The land of paella, flamenco, tapas, and fiestas, Spain is one of the liveliest European destinations. With a high-speed and first-rate rail network, train travel in the Iberian Peninsula offers unique travel experiences.
Are you wondering how to create the perfect travel itinerary for Spain? Don’t be anxious. Below is a 7-day itinerary that will help you discover the most popular and hidden gems of this European country:
Day 1 & 2 in Madrid
The capital city of Spain is the best place to kick-off your Spain trip. Devouring paella should be at the top of your list during your stay in Madrid. Visit the Real Madrid stadium next to the Santiago Bernabeu station to catch a glimpse of Spain’s football madness. Head towards Puerta del Sol public square in Madrid to savour lip-smacking churros and tapas. Few of the places that you must visit are the Prado Museum, Buen Retiro Park, and Royal Palace of Madrid.
Day 3 in Segovia
After exploring Madrid for two days, plan a day trip to Segovia, Spain’s historical hub. This city, with its rich architecture and culture, has managed to retain its uniqueness and an ‘untouched by changing times’ status. A one-day trip is enough to see Segovia’s Roman Aqueduct, Alcazar, and Plaza Mayor.
Day 4 in Valencia
Valencia is a coastal city and the meeting spot of the Turia River and the Mediterranean Sea. It is also a place where the country’s traditional form meets the modern culture. Take a walk through the Plaza de la Reina square and visit the Valencia Cathedral and The Holy Grail. For an authentic local experience, a trip to Valencia’s Central Market is a must. La Malvarrossa is ideal for beach lovers.
Day 5 & 6 in Barcelona
From quirky festivals to scrumptious Spanish delicacies, you name it and Barcelona has it. To pick up souvenirs and personal trinkets, the 1.2 kilometres-long La Rambla shopping street is perfect. Some of the other popular tourist spots include Sagrada Família, Park Güell, Gothic Quarter, and Casa Mila.
Day 7 in Montserrat
On your last day in Spain, hop on the train from Barcelona and travel to Montserrat. After experiencing the hustle and bustle of Spain’s modern cities, Montserrat presents an excellent opportunity to enjoy some quiet time away from the metropolis. Spend your day interacting with the locals, hiking on the challenging trails, and spotting rare birds.
Compared to buying individual train tickets, Spain InterRail and RENFE passes are much better options for saving money, time and effort. Starting from only £124, International Rail’s Spain pass comes with additional benefits such as discounts on FEVE narrow-gauge rail routes, Railways FGC, buses, ferry rides, crossings, and accommodations.