Best Spanish Road Trip Destinations
During my time in Spain I’ve managed to visit a lot of different places, with many more on my list. My favourite thing about Spain is that so much of this beautiful country is coastal, which makes for a lot of interesting place to drive. Beyond the beautiful Spanish beaches lining the coast, there’s a lot to do and see in this diverse country, which is home to some of the best museums, galleries and shopping in the world. The roads are very easy to drive here, so a road trip is a very practical option. For suggestions on my must-see destinations in Spain, please read on:
What’s not to love about this city that is only moments away from a beautiful golden beach? Of course you must visit La Sagrada Familia, which has been under renovation for years but is still one of the most impressive churches in the world. There’s also Park Guell which has more of Gaudi’s work and offers some of the best views of Barcelona. Make sure you pay at least one visit to the old town and wander the charming streets that are dotted with cafes, restaurants and boutique shops. Because of it’s warm, costal climate Barcelona is a great place to visit all year round – even in winter.
We have a bit of a theme going on: cities with great, close beaches. San Sebastian is quite different to Barcelona. Most obviously the town is a lot smaller, but a very nice size. Even eating here is an experience, you eat pintxos, which are small tapas, while standing up. It is customary in San Sebastian to move from bar to bar in search of the best pintxos, enjoying some of the Basque wine alongside each snack. The beach here is perhaps one of the best and closet city beaches in all of Europe, you can literally walk from shops and be on the beach in less than a minute – my idea of paradise.
The south of Spain feels distinctively different from the rest of Spain. The temperature can be really hot in summer, which is perhaps a factor in the relaxed, chilled out atmosphere of the Spaniards down south. Granada is home to the Alhambra which is one of the most beautiful complexes in all of Spain. It is possible to tire of beautiful buildings when traveling Europe as there are so many of such a high standard, but the Alhambra reaches new heights with its beauty. Another thing I really love about Granada is that it has obvious influences from Northern Africa, especially in the old town area.
Wherever you choose to visit on your Spanish road trip, I’m sure you’ll be impressed by this beautiful, fun and history-rich country.