Interrail is a very flexible and affordable way to get to know any country. Would you like to try the experience? Here we tell you how to do the interrail in Spain.
Before doing an interrail
Before embarking on the adventure of discovering how to do the interrail in Spain, we must ask ourselves what we are going to need to do it. First of all: do you know what an interrail is?
The interrail is a trip that is made by train connecting some cities with others. You can spend as many days as you want, but usually these trips last between 7 and 20 days. As you are going on an interrail around Spain, you won’t need as many as 20 unless you want to make the most of your trip.
Are you sure you want to do it? So you’ll need a backpack, the essentials, the Interrail One Country Pass and the desire to have a good time.
Preparing for Interrailing in Spain
We advise you to start preparing your interrail as soon as you are sure of your holiday dates. On the other hand, it is important that you choose very well with whom to do it. Groups of more than 4 or 5 people are not recommended.
When you have the exact date you will be free, start the preparation. Our goal will be to gather information about the train routes, where to make stops to sleep and eat, the best hostels to stay, etc.. When we are clear about the stops we want to make and where we can connect train journeys we go to the next step.
When you have your route map drawn up and located the main places you would like to go on your stops, it’s time to take out the Interrail One Country Pass. This is a card that allows you unlimited travel on trains in a single country. We will also have to get a return or onward flight ticket as appropriate and make reservations for where we are going to stay.
The most recommended months to do an interrail in Spain or in Europe are usually June, July, August and September. Choose June if you want to avoid the high meridian temperatures of the summer season.
In a nutshell:
Choose the best Interrail pass: Interrail Global Pass if, apart from Spain, you are going to see other countries in Europe; or Interrail One Country Pass valid for Spain if you only want to see the country.
Next, we are going to propose you the best routes to do interrail in Spain.
Route from Galicia to Portugal
This route offers privileged views of the Atlantic Ocean and imposing cliffs that blend in blue, green and brown colours. Through this interrail we will travel through many important enclaves of Galicia until we reach Portugal.
This interrail through Spain starts in Orense, a city with beautiful thermal springs and an enigmatic old town. From here we will go to Monforte de Lemos where we will find several wineries that are worth trying.
We leave Monforte and its wines to go to Lugo. Here the most interesting thing to see, if you have little time, is the Roman wall that the city preserves completely whole and the Playa de las Catedrales (Cathedrals Beach).
The next stop will be in La Coruña where we can not miss the Tower of Hercules that stands proudly since the first century. In addition, it is the only Roman lighthouse that currently remains in operation in the world. In this location we can also visit the Plaza de Santa Maria, Riazor Beach or the curious interactive museum of the human body, Domus.
From La Coruña we pass to Ferrol, the beginning of the English Way the most beautiful beaches are to be found in Ferrol. Some of them are Pantín, where the world surfing championship is held, or Doniños. It is also worth visiting, if you can, the lighthouse Cabo de Prior Ferrol, the beach of Santa Comba or Sartaña.
Ferrol-Santiago de Compostela
We are now heading to Santiago de Compostela where we can’t leave without seeing its impressive cathedral. Other curious places to visit are the monument of Monte do Gozo, the Monastery of San Martín Pinario or the Plaza del Obradorio.
From Santiago we move to Vigo, which will be the last stop of this Interrail through Spain. From here we don’t recommend you to leave until you have seen the Cíes Islands. If you have time, you won’t regret to visit the Rías Bajas as well.
At this point you have two options: either return home or go a little further from Vigo to Oporto, in Portugal. Oporto is the second most important city in Portugal after its capital, and the capital of the Portuguese Way. It has an excellent atmosphere and it is worth taking some time to wander through its narrow streets and old alleys which, by the way, have been declared a World Heritage Site.
Route along the Bay of Biscay
Asturias – Oviedo
This route is perfect for nature lovers. The coast of the Cantabrian Sea stands out for its enormous beauty and the fierceness of its waters. This interrail through Spain starts in Gijón, Asturias, where there is a great atmosphere all year round. From here we can go to Oviedo and see some of the beautiful villages so characteristic of the area, as some villages of the Northern Way.
Cantabria – Santander
Now we go to Cantabria and we will stop in San Vicente de la Barquera, a place that is inside the Oyambre Natural Park. From here we will go to Santander where we recommend you to visit some of its beautiful beaches and also the Palacio de la Magdalena.
Santander – Bilbao
Leaving Santander we will go to Bilbao. There is a lot to see here. We recommend that you make a stop of at least two days to savour the atmosphere of Biscay and visit the Guggenheim Museum.
Most importantly, whatever route you take, don’t forget your camera!