Make your way from Madrid, through the French Province and into Marseille with Renfe-SNCF en Coopération and have the holiday of a lifetime. What better way to travel through such beautiful areas, if not with a relaxing train ride, allowing you to marvel at your surroundings while you speed along towards your next stop. Travel by train, and turn your journey between destinations, which is normally a stressful mean to an end, into one of the main attractions on your trip.
Start off this wonderful journey by visiting the capital of Spain, Madrid. With a city so full of culture and life, you will be hard-pressed to check off all the items on your Madrid bucket list with just a few days, but here are a few tips to start you off!
Packed with centuries of fascinating history, Madrid is a perfect place to marvel and explore, especially for those with a soft spot for art and culture. Home to over 60 museums
dedicated to pretty much every topic imaginable, countless beautifully built and maintained parks
and buildings and an entire world of dance, music and sports, Madrid is sure to fascinate you.
For those who favor the arts, be sure not to miss out on the Prado Museum
, located in the heart of Madrid. Featuring what is said to be one of the finest art European art collections in the world, it is filled from top to bottom with unique works of art designed by artists such as Francisco de Goya, Diego Velázquez, Peter Paul Rubens and so many others. For those enchanted by architecture and history, visit the reconstructed ancient Egyptian temple of Debod
, originally built in the year 200 BC in Egypt, and moved to Madrid in the 1970’s. Finally, don’t forget to try Madrid’s outstanding gastronomy, by finding the best places in Madrid to enjoy the traditional cocido madrileño
Continue your journey with Renfe-SCNF en Coopération’s beautiful train ride through the French Provence destined for Marseille. Though tempting as it may be after your action-packed days in Madrid, be sure not to sleep the whole ride through, as the train ride through the French Provence will be taking you past some picture-perfect scenery you will most definitely not want to miss out on. Time will fly as you marvel at what passes by, and before you know it, you will be pulling up into the station of your next destination.
One of the largest cities in France, Marseille is located directly on the Mediterranean coast. Renowned for its architecture, culture, history and beaches, it is known to be one of the most popular holiday destinations in France. It is packed with things to do, housing many museums and galleries, along with ancient and historically important buildings, spread throughout its 16 arrondissements.
Make your stay in Marseille both relaxing and cultural, by alternating your time between its blissful beaches and its many cultural sites. Stroll by the water side marveling at the Old-Port, guarded by large forts overlooking the main harbor and marina. Learn about Marseille’s history and its importance to France and the world by visiting the Marseille History Museum. Marvel at the panoramic views over the city and sea from the Basilica of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde. Admire the beauty and architecture of what was, for a long time, the city’s main cultural attraction, the Opera house – and if you happen to visit at the right time of the year, even set an evening aside for a night at the Opera. Last but not least, be sure not to miss out on the city’s tasty gastronomy, featuring Bouillabaisse, its most famous seafood dish. Packed with at least 3 different types of extremely fresh fish and many types of seafood, with potatoes and vegetables, it is served with a broth and slices of toasted bread, and is sure to leave all the seafood lovers with water in their mouths. These are just some of the beautiful things there are to do in this wonderful city, if you would like to discover what else there is, check out these 10 unmissable places in Marseille.
So waste no time, book your tickets today with Renfe-SCNF en Coopération, and start packing for a wonderful holiday through Madrid and Marseille, filled with amazing views, sights, activities and experiences, fit for your whole family which will be both relaxing and cultural at the same time.