Spain

Spain quick facts

  • Population: 47.2 million

  • Language: Spanish

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

  • Dialing code: +34

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Places to visit

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Get blown away by Spain’s epic architecture

There are historical gems scattered across the whole of Spain. Seville (Sevilla) is one of them – a truly Spanish city, that has clung onto traditional values and a simple way of life. Seville’s cathedral is the largest gothic example in the world and is supposedly home to Christopher Columbus’ remains. To the north is Spain’s most cosmopolitan city, Barcelona. The capital of Catalonia, wouldn’t be so self-confident and charismatic, without Antoni Gaudí’s influence on the city’s aesthetic beauty. See examples of his work across Barcelona, most notable of course is the unfinished Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familía.

Take the tram to Archivo de Indias and Seville’s cathedral is just a 5-minute walk. To get to the Sagrada Familía simply get off at the metro station of the same name.

Flea market El Rastro, Madrid
Flea market El Rastro, Madrid

Madrid: As Spanish as it gets

Although, not a capital city that will bowl you over with masses of sites and attractions, Madrid is however considered to be one of the most Spanish cities you can visit in the country. Make a beeline for La Latina on a sunday morning between 9:00 and 14:00 and join the hustle and bustle of el Rastro fleamarket. Rummage through antiques, books and clothes, but most of all savour the Madrileño spirit. Then head into the heart of La Latina and join the locals on the street for Sunday afternoon cañas (small beers) and tapas.

El Rastro can be reached with a 5-minute walk from La Latina metro station.

Formentor, Mallorca
Formentor, Mallorca

Spanish island seduction

One of Spain’s best kept secrets is the Isla Cíes National Park – a short boat trip off Galicia’s west coast. Listed in several polls as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, expect a spectacular contrast of white sands and turquoise waters on the land-facing side of the island, with a dramatic rugged coastline and crashing waves on the Atlantic side. Mallorca, the biggest of the Balearic Islands is a Mediterranean paradise with crystal clear waters and tranquil coves to relax within.

Take the train to Vigo and walk about 20 minutes to Vigo’s main port, where you can take the 45 minute boat ride to Cíes. To reach Mallorca take a discounted ferry from Valencia.

Tarifa beach
Tarifa beach

Top beach and mountain action

Tarifa, a strip of sandy white beaches on the southernmost coast of Spain, is a favourite place for both windsurfers and kitesurfers, thanks to its strong and regular winds. The relaxed vibe also adds to its popularity, along with the views of Africa’s Rif mountains. If you prefer a surfboard to glide you through the waves, San Sebastián’s Playa de Zurriola is Spain’s surfers’ paradise. Sierra Nevada, as well as being a stunning backdrop in Spain’s enchanting student city of Granada, usually has sufficient snowfall each year for some winter sport.

To get to Tarifa take a train to Algeciras and then pick up a bus. San Sebastián's train station is located on the east end of Puente de Maria Cristina and Playa de Zurriola is a 15-minute walk from there. To reach Sierra Nevada take a bus from Granada

Plaça Reial, Barcelona
Plaça Reial, Barcelona

World class party scene

The island of Ibiza boasts one of the most hedonistic party places on the globe, with world class DJs swarming to the island each year. Your rail pass allows you discounted ferry journeys from Spain to Italy, so stop off on the way through! Visit between June and September and go wild in Ibiza’s legendary clubs, including big names like Space and Amnesia. Barcelona also has a lively night scene. Start at Las Ramblas for drinks and tapas, then move on to Plaça Reial, with its Gaudí-designed street furniture and try Jamboree with great live music.

Ibiza can be reached by discounted boat from Valencia or Denia. To arrive at the centre of Las Ramblas in Barcelona get off at the Liceu metro station. Plaça Reial is situated just behind Las Ramblas.

Events

Night club at Ibiza
Night club at Ibiza

Ibiza closing parties

September 20 - September 28, 2016

Join clubbers as they give Ibiza a huge send off for the end of the season. In fact, just an excuse to party even harder on the Balearic’s main party island.

Most of the nightlife can be found in the southern part of the island.

Festival Las Fallas in Valencia
Festival Las Fallas in Valencia

Las Fallas

March 15 - March 19, 2017

This 5-day festival revolves around the creation and finally the burning of card, wood and paper-machéninots (puppets). On the final day the puppets are filled with fireworks and at midnight they are all set on fire. This definitely goes down as one of Spain’s craziest fiestas.

The festival takes place across the entire city of Valencia, which can be reached from the main train station.

Semana Santa procession, Seville
Semana Santa procession, Seville

Semana Santa

April 9 - April 16, 2017

During Holy Week (the last week of Lent and the week immediately before Easter) there are processions up and down the country, however the one in Seville is well-known for being the most elaborate. Worshippers follow the procession bare foot, carrying crosses and candles and it isn’t uncommon to see people carrying shackles and chains attached to them as penance.

The procession moves through the centre of the city and can be reached by tram.

La Feria de Abril, Seville
La Feria de Abril, Seville

La Feria de Abril

May 2 - May 7, 2017

Each year the Sevillanos take a week off work and dress up in traditional flamenco costume. The locals gather around separate casetas (wooden huts) and throw themselves into flamenco marathons, along with eating, drinking, singing and making one hell of a party.

From the centre of Seville the festival grounds is a 15-min walk.

Sonar Festival, Barcelona
Sonar Festival, Barcelona

Sónar

June 15 - June 17, 2017

This annual, 3-day electronic event has top DJs and artists dropping by from across the globe.

The festival is located in several different areas of Barcelona, which can all be reached by public transport.

Madrid Orgullo
Madrid Orgullo

Madrid Orgullo

June 23 - July 2, 2017

Certainly one of Europe’s biggest, liveliest and most colourful Gay Pride celebrations. The most fun can be had along the Gran Vía and in the Chueca area.

Take the metro to Gran Vía or Chueca.

San Fermín, Pamplona
San Fermín, Pamplona

San Fermín

July 6 - July 14, 2017

San Fermín is another example of the Spanish gone mad and their infatuation for lengthy, passion-filled fiestas. Early each morning if you push through the throbbing crowds of Spaniards you can catch a glimpse of what the whole festival revolves around: the running of the bulls. The rest of each day is spent partying in true Spanish style. Be warned the bulls are real, so leave the running to the locals!

The train brings you into the centre of Pamplona, where the festival can easily be reached by foot.

Tomatina, Valencia
Tomatina, Valencia

Tomatina

August 30, 2017

The Spanish try not to take themselves too seriously and this festival demonstrates this perfectly. The culmination of crazy people (both Spanish and tourists) plus unlimited supplies of tomatoes is basically all that is needed to make Tomatina a splattering success!

Take a bus from the centre of Valencia to Buñol.

La Mercè, Barcelona
La Mercè, Barcelona

La Mercè

September 22 - September 24, 2017

Hundreds of events, activities and parades and the famous Fire Run (Correfoc) fill the streets of Barcelona with even more light and energy than usual.

Festivities take place all over the city of Barcelona. Use the city's public transport network to reach the different venues.

Interrail passes for Spain

Most popular passes with Spain

Interrail Spain Pass from € 135

Enjoy a Spanish vacation with the popular Interrail Spain Pass! You'll discover lively cities, beautiful beaches and everything in between with your Interrail ticket.

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Interrail Spain Premium Pass from € 174

The Interrail Spain Premium Pass entitles you to book free of charge train reservation with us - ideal if you're planning a rail trip through Spain.

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Interrail Global Pass from € 206

The Interrail Global Pass is the flexible and budget-friendly way to get around up to 30 countries in Europe. Travel by train from one cool destination to the next. One day you're on a pub crawl through Amsterdam and the next you're white-water rafting in Interlaken, Switzerland.

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