One-Week Spain Road Trip from Bilbao to Valladolid, Oviedo, and Santander

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8 days & 7 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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8 days included
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Experience the freedom of the open road in Spain as you embark on an unforgettable 8-day road trip! This experience caters to every traveler, featuring destinations like Bilbao, Burgos Province, Valladolid, Leon, Oviedo, Cangas de Onís, Ribeseya, Gijon, Rionansa, Ruente, Santillana del Mar, Villaescusa, Santander, Portugalete, Getxo, and Sukarrieta. 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 3 nights in Bilbao, 1 night in Valladolid, 2 nights in Oviedo, 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 Bilbao, 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 Bilbao, Burgos Province, Valladolid, Leon, Oviedo, Cangas de Onís, Ribeseya, Gijon, Rionansa, Ruente, Santillana del Mar, Villaescusa, Santander, Portugalete, Getxo, and Sukarrieta, 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, 7 nights
Rental car, 8 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Sukarrieta
Rionansa
Santillana del Mar
Cangas de Onís / Cangues d'Onís
Burgos - city in SpainBurgos
Photo of aerial view of Valladolid skyline, Spain.Valladolid / 1 night
Ribadesella/Ribeseya
Villaescusa
Photo of Santander city beach aerial panoramic view.Santander / 1 night
León - city in SpainLeón
Ruente
Photo of the Cathedral of Oviedo, Spain, was founded by King Fruela I of Asturias in 781 AD and is located in the Alfonso II square.Oviedo / 2 nights
Photo of aerial view of Vizcaya bridge over the river and cityscape at Portugalete, Spain.Portugalete
Gijón - city in SpainGijón
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 / 3 nights
Sundown at getxo coastline, SpainGetxo

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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
Sanctuary of Covadonga, Cangas de Onís, Asturias, SpainSanctuary of Covadonga
photo of León Cathedra at morning in Leon, Spain.León Cathedra
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
Medieval bridge in Cangas de Onis, Cangas de Onís, Asturias, SpainRoman bridge in Cangas de Onis
Cueva El Soplao, Rionansa, Saja-Nansa, Cantabria, SpainCueva El Soplao
Centro Botin, Santander, Cantabria, SpainCentro Botin
Urdaibai biosferako erreserba, Sukarrieta, Biscay, Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, SpainUrdaibai Biosphere Reserve
photo of the Altamira Caves, Cantabria. Spanish rock art. It is the highest representation of cave painting in Spain.Cave of Altamira
Photo of Beautiful San Lorenzo beach in the city center of Gijón, Spain .San Lorenzo Beach
Mirador del Fitu
Laberinto De Villapresente, Reocín, Saja-Nansa, Cantabria, SpainLaberinto De Villapresente
Photo of The Eulogy to the Horizon or Elogio del Horizonte monument is a one of the most known symbols of Gijon in Asturias, Spain.Elogio del horizonte
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
Parque Etxebarria, Casco Viejo, Ibaiondo, Bilbao, Biscay, Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, SpainParque Etxebarria
Photo of Collegiate Church of San Isidoro, Leon Spain.Basilica of San Isidoro
Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao, Indautxu, Abando, Bilbao, Biscay, Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, SpainMuseum of Fine Arts of Bilbao
photo of Casa botines in Leon By Antoni Gaudi architect in 1894 Modernism by Saint James way.Casa de los Botines
Mercado del Este
Puerto Viejo
Puppy, Abando, Bilbao, Biscay, Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, SpainPuppy
photo of a beautiful sunny view of Monasterio de las Huelgas in Burgos, Spain.Monasterio de las Huelgas
Castillo de Burgos, Burgos, Castile and León, SpainCastillo de Burgos
photo of La Fuentona in Ruente, Spain.La Fuentona
Mirador Del Castillo, Burgos, Castile and León, SpainMirador Del Castillo

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Day 1

Day 1 – Bilbao - arrival day

  • Bilbao - Arrival day
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  • Federiko Moiua enparantza
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Welcome to Bilbao, the perfect starting point for your road trip in Spain! Pick up your rental car and let the adventure begin. You will spend 2 nights immersing yourself in Bilbao's charm before embarking on the next leg of your journey.

Bilbao 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 Federiko Moiua enparantza or taking a stroll in the city center. Soak in the lovely atmosphere and sit down for a bit to eat or drink.

As afternoon approaches, head to your chosen hotel in Bilbao. Check-in typically starts around 2 to 4 PM at hotels in Spain. We recommend staying at a hotel in a central location for easy access to the best attractions, restaurants, and bars in the city.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Bilbao. 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 Mina, a 1-star Michelin restaurant offering an incredible creative, and seasonal menu. Alternatively, if your taste buds call for something different, Zortziko is one of the best restaurants for contemporary cuisine in Bilbao. This 1-star Michelin-awardee earns consistently high praises from guests. We also recommend checking out the menu at Etxanobe Atelier. As a top-rated establishment with 1 Michelin star, it is an ideal choice for creative cuisine in the city.

After your meal, keep the night alive at a bar like Stromboli taberna, known for its lively atmosphere.

Raise a toast to the start of your 8-day road trip in Spain!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Bilbao

  • Bilbao
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Drive 8 km, 42 min

  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Puppy
  • Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao
  • Doña Casilda Iturrizar park
  • Parque Etxebarria
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Day 2 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Bilbao for 1 night more, offering you enough time to explore at a relaxed pace.

Journey into the unknown at Guggenheim Museum, a unique attraction awaiting your visit. This remarkable museum building has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 64,815 reviews. Every year, Guggenheim Museum welcomes more than 530,967 curious visitors.

When you’re ready to continue your sightseeing, Puppy is a recommended place to visit. This point of interest is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 5,913 reviews.

Another must-see attraction in Bilbao is Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao. Rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 8,312 travelers, this popular tourist destination in Bilbao offers an experience you will remember.

Doña Casilda Iturrizar park is another popular stop on travelers' itineraries in Bilbao. This park promises memorable moments of exploring. Other travelers have rated this attraction 4.5 out of 5 stars in 9,643 reviews.

Lastly, don't miss out on Etxebarria parkea. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars by 9,229 local and international travelers, it's a popular place to visit.

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

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

Treat yourself to a delightful dinner at Café Bar Bilbao, highly recommended for tonight's dining. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, why not try El Globo taberna? It's another excellent option with a diverse menu. Consider reserving a table at La Barraca jatetxea as well. Known for its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an ideal pick for tonight in Bilbao.

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

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Day 3

Day 3 – Bilbao, Burgos Province, and Valladolid

  • Valladolid
  • Burgos
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Drive 292 km, 3 hours 49 min

  • Monasterio de las Huelgas
  • Burgos Cathedral
  • Mirador Del Castillo
  • Castillo de Burgos
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On day 3 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 Burgos Province. In the evening, you’ll end up in Valladolid, where you will stay for 1 night.

After soaking in Bilbao’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Burgos Province. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 1 hour 44 min. When you arrive in Burgos Province, it's time to take a break from the road.

Seize the day by visiting some of the best attractions in the area, like Abbey of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas. This extraordinary cistercian nunnery has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 5,194 visitors.

Next, make your way to Burgos Cathedral. This catholic cathedral is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars in 28,435 reviews.

While in Burgos Province, we also recommend a visit to Mirador Del Castillo. This sightseeing destination has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 3,666 reviews.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to Castillo de Burgos. With an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 4,597 travelers, this sightseeing destination is a highly recommended stop on your sightseeing around Burgos Province.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Valladolid, 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 Valladolid. Enjoy a satisfying meal that will recharge you for tonight's adventures.

Begin 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.

If you’re not ready to end the night just yet, The Lost Child Cocktail's Bar offers a perfect venue to relax and savor a drink. Similarly, Café Bar Alborada is well-suited for those looking to unwind in a social setting. Monasterio is another excellent spot to enjoy a nightcap after a delightful meal.

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 – Valladolid, Leon, and Oviedo

  • Oviedo
  • León
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Drive 265 km, 3 hours 19 min

  • León Cathedra
  • Casa de los Botines
  • Basilica of San Isidoro
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On day 4 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Spain, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 1 destination, Leon. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Oviedo, where you’ll be staying for 2 nights.

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Valladolid and set your GPS to Leon. 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 40 min. Upon reaching Leon, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

Take the opportunity to see León Cathedra. This attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 30,058 visitors.

Casa de los Botines is another sightseeing hotspot in the area. This building has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 7,594 travelers.

Leon is also the home of Basilica of San Isidoro. Around 8,015 people have rated this collegiate church an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Oviedo, 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 day of adventure, treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at one of Oviedo's best restaurants.

Enjoy a delicious meal at Restaurante Doña Concha, a highly-rated dining destination in Oviedo. If you're eager to try something different, consider La Oveja Negra, another top spot with a tantalizing menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Restaurante La Tagliatella | Oviedo / Uviéu. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s an excellent choice to enhance your stay in Oviedo this evening.

Extend your evening after a delightful meal by visiting Baam, which offers the perfect atmosphere for a night out. Moreover, Mala Saña is another popular option for a drink or two. Likewise, L'Esperteyu Pub - Cervecería also provides a great ambiance for reminiscing about the day and raising a toast to your vacation.

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 5

Day 5 – Oviedo, Cuadonga/Covadonga, Cangas de Onís, Ribeseya, and Gijon

  • Oviedo
  • Cangas de Onís / Cangues d'Onís
  • Ribadesella/Ribeseya
  • Gijón
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Drive 199 km, 3 hours 29 min

  • Sanctuary of Covadonga
  • Roman bridge in Cangas de Onis
  • Mirador del Fitu
  • San Lorenzo Beach
  • Elogio del horizonte
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Wake up to day 5 of your extraordinary road trip in Spain. With 1 night left in Oviedo, we encourage you to seize the day and discover the unexplored beauty of the city’s surroundings!

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Oviedo and set your GPS to Cuadonga/Covadonga. 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 14 min. Upon reaching Cuadonga/Covadonga, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

An excellent attraction to start your day with is Sanctuary of Covadonga. This church is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 34,049 reviews.

Set your GPS to Cangas de Onís and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 15 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Cangas de Onís beckons with new experiences!

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Roman bridge in Cangas de Onis. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 21,965 reviews.

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

Kick off the day at Mirador del Fito, a top pick for today’s sightseeing. This park is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 10,162 reviews.

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

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

Savor the flavors at Mesón El Viso, a top pick for dinner tonight. Alternatively, Arrocería La Genuina de Cimadevilla beckons with its unique menu offerings. Also, consider El Chibiski Oviedo. With its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an excellent option for dining in Oviedo tonight.

After savoring a delicious meal, step into the vibrant nightlife at Per Se Café, where the evening is just getting started.

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 – Oviedo, Rionansa, Ruente, Cerrazo, Santillana del Mar, and Villaescusa

  • Santander
  • Rionansa
  • Ruente
  • Santillana del Mar
  • Villaescusa
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Drive 257 km, 3 hours 44 min

  • Cueva El Soplao
  • La Fuentona
  • Laberinto De Villapresente
  • Cave of Altamira
  • Cabarceno Natural Park
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 6 of your road trip in Spain. Today, you will make 5 stops and experience some of the highlights of Rionansa, Ruente, Cerrazo, Santillana del Mar, 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 1 night.

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!

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Cueva El Soplao. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 18,913 visitors.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Cerrazo, home to many well-known sights in the region, is a lovely destination on today’s itinerary. Keep in mind that your travel time from Ruente to Cerrazo may take around 24 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival in Cerrazo, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to La Fuentona de Ruente. This watercourse is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 3,844 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 you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Santander. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

Experience a taste of local culinary excellence while in Santander by securing a table at Cadelo. Esteemed as a much-enjoyed Bib Gourmand restaurant, it features an exceptional modern menu. For an alternative taste experience, visit Umma, famous for its scrumptious modern dishes. This Bib Gourmand venue consistently impresses guests, making it a standout addition to your holiday plans. Looking for another choice? Discover Agua Salada, a local favorite celebrated for its exquisite contemporary, and traditional cuisine in Santander. Located in the heart of the city, this Bib Gourmand-awardee is an ideal pick for contemporary, and traditional cuisine lovers seeking top-notch culinary experiences.

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

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

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Day 7

Day 7 – Santander, Portugalete, Getxo, Sukarrieta, and Bilbao

  • Bilbao
  • Santander
  • Portugalete
  • Getxo
  • Sukarrieta
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Drive 197 km, 3 hours 14 min

  • Mercado del Este
  • Centro Botin
  • Vizcaya Bridge
  • Puerto Viejo
  • Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 7 of your road trip in Spain. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 4 vibrant destinations - Santander, Portugalete, Getxo, and Sukarrieta. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Bilbao. You will spend 1 night here for some well-deserved relaxation.

When you’re ready for some sightseeing, make your way to Mercado del Este. This much-appreciated sightseeing destination is rated 4.1 out of 5 stars in 7,680 reviews.

Next up is Centro Botin. This art museum has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 14,508 visitors. As one of the top places to visit in the city, Centro Botin welcomes 111,096 visitors annually.

Set your GPS to Portugalete and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 1 hour 7 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Portugalete beckons with new experiences!

A top pick for your self-guided sightseeing tour today is Vizcaya Bridge. Previous visitors have rated this suspension bridge an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 28,202 reviews.

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

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Bilbao. 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.

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

Savor another day of unforgettable experiences in Spain!

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Day 8

Day 8 – Bilbao - departure day

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  • Zubizuri
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Day 8 of your road trip in Spain is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Bilbao before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

Make the most of your final day in Spain by visiting Bilbao’s iconic markets and shopping establishments. Secure the perfect souvenirs for your family and friends back home or buy yourself a remembrance of your amazing experience in Spain.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Zubizuri. This footbridge is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 10,295 reviews.

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

Esteemed as a much-enjoyed restaurant, it features an exceptional menu. If you're in the mood for something new, try Cerveceria Baskian, another premier location with a delectable menu.

You’ll then say farewell to Bilbao. 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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