is a place for true world travelers!

Home to flamenco dancing and tasty tapas, you can easily immerse yourself in Spanish life here. Start with the colorful Calle Betis, which runs along the waterfront and is lined with restaurants, bars, and clubs. The Alcázar of Seville is worth a visit, as is the large and distinctive Metropol Parasol wooden structure.

Alcazar of Seville

Patio in the Alcazar of Seville

From Seville to Malaga

Travel time:

1h55m

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  • Seville, Spain

    Sevilla Santa Justa

  • 1h 55m

    Reservation required

  • Malaga, Spain

    Málaga-María Zambrano

Malaga (Málaga), Spain

Malaga is a stunning coastal city of sun and sand. It seamlessly combines natural beauty with a rich history and a modern skyline. The 11th century Moorish castle of Alcazaba can be found in the middle of the city. Below lie the remains of the old Roman Theater (El Teatro Romano), which is free to visitors.

After gazing in awe at the ancient ruins, fast forward to the 20th century. Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, so it's fitting to tour the Picasso Museum! Then it’s time to complete your Spain trip with a visit to one of Malaga’s famous beaches.

Panoramic view of Malaga, Spain

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