Today’s article gives plenty of ideas for your driving holiday in Spain, whether you’re into sightseeing in Seville, relaxing on the beach in Alicante or running the bulls in Pamplona.
Spain is undoubtedly the capital of Europe when it comes to package tourism, yet behind the busy beaches and all-inclusive hotels, Spain is also a land of both cultural and geographical diversity and contradiction. Divided as a country until the 15th century, Spain has six official languages and a richly varied cultural heritage, with its people, food and even climate ranging enormously from region to region. From the rich greenery of the Basque mountains to the wilderness of the Tabernas Desert, Spain hides a multitude of secrets waiting to be discovered.
So why not avoid the usual tourist traps and plan your perfect Spanish road trip? Car hire in Spain is not only cheap and easily accessible, it also offers the freedom to wander off the beaten track to discover breath-taking hilltop villages, sea coves and mountain passes. With winding coastal roads and picturesque valley trails, Spain is also a place to fall in love with driving again. Here are some suggestions to kick-off the route planning, with a few tips to make sure your holiday is as fun and enjoyable as possible.
Book a low-cost flight into Malaga airport and take advantage of the cheap car rental options available. From here drive along the back-roads northwest to Seville, one of Spain’s most entertaining cities. With one of the largest cathedrals in the world, dating from the 16th century, and housing Christopher Columbus’ tomb, this inspiring city also boasts the remains of a 12th century mosque.
Tip: Travel in Easter to enjoy vibrant fiestas in every part of Spain, with Seville leading the celebrations. April is home to the famous Feria de Abril festival, a week long party of flamenco dancing, horse shows and bull fighting.
Why spend an entire holiday bathing on one beach when you enjoy new scenery every day? With plenty of cheap car hire in Alicante , it’s the perfect stepping stone to the 200km stretch of gorgeous Mediterranean sand in the Costa Blanca. Follow the winding coastal roads round the mountains to visit the most famous hotspots or go on your own search for an untouched hideaway. A short wander inland from the beaches offers fascinating medieval towns and orchards filled with citrus trees.
Tip: Driving in a foreign country can be intimidating. Equip yourself with a good map or hire a car with sat-nav, and get familiar with Spanish road signs before your trip.
Fly into Madrid and either pre-book car hire or rent a car at the airport to enjoy a magnificent drive north to see Pamplona, the jewel in the crown of the Basque country. Famous for the festival of San Fermin and its bull-running, Pamplona attracts thousands of dare devils every July as six bulls and six oxen race through the crowd-filled winding lanes of the town. Hispanic legend tells that this fascinating practice began when traders would use a mixture of fear and excitement to speed up their bulls’ journey to the market. This blend of emotions still runs high during this unique event and is sure to set pulses racing in even the bravest travellers.
Tip: Book your hotel in Pamplona well in advance as they sell out early; the festival runs every year from the 6th to 14th July.
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