Altaria Train

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    Enjoy a trip from Madrid to Granada aboard an Altaria train.

From Madrid to Coastal Spain, you’ll be sitting pretty.

Altaria trains are part of the Spanish regional train network (RENFE) and run on long distance routes to connect Spain’s capital, Madrid, with major Spanish cities including Algeciras, Granada, Murcia and Cartagena. Seating is available in Preferente Class and Tourist Class. But make no mistake. Take the Altaria around Spain and either way you’ll be sitting pretty.

In just a few hours you can go from the bustling cosmopolitan of Madrid to the authentic port and industrial center of Algeciras, steeped with Moroccan influences and plenty of their special teas. Granada is now considered one of the hippest cities in the Andalucia region, with a distinctly youthful vibe. Murcia is known for its outstanding Baroque structures and lively student population. And then there’s Cartagena. Not only one of the richest cities in the ancient world, but one of its oldest.

In sharp contrast stands the Altaria train, a modern marvel. As stunning as its comfort and views are, it’s the engineering that’s made these travel times possible. Connecting locomotive powered trains to high-speed rail using special gauge technology and adjustable axles, all to allow for 125 mph speeds along the way. So as the terrain outside your window changes and adapts to your place in the sun, so does this most unique transport.

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