The company believes that it was due to a “design flaw” and has already apologized to the mockery of the tweet
And we complain when Americans don’t know how to place Spain on the World map or even if they think they can, they do it very close to Mexico, by language it will be. But we don’t help much either. The map Renfe offers in his monthly magazine, Club + Renfe, could take tourists to Vigo who insist on speaking Portuguese or arrive in Almeria believing that it has a beach … and according to Renfe, no.
He has been a Portuguese journalist, Ruben Martins, the one who has noticed the blunder of the Renfe map. “Renfe network maps have Vigo in Portugal, Lisbon in Santarém and Porto almost in Viseu”, he wrote in a tweet, which opened an intense debate about the nonsense that someone wants to use that map as a reference of location on the map or search for cities with coast, which we have practically run out of.
And is that La Coruña and Ferrol have been punished without coast, Pontevedra is almost Portugal, Orense borders with the neighboring country and Vigo, without sea, is Portuguese. Not all Portuguese tweeters have cared that Las Ciés move into their territory, and the vigueses are already accustomed to being called Portuguese.
Asturians have raised the tone, since the eternal struggle between Gijón and Oviedo along the coast it has been solved at a stroke: Gijón no longer owns the Poniente beach and the capital has lost the geographical center in the Principality. The Cantabrians will have to drive now some time if they want to reach the coast of Santander, now indoor.
Virtually all cities in the northern peninsula have lost their beaches (Goodbye La Concha and La Sopelana), but Barcelona and Gerona are not far away, miles from its beautiful beaches. For now, Tarragona is saved and remains in place. Near the Mediterranean remain Castellón de la Plana, Valencia and Alicante, but Murcia and Cartagena have lost it, while Almeria has moved to Níjar and Cádiz loses its views of the sea.
Others have noticed that Paris is not much further than Lyon, almost in parallel, and Badajoz was never so far from the border with Portugal.
Renfe has been quick to apologize for what happened and has attributed to a “design flaw” the error in the graphic that has raised a stir in social networks.