There are a thousand ways to explore Spain and a self-drive tour is one of the most enthralling. In one day you can discover some of the greatest architectural sights the country has to offer; eat incredible tapas in tucked-away bars; sink your toes into the silky-soft sand of hidden smuggler coves while sipping sangria; and feel the burn as you stomp up mountains and hills for incredible panoramic views of the lush landscape. You can just as easily spend your days relaxing on hammocks, retreating only for tasty tapas washed down with beer, occasional dips in the ocean and chats with friendly locals.
Spain road trips are of your own creating and they can be as packed or peaceful as you please. Begin in Barcelona, where you can enjoy the thrumming nightlife that spills out onto the lamplit streets from rammed bars and restaurants. From there, go on a hiking adventure in the Pyrenees and witness the wild untamed beauty of Spain before really getting under the skin of Andalucía with a visit to Seville, Granada and Cordoba. As you make your own way through Spain it’s hard not to fall hook, line and sinker for the passion, history and beauty that’s found at every turn.
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Deciding where to begin is the most challenging part of Spain road trips; once you’ve taken to the open road, the opportunities for exploration are endless. Start in the south, in sun-soaked Seville, a city which seduces with its heady mix of baroque architecture, authentic flamenco clubs and aristocratic mansions. Park up and explore the city on foot with a tapas and flamenco tour, arguably the most ideal introduction to Spanish culture. A local culinary guide can introduce you to some hidden tapas spots, where you can sample crispy chipirones (baby squid), rich sobrassada sausage and wine-soaked chorizo, washed down with a glass or two of fruity sangria. Hit the road again to explore the stunning Andalusian countryside; hike through the Sierra de Grazalema mountains or take a day trip to Donana National Park.
With no fixed itinerary for Spain road trips, you’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to designing it and our travel experts will work with you to craft the perfect pathway. Taking a tour of Northern Spain is another option; drive through the pleasing trio of Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja for a wonderful mix of art, culture, cuisine and wine. Nestled in the corner of the Basque Country, Bilbao is the region’s artistic hub and home to some of its greatest treasures. Further along the coast and bordered by blonde beaches you’ll find San Sebastian, which – as the gastronomic capital of Spain – boasts art in a different form. For keen oenophiles, Rioja is another stop you won’t want to miss off your road trip. Take a break from driving and spend time with an expert sommelier, touring the gorgeous vineyards and sampling the region’s finest namesake wine.