Like most countries, Spain succumbed to the motor car a long time ago. Unlike, Britain, however, it did not give up long-distance travel by rail for travel by coach [bus].
Forty years ago, the rail network in Spain was very poor and the country backward by European standards. To visitors, that was one of its attractions, however. I once spent 20 hours on a train from Madrid to Barcelona, trying to sleep on newspaper on the floor of the corridor.
How times have changed. The Guardian has an article about Spain’s new high-speed AVE trains. I understand the enthusiasm for these trains completely, especially as air travel has become such a nightmare.