Book your summer trains between France and Spain for high-speed journeys between Paris and Barcelona, as well as many cultural hotspots in between.
One of our most popular routes is on board the high-speed train between France and Spain, and with bookings open from 27 February for summer travel between 04 July and 30 August, it feels like a piñata of treats is about to be smashed open all waiting to be feasted upon by fervent train travellers. Not surprisingly, the Paris and Barcelona journey takes top billing. At only 6 hrs 15 mins, you can pair Parisian sights with Barcelona beaches. However, there are many other stunning stops along the way.
Paris to Barcelona
Exploring Barcelona’s streets and buildings, it’s easy to see why the Catalan capital has long been a magnet for creatives and artists. From Gaudí ’s awe-worthy Sagrada Familia to the hip, graffitied Gràcia district, Barcelona’s eclectic mix of old and new will enchant you at every turn. For more Catalan cool head to Sonar or DGTL music festivals during June and September respectively. Travel between Paris and Barcelona in just 6 hrs 15 mins.
Paris to Montpellier
The route between Paris and Montpellier takes you not only to the capital of the Languedoc Roussillon region, but also to one of those French cities which feels like a treasured heirloom by those who go back again and again. Its medieval old town, pedestrianised Place de la Comédie and Cathédrale Saint-Pierre are all highlights. Pick up one of their Vélomagg bikes and head to the coast, just 10km away, or along the 120km network of cycle paths that wind their way around this romantic and rousing city.
Paris to Figueres
Travel from Paris to Figueres in 5 hrs 21 mins and visit the leafy, laid-back Spanish city made famous by the Teatre-Museu Dalí, a monument to Salvador Dalí’s flamboyant imagination. The 18th century Castell de Sant Ferran and St. Peter’s Church are also popular cultural stop-offs, as is the main Rambla and Plaça de les Patates for chilling out Catalan style.
Paris to Girona
Head from Paris to Girona in 5 hrs 38 mins and discover one of Europe’s most impressive walled cities. Walk around its medieval centre, take in a view of the town from the city walls, or Passeig de la Muralla, with views out to the Pyrenees. You can even explore their foothills by bike from the town.
Marseille to Madrid
This offer also includes the option to travel from the South of France to Spain’s stunning capital city, Madrid. Celebrate music, dance, theatre and cinema at the Festival de Marseille, 20 June-09July 2020, the make your way to Madrid for a journey of exciting contrasts. From mercados to museums, tabernas to tapas, Madrid is a city that brings art, nightlife and gastronomic gusto together with singular style. You an also travel on these high-speed trains from Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Marseille, Montpellier and Nimes to Tarragona, Zaragoza and Madrid.
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