Rail Holidays in Spain

W ith diverse landscapes from snow-capped peaks to sun-drenched beaches, Spain offers holidays to suit every taste. You can visit historic monuments from Roman to Catalan Modernist with every era in-between. You can enjoy fantastic wine and food from tapas bars to Michelin-starred. You can see some of the greatest galleries in the world and then enjoy flamenco in the evening. And you can get around on some of the best high-speed trains on the Continent.  

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Destination Spain

The combination of reliably warm weather and fantastic food has established Spain as one of the world’s favourite holiday destinations. Add in the country’s rich history and remarkable cultural contributions, together with great beaches and awe-inspiring national parks, and there is something to appeal to every taste and budget.

From the Picasso-laden Prado in Madrid, via the as yet unfinished Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, to the serene Alhambra in Granada, Spain’s towns and cities offer a wealth of historic and architectural gems which reflect the country’s many different religious and political influences. And after a long day of sightseeing, you’ll be pleased to find these influences also expressed in a delicious and varied cuisine with the opportunity to try lots of different dishes and flavours thanks to the Spanish tradition of tapas.

Spain’s natural history is equally impressive, and equally rewarding to explore. The golden beaches on the southern coast slip into the Mediterranean and at some points are just a few nautical miles from Africa meaning sunshine is (almost!) guaranteed. The Camino de Santiago is a wonderful way to explore northern Spain and the mountainous Picos de Europa and Sierra Nevada are just two of the country’s beautiful national parks where you can walk off that last round of paella or tortilla!

It’s possible to reach Barcelona in a day by train, with the Eurostar and direct TGV service from Paris. For those who are then pushing on deeper into the heart of Spain, we recommend staying in the excellent hotel located in the station, allowing you to continue your journey fresh the next morning. Almost all of Spain’s top destinations are accessible by rail, with high-speed lines connecting Madrid and Barcelona.

Spain Highlights

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Madrid Spain's historic capital boasts elegant boulevards, lush landscaped gardens and some of Europe's greatest art galleries, along with a vibrant beating heart. View More
Andalucia Enjoy glorious sunshine, fantastic scenery, Roman and Islamic architecture and late-night tapas on a rail holiday to Andalucia in southern Spain. View More
Barcelona Barcelona is the perfect city break destination. There are great museums, colourful markets, fine dining, great shopping, some lush green spaces and a beach. What more could you want? View More

Itineraries in Spain

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6 Days
  • San Sebastian
  • Lisbon
Travel to Portugal by train from the UK, stopping off at the gastronomic city of San Sebastian before enjoying three days in the City of the Seven Hills, Lisbon.
From £829
9 Days
  • Paris
  • Bordeaux
  • San Sebastian
Take a culinary journey by train, starting in French capital Paris before heading south-west to Bordeaux, the wine capital of the world. From here, cross the border into Spain and visit San Sebastian, home to some of Europe's most renowned restaurants.
From £999
7 Days
  • Barcelona
  • Madrid
  • Perpignan
Zoom down to the coast and across France to Barcelona and Madrid on this high-speed rail adventure to Spain. Your return journey takes you via Perpignan with an overnight stop before you head for home.
From £1,049
11 Days
  • Perpignan
  • Cordoba
  • Granada
  • Ronda
  • Seville
  • Nimes
With its Moorish feel and Spanish zest for life, Andalucia is an enchanting region that seduces visitors through every sense. The Alhambra Palace, the Mezquita of Cordoba and Seville Cathedral are just some of the highlights of this holiday.
From £1,199
9 Days
  • Bordeaux
  • San Sebastian
  • Burgos
  • Leon
  • Santiago de Compostela
Travel by rail via Bordeaux and the Pyrenees to San Sebastian and then follow the famous route of pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostelo, with fascinating stops en route in Burgos and Leon.
From £1,199
14 Days
  • Barcelona
  • Tangier
  • Rabat
  • Marrakech
  • Fez
  • Cordoba
  • Perpignan
Take an unforgettable trip to another continent without flying. Let the sights and sounds of Morocco seduce you on this incredible adventure.
From £1,799

Blogs About Spain

3 Apr, 2019
Take a train from London to Madrid and experience the Spanish capital’s lively street life and insatiable appetite for art and music without the need to step foot on a plane.
2 Apr, 2019
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