Driving Spain is a great way to explore the country. The open road offers a freedom from schedule and the chance to visit lesser-known Spain.
After time exploring the beauty of Barcelona, a city I definitely would recommend you not drive as a visitor (not sure I’d recommend driving any city actually), you can rent a car and make your way south to architectural modern marvel and birthplace of the delicious paella – Valencia.
Sitges is giving San Sebastián a run for my favorite town beach town in Spain. After spending time there again last year, I fell in love with its culinary scene, it’s beachfront promenade and the Sitges sunset. Less than an hour drive from Barcelona on the toll road (directly through mountains) it is often a weekend place for Barcelona folks.
Plan your day around lunch. Order the “menu mediodia.” Some of the best food for the best prices you’ll find in Spain. This was my main from El Castell, it was 12.50 Euro (includes app, entree, postre, aqua, y vino) and well worth it.
Next Stop: L’Amettla del Mar, Spain
If Sitges was too busy or even too “touristy” then definitely consider the fishing village of L’Amettla del Mar. Sure, L’Amettla has a beach, but the charm of this Catalonia coastal city is that it is far from the tourist trail. Don’t worry the food and drinks certainly do not disappoint here either.
Pack your swimsuit. This are has some of the clearest water you’ll find on the coast of Spain. I noticed many water activities Kayak and Snorkeling here.
the Lladró Factory
Essentially located in the outskirts of Valencia, it is a perfect place to visit before entering the city. Although not easy to find, you’ll need quality directions (google maps can locate it) to arrive, this is where is where you see Spain’s famous porcelain figurines. These limited produced hand crafted and hand painted pieces of art certainly impress and are highly valued across the globe.
You’ll need to reserve a time and visit the factory and the on site museum (or store) at Lladró . They offer a tour and a course a chance to purchase items (they’ll ship for free over an amount) but no, you can’t take photos.
Well, those are three places to visit on an east coast road trip from Barcelona to Valencia. There are other places to visit and I’ll discouss more driving through Spain soon.
Stay adventurous, Craig
This post was done in conjunction with Enterprise Rental Car, but the words and opinions are as always my own.