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West Spain Road Trip

Madrid - Ávila - Salamanca - León - Lugo - Santiago de Compostela - La Coruña - Oviedo - Santillana del Mar - Burgos - Segovia

Expect on your West Spain Road Trip Itinerary

Historical sites Historical sites
Road conditions Road conditions
Benefit-stress ratio Benefit-stress ratio
Urban life Urban life
Culture Culture
Comfort Comfort
Security Security
Landscape Landscape
SHOW ON MAP Stages11 mi1,360.1 h/stage3.5

Best months to drive West Spain Road Trip in Spain

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Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a West Spain Road Trip in Spain?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 560GBP drive & more 208GBP sleep & more 513GBP eat & more 420GBP Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,141GBP Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 1,701GBP
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 700GBP drive & more 271GBP sleep & more 898GBP eat & more 560GBP Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,728GBP Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 2,428GBP
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 1,662GBP drive & more 344GBP sleep & more 1,604GBP eat & more 840GBP Total (est. for 2 prs.) 2,787GBP Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 4,449GBP
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self cooking. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 2,624GBP drive & more 406GBP sleep & more 321GBP eat & more 420GBP Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,147GBP Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 3,771GBP
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West Spain Road Trip Itinerary

West Spain Grand Tour is a fabulous experience that will make your holidays unforgettable. Take a ride around all of the top-notch destinations in Western Spain. Your experience will be even more pleasant owing to an impeccable state of Spanish highways and roads. Great urban jewels, breathtaking promontories along the northern coast, and constantly changing topography are a recipe for best road memories.

number of days 14 number of days
route length 1,360 mi route length
budget fair budget
good for family good for
traffic direction on the right traffic direction
accident level low accident level

This road trip starts at the Madrid Airport and takes you north to such places as Salamanca, Astorga, Lugo, or Santiago de Compostela. During this journey, you’ll have an exceptional opportunity to see the northern Spanish coast with such settlements as A Coruña, Ferrol, and Santillana del Mar. Afterwards, you’ll head south to reach Burgos and Segovia, and finish your road trip at the Madrid Airport, the starting point of your trip.

START Madrid

Distance 1,360 mi Driving time 41.7 h Pace: modest Airports MAD
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Your journey starts at the Madrid Airport. It is precisely the place where you can collect your rental vehicle.

1 Madrid - Ávila

Distance 95 mi Driving time 2.1 h Pace: fast Stage map Trip plan
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The Madrid Airport is the starting point of the initial lap. Here, you’ll find a number of car rental companies if you happen to be interested in this travel option. From the airport, you’ll travel north to Ávila, the ultimate destination of this road trip stage. Along the way, you’ll have an opportunity to take an extra stop at the Valle de Iruelas Nature Reserve which is home to thousands of flower species.

Ávila is sometimes referred to as the Town of Stones and Saints. There is a plethora of interesting highlight to see in the city. Take a break in the its centre and take some rest before the next stage of your road trip. The most notable attractions include the Cathedral of Ávila, Basilica of San Vicente, and the Plaza de Santa Teresa with the surrounding lively restaurants and bars.

2 Ávila - Salamanca

Distance 71 mi Driving time 2.3 h Pace: modest Stage map Trip plan
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Your next stage will take you around 2 hours of time spent on the road. Depart from Ávila and take N-501 road. Along the way, you’ll drive through such settlements as Alamedilla del Berrocal, San Pedro del Arroyo, and Chacherrero. These settlements will allow you to familiarise yourself with the small-town Spanish architecture and feel the idyllic ambience.

Salamanca offers an intriguing insight into the topic of Gothic architecture of Spain. It is also the country’s academic hub with an array of interesting entertainment venues and cultural sites. You’ll have an opportunity to admire the fourth oldest western university here. After a short stopover in the city centre, you can take A-66 road to travel to you next destination.

3 Salamanca - Zamora - León

Distance 135 mi Driving time 5.4 h Pace: modest Stage map Trip plan
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This lap will span across around 100 km of beautiful and scenic landscapes. In order to depart from Salamanca, take A-66 road and travel north to reach your next destination, namely Zamora. It enjoys an interesting location on a rocky hill and on the banks of the Duero River. Zamora has been hailed the museum of Romanesque architecture due to its 24 churches dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries.

After a short stopover in the city centre of Zamora, hit the road again to follow A-66 road again. Travel north to reach the final destination of this lap – León. While in the city, you can’t really miss its most famous attraction, namely the House of Lights, which is a Gothic cathedral. You can also try visiting such places as Hostal de San Marcos, the Gardens of Palza de San Marcos, and the Palacio de los Guzmanes.

4 León - Astorga - Lugo

Distance 148 mi Driving time 3.8 h Pace: fast Stage map Trip plan
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This lap of the fabulous grand tour will take you on a journey along the distance of 213 km. Depart from León and take N-120 road south to Astorga, your next destination. Astorga enjoys a scenic location and can boast a number of small-town landmarks. From Astorga, you’ll head north to reach Lugo.

Your next destination during this lap will be Lugo. Along the way, you’ll have an opportunity to make an extra stopover at the nearby large nature reserve which can boast multiple walking routes and plenty of shaded spaces. In order to reach Lugo, you’ll drive through such settlements as Ponferrada, Balboa, and Baralla.

5 Lugo - Santiago de Compostela

Distance 73 mi Driving time 3.1 h Pace: slow Stage map Trip plan
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This stage will take you approximately 2.5 hours and will allow you to travel west towards the Spanish coast. The final destination of this lap is Santiago de Compostela. Along the way, you’ll admire the beautiful idyllic ambiance of the Spanish rural areas. Through your car window, you’ll see flat roads, dense flora, and arid fields.

Santiago de Compostela offers a nice insight into the Spanish architecture. While in the city, you can visit such places as the Grand Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Calvary of St Franciscus Church, or a number of lively restaurants located in the city centre. Santiago de Compostela enjoys a scenic location against the backdrop of Pico Sacro, the nearby summit.

6 Santiago de Compostela - La Coruña

Distance 152 mi Driving time 7.2 h Pace: slow Stage map Trip plan
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From Santiago de Compostela, you’ll travel around 120 km to reach the ultimate destination of this lap, namely A Coruña. Along your way, you can make a number of additional stops, for example, in Noia, a small seaside resort, in Carnota, with its stunning beach, or in Arteixo, located near the northern coast.

A Coruña is a busy port city located on a scenic promontory in the Golfo Ártabro, one of the coastal gulfs on the Atlantic Ocean. The city is considered one of the most important agricultural centres in the region. Among its most notable highlights, you’ll find San Anton Castle, Castro de Elvina, and Compass Rose – a symbol of differences among the Celtic tribes. Spend some time in the city centre and then hop in your car to proceed to the next stage of this road trip.

7 La Coruña - Oviedo

Distance 214 mi Driving time 6.5 h Pace: modest Stage map Trip plan
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From A Coruña, you’ll travel further north along the Spanish coast. You’ll pass through such places as Fene, Ferrol, Pedroso, or Xermade to reach your next destination, Oviedo. For the lovers of natural wonders, there’s a possibility to make an extra stop at the Fragas do Eume Nature Park with its beautiful lake and stunning Spanish plants.

Sandy coves, rocky promontories, and long golden strands are everything that you can experience while driving along the northern coastline to reach Oviedo, which is located slightly more inland. Near Oviedo, you can also make a car trip to three smaller nature reserves that are worth visiting. The whole stage will take you approximately 4 hours without any additional stopovers; however, it’s recommended to take your time an explore local natural highlights.

8 Oviedo - Llanes - Santillana del Mar

Distance 123 mi Driving time 2.7 h Pace: fast Stage map Trip plan
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This 5-hour stage is a great treasure trove of attractions and highlights. Your journey starts in Oviedo. Take your time and try visiting such places as Oviedo Cathedral, San Miguel de Lillo, a pre-Romanesque chapel, and Santa Maria del Naranco, also a great example of pre-Romanesque architecture. Afterwards, you’ll proceed to Llanes, situated in Asturias Province. It can be found at a distance of 107 km from Oviedo.

Llanes can be found at a breathtaking promontory. Its location adds to the quaint ambiance of the whole settlement. While in the town, you can visit the local lighthouse, eat a regional delicacy at one of the restaurants in the town centre, or take a stroll and enjoy such buildings as the Town Hall. Afterwards, jump in your vehicle, buckle up and head for Santillana del Mar situated around 70 km away.

9 Santillana del Mar - Burgos

Distance 104 mi Driving time 2.2 h Pace: fast Stage map Trip plan
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During your next trip lap, you’ll spend around 3 hours on the road. The distance that you’ll cover amounts to almost 200 km of changing Spanish landscapes. From Santillana del Mar, you’ll travel to Burgos, one of the more popular spots of Northern Spain. To reach Burgos, you’ll travel through such settlements as Torrelevega, Villayuso, and Reinosa.

While travelling to Burgos, you’ll have a number of options for extra stops, these range from urban settlements to natural gems, including the Saja-Besaya Natural Park, Hoces del Alto Ebro y Rudrón Natural Park, and Fuentes Carrionas y Fuente Cobre Nature Park. Burgos is known for its beautiful architecture and unique ambiance that you can soak up at every corner of the city.

10 Burgos - Segovia

Distance 133 mi Driving time 3.1 h Pace: fast Stage map Trip plan
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After a short stay in Burgos, take A-1 road to pass such settlements as Aranda de Duero and Trescasas. Along the way, there’s an extra stopover options in one of the most beautiful places in the region, namely the Guadarrama National Park. Dense forests, scenic topography, and plenty of walking trails will cater to the needs of the most demanding globetrotters.

The ultimate destination point of this lap is Segovia. It is located at a picturesque hill, which adds to the overall idyllic ambiance of the whole city. Among the most interesting highlights that you can see in Segovia are the Segovia Cathedral, San Andrés Gate, and the Roman Aqueduct of Segovia. There’s something for all types of motorists!

11 Segovia - El Escorial - Madrid

Distance 112 mi Driving time 3.3 h Pace: modest Stage map Trip plan
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Your next stage will take approximately 2.5 hours unless you want to take a longer break in El Escorial. Take AP-61 road to reach El Escorial, the historical residence of the King of Spain, and a top-notch tourist highlight. After some time spent in this extensive complex and its gardens, you can hop in the car to reach the final destination of your road trip, namely the Madrid Airport.

The Madrid Airport doesn’t have to be the ultimate stage of your road adventure. You can use public transport – a taxi, metro, or bus – to reach the capital and continue your Spanish journey. If you opted for the car rental option earlier, leave the vehicle at the airport.

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If you are seeking for a treasure trove of tourist highlights, you should definitely consider a visit Madrid after you leave your car at the Madrid Airport. The best place to start your journey around the capital is surely the Old Town. This top-notch showcase of Spanish architecture will take along roads that are full of monuments, cultural venues, and great dining spots.

For the lovers of art, Madrid offers Prado Museum, which houses an extensive collection of sculptures and paintings. The fans of religious architecture should surely visit the Church of San Jerónimo el Real, whereas those who are into secular buildings should pay a visit at the Royal Palace with the Royal Gardens and Plaza Mayor, which is the urban heart of Madrid. If your thirst for beautiful edifices hasn’t been quenched yet head, for the Egyptian temple located at a stone’s throw away from the city centre.

West Spain Road Trip Summary

We hope that the presented road trip idea gave you multiple inspirations for your future travels.
Our tour can be used as a template that can be recreated in its entirety or only partially and that can be enriched with original stopovers.
If car travel is a travel option you prefer, there are a number of important road rules to follow and a number of things to keep in mind to make your road trip smooth and safe. These tips will surely become useful for tourists who are considering renting a car or camper hire.
There are a number of road regulations to be bore in mind while on a trip around Spain. To be on the safe side, try avoiding alcoholic beverages. Travellers should remember that the legal alcohol limit is low and is only 0.5‰. Exceeding the maximum permissible speed, which is 31mph, in urban areas may lead to a speeding ticket. If you are aiming for undeveloped areas, you cannot exceed the maximum speed of 62mph. You can travel at the maximum speed of 75mph on motorways. Driving with your headlights on at daytime and equipping your vehicle with a first aid kit and fire extinguisher increase the safety.
The majority of holidaymakers wonder about the costs of the whole trip. Of course, depending on the needs of the travellers, the money that you have to spend may vary. Let’s have a look at the budget options.
We estimate that the budget option when it comes to fuel to cover the planned 12 stages across Spain may cost around 208 GBP. Travel expenses connected with economy accommodation options will cost up to around 513 GBP. Tourists who go for this option will spend more or less 420 GBP on food and restaurants. If your aim is also the cheapest car rental option, you will pay approximately 560 GBP. Thus, you can expect the travel expenses to be roughly 1,141 GBP without vehicle rental and 1,701 GBP with vehicle hire.
When it comes to the standard offer, the gasoline for 12 stages around Spain can amount to 271 GBP. Cost amounting to 898 GBP can be expected by all tourists who are considering standard hotels. The standard option in terms of food and restaurants can cost up to about 560 GBP. Travellers who want to cover the tour in a standard hire vehicle can expect a cost of roughly 700 GBP. Summing up the standard offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total approximately 2,428 GBP for drivers who would like to try vehicle rental and 1,728 GBP for those who are not interested in rental.
Tourists who seek the highest level of comfort will be pleased with the premium option. When it comes to this offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total around 4,449 GBP for travellers who are considering car rental and 1,728 GBP for those who will not be renting. Travellers who would like to cover the trip in a premium hire vehicle should expect a cost of approximately 1,662 GBP. In the top standard option of the trip, you need to spend the maximum of 344 GBP to cover the planned mileage. Holidaymakers should expect to pay approximately 1,604 GBP for overnight stays and 840 GBP for food and restaurants if they opt for the exclusive standard of services.
Our tour will also come up to the expectations of all camper fans. If you are considering this transport option, the expenses are roughly 2,624 GBP. If you are wondering about the gasoline expenses for the whole tour, they will amount to roughly 406 GBP. Tourists who are considering camper rental should expect to pay more or less 321 GBP for overnight stays and roughly 420 GBP for expenses connected with food.
The section Road Trip Costs presents all the above expenses in detail.
The best travel opportunity when exploring the part of Spain showed in our West Spain Road Trip is between April and October. There are countless intriguing road trips that we offer on our website if West Spain Road Trip has sparked your creativity. Hopefully, the great diversity of travel opportunities will surely cater to the needs of the most demanding travellers.

Facts for safer driving in Spain

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.5
max speed urban max speed urban 31 mph
max speed rural max speed rural 62 mph
max speed highway max speed highway 75 mph
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime off
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher no
tolls tolls yes
seat belts seat belts yes

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