12-Day Spain Road Trip from Madrid traveling east to Cuenca, Valencia, Murcia, and Albacete

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Escape the ordinary with this exciting 12-day road trip through Spain that promises to leave you speechless. With this exciting adventure, you will have the chance to explore the diverse landscapes and local cultures of Madrid, Cuenca, Chelva, Valencia, Alicante, el Castell de Guadalest, Murcia, Cartagena, Albacete, and Toledo. Pack your bags, hit the road, and prepare for an unforgettable journey where every moment becomes a lasting story.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in Spain takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 4 nights in Madrid, 1 night in Cuenca, 4 nights in Valencia, 1 night in Murcia, and 1 night in Albacete. Anticipate well-spent days sightseeing, eating delicious food, and experiencing the highlights of each destination!

With this travel package, you can choose from an extensive selection of accommodations along your road trip route in Spain. We have handpicked the best hotels and places to stay across the country, including options for each budget. Whether you are in the mood for luxurious 5-star hotels or budget-friendly bed and breakfasts, we have got you covered.

Upon arriving in Madrid, the rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for collection. From there, the road trip can begin! Experience the ultimate freedom and uncover Spain on your own terms.

An expertly curated travel plan makes sure you don’t miss out on any of the best things to see and do on your road trip in Spain. El Retiro Park and Main Square are just a couple of the bucket-list attractions that await your discovery.

As you hit the open road and drive through Madrid, Cuenca, Chelva, Valencia, Alicante, el Castell de Guadalest, Murcia, Cartagena, Albacete, and Toledo, you will also enjoy plenty of opportunities to uncover hidden gems and experience the authentic charm of Spain. Whether you are exploring enchanting towns and villages, discovering scenic routes, or indulging in local cuisine, there is always something new and exciting to experience in Spain.

Throughout your road trip in Spain, take breaks from sightseeing to explore your favorite destinations' top shopping streets and markets. Discover unique souvenirs that will forever remind you of your self-drive adventure in Spain.

This package offers an all-in-one solution for your trip planning - choose flights, a rental car, accommodation, attractions, and tours that suit your needs and desires. You can customize each day of your road trip itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking.

The best services in Spain fill up quickly, so book your spot early. Select a date and start planning your road trip in Spain today!

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Hotel, 11 nights
Rental car, 12 days
CDW Insurance
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Personal travel agent
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Destinations

Photo of Murcia city centre and Segura river aerial panoramic view. Murcia is a city in south eastern Spain.Murcia / 1 night
Cartagena - city in SpainCartagena
Photo of View on Peniscola from the top of Pope Luna's Castle , Valencia, Spain.Valencia / 4 nights
el Castell de Guadalest
Photo of Altea white village skyline in Alicante at Mediterranean Spain.Alicante
Toledo - city in SpainToledo
Chelva
The Puerta del Sol square is the main public space in Madrid. In the middle of the square is located the office of the President of the Community of Madrid.Madrid / 4 nights
Albacete - city in SpainAlbacete / 1 night
Cuenca - city in SpainCuenca / 1 night

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Attractions

Photo of Retiro Park that is a city park in Madrid's Retiro district.El Retiro Park
Plaza Mayor, Sol, Centro, Madrid, Área metropolitana de Madrid y Corredor del Henares, Community of Madrid, SpainMain Square
Photo of view of Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia in the City of Arts and Sciences. It was designed by famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.City of Arts and Sciences
Photo of the Santiago Bernabéu aerial view football stadium in Madrid, Spain.Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
Photo of Mercado San Miguel in Madrid, Spain. Mercado San Miguel of Madrid is one of the most popular landmark in Madrid, Spain.Market of San Miguel
Photo of entrance to the Prado Museum in Madrid at this time, a sunny day with blue skies and clouds.Museo del Prado
Photo of Plaza de España in Seville Spain.Plaza de España
Photo of Mercado Central or Mercat Central building is a public central market located in central Valencia, Spain.Mercat Central
Photo of the Royal Palace of Madrid through the gardens, Spain.Royal Palace of Madrid
Photo of L'Oceanografic (Aquarium) in Valencia, Spain.L'Oceanogràfic
Casa de CampoCasa de Campo
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina SofíaMuseo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
photo of the Puerta de Alcala is a monument in the Independence Square at morning in Madrid, Spain.Puerta de Alcalá
Photo of Natural recreation at Bioparc, Valencia ,Spain .Valencia Bioparc
Photo of The Temple of Debod is an Egyptian temple donated by Egipt to Spain in 1968 in gratitude for the help provided in saving the Abu Simbel temples.Temple of Debod
Photo of Towers of Serranos in Valencia . Spain.Serrano Towers
Photo of Crystal Palace in Retiro Park,Madrid, Spain.Crystal Palace
Jardí del Túria, Ciutat Vella, Valencia, Comarca de València, Valencian Community, SpainInstal·lacions dels Jardins del Túria
Santa Bárbara Castle, Alicante, l'Alacantí, Alacant / Alicante, Valencian Community, SpainSanta Bárbara Castle
Photo of Valencia, Spain. Mercado Colon - famous old market hall, currently housing exclusive restaurants.Mercado de Colón
Plaça de la Mare de Déu, Ciutat Vella, Valencia, Comarca de València, Valencian Community, SpainPlaça de la Mare de Déu
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Cortes, Centro, Madrid, Área metropolitana de Madrid y Corredor del Henares, Community of Madrid, SpainThyssen-Bornemisza Museum
Zoo Aquarium de Madrid, Moncloa-Aravaca, Madrid, Área metropolitana de Madrid y Corredor del Henares, Community of Madrid, SpainZoo Aquarium de Madrid
Photo of Toledo Skyline with Alcazar of Toledo - Toledo, Spain.Alcázar of Toledo
Santa Iglesia Catedral Primada de Toledo, Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, SpainSanta Iglesia Catedral Primada de Toledo
Parque del OesteWestern Park
Photo of Square, Plaza of the Queen (Placa de la Reina) and La Escuraeta, Crafts Market before the Seville Cathedral.Plaça de la Reina (València)
Círculo de Bellas Artes, Cortes, Centro, Madrid, Área metropolitana de Madrid y Corredor del Henares, Community of Madrid, SpainCírculo de Bellas Artes
Photo of ALICANTE, SPAIN - August 18, 2019: Alicante Central Market Hall (Mercado Central, dating from 1912).Mercado Central de Alicante
Estanque Grande de El Retiro, Jerónimos, Retiro, Madrid, Área metropolitana de Madrid y Corredor del Henares, Community of Madrid, SpainGreat Pond of El Retiro
Photo of Valencia Spain Square of Saint Mary's Architecture at Sunrise.Valencia Cathedral
Photo of The Lonja de la Seda or Llotja de la Seda or Silk Exchange is a late Valencian gothic style civil building in Valencia city, Spain.Llotja de la Seda
Zocodover, Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, SpainZocodover
Photo of Ruins of roman amphitheater in Cartagena port city, Autonomous Community of Murcia, southeastern Spain.Roman theatre of Cartagena
Castell de l'Alcozaiba, el Castell de Guadalest, la Marina Baixa, Alacant / Alicante, Valencian Community, SpainEl Castell de Guadalest
Jardins del Real, la Saïdia, Valencia, Comarca de València, Valencian Community, SpainJardins del Real de València
Photo of Towers of Quart (Torres de Quart) is one of the twelve gates that formed part of the ancient city wall,of the city of Valencia.Quart Towers
Photo of Murcia's Cathedral,Murica ,Spain.Murcia's Cathedral
photo of Plaça de l'Ajuntament is a town hall behind a fountain in Spanish town Valencia, Spain.Plaça de l'Ajuntament
Archaeological Museum of Alicante, Alicante, l'Alacantí, Alacant / Alicante, Valencian Community, SpainArchaeological Museum of Alicante
Plaza de Las Flores, San Pedro, Murcia, Área Metropolitana de Murcia, Region of Murcia, SpainPlaza de las Flores
Museo Paleontológico de Cuenca, Cuenca, Castile-La Mancha, SpainMuseo Paleontológico de Cuenca
Ruta de l'Aigua
Real Casino de Murcia, La Catedral, Murcia, Área Metropolitana de Murcia, Region of Murcia, SpainReal Casino de Murcia
photo of beautiful morning view of San Pablo bridge over river Huecar in Cuenca, Spain.San Pablo Bridge
Science Museum of Castilla La Mancha, Cuenca, Castile-La Mancha, SpainScience Museum of Castilla La Mancha

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Day 1

Day 1 – Madrid - arrival day

  • Madrid - Arrival day
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  • Plaza de España
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Welcome to Madrid, the perfect starting point for your road trip in Spain! Pick up your rental car and let the adventure begin. You will spend 3 nights immersing yourself in Madrid's charm before embarking on the next leg of your journey.

Madrid is a beautiful city with plenty to discover. If you arrive before check-in time or prefer to get started on your sightseeing right away, we recommend checking out plaza de España or taking a stroll in the city center. Soak in the lovely atmosphere and sit down for a bit to eat or drink.

Make your way to your chosen hotel. Check-in typically starts between 2 and 4 PM in Madrid. Make yourself at home and enjoy some downtime before heading out again.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Madrid. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Have a fantastic dining experience at El miniBAR, a highly recommended choice for tonight's dinner. If you're looking to mix things up, Restaurante De María - Felíx Boix offers an enticing alternative with its varied menu. Additionally, Areia is worth considering. Renowned for satisfying diners, it’s an ideal option for tonight in Madrid.

If you’re not ready to end the night just yet, Baton Rouge Cocktail Bar offers a perfect venue to relax and savor a drink. Similarly, Cafe Madrid is well-suited for those looking to unwind in a social setting. 1862 Dry Bar is another excellent spot to enjoy a nightcap after a delightful meal.

Raise a toast to the start of your 12-day road trip in Spain!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Madrid

  • Madrid
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Drive 15 km, 2 hours 15 min

  • Casa de Campo
  • Zoo Aquarium de Madrid
  • Royal Palace of Madrid
  • Market of San Miguel
  • Main Square
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Day 2 of your road trip across Spain promises a magnificent time exploring Madrid. You have 2 nights left in Madrid. Take the opportunity to experience more of the best attractions and activities in the city.

Make Casa de Campo your first stop of the day. Previous visitors have rated this park an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 50,826 reviews.

Next up, make a stop at Zoo Aquarium de Madrid. With an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 33,779 visitors, it's easy to understand why so many people visit this zoo every year.

Royal Palace of Madrid is another attraction you can visit on this day of your vacation. This royal palace has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 77,471 visitors.

When you’re finished at Royal Palace of Madrid, the perfect next stop is Market of San Miguel. This building is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 106,296 reviews.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to Main Square. This square is a top place to visit, with a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 152,388 reviews.

You can learn more about Madrid today by going on a tour. Madrid offers many top-rated tours and unique experiences that will inspire you. You can browse and select your favorites below.

After a day of adventure, treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at one of Madrid's best restaurants.

Dine in style at La Mi Venta, a top recommendation for dinner tonight. Or, for a change of pace, Mas Al Sur boasts a menu that's sure to impress. Also, be sure to check out Prada a Tope Madrid. Known as a local hotspot, it’s a great choice for tonight in Madrid.

As the sun sets on another day of adventure, rest up and recharge for the next leg of your road trip in Spain.

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Day 3

Day 3 – Madrid

  • Madrid
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Drive 23 km, 1 hour 29 min

  • Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
  • Círculo de Bellas Artes
  • Museo del Prado
  • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
  • Temple of Debod
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Day 3 of your road trip will take you to the best attractions Madrid has to offer. Cherish the 1 night you have left in Madrid by discovering the best things there are to see and do in the city.

Kick off the day at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, a top pick for today’s sightseeing. This association football venue is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 120,158 reviews.

Today is also your chance to visit Círculo de Bellas Artes. Círculo de Bellas Artes is a movie theater with an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 27,540 reviews.

Museo del Prado is another top attraction we highly recommend you visit today. This art museum is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 98,929 visitors. In a single year, this art museum hosts approximately 3,497,345 visitors.

Beyond the attractions mentioned above, you also have the opportunity to visit Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. This art museum is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 46,855 visitors. Visiting Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía means you'll be one of 1 person who do so every year.

Lastly, don’t miss out on Temple of Debod, a famous egyptian temple in Madrid. This attraction is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 44,446 travelers.

One of the most unique ways of discovering what else Madrid has to offer is by going on a top-rated tour. Be sure to check out all the experiences Madrid offers and add your favorites to your Spain travel package below.

As you explore more of Madrid, you'll discover that its culinary landscape is as diverse as its attractions. Whether you're craving traditional dishes bursting with local flavors or innovative creations that push the boundaries of taste, you're sure to find a dining experience that satisfies your cravings.

Make sure to reserve a table at BiBo Dani García, an iconic dining spot in Madrid. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Malacatín, a popular restaurant in Madrid. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of Pum Pum Café, a hidden gem nestled in Madrid. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

Raise your glass and celebrate another amazing day of your road trip in Spain!

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Day 4

Day 4 – Madrid and Cuenca

  • Cuenca
  • Madrid
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Drive 168 km, 2 hours 27 min

  • Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
  • Puerta de Alcalá
  • Great Pond of El Retiro
  • El Retiro Park
  • Crystal Palace
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On day 4 of your road trip in Spain, you will get a true taste of the freedom a self-drive vacation in Europe entails. Today’s travel plans include stops at the most scenic, wondrous, and interesting places in Madrid. In the evening, you’ll end up in Cuenca, where you will stay for 1 night.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Madrid, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Cuenca may take around 1 hour 41 min. Upon your arrival in Cuenca, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Make Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum your first stop of the day. Previous visitors have rated this art museum an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 32,846 reviews. More than 671,078 people visit this place of interest every year.

Next up, make a stop at Puerta de Alcalá. With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 43,833 visitors, it's easy to understand why so many people visit this triumphal arch every year.

Great Pond of El Retiro is another attraction you can visit on this day of your vacation. This park has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 22,242 visitors.

When you’re finished at Great Pond of El Retiro, the perfect next stop is El Retiro Park. This urban park is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars in 162,386 reviews.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to Crystal Palace. This building is a top place to visit, with a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 39,270 reviews.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Cuenca, where you'll have a hotel waiting for you. Check in and spend some time relaxing before you head out to explore the city.

As you explore more of Cuenca, you'll discover that its culinary landscape is as diverse as its attractions. Whether you're craving traditional dishes bursting with local flavors or innovative creations that push the boundaries of taste, you're sure to find a dining experience that satisfies your cravings.

As a top-rated it is an ideal choice in the city. Enjoy a lovely meal at Restaurante Sidrería La Figal, a top-rated place to have dinner tonight. Alternatively, if your taste buds call for something different, Sibuya Urban Sushi Bar is another top choice with a popular menu. You could also check for a table at Marisqueria Joni. As an establishment that gains consistently high praises from customers, it’s an ideal choice in Cuenca tonight.

Continue the enjoyment post-dinner at Café Hispano, a cherished local gathering spot renowned for its welcoming atmosphere. Similarly, Bogart offers a vibrant space for indulging in well-crafted drinks and engaging conversation. You may also want to check out CAFE BAR PRINCESA. This bar is a favorite among both locals and visitors looking for a delightful evening out filled with laughter and fun.

Head back to your accommodation in Cuenca and get some rest in preparation for another magical day of your road trip in Spain!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Cuenca, Chelva, and Valencia

  • Valencia
  • Chelva
  • Cuenca
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Drive 231 km, 4 hours 3 min

  • Museo Paleontológico de Cuenca
  • Science Museum of Castilla La Mancha
  • San Pablo Bridge
  • Ruta de l'Aigua
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 5 of your road trip in Spain. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 2 vibrant destinations - Chelva and Cuenca. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Valencia. You will spend 4 nights here for some well-deserved relaxation.

After soaking in Cuenca’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Chelva. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 2 hours 20 min. When you arrive in Chelva, it's time to take a break from the road.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Ruta de l'Aigua. This park is a popular stop on travelers’ itineraries in Chelva, with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,911 visitors.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Chelva. This car ride takes around 2 hours 20 min.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Castilla-La Mancha Paleontological Museum. This fossil museum is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 5,372 reviews.

Next up, make your way to Science Museum of Castilla La Mancha. This museum has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 2,072 reviews.

When you’re ready for your next sight of the day, continue to San Pablo Bridge. This bridge has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 2,784 visitors.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Valencia. Valencia offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Valencia. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

Make sure to book a table at Ubik Cafè Cafeteria Llibreria, a popular restaurant in Valencia. This acclaimed restaurant and its mouthwatering dishes have earned the admiration of countless food lovers. Alternatively, experience a taste of Valencia at USUAL resto-bar, a popular local restaurant. With a menu designed to impress, it promises a journey of flavors that will leave you captivated. Another top-rated restaurant to try is Éter Valencia. As a dining spot that gains consistently high praise from guests, it’s an ideal choice to enhance your time to Valencia tonight.

After enjoying a delightful dinner, why not delve into the vibrant local bar scene? You might want to spend the evening at Café Negrito, a well-loved spot among locals and tourists. Or, head to Cafe de las Horas. This bar boasts a welcoming environment that is perfect for winding down.

As the sun sets on another day of adventure, rest up and recharge for the next leg of your road trip in Spain.

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Day 6

Day 6 – Valencia

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Drive 8 km, 42 min

  • Plaça de l'Ajuntament
  • Mercado de Colón
  • L'Oceanogràfic
  • City of Arts and Sciences
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On day 6 of your road trip, you will have an entire day to explore Valencia. You’ll stay in Valencia for 3 nights and discover all the best things to see and do in the area.

When you're ready to see some sights, Plaça de l'Ajuntament is a great place to start. This square is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 9,316 visitors.

Another popular attraction you can visit today is Mercado de Colón. This building has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 37,146 travelers.

We also recommend a stop at L'Oceanogràfic. The public aquarium has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 76,085 visitors.

If you're keen to explore more, consider visiting City of Arts and Sciences. This tourist destination is a popular attraction with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 125,881 reviews.

Your discoveries in Valencia do not have to stop there. Check out the fantastic selection of tours and tickets offered in Valencia on this day of your trip. You can select your tours below.

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Valencia.

Don’t miss out on dining at Casa Montaña, a top-rated dining destination in Valencia. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider La Salita de Begoña Rodrigo, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at El Lleón bar. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Valencia this evening.

Relax and recharge in preparation for another adventurous day in Spain!

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Day 7

Day 7 – Valencia

  • Valencia
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Drive 13 km, 1 hour 2 min

  • Valencia Bioparc
  • Quart Towers
  • Serrano Towers
  • Instal·lacions dels Jardins del Túria
  • Jardins del Real de València
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Day 7 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Valencia for 2 nights more, offering you enough time to explore at a relaxed pace.

Make Valencia Bioparc one of your first sightseeing stops in Valencia. Rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 43,210 travelers, a visit to this local attraction makes for a great introduction to the area.

Quart Towers is a worthwhile attraction you can visit next. This fortified tower is a valued place of interest in the area, with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 14,889 reviews.

Today is also the perfect opportunity to drop by Serrano Towers. This fortified tower has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 39,998 visitors.

If you’re keen to explore more, head to Instal·lacions dels Jardins del Túria. A trip to this popular park is also your opportunity to see if it lives up to the reputable 4.6 out of 5-star rating as given by 37,810 previous visitors.

Another top place to visit is Jardins del Real de València. This urban park enjoys an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 17,212 local and international travelers.

To do something one-of-a-kind on this day of your trip, you can join a tour. You can discover all of the most fun and eye-opening experiences in your destination below and secure your spot here.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Valencia. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Treat yourself to a delicious dinner at Bar Vermudez, an excellent option for tonight's dining. Looking for something different? Restaurante Asador Argentino Gordon 10 offers a tantalizing alternative with its diverse menu. And don’t miss Beer & Travels. With its reputation for pleasing customers, it’s a fantastic choice for tonight in Valencia.

Say good night to Valencia and look forward to another great day of your road trip in Spain!

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Day 8

Day 8 – Valencia

  • Valencia
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Drive 2 km, 26 min

  • Plaça de la Mare de Déu
  • Valencia Cathedral
  • Plaça de la Reina (València)
  • Llotja de la Seda
  • Mercat Central
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Day 8 of your road trip across Spain promises a magnificent time exploring Valencia. You have 1 night left in Valencia. Take the opportunity to experience more of the best attractions and activities in the city.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Plaça de la Mare de Déu. This square is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 32,170 visitors.

Valencia Cathedral is another popular attraction you could visit today. This catholic cathedral has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 22,457 visitors.

Plaça de la Reina (València) is also highly recommended by travelers. This square has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 28,058 visitors.

Llotja de la Seda is an attraction you won’t want to miss. This lonja is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 22,376 reviews.

Another attraction you have the opportunity to visit today is Mercat Central. This market hall has received an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 79,570 travelers.

Don’t forget to check out all the popular tours and activities you can add to your travel plan. Spain is a beautiful travel destination that offers plenty of unique tours that will enhance your vacation experience. Explore and select your activities below.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Valencia. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

This renowned restaurant holds , and offers an exceptional menu of cuisine. Make sure to reserve a table at Restaurante Canela, an iconic dining spot in Valencia. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of A huevo Restaurante, a popular restaurant in Valencia. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of Bar Tonyina, a hidden gem nestled in Valencia. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

Head back to your accommodation in Valencia and get some rest in preparation for another magical day of your road trip in Spain!

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Day 9

Day 9 – Valencia, Alicante, el Castell de Guadalest, and Murcia

  • Murcia
  • Alicante
  • el Castell de Guadalest
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Drive 305 km, 4 hours 2 min

  • El Castell de Guadalest
  • Mercado Central de Alicante
  • Santa Bárbara Castle
  • Archaeological Museum of Alicante
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On day 9 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Spain, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 2 destinations, Alicante and el Castell de Guadalest. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Murcia, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

Set your GPS to Alicante and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 56 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Alicante beckons with new experiences!

Kick off the day at Mercado Central de Alicante, a top pick for today’s sightseeing. This building is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 24,503 reviews.

Today is also your chance to visit Santa Bárbara Castle. Santa Bárbara Castle is a castle with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 35,044 reviews.

Archaeological Museum of Alicante is another top attraction we highly recommend you visit today. This archaeological museum is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 8,768 visitors.

Set your GPS to el Castell de Guadalest and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 1 hour 53 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. El Castell de Guadalest beckons with new experiences!

Make El Castell de Guadalest your first stop of the day. Previous visitors have rated this municipality of spain an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 18,496 reviews.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Murcia, where you'll have a room waiting for you at the perfect place to stay. Check in and enjoy some downtime.

After a day of adventure, treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at one of Murcia's best restaurants.

This renowned restaurant holds , and offers an exceptional menu of cuisine. Make sure to reserve a table at Restaurante El Churra, an iconic dining spot in Murcia. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of El Pasaje de Belluga, a popular restaurant in Murcia. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of Restaurante Hispano, a hidden gem nestled in Murcia. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

Cap off your dinner by heading to El Bosque Animado, ideal for a leisurely evening with a drink in hand. Culturas is another bar that offers an enjoyable setting. Similarly, BarAltea is also a popular place to go on a night out, perfect for relaxing and socializing.

Say good night to Murcia and look forward to another great day of your road trip in Spain!

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Day 10

Day 10 – Murcia, Cartagena, and Albacete

  • Albacete
  • Cartagena
  • Murcia
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Drive 255 km, 3 hours 7 min

  • Real Casino de Murcia
  • Murcia's Cathedral
  • Plaza de las Flores
  • Roman theatre of Cartagena
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 10 of your road trip in Spain. Today, you will make 2 stops and experience some of the highlights of Cartagena and Murcia. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Albacete, which will be your home away from home for 1 night.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Cartagena. This car ride takes around 42 min.

Drop by the renowned Roman theatre of Cartagena. This popular archaeological site has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 18,504 visitors.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Murcia, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Cartagena. This drive usually takes around 42 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Real Casino de Murcia. This extraordinary museum is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,805 visitors.

Next, make your way to Murcia's Cathedral. This top attraction is a catholic cathedral with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 13,947 visitors.

We also recommend a visit to Plaza de las Flores. This square is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 7,389 travelers.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Albacete, where you'll have a hotel waiting for you. Check in and spend some time relaxing before you head out to explore the city.

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Albacete.

Make sure to reserve a table at El Callejón de los Gatos, an iconic dining spot in Albacete. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Restaurante Sublime, a popular restaurant in Albacete. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of Don Gil Restaurante, a hidden gem nestled in Albacete. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

Keep the evening going at Bar History, a great choice for enjoying the after-dinner hours with a drink. You could also go to Liverpool Pub, which offers a similarly pleasant setting and great drinks. Another option is Torito, which provides an inviting environment for unwinding after a busy day out.

Relax and reminisce about your day in Spain and look forward to more memorable moments to come!

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Day 11

Day 11 – Albacete, Toledo, and Madrid

  • Madrid
  • Toledo
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Drive 334 km, 3 hours 40 min

  • Zocodover
  • Alcázar of Toledo
  • Santa Iglesia Catedral Primada de Toledo
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Dive into day 11 of your remarkable road trip in Spain. Today you will explore Toledo, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Madrid. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Albacete, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Toledo. This drive usually takes around 2 hours 29 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

A top pick for your self-guided sightseeing tour today is Zocodover. Previous visitors have rated this sightseeing destination an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 19,930 reviews.

Alcázar of Toledo is a local recommendation that you also can pay a visit today. This alcázar is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 30,193 reviews.

Another attraction you won't want to miss is Santa Iglesia Catedral Primada de Toledo. This church is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 27,938 reviews.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Madrid. Madrid offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Madrid. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Don’t miss out on dining at Sagaretxe, a top-rated dining destination in Madrid. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Arrabal Madrid, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Taberna El Sur. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Madrid this evening.

Raise your glass to another unforgettable day in Spain!

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Day 12

Day 12 – Madrid - departure day

  • Madrid - Departure day
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  • Western Park
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Day 12 of your road trip in Spain is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Madrid before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

Make the most of your final day in Spain by visiting Madrid’s iconic markets and shopping establishments. Your stay’s proximity to the city’s retail haven invites an unhurried and unforgettable exploration of its variety of stores and establishments. Secure the perfect souvenirs for your family and friends back home or buy yourself a remembrance of your amazing experience in Spain. Take home a piece of Spain with these souvenirs, keeping your adventures close.

Before you conclude your road trip in Spain, drop by another restaurant for a last chance at a memorable dining experience in Madrid.

If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Restaurante El Espigón Madrid, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu.

You’ll then say farewell to Madrid. Drive to the airport, return your car, and take the opportunity to get some last-minute souvenirs before you board your flight home. We wish you a pleasant journey and hope you leave with many wonderful memories of your road trip in Spain!

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