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Want see at least 6 cities during 15 days trip to Spain

What is the best way to go about this? Looking for tour operators, trains, and buses, and not very pricy.

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top answer by
Tiffany from Corvallis

6 cities in 15 days is incredibly ambitious, but definitely possibly with the train. Take the Renfe (the Spanish train system). There are slower regional trains and the high speed Ave trains between larger cities. You can cover a lot of ground using regional trains with a large city as a hub and exploring just one or two regions of Spain.

It's no secret that Valencia is one of my favorite Spanish cities. You can take the AVE from Madrid to Valencia, then the local train north to Castellon de la Plana, in Sagunto you'll see an old ruin, south of Valencia, you'll see Alicante and Benidorm. Tons of tiny, wonderful towns lay in between.

The Andalucía region has some amazing cities as well that you can reach with a local renfe train. There, you can visit Granada, Cordoba (Spain), and Seville very easily. They are all relatively close together.

If I were to do this trip, I'd fly into either Madrid or Barcelona, then take the Ave (high speed train) to Valencia, spend a few days exploring Valencia and the region, then head south and make your way to Andalucia and the cities there. You can see a lot and will get a good feel for the place and cultures there.

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  1. Valencia (attraction)
  2. Madrid (city)
  3. Castellon de la Plana (city)
  4. Sagunto (city)
  5. Alicante (city)
  6. Benidorm (attraction)
  7. Andalucía (attraction)
  8. Granada (city)
  9. Cordoba (Spain) (city)
  10. Seville (city)
  11. Barcelona (city)
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answered by
Sarah from Alicante

Trains are cheap and quick. For example, Madridto Valenciais just 90 minutes. Some flights may be cheaper but you could waste valuable time in the airport waiting to check in. On the train you will also see some of the countryside. You can buy a Spain train pass and the website also gives ideas of where to go and how to plan your journey. I would check that the pass actually works out cheaper because there are often very good train fare deals online. Do you know where you want to go?

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  1. Madrid (city)
  2. Valencia (attraction)
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answered first by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

Trains are certainly the most convenient and offer the most destinations.  However, sometimes they can become a bit pricy on various routes.  Check out airfares between major cities with the European low cost airlines and then use the train to travel to smaller areas around the big cities.  We've used RyanAir and EasyJet.  They are completely no frills and will charge you for absolutely everything, but if you can travel light, not select seats in advance ect-you can get away with some steals on airfare!  Be aware, you may need to get to the airport with plenty of time to spare as they also save by not have a ton of employees - longer wait times to check in/check luggage.

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answered by
Mei & Kerstin from Larochette

Totally agree with the previous answers: trains in Spain are very convenient and not expensive at all. Most Spanish cities can be visited by foot or by bus (either touristic hop-on/hop-off buses or local buses). In Andalusia, if you could rent a car, it would also be worth it. 

As for the 6 destinations, we would recommend Barcelona, then go inland to Saragoça and then head to Madrid (including Toledo, and Escorial not far from Madrid). Then of course go south to the wonderful cities of Andalusia: Seville (click here to see our Photo Post), Cordoba (Spain), and Granada. If you have time, you might want to drive to Malaga as well. We haven't been there yet, but some of our friends liked it very much there.

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  1. Barcelona (city)
  2. Saragoça (attraction)
  3. Madrid (city)
  4. Toledo (city)
  5. Escorial (attraction)
  6. Seville (city)
  7. Cordoba (Spain) (city)
  8. Granada (city)
  9. Malaga (city)
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answered by
Mike from Nashville

Great answers already from Sarah, Tiffany, and Jacey! I'll just add my experience from a Spain trip a couple years back.

Except for a couple buses, we took the train most everywhere. It was quick and comfortable, and was pretty reasonable price-wise.

We were there for 21 days and saw 7 cities. Worked out best to choose clusters of cities so travel time was a minimum most of the time. Madrid-Segovia-Salamanca was amazing, then we took a super fast train down south and spent time in SévilleGranada (pic below), which were both amazing. (you could also hit any number of cities down that way like MalagaCordoba (Spain) to make that cluster even more efficient!).

We then went back to Madrid for a quick minute, then took a super fast train out to Valencia, then another up to Barcelona. Obviously we had more days, so that part was a little easier to not cluster.

The good part is regardless of where you choose, you can't go wrong. I loved every city we visited and can't wait to go back.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Spain (country)
  2. Madrid (city)
  3. Segovia (attraction)
  4. Salamanca (city)
  5. Séville (attraction)
  6. Granada (city)
  7. Malaga (city)
  8. Cordoba (Spain) (city)
  9. Valencia (attraction)
  10. Barcelona (city)
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