12-Day Spain Road Trip from Santander to Valladolid, Madrid, Calatayud, Pamplona, and Vitoria-Gasteiz

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12 days & 11 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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Experience the freedom of the open road in Spain as you embark on an unforgettable 12-day road trip! This experience caters to every traveler, featuring destinations like Cueto, Santander, Valladolid, Segovia, Madrid, Toledo, Calatayud, Zaragoza, Olite/Erriberri, Pamplona, San Sebastian, Portugalete, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Bilbao, and Villaescusa. Set off on the ultimate European adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in Spain takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 2 nights in Santander, 1 night in Valladolid, 5 nights in Madrid, 1 night in Calatayud, 1 night in Pamplona, and 1 night in Vitoria-Gasteiz. 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 Santander, 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 Cueto, Santander, Valladolid, Segovia, Madrid, Toledo, Calatayud, Zaragoza, Olite/Erriberri, Pamplona, San Sebastian, Portugalete, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Bilbao, and Villaescusa, 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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Flights, economy included
Hotel, 11 nights
Rental car, 12 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Vitoria-Gasteiz - city in SpainVitoria-Gasteiz / 1 night
Cueto
Photo of the aerial view of Plaza de Toros in Pamplona, the capital of Navarre province in northern Spain.Pamplona / 1 night
Photo of aerial view over the historical village of Olite in Navarre, Spain.Olite/Erriberri
Photo of aerial view of Valladolid skyline, Spain.Valladolid / 1 night
Photo of panoramic aerial view of San Sebastian (Donostia) on a beautiful summer day, Spain.Donostia / San Sebastián
Villaescusa
Photo of Santander city beach aerial panoramic view.Santander / 2 nights
Photo of aerial view of beautiful landscape of Zaragoza, Spain.Zaragoza
Calatayud / 1 night
Segovia - city in SpainSegovia
Toledo - city in SpainToledo
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 / 5 nights
Photo of aerial view of Vizcaya bridge over the river and cityscape at Portugalete, Spain.Portugalete
Photo of aerial view of Bilbao, Spain city downtown with a Nevion River, Zubizuri Bridge and promenade. Mountain at the background, with clear blue sky.Bilbao

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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 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 Ancient Roman aqueduct on Plaza del Azoguejo square and old building towns in Segovia, Spain.Aqueduct of Segovia
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 the Royal Palace of Madrid through the gardens, Spain.Royal Palace of Madrid
Photo of Guggenheim, Bilbao, museum, modern art, Spain.Guggenheim Museum
photo of Segovia, Spain. Alcazar of Segovia, built on a rocky crag, built in 1120. Castilla y Leon.Alcázar of Segovia
Casa de CampoCasa de Campo
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina SofíaMuseo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
photo of stunning landscape in the Cabarceno Nature Park in Cantabria. Northern coast of Spain.Cabarceno Natural Park
photo of the Puerta de Alcala is a monument in the Independence Square at morning in Madrid, Spain.Puerta de Alcalá
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 Crystal Palace in Retiro Park,Madrid, Spain.Crystal Palace
Photo of The Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar seen from the Ebro river,Zaragoza,Spain.Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Cortes, Centro, Madrid, Área metropolitana de Madrid y Corredor del Henares, Community of Madrid, SpainThyssen-Bornemisza Museum
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 Bullring of Las Ventas in Madrid, Spain .Las Ventas
photo of Vizcaya Bridge in the Biscay province of Spain - A UNESCO World Heritage Site.Vizcaya Bridge
Círculo de Bellas Artes, Cortes, Centro, Madrid, Área metropolitana de Madrid y Corredor del Henares, Community of Madrid, SpainCírculo de Bellas Artes
Matadero MadridMatadero Madrid
Estanque Grande de El Retiro, Jerónimos, Retiro, Madrid, Área metropolitana de Madrid y Corredor del Henares, Community of Madrid, SpainGreat Pond of El Retiro
Beach of La Concha, San Sebastián, Donostialdea, Gipuzkoa, Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, SpainBeach of La Concha
Photo of Parque Grande Jose Antonio Labordeta in Zaragoza, Spain in spring on a cloudy day.José Antonio Labordeta Grand Park
Photo of Side view of the Cathedral of Saint Mary the Royal of La Almudena on the blue sky background with white clouds in Madrid, Spain. Madrid is a popular tourist destination of Europe.Almudena Cathedral
photo of National Archaeological Museum building in Madrid, Spain.National Archaeological Museum
Zocodover, Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, SpainZocodover
Photo of Ramparts of the Royal Palace of Olite in Spain.Royal Palace of Olite
Parque Campo Grande, Valladolid, Castile and León, SpainParque Campo Grande
Centro Botin, Santander, Cantabria, SpainCentro Botin
Photo of Alderdi Eder gardens is beautiful gardens along the bay in San Sebastian, Spain .Alderdi Eder parkea
Photo of Peine del Viento XV,San Sebastian, Spain.Haizearen orrazia
Mirador del Valle, Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, SpainMirador del Valle
Photo of The Puerta de Bisagra, the main entrance onto the territory of Toledo city, Spain.Puerta de Bisagra
Photo of Fountain in Doña Casilda de Iturrizar Park at night - park in Bilbao, Vizcaya, Basque Country, Spain.Doña Casilda Iturrizar park
Funicular Monte Igueldo, San Sebastián, Donostialdea, Gipuzkoa, Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, SpainFunicular Monte Igueldo
Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao, Indautxu, Abando, Bilbao, Biscay, Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, SpainMuseum of Fine Arts of Bilbao
Photo of View of Zaragoza in sunny day. Ancient stone bridge and Cathedral.Puente de Piedra
Photo of Plaza Mayor with statue of King Philips III in Madrid, Spain.Plaza Mayor
Photo of Cavalry Academy building on Zorrilla square in Valladolid, Spain.Plaza de Zorrilla
Museo Marítimo del Cantábrico, Santander, Cantabria, SpainMuseo Marítimo del Cantábrico
Puppy, Abando, Bilbao, Biscay, Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, SpainPuppy
Centro de Arte Faro Cabo Mayor, Santander, Cantabria, SpainCentro de Arte Faro Cabo Mayor
CaixaForum Zaragoza, Delicias, Zaragoza, Aragon, SpainCaixaForum Zaragoza
Photo of View of plaza porticada square in Santander, Spain.Plaza Porticada
Parque Atlántico de Las LlamasLlamas Park
Parque de Mataleñas

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Day 1

Day 1 – Cueto, and Santander - arrival day

  • Santander - Arrival day
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  • Llamas Park
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Say hello to Santander! Your exciting road trip through Spain is just about to start. Navigating the top places to see in the region is a breeze with a car. The rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for pickup upon your arrival in the city. You will stay in Santander for 1 night before you continue your adventure!

Santander is a beautiful city with plenty to discover. 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 Santander. 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 Santander. 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 an extraordinary dining experience at Cadelo, a Bib Gourmand restaurant offering an incredible modern menu. Alternatively, if your taste buds call for something different, Umma is one of the best restaurants for modern cuisine in Santander. This Bib Gourmand-awardee earns consistently high praises from guests. We also recommend checking out the menu at Agua Salada. As a top-rated Bib Gourmand-establishment, it is an ideal choice for contemporary, and traditional cuisine in the city.

After your meal, keep the night alive at a bar like Kings Pub, known for its lively atmosphere. Grog is another top recommendation that provides the perfect setting with well-crafted drinks and a welcoming ambiance. Similarly, HYGGE COCKTAIL offers an excellent atmosphere for those looking to amp up the evening.

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

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Day 2

Day 2 – Santander, Cueto, and Valladolid

  • Valladolid
  • Santander
  • Cueto
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Drive 262 km, 3 hours 8 min

  • Centro Botin
  • Centro de Arte Faro Cabo Mayor
  • Museo Marítimo del Cantábrico
  • Parque de Mataleñas
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 2 of your road trip in Spain. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 2 vibrant destinations - Santander, and Cueto. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Valladolid. You will spend 1 night here for some well-deserved relaxation.

Journey into the unknown at Centro Botin, a unique attraction awaiting your visit. This remarkable art museum has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 14,508 reviews. Every year, Centro Botin welcomes more than 111,096 curious visitors.

When you’re ready to continue your sightseeing, Museo Marítimo del Cantábrico is a recommended place to visit. This maritime museum is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 6,771 reviews.

Your sightseeing of the day begins at Centro de Arte Faro Cabo Mayor, a remarkable museum where it’s easy to get lost in exploration. This top attraction is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 6,037 reviews.

Next, satisfy your wanderlust at Parque de Mataleñas. This park has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 2,724 travelers.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Valladolid. Valladolid 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 Valladolid. 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.

Start your culinary exploration in Valladolid by securing a reservation at Llantén. This renowned restaurant holds a Bib Gourmand award and offers an exceptional menu of traditional cuisine. For another dining delight, visit Alquimia - Laboratorio, celebrated for its delectable creative, and modern menu. This acclaimed 1-star Michelin-recipient consistently leaves guests satisfied, making it a must-visit during your holiday. Looking for a different experience? Discover Trigo, a top local spot known for its tantalizing modern menu. With a 1-star Michelin recognition, it guarantees an exceptional dining adventure.

Let the evening flow smoothly from dinner to drinks at The Lost Child Cocktail's Bar, a top-rated bar in the area. For other recommendations, Café Bar Alborada provides a perfect setting for rounding out your night with style and great drinks. Likewise, Monasterio offers a memorable night with diverse drink options and excellent service.

Get a good night's sleep and look forward to another great day on the road in Spain!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Valladolid, Segovia, and Madrid

  • Madrid
  • Valladolid
  • Segovia
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Drive 211 km, 3 hours 4 min

  • Plaza Mayor
  • Plaza de Zorrilla
  • Parque Campo Grande
  • Alcázar of Segovia
  • Aqueduct of Segovia
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 3 of your road trip in Spain. Today, you will make 2 stops and experience some of the highlights of Valladolid, and Segovia. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Madrid, which will be your home away from home for 5 nights.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Plaza Mayor. This square is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 6,713 visitors.

Plaza de Zorrilla is another popular attraction you could visit today. This square has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 6,590 visitors.

Parque Campo Grande is also highly recommended by travelers. This park has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 15,850 visitors.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Segovia. This car ride takes around 1 hour 22 min.

Kick off the day at Alcázar of Segovia, a top pick for today’s sightseeing. Attracting approximately 754,946 visits every year, this attraction is a must-see. This alcázar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 49,713 reviews.

Today is also your chance to visit Aqueduct of Segovia. Aqueduct of Segovia is a stone bridge with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 95,202 reviews.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Madrid, 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 Madrid. Enjoy a satisfying meal that will recharge you for tonight's adventures.

Begin your culinary exploration in Madrid by securing a reservation at DiverXO. This renowned restaurant holds 3 Michelin star and offers an exceptional menu of creative cuisine. For another dining delight, visit Smoked Room, celebrated for its delectable contemporary menu. This acclaimed 2-star Michelin-recipient consistently leaves guests satisfied, making it a must-visit during your holiday. Looking for a different experience? Discover Paco Roncero, a top local spot known for its tantalizing creative menu. With a 2-star Michelin recognition, it guarantees an exceptional dining adventure.

To truly maximize your evening out, consider visiting Baton Rouge Cocktail Bar after dinner. This bar is known for offering some of the best drinks and vibes in the city. Alternatively, head to Cafe Madrid, another bar with an inviting ambiance. Similarly, 1862 Dry Bar also offers a great atmosphere, ensuring a night filled with enjoyment and relaxation.

As the day draws to a close, take a moment to unwind and prepare for the next exciting chapter of your road trip in in Spain.

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Day 4

Day 4 – Madrid, and Toledo

  • Madrid
  • Toledo
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Drive 153 km, 2 hours 27 min

  • Puerta de Bisagra
  • Zocodover
  • Alcázar of Toledo
  • Santa Iglesia Catedral Primada de Toledo
  • Mirador del Valle
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On day 4 of your road trip, you’ll start and end your day in Madrid, where you'll stay for 4 nights more.

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 Toledo may take around 57 min. Upon your arrival in Toledo, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

An excellent attraction to start your day with is Puerta de Bisagra. This city gate is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 9,260 reviews.

Continue your journey at Zocodover. This sightseeing destination is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 19,930 travelers from near and far.

Toledo is also the home of Alcázar of Toledo. This alcázar has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 30,193 visitors.

You can continue your self-guided sightseeing tour at Santa Iglesia Catedral Primada de Toledo. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 27,938 visitors, a visit to this top sight is time well spent.

Lastly, don't miss out on Mirador del Valle. With an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 10,058 reviews, it’s hard to refuse the opportunity to see this landmark.

When you’re done exploring the area’s best attractions, you’ll drive back to your accommodation in Madrid.

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Madrid. Enjoy a satisfying meal that will recharge you for tonight's adventures.

Enjoy a delicious meal at La Mi Venta, a top-rated dining destination in Madrid. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Mas Al Sur, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Prada a Tope Madrid. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Madrid this evening.

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

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Day 5

Day 5 – Madrid

  • Madrid
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Drive 10 km, 1 hour 6 min

  • Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
  • Círculo de Bellas Artes
  • Puerta de Alcalá
  • National Archaeological Museum
  • Las Ventas
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Day 5 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Madrid for 3 nights more, offering you enough time to explore at a relaxed pace.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. This extraordinary art museum is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 32,846 visitors. Each year, around 671,078 people visit this site to learn more about it.

Next, make your way to Círculo de Bellas Artes. This top attraction is a movie theater with an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 27,540 visitors.

We also recommend a visit to Puerta de Alcalá. This triumphal arch is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 43,833 travelers.

If you’re keen to keep exploring, visit National Archaeological Museum. This highly recommended sightseeing destination has received an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 19,100 travelers.

Today is also your chance to spend some time at Las Ventas. This bullring is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 29,501 travelers.

To immerse yourself in more memorable moments in Madrid, check out the best-rated tours the region offers. You can discover and choose from all of the top-rated activities you can do on this day in Madrid below.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Madrid's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

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.

Get a good night's sleep and look forward to another great day on the road in Spain!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Madrid

  • Madrid
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Drive 16 km, 1 hour 22 min

  • Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
  • Great Pond of El Retiro
  • Crystal Palace
  • El Retiro Park
  • Museo del Prado
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On day 6 of your road trip, you will have an entire day to explore Madrid. You’ll stay in Madrid for 2 nights and discover all the best things to see and do in the area.

An excellent attraction to start your day with is Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. This association football venue is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 120,158 reviews.

Continue your journey at Great Pond of El Retiro. This park is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 22,242 travelers from near and far.

Madrid is also the home of Crystal Palace. This building has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 39,270 visitors.

You can continue your self-guided sightseeing tour at El Retiro Park. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars by 162,386 visitors, a visit to this top sight is time well spent.

Lastly, don't miss out on Museo del Prado. With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 98,929 reviews, it’s hard to refuse the opportunity to see this art museum. Approximately 3,497,345 people visit this attraction every year.

There are plenty of experiences you can choose from in Spain that will add excitement to your vacation. When you’re keen to discover what else Madrid has in store for you, use this day to go on a tour. Scroll down and select tours and activities to include on your itinerary for the day.

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

Enjoy a delicious meal at Sagaretxe, a highly-rated dining destination in Madrid. If you're eager to try something different, consider Arrabal Madrid, another top spot with a tantalizing menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Taberna El Sur. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s an excellent choice to enhance your stay in Madrid this evening.

Take some time to reflect on your day and savor another beautiful night in Spain.

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Day 7

Day 7 – Madrid

  • Madrid
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Drive 43 km, 1 hour 45 min

  • Casa de Campo
  • Western Park
  • Temple of Debod
  • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
  • Matadero Madrid
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Day 7 of your road trip across Spain promises a magnificent time exploring Madrid. You have 1 night left in Madrid. Take the opportunity to experience more of the best attractions and activities in the city.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Casa de Campo. This park is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 50,826 visitors.

Western Park is another popular attraction you could visit today. This park has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 28,992 visitors.

Temple of Debod is also highly recommended by travelers. This egyptian temple has a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 44,446 visitors.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is an attraction you won’t want to miss. Around 1 person visit this place every year. This art museum is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 46,855 reviews.

Another attraction you have the opportunity to visit today is Matadero Madrid. This museum has received an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 24,723 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.

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

Dine in style at James Joyce Irish Pub Madrid, a top recommendation for dinner tonight. Or, for a change of pace, Restaurante El Espigón Madrid boasts a menu that's sure to impress. Also, be sure to check out Coque. Known as a local hotspot, it’s a great choice for tonight in Madrid.

As the day draws to a close, take a moment to unwind and prepare for the next exciting chapter of your road trip in in Spain.

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Day 8

Day 8 – Madrid, and Calatayud

  • Calatayud
  • Madrid
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Drive 233 km, 2 hours 57 min

  • Main Square
  • Market of San Miguel
  • Almudena Cathedral
  • Royal Palace of Madrid
  • Plaza de España
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On day 8 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Spain, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 1 destination, Madrid. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Calatayud, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

An excellent attraction to start your day with is Main Square. This square is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 152,388 reviews.

Continue your journey at Market of San Miguel. This building is rated 4.4 out of 5 stars by 106,296 travelers from near and far.

Madrid is also the home of Almudena Cathedral. This catholic cathedral has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 19,842 visitors.

You can continue your self-guided sightseeing tour at Royal Palace of Madrid. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 77,471 visitors, a visit to this top sight is time well spent.

Lastly, don't miss out on plaza de España. With an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 98,199 reviews, it’s hard to refuse the opportunity to see this square.

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

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

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

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Day 9

Day 9 – Calatayud, Zaragoza, Olite/Erriberri, and Pamplona

  • Pamplona
  • Zaragoza
  • Olite/Erriberri
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Drive 276 km, 3 hours 39 min

  • José Antonio Labordeta Grand Park
  • CaixaForum Zaragoza
  • Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar
  • Puente de Piedra
  • Royal Palace of Olite
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On day 9 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 Zaragoza, and Olite/Erriberri. In the evening, you’ll end up in Pamplona, where you will stay for 1 night.

After soaking in Calatayud’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Zaragoza. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 1 hour 4 min. When you arrive in Zaragoza, it's time to take a break from the road.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to José Antonio Labordeta Grand Park. This park is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 19,535 visitors.

CaixaForum Zaragoza is another popular attraction you could visit today. This cultural center has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 5,566 visitors.

Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar is also highly recommended by travelers. This co-cathedral has a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 34,215 visitors.

Puente de Piedra is an attraction you won’t want to miss. This bridge is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 7,689 reviews.

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Zaragoza and set your GPS to Olite/Erriberri. While on the road, immerse yourself in your favorite road trip tunes or sample the sounds from a local radio station. This car ride usually takes around 1 hour 27 min. Upon reaching Olite/Erriberri, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

When you’re ready for some sightseeing, make your way to Royal Palace of Olite. This much-appreciated castle is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars in 18,713 reviews.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Pamplona. Pamplona 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.

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

Prepare for an extraordinary culinary adventure in Pamplona by booking a table at El Merca'o, a Bib Gourmand restaurant that boasts an exceptional traditional menu. For a different flavor experience, head to Europa, renowned for its delectable contemporary dishes. This 1-star Michelin restaurant consistently wows guests, making it a memorable stop during your holiday. Looking for another option? Visit Rodero, a local gem known for its delightful modern cuisine in Pamplona. Nestled in the city's heart, this 1-star Michelin restaurant is a perfect choice for discerning restaurant-goers seeking a new experience.

Keep the excitement of the evening going by going to a bar or two. Vermutería RÍO is an excellent place to start. You could also check out Bar Cerveceria La Estafeta, offering a different kind of charm. A last recommendation for the day is Bar Hawái. This bar promises an enjoyable experience with tasty drinks and a vibrant setting.

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

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Day 10

Day 10 – Pamplona, San Sebastian, Portugalete, and Vitoria-Gasteiz

  • Vitoria-Gasteiz
  • Donostia / San Sebastián
  • Portugalete
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Drive 273 km, 4 hours 9 min

  • Haizearen orrazia
  • Funicular Monte Igueldo
  • Alderdi Eder parkea
  • Beach of La Concha
  • Vizcaya Bridge
  • More

Dive into day 10 of your remarkable road trip in Spain. Today you will explore San Sebastian, and Portugalete, 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 Vitoria-Gasteiz. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, San Sebastian. This car ride takes around 1 hour 10 min.

Make Peine del Viento XV your first stop of the day. Previous visitors have rated this sculpture an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 11,281 reviews.

Next up, make a stop at Funicular Monte Igueldo. With an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 9,567 visitors, it's easy to understand why so many people visit this park every year.

Alderdi Eder Parkea is another attraction you can visit on this day of your vacation. This park has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 13,442 visitors.

When you’re finished at Alderdi Eder Parkea, the perfect next stop is Beach of La Concha. This natural feature is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 21,054 reviews.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of San Sebastian, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Portugalete may take around 1 hour 24 min. Upon your arrival in Portugalete, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Journey into the unknown at Vizcaya Bridge, a unique attraction awaiting your visit. This remarkable suspension bridge has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 28,202 reviews.

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

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Vitoria-Gasteiz's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

Experience a taste of Zabala in Vitoria-Gasteiz by booking a reservation in advance. Renowned for its Bib Gourmand distinction, Zabala delights its guests with its exceptional variety of meals showcasing delicious contemporary cuisine. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Restaurante-Asador Matxete, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Bar Txiki. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Vitoria-Gasteiz this evening.

After enjoying a delightful dinner, why not delve into the vibrant local bar scene? You might want to spend the evening at Soho Vitoria-Cocktail Bar, a well-loved spot among locals and tourists. Or, head to Taberna Txustarra. This bar boasts a welcoming environment that is perfect for winding down. You could also continue your night at Aldapa Taberna, another top-rated place in the area.

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

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Day 11

Day 11 – Vitoria-Gasteiz, Bilbao, Villaescusa, and Santander

  • Santander
  • Bilbao
  • Villaescusa
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Drive 187 km, 2 hours 43 min

  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Puppy
  • Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao
  • Doña Casilda Iturrizar park
  • Cabarceno Natural Park
  • More

Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 11 of your road trip in Spain. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 2 vibrant destinations - Bilbao, and Villaescusa. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Santander. You will spend 1 night here for some well-deserved relaxation.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Bilbao. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 2 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

Make Guggenheim Museum one of your first sightseeing stops in Bilbao. Rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 64,815 travelers, a visit to this local attraction makes for a great introduction to the area. This museum building attracts 530,967 visitors every year.

Puppy is a worthwhile attraction you can visit next. This sightseeing destination is a valued place of interest in the area, with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 5,913 reviews.

Today is also the perfect opportunity to drop by Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao. This museum has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 8,312 visitors.

If you’re keen to explore more, head to Doña Casilda Iturrizar park. A trip to this popular park is also your opportunity to see if it lives up to the reputable 4.5 out of 5-star rating as given by 9,643 previous visitors.

When you arrive in Villaescusa, it's time to take a break from the road.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Cabarceno Natural Park. This zoo is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 45,839 visitors.

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

As you explore more of Santander, 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 El Sol, a top-rated place to have dinner tonight. Alternatively, if your taste buds call for something different, Restaurante Posada Del Mar is another top choice with a popular menu. You could also check for a table at Cadelo Restaurante. As an establishment that gains consistently high praises from customers, it’s an ideal choice in Santander tonight.

If you’re not ready to end the night just yet, Little Bobby offers a perfect venue to relax and savor a drink.

Take some time to reflect on your day and savor another beautiful night in Spain.

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Day 12

Day 12 – Santander - departure day

  • Santander - Departure day
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  • Plaza Porticada
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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 Santander before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

On your last day in Spain, take time to indulge in shopping at Santander’s popular marketplace. Look for keepsakes or souvenirs to remind you of your trip.

An excellent attraction to start your day with is Plaza Porticada. This square is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 5,395 reviews.

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

You’ll then say farewell to Santander. 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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