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Let us take you on a journey to Spain...

 
Even if you’re holidaying as far afield as Andalucia in southernmost Spain, we can get you there by rail from London. Our friendly rail experts will happily discuss the options with you – there is usually a choice of routes – so you can enjoy a journey that’s tailored to your requirements.
 

Travelling from France to Spain is seamless, and the journey through ever more Mediterranean landscapes is one to savour.
The Pyrenean Foothills and Catalan coast by TGV via Paris
Considering the distance you’ll be covering over the course of the day, you start at a surprisingly civilised hour, with a mid-morning Eurostar from London to Paris.

Crossing Paris to the Gare de Lyon is simple when you know how, so we include directions with your metro tickets. We allow at least 1 hour between Eurostar arrival and TGV departure, so you can connect comfortably between trains.

Leaving Paris mid-afternoon, the train glides at 186mph between wheatfields, then through Burgundy’s forests, meadows and vineyards towards Lyon before following the course of the River Rhône into warm Provencal landscapes of sunflowers and vineyards.

After passing Avignon you turn southwest through increasingly Mediterranean scenery of garrigue, olive groves and the Costières de Nimes vineyards towards Montpellier. The train then slows, passing along a narrow causeway between sea and saltwater lagoon, ideal for wildlife spotting.  The train soon weaves inland again through Languedoc vineyards towards Beziers and Narbonne. South of Narbonne there is another series of coastal nature reserves between the Corbières vineyards as the Pyrenees beckon ahead.

It takes just 5 and a half hours to cover the 600 miles from Paris to Figueres Vilafant where our taxi awaits to take you through the volcanic Garrotxa foothills to the From the Pyrenees to the Sea walking holiday, the Foothills of the Pyrenees holiday or the Bikes, Back Roads and Beaches cycle.

For holidays on the Catalan Coast, stay on the train for a further 15 minutes to alight at Girona for your taxi to our Along the Catalan Coast walk, Flavours of Catalonia walk or the Catalan Coast and Villages cycle.
Catalan Pyrenees, southern Catalonia, Castile & Andalucia – with an overnight stay in Montpellier
Journey times from Montpellier
Montpellier – Barcelona (3h05)
Montpellier – Madrid (6h10)
Montpellier – Seville, via Madrid (9h20)
Montpellier – Malaga, via Madrid (9h30)

It is simple to travel to our holidays in Spain by breaking the journey with a convenient overnight stay in Montpellier.  Leaving Paris early afternoon, you arrive in Montpellier at around 5.30pm.  The art deco Grand Hotel du Midi is just 5 minutes on foot from Montpellier St Roch station and yet it is also in the traffic free heart of the city. After checking-in, step out into the Place de la Comédie, lined with cafes and restaurants where you can join the locals for a “Perrier menthe”, the locally sourced Perrier water with a refreshing twist of mint.  After dinner, take a meander around the medieval old town to the southern sound of cicadas.
After breakfast the following morning, step aboard Spain’s high speed AVE train direct to Barcelona arriving at lunchtime.

For the Grand Cerdanya walk, the Pyrenean Long Trail walk, and the Pyrenean Adventure continue by scenic railway from Barcelona deep into the Pyrenees. This is a local railway so tickets are only available for purchase at the station (approx  €7 one way). Take a picnic and enjoy the 3 hour ride to the mountains, followed by a taxi transfer which we would pre-book to meet the train.  For Catalonia’s Cava country cycling holiday take a 20 minute journey south from Barcelona on a local train (buy tickets locally approx €5 one way) followed by a transfer.
 
Castile & Andalucia - via Montpellier & Madrid
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 cafés.


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.
 

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