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Follow our itinerary to see the best of Spain by train

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

Our Spain itinerary will take you to 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! Are you convinced that Spain fits your Eurail/Interrail adventure? Check out our Spain One Country Passes.

Itinerary highlights

Cities visited in this trip:

  1. Barcelona
  2. Valencia
  3. Madrid
  4. Seville (Sevilla)
  5. Malaga (Málaga)


The capital of Catalonia, 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 La Barceloneta, and congratulate yourself on a great start to your trip.

Tips: Visit Montjuïc Magic Fountain at night for a truly spectacular light and music show!

Gaudí's Park Güell, Barcelona

From Barcelona to Valencia


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), a 9km horseshoe of green space, north of the city center.

Tips: Eurail pass holders get a 20% discount on crossings and accommodation on the Balearia ferry route from Valencia to Ibiza or Palma de Mallorca.

Photo © Theo Stell

City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia

From Valencia to Madrid


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, home of Real Madrid.

Cibeles fountain at Plaza de Cibeles, Madrid

From Madrid to Sevilla


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.

View from the top of the Space Metropol Parasol in Plaza de la Encarnacion, Sevilla

From Sevilla to Málaga


Málaga 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 Málaga, so it's fitting to tour the Picasso Museum! Then it’s time to complete your Spain trip with a visit to one of Málaga’s famous beaches.

Aerial view of Malaga

For this itinerary we recommend:

  • Eurail/Interrail Pass: Spain One Country
  • Travel days: 4 days within 1 month

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