Gorgeous architecture, scenic landscapes, and passionate traditions and cultures are what make Spain a famous destination. But with all its offerings, it can be tricky to pinpoint exactly where to go.
This is why a road trip is the best way to see most of the country. So, the next time you visit, use this ultimate Spain road trip itinerary to experience Spanish life at its finest.
The best spot to embark on your Spain road trip is none other than the lively city of Barcelona. You can spend a minimum of three days here to see the highlights.
It will take three hours to drive to Zaragoza from Barcelona. Zaragoza is located in the heart of northern Spain and is a great stop for a short walk and lunch.
Sos del Rey Católico
Sos is the epitome of an archetypal Spanish town, located another 1.5 hours drive just north of Zaragoza. Sos del Rey Católico is packed with charm and filled with history.
Break your journey by grabbing a bite for lunch in Pamplona, where you can get your first taste of the acclaimed Basque Country tapas.
Aside from visiting the pintxos bars in San Sebastián, make sure you also go for a quick stroll along the waterfront promenade to refuel and stretch your legs after a long drive.
San Sebastián and Bilbao are just an hour’s drive apart. The main attractions of Bilbao are the futuristic Guggenheim Museum and some of the key filming locations for Game of Thrones.
Now that you have been introduced to Basque Country, you can leave the coast and drive inland to Madrid. Segovia is just 100km shy of the capital city of Spain, where you can see some of the most impressive historical sights of Central Spain.
Once you get to Madrid, you will be welcomed with so many things to do. Some of the most notable attractions are the Real Jardin Botanico, Cuesta del Moyano, Temple of Debod, Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, the Plaza Major, the Prado Museum, and the Royal Palace.
After you leave Madrid, you can start your trip to the magical Andalusia region of southern Spain. Toledo is a salve to the capital’s chaos with its mix of multicultural influences, literary heritage, and old-world charm.
Consuegra, La Mancha
Stop at one of Consuegra’s provincial bakeries to grab a quick bite and admire the patchwork fields and towering windmills.
Valencia strikes the perfect balance of Madrid’s amenities with Barcelona’s charm in a laidback beach town atmosphere.
Another underrated Spanish city, Cartagena is a sleepy historic center where you can find a Roman amphitheater that is one of Europe’s best-preserved ones.
The Sierra Nevada and the White Villages
The Sierra Nevada is one of the most scenic natural landscapes in Spain, where you will see the Las Alpujarras region, Lanjarón, and the smaller villages of Capileira, Bubio, and Pampaneira. Your driving itinerary can also include the highest settlement in Spain, Trevélez, if you can conquer the heights.
Not adding the architectural triumph of the Alhambra to your itinerary will only make your Spain road trip futile.
The archetypal Andalusian city of Cordoba is home to the Mezquita, the stunning mosque-cum-church famous for its much-photographed archways that look like candy canes.
Finish your Spain road trip by spending your day in the Alcazar complex of Seville, which mirrors the design and layout of the Alhambra.