This October I am returning to Spain. On my more recent adventures to the country, I have used the efficient train system to transport me around the countryside, especially with my travels south to Andalucía. But during my first adventure, over a decade ago, I decided to rent a car in Spain; I decided to drive the scenic roads and explore. This trip I plan to do the same.
My Original Spanish Road Trip Itinerary
I traveled two weeks and visited: Madrid, Segovia, Haro, San Sebastian, Zaragoza and Barcelona.
After flying into Madrid and spending a few days in the Spanish Capital, it was time go outside my comfort zone and head deeper in Spain. First stop – Segovia. Located just outside Madrid (and en route to Haro) visitors can take lunch under the famous Roman Aqueduct that dominates the town. It was one of my Spanish bucket list items.
For the wine lovers, Haro is a the place. Whether it is tours of the local wineries (Muga is a must) or choosing between the rose and the Rioja red (tinto) in the town square, drinking wine, good cheap wine, is why you come here. No complaints from me.
San Sebastian was selected because it contained surf, sunsets and some of the finest cuisine in Spain. The destination remains one of my favorites in not just Spain, but throughout the world. Afterwards, it was time to visit family friends and off to Zaragoza we traveled. Always a good idea to meet up with locals. And this vibrant city, established by the Romans on the river, their guidance made for a most wonderful few days (and nights).
Finally it was time to head to the east coast and visit Barcelona. There, you can return the car (if you don’t want to drive back to Madrid), because once again when you are in a cosmopolitan city of that magnitude, it makes sense to use the public transportation and leave the driving to the professionals – the taxi drivers.
My October Spanish Road Trip.
I am not sure of the exact destinations yet, and am researching them currently, but I plan to land in Barcelona and spend a few days without a car in Sitges a Mediterranean beach town, before venturing to new destinations across Spain.
There is a great chance I’ll head back to watch a San Sebastian sunset and visit Costa Brava for the first time. My calendar remains wide open and so is my mind to any and all suggestions. Ah, the freedom of the road…
Stay adventurous, Craig
This post was done in partnership with advertiser Enterprise Rent-a-Car but they had no input on the content. All opinions are my own. Also, special thanks to Costa Brava tourism for their photo. (I look forward to taking my own this fall)