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Spain Road Trips

Are you thinking about holidays in Spain and you’re not sure where to go? Our advice: take a road trip! It’s a classic, and it has to be on your bucket list. The road trip through Spain is a fantastic idea since you will be able to explore all the treasures this charming country has to offer.
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Spain is a country of Tapas and Paellas, a country of Siesta and Flamenco, a country with the most diverse and alluring landscape, country of overachieving architecture and rich historical heritage. “In Spain, the dead are more alive than the dead of any country in the world.” That’s why road trip in Spain is a must!

8 Epic Spain Road Trip Stops with costs, time and distances

Driving Itinerary

Driving Time Distance Costs Barcelona - Valencia

via A-7 4 hours 350 km Total 68 €

Toll 39 €

Consumption 29 €

Valencia - Murcia

via V-31

3 hours 260 km

Total 39 €

Toll 17 €

Consumption 22 €

Murcia - Granada

via A-7 4 hours 330 km

Total 30 €

Consumption 30€

Granada - Malaga

via A-7 2 hours 140 km Total 14 €

Consumption 14 €

Malaga - Seville

via A-92 3 hours 210 km Total 19 €

Consumption 19 €

Seville - Toledo

via A-4 5 hours 480 km Total 40 €

Consumption 40 €

Toledo-Madrid

via TO-20 1 hour 70 km Total 8 €

Consumption 8 €

Barcelona - Madrid

Total:

22 hours 1.840 km 219 €

We are here to help you get the most of your road trip. Just for you, we've made a list of all the cool spots you need to visit, cheap places where you’ll be able to enjoy great food and outlet stores for all of you enthusiastic shoppers out there.

Barcelona - the starting point of your road trip

We recommend you start your road trip with car hire in Barcelona. Next thing on your itinerary is sightseeing. Barcelona will amaze you with its striking architecture, gourmet foodie scene, and vibrant nightlife.

Things to see:

  • La Sagrada Familia Construction of this majestic church began in 1882 and is hoped to be completed by 2026 (that is 123 years longer than the construction of the Great Pyramid).
  • La Pedrera Gaudi is again to blame for the breathtaking beauty of this residential building designed as a constant curve.
  • Park Guel When the artificial and natural forms combine, you get Park Guel - designed by no one else but Gaudi himself.
  • Barcelona Pavilion Less is more. :) If you’ve had enough of curves and Gaudi, check out this minimalistic Pavilion designed by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe in 1929.

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Food:

  • Mercat Santa Caterina - Her you'll find different food bars, all serving excellent and affordable food.

Shopping:

Valencia - 2nd stop on your road trip

The second road-trip stop in Valencia. The third largest city of Spain is another architectural jewel and home of paella and oranges. This laid-back town is successfully combining past with future, nature with culture and it would be a shame if you don’t make a stop here for at least a day.

Things to see:

  • City of arts and sciences is one of the 12 treasures of Spain. We’re talking about a futuristic sci-fi complex built for entertainment and culture. Inside the complex, you can find a cinema, opera house, interactive museum, outdoor gallery, and more.
  • Bioparc Valencia If you’re on a road trip with your family, your children will most certainly enjoy this part of the trip. Gorillas, antelopes, lions, giraffes, elephants, and leopards are just some of the many attractions of this zoo.
  • Mercado Central is one of the oldest European markets, designed by Alexandre Soler I March and Francesc Guardia I Vial, and also one of the first markets that provided home delivery.spain_road_trip_valencia-1049399_1920

Food:

  • Bocadella Tapas Family run tapas bar - cheap and great! Foodie heaven, fantastic tapas, and bocadillos.

Outlet store:

  • Maria Jose Algas Outlet Children grow, that’s what they do. And they outgrow everything within a few months. That’s why outlets are here. Visit Maria Jose Algas outlet for children’s clothes.

Murcia - third stop on the road trip

Murcia gives a vibe of a small town; it’s an easygoing city with a lot going on. Founded by the Moors in 825, Murcia is now mainly a university city with rich history and world-beating cuisine.

Things to see:

  • Cathedral de Santa Maria In the heart of Murcia you will find this glorious cathedral. Its construction began in the 13th century, while the 25 bells of the cathedral were built much later in the 17th century. Each bell has a name. Cute!
  • Plaza de la Flores is a lively&lovely place to take a bite and feel the vibe of a town.spain_road_trip_city-3774873_1920

Food:

  • El Togo affordable bar, vegetarian-friendly and fresh

Granada - the City of Graffiti

The land of castles and street art is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains. This lovely city full of chatty people won't leave you cold.

Things to see:

  • Siera Nevada National Park Escape to the wild is an excellent choice and that’s why the Sierra Nevada Mountains are here. Pine forests, spectacular views, and peace - Siera Nevada National Park is a paradise for hikers tired of history and culture. ;)
  • Alhambra is another attraction you don’t want to miss. This Islamic fortress complex was designed to be a “paradise on earth”. And it honestly feels this way as you walk through this majestic complex of towers and walls, gardens and fountains.

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Food:

  • Tele Pizza If you’ve had enough of Tapas, visit Tele Pizza, Italian Restaurant in Granada with reasonable prices.

Outlet:

Malaga - Pablo Picasso was here :)

Finally, here we are; Malaga - the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. The rise of numerous cultural attractions makes Malaga more youthful and powerful than ever before. Besides arts and architectural sites, Malaga also has a stunning coastline. Countless beaches of Costa del Sol are lined with palm trees, clear waters, and cool bars.

Things to see:

  • Museo Picasso is a must! No words needed.
  • Alcazaba Fortress built in the 11th century by Malaga’s Arab rulers offers incredible views, gardens and fountains, oranges and jasmine bushes. Another sight for sore eye

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Food:

  • La Tranca offers traditional food, and it’s a great welcoming bar where you can join the locals while you enjoy your meal.

Seville - 6th stop of the road trip

It comes as no surprise Seville was voted as the top place to visit in 2018. Seville is a city of bicycles and latest fashion trends, a city with outstanding architecture and last but not least the city of Flamenco. Oh, yes, and “Star Wars - the Attack of the Clones” was filmed here in the Plaza Espana.;)

Things to see:

  • Seville Cathedral The world’s largest cathedral is also a final resting place of Christopher Columbus
  • Metropol Parasol This wooden structure designed by the German architect Jurgen Mayer has become a City icon.

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Food:

  • El Riconcillo Oldest bar in Seville serving best tapas in town since 1670. 

Outlet:

For best affordable shopping visit Sevilla Fashion Outlet

Toledo - the Imperial city

Toledo is considered to be “The City of Three Cultures” - a city where Christians, Muslims, and Jews harmoniously coexisted. Catedral de Toledo, Alcazar of Toledo and Sinagoga del Transito are the products and proofs of this harmony. Toledo is a magical city in the night with a specific intimate vibe, a city of marzipan and swords. A city you will fall in love with.

Things to see:

  • Catedral de Toledo will astound you with its art gallery, with works from Goya, El Greco, and Velazquez.
  • Mirador del Vale A 20-minute walk is worth it, believe us, the postcard view from the top is amazing.

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Food: 

Madrid - the finishing point

Here we are, at the finishing point of your Spain Road Trip. And we have saved the best for last. Madrid is a Metropolitan city that disarms you with a smile. It’s the third-largest city in the EU and a cultural center of the country. Madrid is also the birthplace of Football Club Real Madrid. The capital city of Spain is no stranger to petite boutiques, cafes, and gastropubs. In one word: fabulous!

Things to see:

  • Prado Museum offers the world’s finest European art collections, everything from Goya, to Raphael and Rubens you’ll find here.
  • Real Madrid Stadium is a must for all the Real Madrid fans.

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Food:

  • El MiniBAR It’s Tapas time! We recommend you try their squid strips, pankitos, bocadilla, and baked goat cheese. Buen Provecho!
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