5-Day Spain Road Trip from Alicante to Cartagena

Parc El Tossal, Alicante, l'Alacantí, Alacant / Alicante, Valencian Community, Spain
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Starts in
Alicante
Ends in
Alicante
Duration
5 days & 4 nights
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Description

Have the adventure of a lifetime with this 5-day road trip through Spain.

This incredible self-drive vacation package will take you through the best destinations in Spain. Your road trip will enable you to discover the country's most popular attractions and restaurants in Alicante and Cartagena.

We'll help you experience the best 5 days in Spain you can imagine, so you can leave happy and inspired.

Upon arriving in Spain at Alicante, you’ll collect the rental vehicle of your choice. From there, you’ll be off to take in some of the best travel destinations in Spain, including the stunning Cocatedral de Sant Nicolau de Bari d'Alacant and Mercat Central d'Alacant.

You’ll have your choice of the country's best hotels and places to stay throughout your road trip, suitable for all budgets. For example, in the city of Alicante, you could choose to stay at a popular hotel like the 4-star Hotel Melia Alicante. Alternatively, you could stay at a luxury accommodation like the 5-star Hotel Hospes Amerigo. Travelers looking for the best cheap accommodation could choose the 3-star Hotel Maya Alicante. No matter which price range you’re looking for, our local experts will assist you in finding the best stay option for your visit.

Your road trip will bring you close to the best attractions and most incredible sights, such as the magnificent Archaeological Museum of Alicante in the city of Alicante. Enjoy top travel destinations like the amazing Santa Bárbara Castle and Parc El Palmeral.

From the spectacular Parc Canalejas in the city of Alicante to the unforgettable Parc de l'Ereta in the city of Alicante, you'll experience the best the area has to offer on your self-drive road trip through Spain.

Add tours and tickets to each day of your trip to make the most of your time in Spain. You’ll have the opportunity to choose from the best tours and activities that your travel destinations have to offer, meaning you’ll never have a boring moment on your road trip through Spain.

Your travel plan itinerary also gives you plenty of time to shop at the best markets in Spain, where you'll browse souvenirs you can take home to memorialize your road trip.

You’ll return home having experienced the very best of everything Spain has to offer.

You can customize each day of your road trip vacation itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking. Enjoy the benefits of exploring all these great attractions at your own speed.

Your travel plan includes everything you need to experience the best of Spain. You’ll be booked at the best hotels for 4 nights, with plenty of top-rated breakfast and restaurant options nearby. We'll provide you with the best car rental for 4 days during your self-drive road trip, including CDW insurance.

You’ll have access to 24/7 travel support, a personal travel agent, and a step-by-step guide via our flexible mobile app. All taxes are included in your vacation package price. You can choose and add your flight preferences as needed. You can also add tours and tickets to your itinerary each day.

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

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Included

4 nights hotel
Breakfast
5 days car rental
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Alicante - city in SpainAlicante
Cartagena - city in SpainCartagena

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Attractions

Canalejas Park, Alicante, l'Alacantí, Alacant / Alicante, Valencian Community, SpainParc Canalejas
Parc de l'Ereta, Alicante, l'Alacantí, Alacant / Alicante, Valencian Community, SpainParc de l'Ereta
Museo The Ocean Race, Alicante, l'Alacantí, Alacant / Alicante, Valencian Community, SpainMuseo The Ocean Race
Concatedral Sant Nicolau de Bari d'Alacant, Alicante, l'Alacantí, Alacant / Alicante, Valencian Community, SpainCocatedral de Sant Nicolau de Bari d'Alacant
Mercat Central d'Alacant, Alicante, l'Alacantí, Alacant / Alicante, Valencian Community, SpainMercat Central d'Alacant
Archaeological Museum of Alicante, Alicante, l'Alacantí, Alacant / Alicante, Valencian Community, SpainArchaeological Museum of Alicante
Santa Bárbara Castle, Alicante, l'Alacantí, Alacant / Alicante, Valencian Community, SpainSanta Bárbara Castle
Parc El Palmerar, Alicante, l'Alacantí, Alacant / Alicante, Valencian Community, SpainParc El Palmeral
Mud Baths, San Pedro del Pinatar, Campo de Cartagena y Mar Menor, Region of Murcia, SpainMud Baths
Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar, San Pedro del Pinatar, Campo de Cartagena y Mar Menor, Region of Murcia, SpainSalinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar
Faro Cabo de Palos, Cabo de Palos, Diputación de Rincón de San Ginés, Cartagena, Campo de Cartagena y Mar Menor, Region of Murcia, SpainFaro Cabo de Palos
Teatro Romano de Cartagena, Diputación de Cartagena Casco, Cartagena, Campo de Cartagena y Mar Menor, Region of Murcia, SpainTeatro Romano de Cartagena
National Museum of Underwater Archaeology, Diputación de Cartagena Casco, Cartagena, Campo de Cartagena y Mar Menor, Region of Murcia, SpainNational Museum of Underwater Archaeology
Basilica of St Mary of Alicante, Alicante, l'Alacantí, Alacant / Alicante, Valencian Community, SpainBasilica of St Mary of Alicante
Las Cigarreras, Alicante, l'Alacantí, Alacant / Alicante, Valencian Community, SpainLes Cigarreres
Parc El Tossal, Alicante, l'Alacantí, Alacant / Alicante, Valencian Community, SpainParc del Tossal

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Travel dates
Dec 14 - Dec 18

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Day 1

Day 1 in Alicante - Arrival Day

  • Alicante - Arrival Day
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  • Parc Canalejas
  • Parc de l'Ereta
  • Museo The Ocean Race
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Your amazing road trip adventure in Spain begins when you reach the incredible city of Alicante. There, you'll have your choice of the best hotels and places to stay.

One of the best luxury places you could stay in the city of Alicante is the Hotel Hospes Amerigo.

We also recommend the best 4-star hotels, like the Hotel Melia Alicante.

Alternatively, the best cheap hotel in the city of Alicante is the Hotel Maya Alicante.

If these hotels are not available during your trip to the city of Alicante, our system will automatically help you find the best hotel for your stay.

Alicante has many popular destinations you can explore. You could visit attractions like the incredible Parc Canalejas. This attraction is a park and has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,029 visitors.

Parc de l'Ereta is another popular attraction in the city of Alicante. This unforgettable attraction is a park and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,737 visitors.

Another favorite attraction in the city of Alicante is Museo The Ocean Race. This outstanding travel destination has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,765 visitors.

When you’re ready for dinner, we recommend you try one of the best restaurants in the city of Alicante, El Portal Alicante - Krug Ambassade. The restaurant is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,120 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Alicante is Temple Restaurant. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 897 customers.

Locals recommend Restaurant L'Ereta as one of the best restaurants in the city of Alicante. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 904 customers.

Alicante also has several great bars that will fit all travel budgets. One of the best bars in the city of Alicante is El Portal Alicante - Krug Ambassade. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,120 customers.

Another of the best bars in the city of Alicante is 26 Cocktail Room. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 960 customers.

Locals also enjoy El Garaje Bar Alicante. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,943 customers.

Enjoy toasting the start of your 5-day vacation in Spain!

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Day 2

Day 2 in Alicante

  • Alicante
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  • Cocatedral de Sant Nicolau de Bari d'Alacant
  • Mercat Central d'Alacant
  • Archaeological Museum of Alicante
  • Santa Bárbara Castle
  • Parc El Palmeral
  • More

Day 2 will take you to the best attractions the city of Alicante has to offer, such as the incredible Cocatedral de Sant Nicolau de Bari d'Alacant, Mercat Central d'Alacant, and Archaeological Museum of Alicante.

You’ll continue exploring the city of Alicante on day 2 of your self-drive road trip through Spain. Take advantage of this break from your road trip by spending another day sightseeing and eating at some of the best restaurants in Spain.

There are plenty of attractions, markets, and restaurants for you to experience today in the city of Alicante. Your accommodation will be conveniently located close to several of the best attractions you won't want to miss.

You'll be able to visit more of the best travel destinations in the city of Alicante, like the extraordinary Cocatedral de Sant Nicolau de Bari d'Alacant. This attraction is a church and has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,843 visitors.

Another of the best travel destinations in Alicante is the spectacular Mercat Central d'Alacant. This attraction is a building and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 20,411 visitors.

You could then travel to the amazing Archaeological Museum of Alicante archaeological museum. This outstanding attraction has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 6,349 visitors.

Santa Bárbara Castle is another stop you might want to add to your itinerary. This castle is a popular destination among visitors in Alicante. Rated at an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 29,698 visitors, it’s one many travelers find worthy a visit.

If you’re interested in seeing something outstanding today, then consider Parc El Palmeral. Parc El Palmeral is a park and popular attraction in Alicante. More than 4,985 visitors have rated this place an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Your discovery of Spain does not have to stop there. Check out the fantastic selection of tours and tickets offered in Alicante on this day of your trip. This experience and allows you the opportunity to explore fantastic attractions. Include this activity on your itinerary or choose among other memorable tours in Alicante.

After a long day of exploring some of the most popular attractions in Spain, be sure to eat at Steki Restaurante, which is considered one of the best restaurants in the city of Alicante. This restaurant is a local favorite and has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 567 customers.

Alternatively, another of the top restaurants in the city of Alicante is the popular Restaurante L'Atelier. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 510 customers.

Another great restaurant we recommend in the city of Alicante is El Garaje Bar Alicante. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,943 customers.

When you’ve finished your meal, Noray Puerto de Alicante / Café Bar is one of the best bars in the city of Alicante for an after-dinner drink. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,699 customers.

LA ZONA SOCIAL BAR is another of the most popular bars in the city of Alicante. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 740 customers.

Alternatively, a great bar that locals enjoy in the city of Alicante is Probar el Buen Bar. Probar el Buen Bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 698 customers.

Stopping at one of these popular bars is the perfect way to celebrate another incredible day in the magical city of Alicante!

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Day 3

Day 3 in Cartagena

  • Cartagena
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  • Mud Baths
  • Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar
  • Faro Cabo de Palos
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Day 3 of your road trip through Spain gives you the opportunity to experience two places in one day. You’ll be able to choose how much time you want to spend in each area, where you’ll have the chance to visit attractions like the unforgettable Mud Baths, Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar, Faro Cabo de Palos, and many more.

One of the best places to visit in Campo de Cartagena is the amazing Mud Baths. This attraction is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,472 visitors.

You could also stop at the incredible park, Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar. This travel destination has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 5,142 visitors. The tour allows curious travelers like you to have an unforgettable experience exploring some of Spain’s best spots. This is just one of the many experiences you can include in your travel plan to add flavor to your road trip in Spain. So make sure to check it out or browse other top-rated options.

At the end of the day, you will drive to the city of Cartagena, where you will have access to the best hotels and places to stay.

One of the best hotel options in the city of Cartagena is the 4-star NH Cartagena.

You can also stay at one of the best 4-star hotel. The hotel Las Gaviotas is a luxurious place to stay in the city of Cartagena.

If you’re looking for a top-rated budget apartment, we recommend staying at the 3-star Turisticos Mediterraneo Apartaments.

After a long day of driving and exploring, we recommend you try La Marquesita, one of the best restaurants in the city of Cartagena. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,795 customers.

Locals also recommend La Marquesita as one of the best restaurants in the city of Cartagena. La Marquesita is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,795 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Cartagena is Tasca Tío Andrés (Cartagena). This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,440 customers.

After dinner, visit Mr. Witt Café, which is considered one of the best bars in the city of Cartagena. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,184 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar like Mr. Witt Café. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,184 customers.

Alternatively, El Purgatorio is one of the best bars that locals recommend in the city of Cartagena. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,863 customers.

Raise your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure through Spain!

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Day 4

Day 4 in Campo de Cartagena and Alicante

  • Alicante
  • Cartagena
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  • Teatro Romano de Cartagena
  • National Museum of Underwater Archaeology
  • Faro Cabo de Palos
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Day 4 of your road trip through Spain gives you the opportunity to experience two places in one day. You’ll be able to choose how much time you want to spend in each area, where you’ll have the chance to visit attractions like the unforgettable Teatro Romano de Cartagena, National Museum of Underwater Archaeology, Faro Cabo de Palos, and many more.

One of the best places to visit in Campo de Cartagena is the amazing Teatro Romano de Cartagena. This attraction is an archaeological site that is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 16,552 visitors.

You could also stop at the incredible museum, National Museum of Underwater Archaeology. This travel destination has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 5,142 visitors.

The spectacular Museo Foro Romano. Molinete. Is another popular attraction you can visit today. This fascinating attraction has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 2,281 visitors. The tour allows curious travelers like you to have an unforgettable experience exploring some of Spain’s best spots. This is just one of the many experiences you can include in your travel plan to add flavor to your road trip in Spain. So make sure to check it out or browse other top-rated options.

At the end of the day, you will drive to the city of Alicante, where you will have access to the best hotels and places to stay.

One of the best hotel options in the city of Alicante is the 4-star Hotel Melia Alicante.

You can also stay at one of the best 5-star hotel. The hotel Hotel Hospes Amerigo is a luxurious place to stay in the city of Alicante.

If you’re looking for a top-rated budget hotel, we recommend staying at the 3-star Hotel Maya Alicante.

After a long day of driving and exploring, we recommend you try Noray Puerto de Alicante / Café Bar, one of the best restaurants in the city of Alicante. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,699 customers.

Locals also recommend LA ZONA SOCIAL BAR as one of the best restaurants in the city of Alicante. LA ZONA SOCIAL BAR is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 740 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Alicante is Probar el Buen Bar. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 698 customers.

After dinner, visit La Favorita Bar, which is considered one of the best bars in the city of Alicante. This bar is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 507 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar like Canibal Lounge Pub. This bar has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 443 customers.

Alternatively, Cervecería Layton is one of the best bars that locals recommend in the city of Alicante. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 387 customers.

Raise your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure through Spain!

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Day 5

Day 5 in Alicante - Departure Day

  • Alicante - Departure Day
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  • Basilica of St Mary of Alicante
  • Les Cigarreres
  • Parc del Tossal
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Day 5 of your road trip in Spain is your departure day. This is your chance to catch one last glimpse of Alicante before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. When you have time to explore the area before you make your way home, we recommend visiting some of the following attractions.

Basilica of St Mary of Alicante is an extraordinary attraction you could visit to enjoy your last day in Alicante. This church and popular site of interest has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,581.

If you're interested in seeing something else, the Les Cigarreres is another great option. This attraction certainly lives up to its reputation for its 4.3 out of 5-star rating from 1,876 reviews.

You can also stop at Parc del Tossal park to capture the beauty and wonder of Alicante one last time. This outstanding attraction is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,296.

Your accommodation will also be strategically located for some last-minute shopping in the city of Alicante before you conclude your short European break.

You could then enjoy your last meal in the city of Alicante at Cafee Restaurante Anis Halal before you travel home. This popular restaurant is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 607 customers.

Alternatively, we also recommend Alifornia Poké Bar - Centro de Alicante for your last chance at a meal in the city of Alicante. The Alifornia Poké Bar - Centro de Alicante restaurant has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 595 customers.

If you'd prefer a popular restaurant that locals enjoy, try La Favorita Bar. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 507 customers.

You’ll then say farewell to Spain and begin your journey home, now filled with memories of unforgettable experiences in Spain!

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