The Mezquita in Córdoba (photo © Bjeayes / dreamstime.com)
Through the Despeñaperros gorge to southern Spain
If you take the modern high-speed line south to Andalucía described in Route 21, you’ll find it slices through the Sierra Morena like butter. You’ll hardly notice the hills. But if you have a few hours to spare why not take the old rail route that runs through the gorge at Despeñaperros. It’s the route we describe in Route 20. This is truly one of Europe’s finest rail journeys, and it’s a creative way of linking Barcelona with southern Spain.
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Whether you are making a long grand tour or just planning a couple of weekend breaks, Europe by Rail is the perfect guide. The book describes 50 key routes in detail. Together, they span mainland Europe and the British Isles. Find out more about the guidebook below.