End of the summer road trip anyone? After eleven days, nine cities,and two countries we had conquered the trip. equalled out to the most incredible road trip I have ever taken. Planning for a road trip of this scale can seem a bit frightening but if you organize carefully and are up for spontaneity, you will be highly rewarded with the beauty of Spain. Below are must sees in Barcelona all the way along the country up to Portugal. Read on to find out how to organize a Spanish road trip of a lifetime!
Visit the Rock of Gibraltar Where Cavemen Lived
We did not stop in Gibraltar but drove through it completely by mistake. We were a bit confused as to why security checked our passports before driving through the gates, but realized shortly after it was British Territory. So we were in Spain one minute and then in "Britain" the next. ;) A small 2.6 square miles makes up the entire territory. Oh, and the Rock of Gibraltar is as old as 950 BC!!!
Go to Granadella in Javea
We didn't plan on this stop but researched to find that one of the most crystal clear beaches was nearby. I recommend brining sandals because there is no sand just rocks. Granadella Beach is also very ideal for snorkeling. See more of Granadella!
Explore the Iconic City of Valencia
We drove into the sunset that led us to one of the calmest most peaceful drives in history. Valencia is found on Spain’s southeastern coast, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. Aside from shopping it's most famous for its oceanarium called L'Oceanogràfic, which is the largest in Europe. There are activities such as "zorbing" that you can participate in which was really fun. Watching your partner try stay up is beyond comical! See more of Valencia!
Eat Fish Tacos In Murcia
There is a "secret" beach, which goes a mile out, where the water is still only up to your knees. We stopped here on accident as it's not a popular or highly recommended place but oh was I glad we stumbled upon it! After a swim in the sea we had the most delicious fish tacos and it actually happened to be a Tuesday. #Fate #TacoTuesday Cartagena beach's address is 30380 Cartagena, Murcia, Spain.
Visit the Alhambra In Granada
Granada is a city in southern Spain’s Andalusia region, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. If there is one thing you should absolutely see in Granada it's the Alhambra. The name Alhambra, in Arabic means "the red,". The name derives from the color of the sun-dried bricks made of fine gravel and clay, of which the walls are built. Go for the view. It is breathtaking. See more of Granada!
See the Plaza de Espana in Seville
Go to Plaza de Espana and learn about the history. This was built to compete in the World Fair! Also, used as a backdrop in Star Wars. See more of Seville!
Step 1: Find Your Ride
The most important part of your trip will be start out with the car you are riding in. We did our research on the best car hire in Spain where you will get the most for your money so you don't have to. Originally we chose Argus because at the time it seemed the best option. They ended up overcharging us in the end so the next time we went to Spain we opted for Avis and got a comfortable BMW convertible for a great price. The top four seem to be Avis, Budget, Europcar, and Hertz.
Step 2: Choose Your Stops/Cities
Below was our list of cities and we loved every single second of it. It all comes down to how much driving you prefer to do each day. We only had 11 days and we wanted to see all that we could. Total miles driven: 1,034.
Rock of Gibraltar
Step 3: Book Your Flight
Step 4: Book Your Hotels/Air B&B's
This is not the time to get too excited and book all 9-10 of your hotels at once. Stick with your game plan up to the middle of your list. You never know if you will love a city so much, that you want to stay an extra night. Depending on what time you go, has a lot to do with the amount of availability you'll find at each hotel. We did the road trip in August and we had sunshine everyday, BUT we were there when every one else was there. Although, we did have buena suerte en España (good luck in Spain) with booking our hotels so last minute and lastminute.com actually saved us a few times here and there.
Step 5: Plan Your Itinerary
Instead of searching Trip Advisor's top recommendations whilst you are standing in the middle of La Boqueria market, do it beforehand so you can enjoy! Planning your adventures out will not only give you a sense of accomplishment when the itinerary is done, but also give you a content feeling whilst you are there. Planning also leads to wandering off the beaten path into special places you never expected to meet. Our itinerary is below.
Roam the Streets of Barcelona
W Hotel Rooftop & Beach: Chill on the beach and enjoy rooftop view of the Barceloneta boardwalk.
La Boqueria Market: Wander in the market and taste Spain (coconut smoothies & calzones were our fav).
Parc de la Ciutadella & Antoni Gaudí: Go walk around and see the unique & bizarre architectural designs.
Tarragona (Colosseum and Old Town): Very south of Barcelona, you'll find a lovely small town with more beaches. See more of Barcelona!
Discover Faro & All of Its Beauty.
This beach is called Praia da Marinha, in central Algarve. This white sandy stretch, was nominated one of the 10 best beaches in Europe by the Michelin Guide. When you arrive you have to climb down stairs for a while to reach a view so stunning it will have made every mile worth it!
Yacht Watch in Marbella
Go to Puerto Banus Marina and take a look at all of the shiny yachts! Have lunch by the pier and soak up the sunshine! Also, wander off to the Orange Square in Marbella Old Quarter. There are tons of restaurants, bars, shops, and history!