From art to architecture and fiestas to flamenco, the diversity of Spain's culture and history make it a country full of intrigue and discovery for all prospective travelers. Although Spain is known for its relaxed lifestyle and sandy beaches, the Pyrenees and the Sierra Nevada also provide breathtaking landscapes and world-class hiking for those inclined to adventure. History lovers will be overwhelmed by the variety of Spain's cultural and architectural artifacts- from Roman ruins to geometric Moorish mosques to decadent cathedrals, great civilizations have molded Spain's culture throughout history. Be it culinary, artistic, cultural or architectural, Spain constantly balances its traditions with a spirit of modernism that makes it a fascinating place to explore and discover. Experience everything Spain has to offer with Omio's 5 city Europe trip or learn more about how to get started with our comprehensive guide to planning a Europe trip!
Travelers in Spain can use Omio to plan their travel route taking trains, buses or flights. Travelers can see everything on this Spanish itinerary for as little as $164 by purchasing individual point-to-point train tickets with Omio. Alternatively, travelers can travel this route via bus for approximately $131. Traveling with Omio is often the best option when you:
If you are planning on traveling by train in Spain, you can also select a Eurail pass which offers a variety of Spanish train travel options. The Spanish Eurail pass required for this route costs $176 so research your travel dates to make sure a Eurail pass makes sense for your travel itinerary. Purchasing a rail pass instead of point-to-point tickets may make sense when:
Most international flights to Barcelona land at El Prat (BCN) airport.
Located right on the Mediterranean, Barcelona combines world class food, architecture, and nightlife with one of the most pleasant climates in Europe. Barcelona’s beaches are the perfect place to soak in the Iberian sun, while those interested in exploring the city will be fascinated by the 2000+ years of history represented by Barcelona’s varied architecture. After viewing the works of Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso in Barcelona’s numerous museums be sure to sample some Catalan cooking at one of the city’s world famous tapas bars. The variety of activities and experiences in Barcelona make it one of the world’s most captivating cities.
Trains depart from Barcelona Sants train station and arrive at Madrid's Puerta de Atocha train station. Buses usually depart from Estacio del Nord bus station and arrive at Madrid's Intercam Av.America bus station.
From the Puerta del Sol with its cozy tapas bars to the art-deco architecture of the Gran Via, Madrid is a feast for the senses. Art lovers will be amazed by the works of Goya, Velazquez, Dali and Picasso in the Prado museum before enjoying a glass of Spanish Rioja and some of Madrid's famous cured ham that often hangs from the ceilings of restaurants throughout the city. Finally, be sure to save your energy for exploring Madrid's nightlife and the happy crowds that often party until dawn.
Trains depart from Puerta de Atocha train station and arrive at Valencia's Estacio del Nord train station. Buses depart from Madrid's Estacion sur de Autobuses bus station and usually arrive at Valencia's Estacion de Autobuses.
Combining avant-garde buildings with Moorish walls, Valencia's Modernista architecture is an intriguing mix of old and new. After exploring the Old Quarter and futuristic Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, satisfy your taste buds by washing down Paella with a refreshing Agua de Valencia in the shade of Valencia's numerous orange trees. Be sure to also explore the Jardins del Turia before embracing the nightlife and party atmosphere on Malvarrosa Beach right on the Mediterranean.
Trains usually depart from Valencia's Estacio del Nord train station and arrive at Malaga's Maria Zambrano train station. Buses usually depart from Valencia's Estacion de Autobuses bus station and usually arrive at Malaga Estacion de Autobuses bus station.
Located on Spain's southern Costa del Sol, Malaga combines a Mediterranean atmosphere with a culture of modern art and development. Malaga's newly restored historic city center combines a Gothic cathedral and narrow medieval pedestrian streets with modern bars and restaurants. After spending the afternoon on one of Malaga's numerous beaches be sure to make the climb to Gibralfaro Castle for a breathtaking view the magnificent Andalusian sunset.
Trains depart from Malaga's Maria Zambrano train station and arrive at Seville's Santa Justa train station. Buses depart from Malaga Estacion de Autobuses bus station and usually arrive at Seville's Plaza de Armas bus station.
Dating back to the Roman empire, Andalusia's sun-drenched capital combines elements of numerous historical periods. After viewing the Moorish engravings in the Santa Cruz quarter, wander along the Arenal quarter riverside to explore Seville's colonial history. Main attractions include Seville's Cathedral and Alcázar, which was recently used to film scenes from HBO's Game of Thrones. Finally, Seville is also a great place to soak up Spanish culture and watch the Matadors clad in their traje de luces or "suit of lights" during a bullfight in the city's historical ring.