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Scenic Drives in Spain

Spain is a beautiful country with a diverse landscape that offers plenty of opportunities for scenic drives. Whether you're looking for mountainous routes, coastal roads or picturesque countryside, Spain has something for everyone.

One of the most famous drives in Spain is the Costa Brava coastal route. This drive stretches along the stunning Mediterranean coastline and offers breathtaking views of rocky cliffs, turquoise waters, and charming fishing villages. Some of the must-visit towns along this route include Cadaqués, known for its white-washed houses and artist connections, and Tossa de Mar, with its medieval castle and winding streets.

Another popular scenic drive is the Ronda Road, which passes through the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. This winding road takes you through rolling hills, dense forests, and charming white-washed villages, with stunning views of the Ronda Gorge at every turn. Ronda itself is also a highlight of this route, with its iconic Puente Nuevo bridge and historic bullring.

If you're looking for a mountainous drive, then the Picos de Europa National Park is the place to go. The winding roads through the mountains offer panoramic views of rugged peaks, lush valleys, and crystal-clear rivers. The Fuente Dé cable car also provides a unique perspective on the landscape from above.

For a cultural and historical scenic drive, the Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos (Route of the White Villages) is a must-do. This drive takes you through charming villages with white-washed houses, cobbled streets, and historic monuments, offering a glimpse into Spain's rich heritage. The villages of Arcos de la Frontera and Grazalema are highlights of this route.

Finally, the Basque Country offers a unique and picturesque drive, with its rugged coastline, green valleys, and charming seaside towns. The winding roads through the mountains provide panoramic views of the Bay of Biscay, while the towns of San Sebastián and Bilbao offer cultural highlights with their art museums and historic landmarks.

In conclusion, Spain offers a wide variety of scenic drives for visitors to explore, each showcasing its unique landscape and cultural heritage. Whether you're looking for coastal roads, mountainous routes, or charming villages, there's something for everyone in this beautiful country.

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Barcelona to Tortosa Road Trip Barcelona to Tortosa Road Trip

Barcelona to Tortosa Road Trip

350 km 51 km/h 2 days scenic
Rias Baixas Road Trip Rias Baixas Road Trip

Rias Baixas Road Trip

278 km 29 km/h 2 days scenic
Rias Altas Road Trip Rias Altas Road Trip

Rias Altas Road Trip

221 km 33 km/h 2 days scenic
Monasterios Panoramic Road Monasterios Panoramic Road

Monasterios Panoramic Road

150 km 47 km/h 1 days scenic
Mallorca Epic Tramuntana Panoramic Road Mallorca Epic Tramuntana Panoramic Road

Mallorca Epic Tramuntana Panoramic Road

139 km 37 km/h 2 days scenic
Sierra Bermeja Road Trip Sierra Bermeja Road Trip

Sierra Bermeja Road Trip

185 km 53 km/h 2 days scenic
Jerez to Sierra de Grazalema Road Trip Jerez to Sierra de Grazalema Road Trip

Jerez to Sierra de Grazalema Road Trip

234 km 55 km/h 2 days scenic
Asturias East Coast Road Trip Asturias East Coast Road Trip

Asturias East Coast Road Trip

125 km 39 km/h 2 days scenic
Huesca Getaway Panoramic Road Huesca Getaway Panoramic Road

Huesca Getaway Panoramic Road

63 km 52 km/h 1 days scenic
Northern Costa Brava Panoramic Road Northern Costa Brava Panoramic Road

Northern Costa Brava Panoramic Road

122 km 40 km/h 1 days scenic
Alpujarras Panoramic Road Alpujarras Panoramic Road

Alpujarras Panoramic Road

157 km 40 km/h 1 days scenic
Malaga Getaway Panoramic Road Malaga Getaway Panoramic Road

Malaga Getaway Panoramic Road

197 km 67 km/h 1 days scenic
Around Picos de Europa Road Trip Around Picos de Europa Road Trip

Around Picos de Europa Road Trip

259 km 52 km/h 2 days scenic
Costa da Morte Road Trip Costa da Morte Road Trip

Costa da Morte Road Trip

226 km 59 km/h 1 days scenic
Around Pamplona Road Trip Around Pamplona Road Trip

Around Pamplona Road Trip

293 km 58 km/h 2 days scenic
Irun to Pamplona Road Trip Irun to Pamplona Road Trip

Irun to Pamplona Road Trip

132 km 48 km/h 1 days scenic
Huesca to Siresa Road Trip Huesca to Siresa Road Trip

Huesca to Siresa Road Trip

142 km 60 km/h 2 days scenic
Tremp to Andorra Road Trip Tremp to Andorra Road Trip

Tremp to Andorra Road Trip

234 km 59 km/h 2 days scenic
Girona to Cap de Creus Road Trip Girona to Cap de Creus Road Trip

Girona to Cap de Creus Road Trip

200 km 41 km/h 2 days scenic
Reus to Albarracin Road Trip Reus to Albarracin Road Trip

Reus to Albarracin Road Trip

315 km 58 km/h 2 days scenic
Tortosa to Teruel Road Trip Tortosa to Teruel Road Trip

Tortosa to Teruel Road Trip

287 km 67 km/h 1 days scenic
Plasencia to Sierra de la Pena de Francia Road Trip Plasencia to Sierra de la Pena de Francia Road Trip

Plasencia to Sierra de la Pena de Francia Road Trip

156 km 64 km/h 1 days scenic
Sierra de Gredos Road Trip Sierra de Gredos Road Trip

Sierra de Gredos Road Trip

196 km 60 km/h 1 days scenic
Conquistadors Homeland Road Trip Conquistadors Homeland Road Trip

Conquistadors Homeland Road Trip

217 km 59 km/h 2 days scenic
Don Quijote Road Trip Don Quijote Road Trip

Don Quijote Road Trip

432 km 53 km/h 2 days scenic
Baeza to Sierra de Cazorla Road Trip Baeza to Sierra de Cazorla Road Trip

Baeza to Sierra de Cazorla Road Trip

201 km 37 km/h 2 days scenic
Sierra Nevada Road Trip Sierra Nevada Road Trip

Sierra Nevada Road Trip

224 km 45 km/h 1 days scenic
Costa de la Luz Road Trip Costa de la Luz Road Trip

Costa de la Luz Road Trip

222 km 67 km/h 2 days scenic
From Seville to Playa de Mazagon Road Trip From Seville to Playa de Mazagon Road Trip

From Seville to Playa de Mazagon Road Trip

159 km 81 km/h 1 days scenic
Galicia’s Secrets Panoramic Road Galicia’s Secrets Panoramic Road

Galicia’s Secrets Panoramic Road

134 km 49 km/h 1 days scenic
Along Minho River Panoramic Road Along Minho River Panoramic Road

Along Minho River Panoramic Road

129 km 48 km/h 1 days scenic
Asturias West Coast Road Trip Asturias West Coast Road Trip

Asturias West Coast Road Trip

165 km 47 km/h 2 days scenic
Somontano de Huesca Panoramic Road Somontano de Huesca Panoramic Road

Somontano de Huesca Panoramic Road

86 km 46 km/h 1 days scenic
Montes Universales Panoramic Road Montes Universales Panoramic Road

Montes Universales Panoramic Road

207 km 46 km/h 1 days scenic
Teruel Getaway Teruel Getaway

Teruel Getaway

134 km 44 km/h 1 days scenic
Valle de Ordesa Panoramic Road Valle de Ordesa Panoramic Road

Valle de Ordesa Panoramic Road

69 km 47 km/h 1 days scenic
Val d'Aran Panoramic Road Val d'Aran Panoramic Road

Val d'Aran Panoramic Road

130 km 53 km/h 1 days scenic
Garrotxa Panoramic Road Garrotxa Panoramic Road

Garrotxa Panoramic Road

56 km 46 km/h 1 days scenic
Sierra de las Nieves Panoramic Road Sierra de las Nieves Panoramic Road

Sierra de las Nieves Panoramic Road

209 km 48 km/h 2 days scenic
Las Villuercas Panoramic Road Las Villuercas Panoramic Road

Las Villuercas Panoramic Road

110 km 58 km/h 1 days scenic
Serrania de Cuenca Panoramic Road Serrania de Cuenca Panoramic Road

Serrania de Cuenca Panoramic Road

194 km 53 km/h 1 days scenic
North Lanzarote Panoramic Road North Lanzarote Panoramic Road

North Lanzarote Panoramic Road

100 km 46 km/h 1 days scenic
North Fuerteventura Panoramic Road North Fuerteventura Panoramic Road

North Fuerteventura Panoramic Road

112 km 52 km/h 1 days scenic
Gran Canaria Tirajanas Panoramic Road Gran Canaria Tirajanas Panoramic Road

Gran Canaria Tirajanas Panoramic Road

130 km 35 km/h 1 days scenic
Tenerife Canadas del Teide Panoramic Road Tenerife Canadas del Teide Panoramic Road

Tenerife Canadas del Teide Panoramic Road

184 km 38 km/h 1 days scenic
La Gomera Panoramic Road La Gomera Panoramic Road

La Gomera Panoramic Road

146 km 36 km/h 1 days scenic
Valladolid to Clunia Road Trip Valladolid to Clunia Road Trip

Valladolid to Clunia Road Trip

154 km 58 km/h 1 days scenic
Pamplona to Rioja Capital Haro Road Trip Pamplona to Rioja Capital Haro Road Trip

Pamplona to Rioja Capital Haro Road Trip

173 km 45 km/h 2 days scenic
Beyond Costa Blanca Coast Road Trip Beyond Costa Blanca Coast Road Trip

Beyond Costa Blanca Coast Road Trip

231 km 43 km/h 1 days scenic
Beyond Costa del Sol Road Trip Beyond Costa del Sol Road Trip

Beyond Costa del Sol Road Trip

282 km 41 km/h 1 days scenic
Sierra de Aracena Road Trip Sierra de Aracena Road Trip

Sierra de Aracena Road Trip

99 km 54 km/h 1 days scenic
Bilbao Getaway Bilbao Getaway

Bilbao Getaway

96 km 42 km/h 1 days scenic
Balcon de la Rioja Panoramic Road Balcon de la Rioja Panoramic Road

Balcon de la Rioja Panoramic Road

99 km 48 km/h 1 days scenic
Along Ebro River Panoramic Road Along Ebro River Panoramic Road

Along Ebro River Panoramic Road

239 km 74 km/h 1 days scenic
Punto del Portalet Panoramic Road Punto del Portalet Panoramic Road

Punto del Portalet Panoramic Road

45 km 49 km/h 1 days scenic
Formentera Panoramic Road Formentera Panoramic Road

Formentera Panoramic Road

26 km 36 km/h 1 days scenic
Ibiza Playa de Cala d'Hort Panoramic Road Ibiza Playa de Cala d'Hort Panoramic Road

Ibiza Playa de Cala d'Hort Panoramic Road

35 km 40 km/h 1 days scenic
Rincon de Ademuz Panoramic Road Rincon de Ademuz Panoramic Road

Rincon de Ademuz Panoramic Road

133 km 56 km/h 1 days scenic
Denia to Calpe Panoramic Road Denia to Calpe Panoramic Road

Denia to Calpe Panoramic Road

73 km 29 km/h 1 days scenic
Alcaraz Panoramic Road Alcaraz Panoramic Road

Alcaraz Panoramic Road

113 km 32 km/h 1 days scenic
Sierras de Cazorla Panoramic Road Sierras de Cazorla Panoramic Road

Sierras de Cazorla Panoramic Road

129 km 39 km/h 1 days scenic
Cabo de Gata Panoramic Road Cabo de Gata Panoramic Road

Cabo de Gata Panoramic Road

107 km 47 km/h 1 days scenic
Granada Getaway Panoramic Road Granada Getaway Panoramic Road

Granada Getaway Panoramic Road

126 km 68 km/h 1 days scenic
Sierra de Tormantos Panoramic Road Sierra de Tormantos Panoramic Road

Sierra de Tormantos Panoramic Road

114 km 44 km/h 1 days scenic
Santiago to Ourense on N525 Road Trip Santiago to Ourense on N525 Road Trip

Santiago to Ourense on N525 Road Trip

108 km 48 km/h 1 days scenic
Costa de Almeria Road Trip Costa de Almeria Road Trip

Costa de Almeria Road Trip

88 km 40 km/h 1 days scenic
Puerto de Acebo Panoramic Road Puerto de Acebo Panoramic Road

Puerto de Acebo Panoramic Road

89 km 42 km/h 1 days scenic
The Valleys of La Rioja Panoramic Road The Valleys of La Rioja Panoramic Road

The Valleys of La Rioja Panoramic Road

76 km 50 km/h 1 days scenic
Ribera Navarra Panoramic Road Ribera Navarra Panoramic Road

Ribera Navarra Panoramic Road

115 km 42 km/h 1 days scenic
Laguna de Gallocanta Panoramic Road Laguna de Gallocanta Panoramic Road

Laguna de Gallocanta Panoramic Road

87 km 55 km/h 1 days scenic
Jalon River Panoramic Road Jalon River Panoramic Road

Jalon River Panoramic Road

175 km 57 km/h 1 days scenic
Ebro Delta Panoramic Road Ebro Delta Panoramic Road

Ebro Delta Panoramic Road

41 km 44 km/h 1 days scenic
Menorca Cap de Favaritx Panoramic Road Menorca Cap de Favaritx Panoramic Road

Menorca Cap de Favaritx Panoramic Road

20 km 44 km/h 1 days scenic
Menorca La Mola Panoramic Road Menorca La Mola Panoramic Road

Menorca La Mola Panoramic Road

10 km 26 km/h 1 days scenic
East Menorca Panoramic Road East Menorca Panoramic Road

East Menorca Panoramic Road

61 km 35 km/h 1 days scenic
Sierra de Baza Panoramic Road Sierra de Baza Panoramic Road

Sierra de Baza Panoramic Road

102 km 65 km/h 1 days scenic
Sierra de Gador Panoramic Road Sierra de Gador Panoramic Road

Sierra de Gador Panoramic Road

156 km 55 km/h 1 days scenic
Cabaneros National Park Drive Cabaneros National Park Drive

Cabaneros National Park Drive

316 km 42 km/h 1 days scenic
Mar de Castilla Panoramic Road Mar de Castilla Panoramic Road

Mar de Castilla Panoramic Road

201 km 61 km/h 1 days scenic
Segovia Getaway Panoramic Road Segovia Getaway Panoramic Road

Segovia Getaway Panoramic Road

129 km 41 km/h 1 days scenic
Murcia Getaway Panoramic Road Murcia Getaway Panoramic Road

Murcia Getaway Panoramic Road

66 km 36 km/h 1 days scenic

Spain: art, culture, and beauty

One of the greatest Spanish jewels is Madrid, a city literally packed with top-rated attractions, art venues, and fancy restaurants. Not so far from this large and bustling metropolis, tourists will also find a number of interesting spots such as Toledo, Caseres or Merida which are equally riddled with characteristic Moorish atmosphere, stunning examples of architectural gems, and plenty of outdoor activity options to pursue. 

When you’re already in the region, try not to miss Avila, with its perfectly preserved fortified city walls and historic highlights, and El Escorial, a peaceful retreat located at a stone throw’s from the country’s capital. There, you’ll find a stunning monastery and a palace that can boast a little treat for the lovers of art - an interesting Picture Gallery featuring paintings by renowned Spanish artists.

Travellers who choose Spain as their holiday destination won’t grasp the real feel of the country without venturing into its northern parts – such as Salamanca, Leon, or Burgos. These are full of UNESCO Heritage Sites, towering cathedrals, and city streets that never sleep. 

Bilbao will be an option for holidaymakers who are into culture and art. Guggenheim Museum, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, and Museo Vasco are only a few gems that can be found at a stone’s throw from the Casco Viejo – the Old Town. Another spot not to be missed is Pamplona probably most renowned for the Running of the Bulls event that was immortalized in one of Ernest Hemingway’s novels.

The south of Spain is mostly associated with a paradise for the lovers of sunny beaches, fancy entertainment spots, and long walks along the never-ending strands. But a stay in one of the southern resorts wouldn’t be complete without a stroll along the palm-lined promenade of Seville, admiring the breathtaking Sierra Nevada Mountains in Granada, or a stroll around the Old Jewish Quarter in Cordoba.

Among the many Spanish tourist attractions, the most prominent one is probably Catalonia with its lively capital, Barcelona. It offers a wide selection of must-see tourist attractions, including fancy restaurants, golden beaches, and the famous Gothic Quarter. 

Fed up with the busy city streets? Try visiting Zaragoza where multiple dazzling art museums, architectural jewels, and top-notch cafés await all tourists. For those who seek some peaceful environment, Huesca will be the perfect choice to catch some breath and delve deeper into the pre-Roman history of this small city.

Spain: traffic rules

Even though there exist strictly defined traffic rules that are supposed to be followed while driving around Spain, there are many Spanish motorists who often create their own rules or simply do not adhere to the existing ones – so be extra cautious during your Spanish adventure.

Getting used to driving around Spain won’t be a bigger problem as the country follows right-hand traffic system – just like most of the European countries. Even though the minimum driving age in Spain is 18, you need to be at least 21 years old in order to hire a car. 

Using mobile phones while driving is against the law in Spain. The only possibility of making a call while driving is using a hands-free set.

There are heavy penalties imposed on motorists who drink and drive. You should bear in mind that even a single drink can already put you over the limit of 50 mg of alcohol per litre of blood. The worst case scenario is a prison sentence with suspension.

What is also penalised is driving in bus, taxi, or cycle lanes which are marked with a yellow line that runs parallel to the curb. The only situation in which you can use the lane is to avoid an obstruction blocking the traffic flow.

Don’t use your horn in cities after dark. During the day, the horn should be used only in case of an emergency. An unnecessary use of it can result in a €60 fee. What’s more, in case of an accident, simply dial 112 to reach appropriate authorities.

Automotive lighting is obligatory on motorways and expressways at night as well as in tunnels. In adverse weather conditions, you should use fog lamps.

What’s more, there exist a number of toll sections on motorways as well as a number of paid tunnels in Spain. At the toll gates, you can pay with cash, credit cards, Shell Card, and Servisa Card.

Documents

While driving around Spain in a rental car, you should always remember to carry with you appropriate documents, namely your driver’s licence, registration documents, vehicle technical inspection certificate, and a proof of insurance.

Spain: car equipment

The obligatory equipment that you always have to carry with you includes: reflective vests for the driver and passengers, two warning triangles, a set of spare bulbs, and a spare tire. First aid kit and fire extinguisher are both elements that are optional, yet it’s worth taking them with you. What’s more, if you wear glasses, you should have a spare pair with you as well.

Speed limits in Spain

The speed limits that have to be observed are as follows: 50 km/h in built-up areas, 90 km/h in rural areas, 120 km/h on expressways, 100 km/h on roads that are not expressways but have two lanes going in one direction, and 120 km/h on motorways. Interestingly, the law allows a 20 km/h leeway if you are overtaking a vehicle in front of you.

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