Did you know Spain has one of the fastest rail networks in the world? Or that it has more high speed rail track than anywhere else in Europe? Why are these two dull facts fantastic bits of news? It’s because Spain’s high speed trains, or AVE trains as they’re known, allow you to see the country in a whole different way. Or as we like to put it – you can see more of Spain, in less time.
We know this because we put it to the test recently – we travelled Spain by train to four cities in Spain in four days on the AVE network.
We took in mini Rome, in the form of Tarragona, one of the most historic cities in the country. One hour’s train ride later we were in Zaragoza, Spain’s fifth largest city discovering modern and Moorish architecture and delicious Aragon dishes.
Next up was Spain’s capital, Madrid, where we took time to enjoy more earthly pleasures – its botanical gardens and parks as well as some of the famous artworks on display in the city. Later we took a fun tour in a vintage Seat 600, before finishing off the perfect 24 hours in Madrid at one of its cool jazz bars.
Seville was the final city we travelled to by train. Spain’s elegant grand dame, it supplied plenty of history and pop culture in the form of its Alcazar Palace – Seville’s famous Game of Thrones location, its cathedral, and Las Setas – a funky little landmark know as The Mushrooms.
We found train travel in Spain to be easy, reliable and super fast. Here’s our tips on how to travel by train in Spain:
Our guide to Tarragona, chocked full of Roman history: https://livesharetravel.com/34434/tarragona/
And our guide to Zaragoza, Spain’s small but very cultured city: https://livesharetravel.com/34445/zaragoza/ #SpainbyTrain
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