This is a delightful car trip where you can see the highlights of Spain. Discover the mood and temperament of this vast peninsula and visit the most beautiful cities on this unique trip! This trip can be booked from the Netherlands and Belgium, and includes 2 nights in France. You can also start this trip from Barcelona-Valencia-Malaga-Sevilla-Madrid or Bilbao.
Barcelona - Valencia - Murcia - Granada - Cordoba - Sevilla - Merida - Madrid - Toledo - Salamanca
Leon - Gijón - Santander - Bilbao - San Sebastian
Day 1: Orléans (ca. 850/650 km)
If you depart from the Netherlands or Belgium then you can drive south to Orleans, where we have reserved the first night’s stay.
Day 2: Orleans – Barcelona (approx. 850 km)
We’re heading south through southern France to Girona, then travel along the green coast of the Costa Brava to Barcelona where we have reserved 2 nights for you.
Day 3: Barcelona
After breakfast you can visit beautiful Barcelona, where you can see the Sagrada Familia (entrance fee approximately € 11 pp) and the Parc Güell (entrance fee approximately € 8 pp), which is a vast and wonderful park with lots of fun details and a perfect place to show Gaudi’s work. Then, head to the Mount Juic, the mountain west of the city centre with a magnificent view over the city and sea. In the afternoon you can visit the famous Ramblas, Plaza Catalunya and take a beautiful city walk through the old town with its maze of streets in the Gothic Quarter, where the cathedral and the Picasso museum can be visited.
Day 4: Barcelona – Valencia (approx. 350 km)
After breakfast you can leave the bustling city of Barcelona and drive along the beautiful coastline of the Costa Dorada to Valencia where you will stay two nights. Along the way you will come across places like Sitges, Peniscola and Castellon where you can make a stop.
Day 5: Valencia
Valencia is a beautiful city with many attractions that you can visit in both the new and historic parts of the city. The “Ciudad de Artes” was largely built by the architect Santiago Calatrava, and will make a great impression on you. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to visit a number of buildings, get the highlights and build your impression of this amazing place. The old town is a maze of narrow streets with a typical Spanish atmosphere. The new section has a beautiful and distinct style of attractions including the Oceanografico.
Day 6: Valencia – Murcia – Granada (approx. 485 km)
A long day in our program, in which you will travel to the province of Andalusia via Murcia entering the province through the town of Guadix (with its cave dwellings). In the afternoon you will arrive in Granada, at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Day 7: Granada
You will have the whole day to explore this wonderful city, located at the foot of the snow-covered Sierra Nevada. The old centre with many shops and stately Ramblas has a lot to offer. Of course, you can pay a visit to the Alhambra, the impressive palace complex with beautiful gardens located above the city (Tip, reserve in advance your entrance tickets on Ticketmaster to avoid disappointment, there is a maximum number of tickets sold each day!).
Day 8: Granada – Cordoba – Seville (approx. 280 km)
An hour’s drive away and you are in the capital of the caliphate Al Andalus, situated on the River Guadalquivir. You can park your car for free on the other side of the river and walk across the new bridge to the old town. You will find a wonderful world with one of the most beautiful mosques in the country and a Gothic cathedral built here. Cordoba has a maze of narrow streets where you can eat delicious tapas in the afternoon. You can then drive to Seville where you will stay 2 nights.
Day 9: Seville
One of the most beautiful cities in Spain with many sights. Take a walk to the Plaza Espana and the beautiful Maria Luisa Park with its unique pavilions. Visit the huge Cathedral with the Giralda and the unique Santa Cruz district. Seville is a city which bustles day and night with its many streets, shops and large squares. You will stay here for 2 nights. Enjoy this vibrant city that is always alive! Take a pleasant stroll along the river and walk over one of the bridges to the Triana district. The locals in Seville know what the real Spanish life means and enjoy plenty of it. You can wander through the narrow streets and in one of the hundreds of small restaurants have lunch or dinner.
Day 10: Sevilla – Merida (approx. 190 km)
From Seville drive back north towards the historic city of Merida. This city was founded in 25 BC by the Roman emperor Augustus and became the capital of the Roman province. Mérida became one of the most important cities of the Roman Empire and many monuments from that period have been preserved.
Day 11: Merida – Madrid (approx. 300 km)
From the historic city of Merida drive to Madrid, where we have reserved a nice boutique hotel for you, just outside the busy city centre and about 5 minutes walk from the metro station. The Metro takes about 20 minutes to the centre and Gran Via. You can park your car for free in the secure car park of the hotel.
Day 12: Madrid
In Madrid it’s difficult to know where to start. This city has so much to offer. Highly recommended are the Retiro Park, the Royal Palace of the Bourbons and the Plaza Mayor. If you want to just relax, walk around or go shopping you can go to the Gran Via or the trendy Chueca district with its small shops and narrow streets. You can also choose to go to a museum, or for a tour of the Bernabeu Real Madrid.
Day 13: Madrid
You can spend the day in Madrid visiting the El Prado, opposite the Thyssen Museum, and then exploring the city You can also drive to Toledo (45 km), this rich historical city protected by UNESCO is impressive to see.
Day 14: Madrid – Salamanca (approx. 200 km)
You can take a quiet drive this morning to the university city of Salamanca. On the way you can visit the Palace and El Escorial, where the Spanish royal family are buried.
Day 15: Salamanca
Because of the many (language) students it is always very jovial in Salamanca. The Battle of Salamanca in 1812 marked the end of Napoleon’s time in Spain. The damage was enormous and the remaining buildings are Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance style. Find the Frog (La Rana) in the oldest university in Spain and visit the cathedrals. Since 1988 it is also the oldest city centre on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 16: Salamanca – Leon (approx. 200 km)
Today you will drive through Zamora to Leon, the capital of the former kingdom of the same name. The Basilica of San Isidro in the pantheon of the Queen of Spain is well worth a visit.
Day 17: Leon – Gijón (approx. 140 km)
After breakfast you can drive north towards the coastal city of Gijon, an area where the Celts once lived and where you can still hear the bagpipes. The rugged coast of the north is very impressive with many small and beautiful bays where you can go to the beach in nice weather
Day 18: Gijon – Santander (approx. 175 km)
From Gijon drive to the picturesque old town of Santillana del Mar, a car-free town with a rich history and small shops, restaurants and cobbled streets. You will feel like you have travelled back in time to the era. The houses are all renovated in the original style and shops have special handmade products. Afterwards you will drive through to Santander.
Day 19: Santander
Santander is the capital of the province of Cantabria in northern Spain. The old town with beautiful elegant boulevards and beautiful beaches, offers many attractions. The coast is rough with beautiful sandy beaches. The city has a rich history and has been inhabited since the times of the Roman Empire. In the 7th and 8th centuries there was a demographic shift within the high walls of the city, in which the inhabitants of the city were divided into two groups. All of this can be seen in the museums of this majestic city.
Day 20: Santander – Bilbao – San Sebastian (approx. 200 km)
Get up early because today is the trip to the city of Bilbao for a short visit. This beautiful city is situated on the River Nervion and on the pilgrimage route to Santiago. You can visit the Guggenheim Museum, where the collection is housed in a very special building located on the banks of the river. After exploring the city you will drive to San Sebastian.
Day 21: San Sebastian
To conclude this journey you will visit the beautiful city of San Sebastian, Spain with its rich history, located on the north coast of Spain, bordering France. The Basque name of the city is “Donostia” in the Basque Autonomous Region. The city has about 185,000 inhabitants and the crown jewel of the north. Enjoy the beautiful buildings, squares, the harbor and the many picturesque streets of this city.
Day 22: San Sebastian – Tours (approx. 550 km)
From San Sebastian drive back north through France for the last night of the trip!
Day 23: Tours – Belgium / Netherlands
|Daily arrival||Price per Person|
- 23 days/22 nights Self Drive Tour according to program
- 22 nights in double room in 3/4 star hotels incl. breakfast
- Hotel taxes and Service charges (tourist taxes not included)
- directions, maps and information in English including voucher package
- prices are always per Person
- your flight / Choose & Book here Low Cost Flights
- your carhire /Choose & Book here Low Cost Car Rental
- entrance -and parking fees, fuel, road tax etc.
- local tourist tax (payment on the spot)
- other meals
- supplement single room (on request)
DISCOUNT: If you are traveling to Spain by plane and do not use the 2 nights (according to program) in France, then the discount is € 50 per person!
- This trip can always be extended / shortened or adapted
- upon reservation you will receive directly reserved hotel confirmations