For longer journeys to Castile and Andalucia, travel to Montpellier as above. The following morning after breakfast, take the direct high speed AVE to Madrid.
Montpellier to Madrid
From Montpellier, it takes just over 6 hours by high speed AVE, direct to Madrid.
The AVE follows the TGV route past saltwater lagoons, nature reserves and vineyards and cutting through the Pyrenees and southwards through green hills and olive groves to call at Barcelona. From Barcelona, the AVE continues through the cava vineyards of the Penèdes Valley, and onwards to the plains of Aragon. Continuing west, you meet the mighty River Ebro and follow its valley around Zaragoza, then winding easily through the Sierra de Armantes and its impressive red clay rock formations. On the other side of the Sierra, stretch the plains of Castilla La Mancha on the approach to Madrid.
You arrive at Madrid’s Atocha station mid-afternoon for onward connections to Castile or Andalucia. Beneath the station’s Victorian glass and wrought iron roof is a lush botanical garden with palm trees, surrounded by café
Connections from Madrid to Castile…
For the Classical Cities of Old Castile
, or Classical Cities of Old Castile with Toledo
, you change stations taking the metro a few stops to Chamartin station to take a 30-minute high-speed train to Segovia, where your taxi will meet you for the transfer to your hotel.
... To Seville, the Grazalema Sierra, Aracena Sierra and Costa de la Luz
When connecting from Madrid Atocha, allow 25 minutes for baggage scans on entry to the high speed platforms.
Take a direct AVE across the windswept fertile plains of Castilla La Mancha and cross the wooded hills towards the Sierra Garganta, traversing a short tunnel under the mountains. Descending from the mountains, you follow the Rio Guadalquivir valley west through olive groves and orange orchards. Just 2 and a half hours of leaving Madrid, you arrive at Seville’s Santa Justa station. Here you take a short taxi ride (payable locally) to your Seville hotel for our Trail of Three Cities
journey holiday. To reach our White Towns & Rugged Mountains
walking holiday in the Grazalema Sierra, we can arrange a taxi from Seville.
You can also collect a hire car from Seville Santa Justa station. From the station it is just 5 minutes’ drive to the main ring road for an easy exit from the city. If you prefer to avoid city centre driving entirely, take a shuttle bus to the airport and we can arrange for you to collect the car there. Either way, after an hour’s drive you reach Costa de La Luz
discovery. Similarly the Treasures of Aracena
discovery walking holiday is less than 2 hours’ drive from Seville.
...For the Alpujarras and Almeria
To reach our walking holidays The Valleys of Las Alpujarras
, the Valleys & High Slopes of Las Alpujarras
, and Life in an Alpujarran Village
, take a direct AVE south from Madrid through Cordoba to Malaga (2 hours 45). From Malaga Maria Zambrano station, you can avoid city centre congestion by taking a suburban train 3 stops to the airport to collect your hire car. You then have a splendid 2h drive towards the Sierra Nevada.
For the Coast of Almeria
walk, take a direct Talgo train south from Madrid to Almeria (6h45) through Cordoba and Granada. This is a slower train but with good standards of comfort and reserved seating, and you are rewarded with views which become more dramatic closer to Almeria. Our taxi driver will meet you at Almeria station for a 1 hour drive to Las Negras.