6-Day Spain Road Trip from Vitoria-Gasteiz to San Sebastian, and Santander

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6 days & 5 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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5 nights included
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6 days included
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Escape the ordinary with this exciting 6-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 Vitoria-Gasteiz, San Sebastian, Portugalete, Sukarrieta, Bilbao, Villaescusa, Santander, and Cueto. 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 2 nights in Vitoria-Gasteiz, 2 nights in San Sebastian, and 1 night in Santander. 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 Vitoria-Gasteiz, 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. Guggenheim Museum and Cabarceno Natural Park are just a couple of the bucket-list attractions that await your discovery.

As you hit the open road and drive through Vitoria-Gasteiz, San Sebastian, Portugalete, Sukarrieta, Bilbao, Villaescusa, Santander, and Cueto, 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, 5 nights
Rental car, 6 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Vitoria-Gasteiz - city in SpainVitoria-Gasteiz / 2 nights
Cueto
Sukarrieta
Photo of panoramic aerial view of San Sebastian (Donostia) on a beautiful summer day, Spain.Donostia / San Sebastián / 2 nights
Villaescusa
Photo of Santander city beach aerial panoramic view.Santander / 1 night
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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Photo of Guggenheim, Bilbao, museum, modern art, Spain.Guggenheim Museum
photo of stunning landscape in the Cabarceno Nature Park in Cantabria. Northern coast of Spain.Cabarceno Natural Park
photo of Vizcaya Bridge in the Biscay province of Spain - A UNESCO World Heritage Site.Vizcaya Bridge
Beach of La Concha, San Sebastián, Donostialdea, Gipuzkoa, Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, SpainBeach of La Concha
Centro Botin, Santander, Cantabria, SpainCentro Botin
Photo of Alderdi Eder gardens is beautiful gardens along the bay in San Sebastian, Spain .Alderdi Eder parkea
Urdaibai biosferako erreserba, Sukarrieta, Biscay, Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, SpainUrdaibai Biosphere Reserve
Photo of Peine del Viento XV,San Sebastian, Spain.Haizearen orrazia
Photo of Colorful and modern Bilbao Bridge, Basque Country, Spain.Zubizuri
Photo of Fountain in Doña Casilda de Iturrizar Park at night - park in Bilbao, Vizcaya, Basque Country, Spain.Doña Casilda Iturrizar park
Federico Moyua enparantza, Abando, Bilbao, Biscay, Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, SpainFederiko Moiua enparantza
Plaza Virgen Blanca, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Gasteizko kuadrilla/Cuadrilla de Vitoria, Álava, Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, SpainPlaza Virgen Blanca
Mercado del Este
Photo of City of Vitoria-Gasteiz. Aerial view of La Florida and Cathedral of Mary Immaculate, Araba .La Florida
Centro de Arte Faro Cabo Mayor, Santander, Cantabria, SpainCentro de Arte Faro Cabo Mayor
Photo of amazing salburua park view,Elorriaga ,Spain .Salburua
Photo of View of plaza porticada square in Santander, Spain.Plaza Porticada
Parque Atlántico de Las LlamasLlamas Park
Photo of New Square and city hall. Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain .Nueva Square
Santa Maria Katedrala, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Gasteizko kuadrilla/Cuadrilla de Vitoria, Álava, Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, SpainCathedral of Santa María de Vitoria de españa
Arriagako Donibane Parkea
Photo of Puddles and wet meadows of Olarizu after several rainy days. Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain .Olárizu

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Day 1

Day 1 – Vitoria-Gasteiz - arrival day

  • Vitoria-Gasteiz - Arrival day
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  • La Florida
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Your road trip adventure in Spain begins as soon as you reach Vitoria-Gasteiz and pick up your car. You’ll stay in Vitoria-Gasteiz for 1 night and explore the best things to see and do, sample the local cuisine, and choose from a curated selection of the best hotels and places to stay in the city.

Vitoria-Gasteiz 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 La Florida 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 Vitoria-Gasteiz. 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 Vitoria-Gasteiz. 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 Zabala, a Bib Gourmand restaurant offering an incredible contemporary menu. As a top-rated it is an ideal choice in the city. Alternatively, if your taste buds call for something different, Restaurante-Asador Matxete is another top choice with a popular menu. You could also check for a table at Bar Txiki. As an establishment that gains consistently high praises from customers, it’s an ideal choice in Vitoria-Gasteiz tonight.

Following your dinner, dive into the local bar culture at Soho Vitoria-Cocktail Bar. Alternatively, go to Taberna Txustarra, the perfect place for those looking to experience the best of the nightlife. Similarly, Aldapa Taberna provides excellent drinks and a great atmosphere, ensuring a memorable night out.

Raise a toast to the start of your 6-day road trip in Spain!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Vitoria-Gasteiz, Elorriaga, and San Sebastian

  • Donostia / San Sebastián
  • Vitoria-Gasteiz
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Drive 106 km, 1 hour 39 min

  • Nueva Square
  • Plaza Virgen Blanca
  • Cathedral of Santa María de Vitoria de españa
  • Arriagako Donibane Parkea
  • Salburua
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On day 2 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 Vitoria-Gasteiz, and Elorriaga. In the evening, you’ll end up in San Sebastian, where you will stay for 2 nights.

Make Nueva Square your first stop of the day. Previous visitors have rated this square an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 4,706 reviews.

Next up, make a stop at Plaza Virgen Blanca. With an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 8,751 visitors, it's easy to understand why so many people visit this sightseeing destination every year.

Cathedral of Santa María de Vitoria is another attraction you can visit on this day of your vacation. This catholic cathedral has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 4,503 visitors.

When you’re finished at Cathedral of Santa María de Vitoria, the perfect next stop is Arriagako Donibane Parkea. This park is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 2,770 reviews.

Upon reaching Elorriaga, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Salburua. This protected area is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 5,863 visitors.

At the end of the day, you will drive to San Sebastian, 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 San Sebastian's best restaurants.

Set out on a gastronomic journey in San Sebastian by reserving a table at Arzak. Known for its 3-star Michelin reputation, Arzak captivates its guests with its exceptional variety of meals showcasing delicious creative, and traditional cuisine. For a different taste, head over to Amelia by Paulo Airaudo, renowned for its delectable creative dishes. This distinguished 2-star Michelin-recipient is a favorite among guests, making it a worthy addition to your holiday plans. Craving more culinary excitement? Explore Kokotxa, a highly rated local gem known for its exquisite modern menu. With a 1-star Michelin acclaim, it promises a dining experience you won't want to miss. With its reputation for pleasing customers, it’s a fantastic choice for tonight in San Sebastian.

Unwind after your meal by stepping into Gorriti Taberna. This venue is celebrated for its extensive drink selections and cozy vibes.

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

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Day 3

Day 3 – San Sebastian, Portugalete, and Sukarrieta

  • Donostia / San Sebastián
  • Portugalete
  • Sukarrieta
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Drive 266 km, 4 hours 2 min

  • Alderdi Eder parkea
  • Beach of La Concha
  • Haizearen orrazia
  • Vizcaya Bridge
  • Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve
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At the end of the day, you'll drive back to San Sebastian, where you'll stay for 1 night more.

Your sightseeing of the day begins at Alderdi Eder Parkea, a remarkable park where it’s easy to get lost in exploration. This top attraction is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 13,442 reviews.

Next, satisfy your wanderlust at Beach of La Concha. This natural feature has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 21,054 travelers.

Peine del Viento XV is another must-visit attraction. This renowned sculpture offers a memorable experience, well worth a stop on your self-guided sightseeing tour. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 11,281 travelers, it's one of the more popular places to see in the area.

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 23 min. Upon your arrival in Portugalete, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

When you’re ready for some sightseeing, make your way to Vizcaya Bridge. This much-appreciated suspension bridge is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars in 28,202 reviews.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Sukarrieta. This car ride takes around 52 min.

Your sightseeing of the day begins at Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, a remarkable park where it’s easy to get lost in exploration. This top attraction is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 12,342 reviews.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll return to San Sebastian and your accommodation.

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

Treat yourself to a delightful dinner at La Cuchara de San Telmo, highly recommended for tonight's dining. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, why not try Narru Restaurant? It's another excellent option with a diverse menu. Consider reserving a table at Sirimiri Gastroleku as well. Known for its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an ideal pick for tonight in San Sebastian.

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 4

Day 4 – San Sebastian, Bilbao, Villaescusa, and Santander

  • Santander
  • Bilbao
  • Villaescusa
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Drive 221 km, 3 hours 14 min

  • Federiko Moiua enparantza
  • Zubizuri
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Doña Casilda Iturrizar park
  • Cabarceno Natural Park
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 4 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.

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 Bilbao may take around 1 hour 13 min. Upon your arrival in Bilbao, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Federiko Moiua enparantza. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 9,235 reviews.

Next up, make your way to Zubizuri. This footbridge has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 10,295 reviews.

When you’re ready for your next sight of the day, continue to Guggenheim Museum. This museum building has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 64,815 visitors. Up to 530,967 people visit this place of interest annually.

Beyond the above-mentioned attractions, you also have the opportunity to visit Doña Casilda Iturrizar park. This park is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 9,643 visitors.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Villaescusa.

A top pick for your self-guided sightseeing tour today is Cabarceno Natural Park. Previous visitors have rated this zoo an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 45,839 reviews.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Santander. Santander 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 long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Santander. Enjoy a satisfying meal that will recharge you for tonight's adventures.

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

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

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

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Day 5

Day 5 – Santander, Cueto, and Vitoria-Gasteiz

  • Vitoria-Gasteiz
  • Santander
  • Cueto
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Drive 175 km, 2 hours 25 min

  • Plaza Porticada
  • Mercado del Este
  • Centro Botin
  • Llamas Park
  • Centro de Arte Faro Cabo Mayor
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Dive into day 5 of your remarkable road trip in Spain. Today you will explore Santander, and Cueto, 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.

Drop by the renowned Plaza Porticada. This popular square has been rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 5,395 visitors.

Another unforgettable place to experience is Mercado del Este. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars by 7,680 visitors, this sightseeing destination deserves a spot on today's sightseeing itinerary.

We also recommend a visit to Centro Botin. Hosting around 111,096 visitors every year, the fascinating Centro Botin is one of the best places to visit in Santander. This art museum has been rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 14,508 reviews.

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

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Llamas Park. This park is a popular stop on travelers’ itineraries in Cueto, with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 4,849 visitors.

Centro de Arte Faro Cabo Mayor is another popular place of interest you can visit today. The average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 6,037 reviews gives you an idea of other visitors’ experience at this attraction.

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.

As you explore more of Vitoria-Gasteiz, 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.

Enjoy a delicious meal at Zaldiaran, a top-rated dining destination in Vitoria-Gasteiz. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider La Escotilla, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at El Portalón. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Vitoria-Gasteiz this evening.

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

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Day 6

Day 6 – Vitoria-Gasteiz, and Aretxabaleta - departure day

  • Vitoria-Gasteiz - Departure day
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  • Olárizu
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Day 6 of your road trip in Spain is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Vitoria-Gasteiz before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

Explore local shops for souvenirs to remember your trip or find unique gifts for loved ones.

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

Treat yourself to a delightful dinner at Tximiso Taberna, highly recommended for tonight's dining. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, why not try Erdizka bar&grill? It's another excellent option with a diverse menu.

You’ll then say farewell to Vitoria-Gasteiz. 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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