Looking to hit the road and explore the very best of Spain? Don’t miss out on these 12 stunning road trips in Spain on your next visit!
There is something truly spectacular about Spain. Perhaps it’s the sunshine, its natural beauty, vibrant cities, history, and culture, or the delicious foods and drinks. Regardless, I can say with absolute certainty that many visitors who travel to Spain want to return to explore more of this beautiful country!
But, whilst many travellers tend to stick to the cities of Madrid, Barcelona, or Valencia, they end up missing real gems scattered throughout the country, smaller towns, villages, and sites that would normally require a car. That’s why we’ve decided to collaborate with a few of our fellow travel bloggers to bring you a selection of the 12 best road trips Spain has to offer!
So, pack your bags, book that car rental, and get ready to explore Spain by car!
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- South Spain Road Trips
- North Spain Road Trips
- Other Spain Road Trips To Explore
South Spain Road Trips
1. Andalucia – Spanish Road Trip
By Joanna from The World In My Pocket
One of the best road trips you can go on in Spain is around Andalucia. A good time to see a little bit of what this beautiful region has to offer, would be around 2 weeks. You want to include in your itinerary the Moorish cities of Granada, Cordoba and Sevilla, but also historical and less touristy Spanish hidden gem cities such as Guadix, Cadiz, Jerez de la Frontera and Malaga.
A good route would start in Malaga, where you will pick up the rental car. Then, visit the above cities in the following order: Cadiz – Jerez de la Frontera – Sevilla – Cordoba – Granada – Guadix, and back to Malaga.
There are some pretty amazing places to see on route as well. If you are a keen golfer, don’t miss out on the golf courses near Marbella, where you can play on competition greens. If you are a foodie, you shouldn’t miss the sherry tastings in Jerez de la Frontera.
Driving between Cadiz and Sevilla, you will pass by some of the most beautiful white villages of Andalucia. In Cordoba, get lost on the narrow streets filled with flowers and discover the hidden courtyards during the Patio Festival. In Guadix you must book one of the cave hotels, for an authentic local experience.
2. Seville to Cadiz – Short Road Trips in Spain
By Agnes from The Van Escape
Seville – Cádiz is a perfect idea for a day trip or a weekend getaway, as these two beautiful cities are only about 135 kilometres apart. The driving time is only 1 hour and 30 minutes without any stops.
So if you only have one day, drive directly from Seville to Cádiz via AP-4. However, if you have the weekend available for your road trip, make sure to plan some exciting stops. During your drive, you can make a quick stop in Dos Hermanas, known for its chess tournaments featuring the world’s best chess players. But most of all, it’s worth stopping for a few hours in Jerez de la Frontera. A world-class Spanish sherry tasting in this city is a must.
But reserve most of your time for Cádiz, which is one of the oldest cities in Western Europe.
The Cathedral of Cádiz is spectacular. Its construction began in 1722 and lasted 116 years. Therefore, we can observe many architectural styles in its interior. The building was meant to reflect the power Spain had during its trade with America. It is worth climbing to the top of one of the towers to admire the beautiful panorama of the city and the coast.
Torre Tavira is one of the 129 watchtowers of historic Cádiz. From a height of 45 meters, you can admire the harbour. Another attraction is the camera obscura in the tower. Other places of interest are the Castle of San Sebastián – the former fortress of Cádiz, the Gran Teatro Falla, and the Teatro Romano. For the best seafood and tapas, head to Mercado Central.
In addition, the beaches of the Costa de la Luz are the most beautiful in all of Andalusia. Therefore, after an intense sightseeing tour, it is worth resting and admiring the sunset at the enchanting Playa de La Caleta, Playa de Cortadura, or Playa de la Victoria.
3. Costa del Sol
By Cristina from My Little World of Travelling
Costa Del Sol is the perfect place to start a road trip in the south of Spain. The total route is about 90 kilometres and most towns are close to each other which makes it easy to visit many places in a short period of time.
Start your trip from Malaga and make your way to the west side of the coast to visit Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella and Estepona.
You can spend a day in each of these towns as there are plenty of activities to do – visiting unique castles such as Colomares Castle in Benalmadena, wandering the whitewashed streets of Mijas, exploring the Old Town of Marbella and much more.
If you want to expand your itinerary, head further to the east side to visit the white towns of Nerja and Frigiliana.
4. Costa Blanca
By Martina from PlacesofJuma
A real highlight of a road trip in Spain is a tour along the Costa Blanca coastline. The so-called White Coast of Spain is located in the province of Alicante. On a length of about 200 kilometres, you will discover amazing beaches, but also romantic towns and many other attractions. For a road trip, you should ideally plan about 7 days, although a few more days for relaxing on the beaches are definitely worth it!
The first stop is Xabia in the north with spectacular beaches, such as the Granadella bay or the Cala del Moraig. Continue on to Calpe with the famous Penon Ifach mountain and the many pink flamingos.
Afterwards take a trip to Altea, the white city with a pretty old town overlooking the sea. Another highlight is a stop at Benidorm, where the “Manhattan of Spain” awaits you with countless skyscrapers, clubs and amusement parks.
Not far away is Villajoyosa which is definitely worth a visit. Last but not least, plan a day in the city of Alicante. There you will also find a colourful old town and wonderful beaches to relax on!
North Spain Road Trips
By Talek from Travels With Talek
Spain has all the ingredients for a fabulous road trip. It offers natural beauty, world-class cuisine, history, architecture and much more.
One of the best road trips in Spain is the area around the Asturian coast. The area fronts the wild Bay of Biscay and is known as Spain’s green region due to the above-average rainfall and lush vegetation.
Start your Spanish road trip in Oviedo, the capital of the northern Asturias region. Oviedo has an international airport, is easy to reach and is a good base to start exploring for a one- or two-weeks in Spain itinerary. Here you will find pre-Romanesque architecture dating to the 9th century CE, amazing cuisine, and world-renowned museums.
Head north to the coast and continue your Spanish road trip visiting one of Spain’s most picturesque fishing villages, Cudillero. Continue east to Aviles and the famous Niemeyer Art Center. A few miles further east is Gijon with its fabulous beaches and fresh seafood as well as other seaside fishing towns of Lastres and Llanes.
Nearby is Picos de Europa National Park, the oldest national park in Europe with sparkling mountain lakes, every level of hikes and the church of Our Lady of Covadonga, built into the mountainside.
Return to Oviedo via the town of Cangas de Onis with its Roman bridge and unique regional cuisine.
Once you have a taste of a Spanish road trip you will certainly want to plan more.
6. Bilbao – San Sebastián – Pamplona
By Ruby from A Journey We Love
Start off a great road trip in Spain by flying into Bilbao, in the Basque region of Spain. This would be the perfect place to pick up a car rental to start the trip. See the Guggenheim, the Vizcaya Bridge, and the Old quarter of the city. If you are a football fan, come and see San Mames Stadium. Stay overnight at the NH Collection Villa de Bilbao, within a few blocks from the stadium and the gastronomical areas of the city. There are plenty of day trips from Bilbao that you can also opt to do before your road trip around Bilbao – San Sebastián & Pamplona.
From Bilbao, it is a 100km or around 1.5 hours drive to San Sebastian, a picture-perfect beach city. Hang out by the beach or take a funicular to see famous views of the city. From Bilbao to San Sebastian, a great stop would be in the towns of Getaria and Zumaia. Best to stay a few nights in San Sebastian to enjoy the culinary wonders of the city as well as the beach.
From San Sebastian, it is another 1 hr 15 mins drive or around 85km to Pamplona, a city known for the bull run that happens yearly. See the church in the centre, or the bull ring if it’s open. See part of the Camino de Santiago then head back to the car to either Bilbao or Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Vitoria-Gasteiz is 100km or 1 hr 15 mins drive by car from San Sebastian. Known for the church that inspired the Ken Follett novel, “The Pillars of the Earth”, stay for a few hours then head back to Bilbao, just an hour away to end your road trip.
By Roxanne from Faraway Worlds
The region of Galicia, in north-western Spain, is lovely, rugged and sees relatively few visitors compared to the popular southern parts of the country. This Spanish road trip is a perfect option if you’re travelling to Spain in summer and you’re looking for a quieter trip that still includes time spent at the coast. Start in A Coruña, and spend a night or two exploring the town, including the UNESCO world heritage site Torre de Hércules, an ancient Roman lighthouse.
From there, head east towards the Costa da Morte and Fisterra, taking the scenic route along the spectacular coastline. Then go south to Santiago de Compostela, where the Camino de Santiago ends, and explore the beautiful old town and impressive cathedral. From there, spend some time visiting the pretty beaches and villages at the ends of the fingers, stopping at Pontevedra before finishing your trip south in Vigo, which deserves a few days of exploration.
There are many remarkable lookout points and beaches along this route, including Playa de Carnota, one of Galicia’s best beaches. Other points of interest include Castro de Baroña, an iron-age settlement and Cascada del Ezaro, a waterfall that flows directly into the ocean. This road trip is around 400km, so be sure to allow at least a week to enjoy this stunning part of the country.
8. Catalonia – Scenic Spain Road Trips
By Kat from Wandering Bird
Catalonia (Catalunya) is an area right in the North-East corner of Spain. It has some incredible roads and plenty of things to do in the area and is the perfect region to explore some of the best road trips in Spain.
To explore it fully, spend 2/3 days here – longer if you want to spend time exploring cities like Girona or Barcelona, or enjoying the great beaches along the coast.
Start at Roses, and head inland towards the Garrotxa Volcanic Natural Park. The area has around 40 volcanoes (none of which are active) but some seismic activity has been known and the scenery is absolutely beautiful.
From here, head towards Ripoli. If you’re on a car or bike, take the scenic route on the 260 then up the C-38- it’s spectacular. However, this is a small, twisty road, so if you’re touring Spain by motorhome, you might prefer to stick to the main roads.
Spend some time exploring the Santa Maria monastery but, if you enjoy those, head south to the Abadia de Montserrat; this beautiful monastery is surrounded by unique and awe-inspiring hills – the entire setting and surroundings are worth the trip to get there.
If you’ve based yourself at Roses, you can head back following the coast road. Alternatively, stop in Barcelona and enjoy one of the best cities in Spain.
9. Spain Pyrenees
By Kat from Biker Girl Life
If you’re looking for an amazing road trip in Spain, head to the Pyrenees. These incredible mountains provide the backdrop to some of the best roads you’ll ever have the pleasure of riding- and if you’re lucky enough to be motorcycling in Spain you’ll be in biker heaven.
The Pyrennees are the mountain range that runs East to West along the border between Spain and France. The entire range is made up of several different districts and communes, all with their own unique charms and reasons to visit.
But some of the best roads and scenery lies right in the middle, sandwiched between Lleida and Huesca. You can easily spend a week exploring every road, but 2 or 3 days will give you taste.
The best route starts near Huesca. Head north-west on the A-132 towards Loarre and its magnificent castle, which dates back to the 11th century. Spend some time exploring the castle and town, then continue on the A-132 north.
If you’d like to stop overnight, Hotel Viñas de Lárrede is a fantastic choice with a pool and breathtaking scenery.
From here, head down to Sierra y Canones National Park. There are some incredible castles and history here to explore, so spend as long as you can. Sierra y Canones is famous for its canyons, gorges and rivers and there are plenty of tours offering canyoneering and waterfall walks.
If you have time, don’t miss a visit to Congost de Mont-Rebei, a canyon with the most incredible colour water and a bridge you can walk across.
Other Spain Road Trips To Explore
10. Ibiza Road Trip
By Nadine from Le Long Weekend
The Balearic Island of Ibiza is a dream destination for a Spain road trip. With charming villages and towns, incredible beaches, hippy markets, and renowned nightlife, there’s plenty to do & see!
Start in Ibiza Town and spend a few days getting to know the vibrant and colourful city. Be sure to take a walk around Dalt Vila to appreciate the unique history on display, and stop for a drink at the cheerful S’Escalinata.
Then hit the road to discover the stunning coastal areas of Ibiza. You can drive around the entire island fairly quickly, but allow at least a week to savour it properly. Some key places to stop include the iconic Cala d’Hort – one of the most beautiful beaches in Ibiza that affords views over Es Vedrà island; Cala Comte to watch the sunset, Cala Gracioneta to grab a delicious meal at the bohemian beachside Chiringuito, Benirrás for the sunset drumming ritual, and Cala d’En Serra for its creepy abandoned hotel.
Off the sand, you’ll find gardens, historical monuments and markets to keep you busy too. If you don’t want to change accommodation every night, it’s best to spend a few nights in a few key places along the way, such as Ibiza Town, Sant Antoni de Portmany, Portinatx, and Santa Eulària des Riu.
By Tjasa from The Travel Momento
If you are ready to pack your bags and head off on an adventure to a destination with good weather year-round, we have just what you need. This ultimate road trip in Spain to the volcanic island of Tenerife, part of the Canary Islands, will give you a taste of everything this beautiful region has to offer.
Starting in the South of the island, you can relax at many beautiful white sand beaches (Playa de Las Americas, Playa de las Vistas), explore interesting rock formations in Los Gigantes, take a tour to watch dolphins and whales or hike at one of the various natural parks.
Among the latter, you simply cannot miss visiting the famous volcano Mt. Teide, which is under UNESCO protection and also one of the best hikes in Tenerife!
Continue your journey towards the Northern part. The road will take you through crazy mountain roads, where you can admire one of the most charming villages in Tenerife, Masca, visit the home of the island’s symbol – Dragon Tree – and taste delicious volcanic wines in Icod de Los Vinos.
Approaching the other side of the island you will witness the diversity of the island. From volcanic ashes to pure greenery of Anaga forest and dramatic coastline featuring black sand beaches like Playa de Benijo.
By Claire from ZigZag On Earth
The best way to explore Lanzarote is undoubtedly by car. The volcanic landscapes are stunning at every turn of the road.
However, the island is not that big. Therefore, the best way to plan your road trip is either from one anchor place to stay or better with 2, one in the South such as Playa Blanc and one in the North such as Costa Teguise.
From these areas, you can enjoy many road-tripping loops. The most impressive one will be to drive through the Los Volcanes Nature Park to admire the various colourful volcanoes. You can even hike around one, such as Montana Cuervo.
And then to head to the South East Coast with the Green lake at el Golfo, the lava formation at Los Hervideros and the salt pan at Salinas de Janubio.
With one week on the island, you can cover most of the island doing day road trips with impressive Lanzarote volcanoes, national parks, fun Cesar Manrique attractions, coastline, and stunning beaches too!