Barcelona to Malaga by train

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

We departed Barcelona Sants station for Malaga right on time in the new high speed service direct to Malaga. This avoids the slower 12 hour trip via Madrid and we will be in Malaga in 5 hrs 30. It did not take long to reach 150 kph and then 220 then 300 seemed to be top speed so far. Very smooth, lovely big windows, air conditioned and recliner seats as we sit back and watch the Spanish countryside fly past.

First stop was Camp de Tarragona at 10.50am and some new passengers boarded. Now we head away at speed already over 200 as we turn toward the centre and hills.

Our second stop at 11.20 was Lleida. Seemed quite a big city and our carriage started to fill up. 2 minutes only and then we were off again.

3rd stop Zaragoza at 12.05 and our coach fills up some more. Barely 5 minutes and we are away again. Very pleasant and relaxing but no information or map available.

Now it's 2.45 and we are approaching Cordoba. We walked through the train to the buffet car for sandwich and coffee at about 12.45 and stood and ate as the rural scenes flew passed. We are stopped at Cordoba at present and have about another hour to go.

Next stop was Puente Guenil at 3.20 followed shortly after by Antequera at 3.30. We pulled into Malaga station pretty much on time at 3.53pm. It was a great experience to travel by comfortable train for more than 5 hours at speed consistently over 250kph and up to 300 kph. We look forward to the return trip next Friday(31/8).

After some initial difficulty locating Europcar we were soon organised with our VW Pollo and we set off to drive the 50 odd Kim's to Marbella. The trip did take us longer than expected as there were a few wrong turns that did raise the stress levels a little but eventually we found our way to Marbella and after asking for directions a couple of times we arrived at Apartmentos Meditteraneo.
We originally decided on the car because we thought the apartment was away from the centre of town and we would be isolated. Well the opposite is true and the car is really superfluous to our needs. One cannot expect all the planning in such a big venture to work out just as you would like so with hindsight on our side we would do things different next time. Certainly this is a wonderful spot and we could easily come back here for longer and the apartment is brilliant. We will share that with you in the next instalment - '4 Days in Marbella'. Adios Amigos!
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sounds fantastic!! wish we were all there with you!

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