Two Spanish road trips were never enough
Yay, we’re heading off on another Spanish road trip, touring from north to south and back again. We’ve previously embarked on two Spanish road trips, one in 2014 and then again in 2016. We knew it would only be a matter of time before we returned to Spain once again.
Spain is a magnificent country to tour on a road trip, the breath-taking landscape, the millennia of history, and, of course, the mouth-watering cuisine.
We love the regional differences that Spain has to offer, from the lush countryside in the north through the Plains of La Mancha in central Spain to the majestic palaces in the south.
Below are just a few inspirations that lured us into our 2023 Spanish adventure. However, before we even touch our feet on Spanish soil, we are catching a Brittany Ferry from Portsmouth in southern England and arrive at Bilbao in northern Spain 37 hours later. From here, the venture begins, and the next stop is Pamplona.
Where are we visiting in Spain?Our chosen accommodation while touring Spain
Mojácar, AndalusiaStaying with family
Understanding Spain’s rich historyThe Romans, the Christians, and the Moors
During our previous two road trips, we visited sixteen UNESCO World Heritage sites in Spain. In part one of our UNESCO posts, we headed to Córdoba, Cáceres and Salamanca, and in part two, we explored Seville, Segovia and Cuenca.
We’ve chosen some incredible places to visit on this Spanish road trip. We are staying in a few of the locations for a couple of nights to enable us to explore as many ancient towns and cities as possible.
There are so many incredible places to discover in Spain and I love planning road trips. I often use the DK Eyewitness books, I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into searching for more.
We used a previous version of this book to plan our Spanish road trips, now you can grab the revised copy.
Discovering Spain’s magnificent architectureAdmiring its breath-taking elegance
Spain may be renowned for its far-reaching golden beaches, delicious tapas, and luscious wines; however, its outstanding architecture certainly takes some beating.
One of my favourite cities in Spain is Seville; we’ve visited three times, and, each occasion, it just gets better and better. To narrow it down even further, there’s one place in Seville we always head to: Plaza de España; it is a stunning piece of architecture.
Plaza de España was built in 1929 for the Ibero-American Exhibition and is free to stroll around, or if the mood takes you, you can even hop aboard a little boat. Within each alcove of the semi-circular honey-coloured structure are 52 frescos depicting a unique story of all 52 provinces
One little gem that we are going to seek out in Murcia is the Real Casino de Murcia, situated in the heart of the old city. The magnificent building dates from 1847 and was completely refurbished in 2009.
The Real Casino has an incredible mix of artistic designs; from the moment you enter, there’s a feel of Moorish exuberance to modernist stylings beyond.
Touring Spain’s captivating landscapeFrom the mountains of Aragon to the plains of La Mancha
During our independent Spanish road trip, we plan to avoid the motorways as much as possible to experience the magnificent transformations across the Spanish countryside and visit some smaller locations in-between our main destinations.
From Zaragoza, on our way to the historic city of Teruel, we pass through the mountainous Aragon region of Spain with its beautiful hilltop towns.
There are so many incredible places to discover in Spain and I love planning road trips. I often use the DK Guides,
I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into searching for more
Exploring Spain’s arts and cultureOh, to be a fly on a wall
Discover more of historic Spain and tour its picturesque countryside in the north, or head south to explore the Sierra Nevada National Park just south of Granada.
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Indulging in Spain’s cuisine“When in Rome”
We also love visiting the central mercados; they are always bustling with locals and give you a fascinating insight into the local cuisine. It always helps us when translating menus when we see the Spanish names of the fish and seafood and also the regional cuts of meat.
You probably already know this, but the Spanish do not eat early; you’ll struggle to find good tapas bars and restaurants open before 8 p.m. They really start to come to life around 10 p.m., so ensure you have a late lunch and siesta like the locals.
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