How long does a road trip across Spain take? Well, it really depends on what you want to see and where you want to go. Spain is a huge, beautiful country with so much to discover. Driving means you’re free to go wherever you want, so here are some unmissable stop-offs for any Spanish road trip.
The Gothic Quarter of Barcelona
Barcelona is a great starting point for any Spanish adventure. Flights to Barcelona are frequent and often well priced, and hiring a car here is easy. Remember to carry a second pair of specs if you need them: it’s actually the law in Spain when driving, so don’t get caught out. The Gothic Quarter is the heart of Barcelona, with numerous street performers and artists, plus the stunning cathedral, of course.
If you’re driving from Barcelona to Valencia, be sure to stop off at Montserrat Monastery. Take note- there’s a bit of an uphill walk, but it’s worth it to see this majestic historic building. The stunning interior is world renowned, whilst the monastery itself is incredibly secluded. The perfect home for Benedictine monks.
Valencia Mercado Central
There’s so much to do in Valencia, sometimes you just need to take a moment to drink it all in. The traditional churros are popular here, those long doughnuts often topped with sugar or cinnamon. Sit in a café and people watch while enjoying a coffee, or maybe a glass of Rioja if you don’t have to jump straight back in the car.
Tapas in Granada
A trip to Spain isn’t complete without indulging in some traditional tapas. Several establishments still follow the custom of serving a tapa with every drink order, meaning you can essentially get to enjoy some of the local delicacies for free- for as long as you keep drinking, anyway! One to enjoy when you have a hotel to go back to. Favourites include sherry soaked clams, fried bacalao and pork stew served with red wine.
The Alcazaba in Malaga
Malaga is much more than a stop off point for those flying to the Costa del Sol. This historic city has plenty to see, and road-trippers should take a break to visit the best preserved Moorish fort in the whole of Spain, The Alcazaba. Explore the remains of Roman walls and the old dungeons with their creepy and disturbing history of slavery.
The Nerja Caves
Not far past Malaga are the Cuevas de Nerja. These enormous caverns stretch for around 5 kilometres giving visitors some weird and wonderful sites such as the world’s largest stalagmite. The caves were only fully discovered in the 1950s by some bat hunting locals. This discovery is recorded in local art and sculptures, adding to the rich culture of the area.
These are just a few highlights of a Spanish road trip running from Barcelona to beyond Malaga, but there are a hundred more routes you can take. What will you discover on your Spanish road trip?