7-Day Spain Road Trip from Zaragoza traveling north to Vitoria-Gasteiz, Santander, and San Sebastian

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7 days & 6 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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Escape the ordinary with this exciting 7-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 Zaragoza, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Burgos Province, Villaescusa, Santander, Rionansa, Bilbao, Portugalete, San Sebastian, and Pamplona. 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 Zaragoza, 1 night in Vitoria-Gasteiz, 2 nights in Santander, and 1 night in San Sebastian. 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 Zaragoza, 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 Zaragoza, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Burgos Province, Villaescusa, Santander, Rionansa, Bilbao, Portugalete, San Sebastian, and Pamplona, 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, 6 nights
Rental car, 7 days
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Destinations

Vitoria-Gasteiz - city in SpainVitoria-Gasteiz / 1 night
Rionansa
Photo of the aerial view of Plaza de Toros in Pamplona, the capital of Navarre province in northern Spain.Pamplona
Burgos - city in SpainBurgos
Photo of panoramic aerial view of San Sebastian (Donostia) on a beautiful summer day, Spain.Donostia / San Sebastián / 1 night
Villaescusa
Photo of Santander city beach aerial panoramic view.Santander / 2 nights
Photo of aerial view of beautiful landscape of Zaragoza, Spain.Zaragoza / 2 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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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 The Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar seen from the Ebro river,Zaragoza,Spain.Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar
Photo of Cathedral of Santa Maria in Burgos, Spain.Burgos Cathedral
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
Photo of Parque Grande Jose Antonio Labordeta in Zaragoza, Spain in spring on a cloudy day.José Antonio Labordeta Grand Park
Cueva El Soplao, Rionansa, Saja-Nansa, Cantabria, SpainCueva El Soplao
Photo of Aerial panorama of medieval fortifications of Pamplona city of the running of the bulls in Navarra Spain .Ciudadela de Pamplona
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
Laberinto De Villapresente, Reocín, Saja-Nansa, Cantabria, SpainLaberinto De Villapresente
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
Photo of Pavilion monument at the castle Square in the old town of Pamplona, Spain.Castle Square
Federico Moyua enparantza, Abando, Bilbao, Biscay, Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, SpainFederiko Moiua enparantza
Photo of View of Zaragoza in sunny day. Ancient stone bridge and Cathedral.Puente de Piedra
Mercado del Este
Photo of Carmen door in Zaragoa, Spain.Puerta del Carmen
Plaza de los Sitios de ZaragozaPlaza de los Sitios
CaixaForum Zaragoza, Delicias, Zaragoza, Aragon, SpainCaixaForum Zaragoza
Photo of View of plaza porticada square in Santander, Spain.Plaza Porticada
Photo of Parque del Agua Zaragoza, Water Tower and a lake with a nice reflection of the tower and a tree .Parque del Agua Zaragoza (Water Park)
Photo of Medieval (14th-century) Ancient city gate Arco de Santa María, Burgos, Castille and Leon, Spain .Arco de Santa María
Puente de Santa María, Burgos, Castile and León, SpainPuente de Santa María

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Day 1

Day 1 – Zaragoza - arrival day

  • Zaragoza - Arrival day
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  • Puerta del Carmen
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Say hello to Zaragoza! 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 Zaragoza for 1 night before you continue your adventure!

Zaragoza 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 Puerta del Carmen 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 Zaragoza. 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 Zaragoza. 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.

Prepare for an extraordinary culinary adventure in Zaragoza by booking a table at Gente Rara, a 1-star Michelin restaurant that boasts an exceptional creative, and contemporary menu. For a different flavor experience, head to Cancook, renowned for its delectable creative dishes. This 1-star Michelin restaurant consistently wows guests, making it a memorable stop during your holiday. Looking for another option? Visit La Prensa, a local gem known for its delightful contemporary cuisine in Zaragoza. Nestled in the city's heart, this 1-star Michelin restaurant is a perfect choice for discerning restaurant-goers seeking a new experience.

Continue your evening by exploring the vibrant nightlife scene at Be A Legend Bar, a prime destination for a thrilling night out. Also, don’t forget to check out Bar El Circo, a bar that offers unique local touches. Likewise, Rock & Blues Cafe provides an excellent alternative for a fun evening.

Raise a toast to the start of your 7-day road trip in Spain!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Zaragoza, and Vitoria-Gasteiz

  • Vitoria-Gasteiz
  • Zaragoza
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Drive 269 km, 3 hours 28 min

  • Puente de Piedra
  • Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar
  • CaixaForum Zaragoza
  • José Antonio Labordeta Grand Park
  • Parque del Agua Zaragoza (Water Park)
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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 Zaragoza. In the evening, you’ll end up in Vitoria-Gasteiz, where you will stay for 1 night.

Your sightseeing of the day begins at Puente de Piedra, a remarkable bridge where it’s easy to get lost in exploration. This top attraction is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 7,689 reviews.

Next, satisfy your wanderlust at Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar. This co-cathedral has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 34,215 travelers.

CaixaForum Zaragoza is another must-visit attraction. This renowned cultural center offers a memorable experience, well worth a stop on your self-guided sightseeing tour. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 5,566 travelers, it's one of the more popular places to see in the area.

Beyond the above-mentioned sites, you also have the opportunity to visit José Antonio Labordeta Grand Park. This well-loved park boasts a 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 19,535 reviews.

When there’s still energy left for exploring, Parque del Agua Zaragoza (Water Park) awaits. If you’ve been interested in experiencing a park, this is a top pick rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 5,110 previous visitors.

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.

Start your culinary exploration in Vitoria-Gasteiz by securing a reservation at Zabala. This renowned restaurant holds a Bib Gourmand award and offers an exceptional menu of contemporary cuisine. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Restaurante-Asador Matxete, a popular restaurant in Vitoria-Gasteiz. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of Bar Txiki, a hidden gem nestled in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

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.

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

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Day 3

Day 3 – Vitoria-Gasteiz, Burgos Province, Villaescusa, and Santander

  • Santander
  • Burgos
  • Villaescusa
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Drive 313 km, 3 hours 51 min

  • Puente de Santa María
  • Arco de Santa María
  • Burgos Cathedral
  • Cabarceno Natural Park
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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 Burgos Province, and Villaescusa. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Santander, which will be your home away from home for 2 nights.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Burgos Province. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 25 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

Make Puente de Santa María your first stop of the day. Previous visitors have rated this bridge an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 699 reviews.

Next up, make a stop at Arco de Santa María. With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 1,973 visitors, it's easy to understand why so many people visit this triumphal arch every year.

Burgos Cathedral is another attraction you can visit on this day of your vacation. This catholic cathedral has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 28,435 visitors.

Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of 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.

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.

Experience a taste of Cadelo in Santander by booking a reservation in advance. Renowned for its Bib Gourmand distinction, Cadelo delights its guests with its exceptional variety of meals showcasing delicious modern cuisine. For another culinary dining option, venture to Umma, celebrated for its delectable modern menu. This acclaimed Bib Gourmand-recipient consistently leaves guests satisfied, ensuring an essential addition to your holiday itinerary. Seeking an alternative? Discover Agua Salada, a top local restaurant known for its tantalizing contemporary, and traditional menu. With a Bib Gourmand recognition, it promises an exceptional dining experience not to be missed.

After enjoying a fulfilling meal, continue your evening at Kings Pub, ideal for those looking to unwind with a drink in a comfortable setting. Alternatively, Grog offers a welcoming atmosphere for easing into the nightlife. Similarly, HYGGE COCKTAIL provides an excellent environment for a relaxed and enjoyable evening.

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

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Day 4

Day 4 – Santander, Rionansa, and Cerrazo

  • Santander
  • Rionansa
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Drive 140 km, 2 hours 21 min

  • Cueva El Soplao
  • Laberinto De Villapresente
  • Centro Botin
  • Mercado del Este
  • Plaza Porticada
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On day 4 of your road trip, you’ll start and end your day in Santander, but spend part of the day exploring places of interest outside the immediate city. On today's itinerary, you'll find attractions in Rionansa, Cerrazo, and Santander. You still have 1 night left in Santander.

Your sightseeing of the day begins at Centro Botin, a remarkable art museum where it’s easy to get lost in exploration. This top attraction is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 14,508 reviews. Each year, this popular place of interest welcomes approximately 111,096 visitors.

Next, satisfy your wanderlust at Mercado del Este. This point of interest has an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars from 7,680 travelers.

Plaza Porticada is another must-visit attraction. This renowned square offers a memorable experience, well worth a stop on your self-guided sightseeing tour. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars by 5,395 travelers, it's one of the more popular places to see in the area.

Set your GPS to Rionansa and hit the road. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Rionansa beckons with new experiences!

An excellent attraction to start your day with is Cueva El Soplao. This point of interest is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 18,913 reviews.

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Cerrazo and set your GPS to Santander. 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 27 min. Upon reaching Santander, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

Take the opportunity to see Laberinto De Villapresente. This attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 9,994 visitors.

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

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.

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.

After your delicious meal, get a taste of the vibrant nightlife with a visit to Little Bobby, known for its inviting atmosphere.

Celebrate another amazing day of your road trip adventure in Spain!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Santander, Bilbao, Portugalete, and San Sebastian

  • Donostia / San Sebastián
  • Bilbao
  • Portugalete
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Drive 233 km, 3 hours 23 min

  • Zubizuri
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Doña Casilda Iturrizar park
  • Federiko Moiua enparantza
  • Vizcaya Bridge
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Dive into day 5 of your remarkable road trip in Spain. Today you will explore Bilbao, 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 San Sebastian. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Santander, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Bilbao. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 16 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

Seize the day by visiting some of the best attractions in the area, like Zubizuri. This extraordinary footbridge has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 10,295 visitors.

Next, make your way to Guggenheim Museum. This museum building welcomes around 530,967 visitors yearly and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 64,815 reviews.

While in Bilbao, we also recommend a visit to Doña Casilda Iturrizar park. This park has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 9,643 reviews.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to Federiko Moiua enparantza. With an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 9,235 travelers, this point of interest is a highly recommended stop on your sightseeing around Bilbao.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Portugalete. This drive usually takes around 23 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Vizcaya Bridge. This suspension bridge is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 28,202 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 long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in San Sebastian. Enjoy a satisfying meal that will recharge you for tonight's adventures.

Discover the culinary delights of San Sebastian by securing a reservation at Arzak. Esteemed for its 3-star Guide Michelin recognition, this restaurant offers a remarkable selection of creative, and traditional cuisine. For an alternative dining experience, try Amelia by Paulo Airaudo, renowned for its delicious creative dishes. This esteemed 2-star Michelin-recipient consistently impresses guests, making it a must-visit spot during your holiday. Craving more culinary excitement? Head to Kokotxa, a highly recommended local eatery celebrated for its mouthwatering modern menu. With its 1-star Michelin recognition, it offers an unforgettable dining adventure.

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

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

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Day 6

Day 6 – San Sebastian, Pamplona, and Zaragoza

  • Zaragoza
  • Donostia / San Sebastián
  • Pamplona
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Drive 264 km, 3 hours 34 min

  • Alderdi Eder parkea
  • Beach of La Concha
  • Haizearen orrazia
  • Ciudadela de Pamplona
  • Castle Square
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 6 of your road trip in Spain. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 2 vibrant destinations - San Sebastian, and Pamplona. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Zaragoza. You will spend 1 night here for some well-deserved relaxation.

An excellent attraction to start your day with is Alderdi Eder Parkea. This park is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 13,442 reviews.

Continue your journey at Beach of La Concha. This natural feature is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 21,054 travelers from near and far.

San Sebastian is also the home of Peine del Viento XV. This sculpture has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 11,281 visitors.

Pamplona’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of San Sebastian behind. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 6 min. Pamplona welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

Make Citadel of Pamplona one of your first sightseeing stops in Pamplona. Rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 15,829 travelers, a visit to this local attraction makes for a great introduction to the area.

Castle Square is a worthwhile attraction you can visit next. This square is a valued place of interest in the area, with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 9,066 reviews.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Zaragoza, 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 are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Zaragoza. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

Enjoy a delicious meal at Restaurante Palomeque, a top-rated dining destination in Zaragoza. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Mesón Martín, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Parrilla Albarracin. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Zaragoza this evening.

Let the evening flow smoothly from dinner to drinks at Canterbury Salamero, a top-rated bar in the area. For other recommendations, La Bendita provides a perfect setting for rounding out your night with style and great drinks. Likewise, El Tubo de Zaragoza offers a memorable night with diverse drink options and excellent service.

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 7

Day 7 – Zaragoza - departure day

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  • Plaza de los Sitios
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Day 7 of your road trip in Spain is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Zaragoza 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 Zaragoza’s popular marketplace. Look for keepsakes or souvenirs to remind you of your trip.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Plaza de los Sitios. This square is a popular stop on travelers’ itineraries in Zaragoza, with an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 6,205 visitors.

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

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

You’ll then say farewell to Zaragoza. 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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