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Spain is well-known of its beautiful landscapes, heritage, hundreds year old architecture, cuisine and always sunny weather. All of this makes the county the perfect holiday destination. If you would like to make the best out of your well-deserved vacation time pick up your car and lets start driving around the Iberian Peninsula. In the followings we have collected the 3 best routes for you if you are looking for the perfect road-trip experience of your life.

  1. The Southern route – from Madrid across Andalucía

If you are seeking to visit heritage sites filled with culture, as well would like to discover Spain’s most famous cities in that case this route is made for you. The ride starts in the famous capital of Spain, in Madrid where visitors can get to know the Spanish lifestyle while discovering this modern and buzzling capital. This iconic Spanish metropolis is home of several world-famous museums, historic sites and charming parks.  Continue your road trip in Spain’s most vibrant and passionate region, in Andalucía. The county is home of several famous cities such as Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Malaga and much more. As well this region is the birthplace of flamenco dancing and some of the most iconic tapas of the Spanish cuisine. Start off in Cordoba, which is the closest remarkable city in Andalucía from Madrid (400 km). Cordoba is home of the world largest Mezquita cathedral, (which has been inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1984) and several other Islamic heritage sites can be found in the city and its regions. After discovering this gorgeous city continue your ride to the capital of Andalucía, to the stunning Seville. The city is full with magnificent history and Islamic heritage and it takes only 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Cordoba (140 km). After arriving to the city drop off your car and explore the significant centre on foot. Wander around the famous Jewish quarter of Seville, so called Barrio de Santa Cruz after head to the Alcázar (which is declared as World heritage site since 1987) and finally finish your visit by enjoying the views from the Giralda Tower. On the next day pick up your car and head to Granada where you will visit the magnificent Alhambra palace and enjoy the city’s buzzling and vibrant life. After visiting the most important cities of the southern region of Spain finish your trip by heading to the south coast, where you can discover the charming Malaga or start your drive to the east coast, where you can find cities such as Alicante and Valencia.

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The city of Madrid

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The city of Seville

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The map of the route

 

2. The North-Eastern route – from Barcelona to Bilbao

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain, as well the capital of the autonomous region of Catalonia. The city is home of several world famous sites and the 19th century’s outstanding architect, Antoni Gaudi’s masterpieces. Barcelona is a city made for relaxing and enjoying as you discover the sights. During your visit don not miss to visit the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. After getting to know the Catalan capital pick up your car and head to the north. The northern part of the country, also known as the green heart of Spain is the perfect choice for all those who are looking for a calm and refreshing escapism. From Catalonia, while heading to the north, road trippers can go throw the autonomous communities of Aragon, Navarra, La Rioja, Basque country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia. All of these counties are filled with more and more beautiful landscapes, from mountain sceneries to calm sea sides. But let’s start from Barcelona. The jewel of the Basque country, San Sebastian is about 6 hour (575 km) ride from the Catalan capital and your drive will take you through some lovely smaller cities which are worth to explore such as Lleida, Zaragoza and Pamplona. Not only will it break up your drive, but you’ll also experience a different side of Spain not as many tourists get to see. After reaching and getting to know San Sebastian, the next stop is the capital of the Basque country, Bilbao which is only 1 hour ride (100 km) from San Sebastian. The city is famous of its world-class Guggenheim museum (which is absolutely worth a visit), old fashioned old town, coastline and outstanding cuisine. Later, when you get to know the Basque region you can head further on the north with exploring the amazing city, Santander (capital of Cantabria), ride across the mountains of Picos de Europa in Asturias or head to the acclaimed pilgrim town to Santiago in Galicia. However, you can make your ride from Bilbao back to the centre of Spain, to Madrid, which takes around 4 hours ride (450 km) across Castilla y Leon, where you can discover honored towns such as Loroño. A perfect end of yourself drive trip is Madrid, this vibrant capital where you can rest yourself after the lengthy road trip.

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The city of Barcelona with the Sagrada Familia

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The city and the coast of San Sebastian

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The map of the route

 

    3.  The Eastern coast and Madrid – Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid

The top three cities of Spain are Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. All of the three cities are buzzling capitals of their own region and Madrid as well the countries. After discover Barcelona and its surroundings, such as the famous Montserrat start your drive through the Spanish coast down until Valencia. Riding throw the coastline is already a miraculous experience, the sea, the sun and the pretty fishing towns through your way. Arrive to Valencia after a 3 hour 30 minutes’ drive (350 km) you will experience all the beauties of this port town. The city has historically been Spain’s Mediterranean port and has that special charm of cities that are also seaports. Also, the fine sand and clean water, the vastness of the sea and the closeness of the coastal mountains make the Valencian coast uniquely attractive. The city is home of the most innovative and avant-garde buildings from the new millennium, such as the Opera house and the constructions of the Arts and Sciences Centre. Subsequently explore all parts of Valencia head to Madrid which takes around 3 hour and 30 minutes’ drive (355 km). Madrid is the perfect end of your ride with its vibrant lifestyle.

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The city of Arts and Science in Valencia

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The old town Valencia

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The map of the route

If you get interested to drive along the Spanish roads and discover beautiful landscapes, heritage and historical cities than do not hesitate to contact us! We will make the best out of your road-tripping across Spain.

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