9-Day Spain Road Trip from Madrid to Valencia, Barcelona, and Zaragoza

Photo of Spanish mediterranean sunny scenic coastline. La Granadella beach. Alicante, Valencia.
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Duration
9 days & 8 nights
Available
Jan. - Dec.
Hotel
8 nights included
Car rental
9 days included
Flights
Optional
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Description

Have the adventure of a lifetime with this 9-day road trip through Spain.

This incredible self-drive vacation package will take you through the best destinations in Spain. With this perfectly planned travel package, you will stay 3 nights in Madrid, 1 night in Valencia, 3 nights in Barcelona, and 1 night in Zaragoza, experiencing the ultimate road trip in Spain. Your road trip will enable you to discover the country's most popular attractions and restaurants in Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, and Zaragoza.

We'll help you experience the best 9 days in Spain you can imagine, so you can leave happy and inspired.

Upon arriving in Madrid, you’ll collect the rental vehicle of your choice. From there, you’ll be off to discover some of the most popular attractions in Spain, including the stunning El Retiro Park and Main Square.

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 B&B Hotel Madrid Airport T1 T2 T3, you could choose to stay at a popular hotel like the 4-star Hotel Mercader. Alternatively, you could stay at a luxury accommodation like the 5-star Hotel Puerta America. Travelers looking for the best cheap accommodation could choose the 3-star B&B Hotel Madrid Airport T1 T2 T3. 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 in Spain. From the magnificent Sagrada Família to the breathtaking Mercado de La Boqueria and Plaça de Catalunya, your journey will take you on a thrilling adventure through some of the most iconic travel destinations in the country. Your discovery doesn't end there. As you hit the open road and drive through Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, and Zaragoza, you'll also have plenty of opportunities to uncover hidden gems and experience the authentic charm of Spain. Whether you're exploring enchanting small towns, discovering scenic routes, or indulging in local cuisine, there's always something new and exciting to experience in 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 multiple opportunities to look for souvenirs to memorialize your road trip in Spain.

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 8 nights, with plenty of top-rated breakfast and restaurant options nearby. We'll provide you with the best car rental for 8 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. Make your vacation in Spain extra special by adding tours and tickets to each day of your itinerary.

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

Hotel, 8 nights
Rental car, 9 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

The Puerta del Sol square is the main public space in Madrid. In the middle of the square is located the office of the President of the Community of Madrid.Madrid / 3 nights
Valencia, Spain city skyline.Valencia / 1 night
Scenic aerial view of the Agbar Tower in Barcelona in Spain.Barcelona / 3 nights
Photo of aerial view of beautiful landscape of Zaragoza, Spain.Zaragoza / 1 night

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Attractions

Photo of sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the most known building created by Antoni Gaudi.Sagrada Família
Photo of stairs and buildings in the Park Guell by architect Gaudi o in Barcelona, Spain.Park Güell
Photo of view of Square of Catalonia (Placa de Catalunya) in Barcelona, Spain.Plaça de Catalunya
Photo of Retiro Park that is a city park in Madrid's Retiro district.El Retiro Park
Plaza Mayor, Sol, Centro, Madrid, Área metropolitana de Madrid y Corredor del Henares, Community of Madrid, SpainMain Square
Mercado de La Boqueria, el Raval, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona, Barcelonès, Catalonia, SpainMercado de La Boqueria
Photo of view of Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia in the City of Arts and Sciences. It was designed by famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.City of Arts and Sciences
Photo of exterior View of Casa Batllo during Sunset in Barcelona.Casa Batlló
Photo of the Santiago Bernabéu aerial view football stadium in Madrid, Spain.Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
Mercado de San MiguelMarket of San Miguel
Photo of entrance to the Prado Museum in Madrid at this time, a sunny day with blue skies and clouds.Museo del Prado
Photo of Plaza de España in Seville Spain.Plaza de España
Photo of night view of Magic Fountain light show in Barcelona, Spain.Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
Photo of La Pedrera House facade in Barcelona, Spain.La Pedrera
Photo of Mercado Central or Mercat Central building is a public central market located in central Valencia, Spain.Mercat Central
Photo of Triumphal Arch (Arc de Triomf) in Barcelona, Spain.Arc de Triomf
Photo of the Royal Palace of Madrid through the gardens, Spain.Royal Palace of Madrid
Ciutadella ParkParc de la Ciutadella
Photo of Cathedral of Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia or Barcelona Cathedral in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. Architecture and landmark of Barcelona.Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia
Montjuïc CastleMontjuïc Castle
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina SofíaMuseo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
photo of the Puerta de Alcala is a monument in the Independence Square at morning in Madrid, Spain.Puerta de Alcalá
Photo of Palau de la Música Catalana ,Barcelona ,Spain .Palau de la Música Catalana
Torres de SerranosSerrano Towers
Photo of Crystal Palace in Retiro Park,Madrid, Spain.Crystal Palace
Photo of The Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar seen from the Ebro river,Zaragoza,Spain.Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar
Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona, Barcelonès, Catalonia, SpainBasilica of Santa Maria del Mar
CosmoCaixa BarcelonaCosmoCaixa Barcelona
Parque del OesteParque del Oeste
Photo of Parque Grande Jose Antonio Labordeta in Zaragoza, Spain in spring on a cloudy day.José Antonio Labordeta Grand Park
Photo of View of Zaragoza in sunny day. Ancient stone bridge and Cathedral.Puente de Piedra
Puerta del Carmen, Zaragoza, Aragón, EspañaPuerta del Carmen

Travel details

Travel dates
Jan 1 - Jan 9

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Day 1 – Madrid - arrival day

Day 1

Day 1 – Madrid - arrival day

  • Madrid - Arrival day
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  • Plaza de España
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Your road trip adventure in Spain begins as soon as you reach the incredible city of Madrid. You’ll stay in Madrid for 3 nights, experiencing all the best things to do and see in the city.

Madrid has many popular destinations you can explore. You could visit attractions like the incredible plaza de España. This attraction is a square and has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 98,199 visitors.

When you're done sightseeing for the day, you'll check in at one of the best hotels or places to stay in the city.

One of the best luxury places you could choose in Madrid is Hotel Puerta America. This 5-star hotel is rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 4,062 guests.

We also recommend the best 4-star accommodations, like Hotel Mercader. This hotel has an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 562 guests.

Alternatively, one of the best cheap hotel options in Madrid is B&B Hotel Madrid Airport T1 T2 T3. This 3-star hotel is rated an average of 4 out of 5 stars by 2,968 guests.

If these hotels are unavailable during your vacation in Madrid, our system will automatically help you find the best alternative for your stay.

When you’re ready for dinner, we recommend you try one of the best restaurants in the city of Madrid, Salmon Guru. The restaurant is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 2,802 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Madrid is Coque. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 1,191 customers.

Locals recommend El Social as one of the best restaurants in the city of Madrid. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 944 customers.

Madrid also has several great bars that will fit all travel budgets. One of the best bars in the city of Madrid is El miniBAR. This bar has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 4,297 customers.

Another of the best bars in the city of Madrid is Areia. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 3,973 customers.

Enjoy toasting the start of your 9-day vacation in Spain!

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Day 2 – Madrid

Day 2

Day 2 – Madrid

  • Madrid
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Drive 18 km, 1 hour 4 min

  • Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
  • Puerta de Alcalá
  • Museo del Prado
  • El Retiro Park
  • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
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Day 2 of your road trip will take you to the best attractions Madrid has to offer. Cherish the 2 nights you have left in Madrid by discovering the best things there are to see and do in the city.

There are plenty of attractions, markets, and restaurants for you to experience today in the city of Madrid. 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 Madrid, like the extraordinary Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. This attraction is an association football venue and has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 120,158 visitors.

Another of the best travel destinations in Madrid is the spectacular Puerta de Alcalá. This attraction is a triumphal arch and is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 43,833 visitors.

You could then travel to the amazing Museo del Prado. This art museum has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 98,929 visitors. Up to 3,497,345 people visit this popular attraction every year.

El Retiro Park is another stop you might want to add to your itinerary. This urban park is a popular destination among visitors in Madrid. Rated at an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 162,386 visitors, it’s one many travelers find worthy a visit.

If you’re interested in seeing something outstanding today, then consider Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is an art museum and popular attraction in Madrid. More than 46,855 visitors have rated this place an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Your discovery of Madrid does not have to stop there. Check out the fantastic selection of tours and tickets offered in Madrid on this day of your trip.

After a long day of exploring some of the most popular attractions in Spain, be sure to eat at Sobrino de Botín, which is considered one of the best restaurants in the city of Madrid. This restaurant is a local favorite and has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 8,311 customers.

Alternatively, another of the top restaurants in the city of Madrid is the popular El miniBAR. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 4,297 customers.

Another great restaurant we recommend in the city of Madrid is Areia. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 3,973 customers.

When you’ve finished your meal, James Joyce Irish Pub Madrid is one of the best bars in the city of Madrid for an after-dinner drink. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 4,124 customers.

Lambuzo is another of the most popular bars in the city of Madrid. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,622 customers.

Alternatively, a great bar that locals enjoy in the city of Madrid is Sambhad cocktail bar terraza. Sambhad cocktail bar terraza has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 1,029 customers.

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

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Day 3 – Madrid and Valencia

Day 3

Day 3 – Madrid and Valencia

  • Madrid
  • Valencia
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Drive 362 km, 4 hours 4 min

  • Main Square
  • Market of San Miguel
  • Royal Palace of Madrid
  • Crystal Palace
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As you rise to greet the dawn on day 3 of your epic road trip in Spain, you'll awaken to the bustling city of Madrid. Today, you'll hit the road once again, setting off on a journey towards the stunning city of Valencia. You’ll stay in Valencia for 1 night. But before you begin your drive, we recommend taking the time to explore some of Madrid’s must-see attractions and local hotspots.

If you’re curious to see more of Madrid, start your day with a visit to the amazing Main Square. This much-appreciated square and attraction is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 152,388 visitors.

You could also stop at another of the best local travel destinations in the area, the fascinating Market of San Miguel. This building and spectacular attraction has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 106,296 visitors.

We also recommend you spend some time at the popular Royal Palace of Madrid to make the most of your road trip across Spain. The spectacular Royal Palace of Madrid is a royal palace that has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 77,471 visitors.

The lovely Crystal Palace is yet another attraction you could pay a visit. Around 39,270 visitors have left this building average ratings of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

After soaking up all the sights and sounds that Madrid has to offer, you'll be ready to hit the open road and continue your unforgettable road trip towards the city of Valencia. Valencia offers plenty of options for top-rated hotels and other places to stay that fit all travel budgets.

Alternatively, check out one of the best 4-star hotel options in Valencia, like Barcelo Valencia Hotel. This hotel is a popular choice among travelers in the city and is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,350 guests.

If you’re looking for a top-rated budget hotel, we recommend you stay at Nest Style Valencia. This 3-star hotel offers value-for-money accommodation and is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 87 guest reviews.

After you’ve settled into your accommodation, we recommend a dinner at the popular Asador El Porteño. This popular restaurant is one of locals’ most recommended restaurants in the city, with ratings of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 2,693 reviews.

The remarkable Restaurante Asador Argentino Gordon 10 is another top restaurant in Valencia we recommend. This restaurant offers an unforgettable dining experience and is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 2,075 customers.

After your meal, we recommend you drink at one of the best bars in Valencia, the fantastic Fox Congo. This bar has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,530 customers.

To end your night the best way possible, we recommend going to the wonderful Bar Mistela. This bar offers a great variety of drinks and has been rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 4,177 customers.

Another bar with a great atmosphere is Puerta del Mar. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3,372 customers, so don’t forget to check this one out as well!

Celebrate another amazing vacation day filled with adventure in Spain!

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Day 4 – Valencia and Barcelona

Day 4

Day 4 – Valencia and Barcelona

  • Valencia
  • Barcelona
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Drive 359 km, 4 hours 17 min

  • Mercat Central
  • Serrano Towers
  • City of Arts and Sciences
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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 start your day with some exploring in the city of Madrid and end it at a top-rated hotel in the city of Barcelona. You will stay in Barcelona for 3 nights. Have a hearty breakfast and get excited for a wonderful day ahead!

One of the best places to visit today in Madrid is the amazing Mercat Central. This attraction is a market hall that is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 79,570 visitors.

You could also stop at the incredible fortified tower, Serrano Towers. With an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 39,998 visitors, this attraction is one of the top sights in the area.

You can make the most of your new day in Madrid by joining activities and tours that let you discover what else the city has in store for you. There are many top-rated experiences you can include in your travel plan to add flavor to your road trip in Spain. Browse all of your options and reserve your slot before it's too late.

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

One of the best hotel options in the city of Barcelona is the 4-star Catalonia La Maquinista. This hotel has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 824 guests.

If staying at a top-rated 5-star luxury hotel tonight sounds like something you would like to do, Gran Hotel La Florida is your best choice. This hotel is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 833 guests.

If you’re looking for a top-rated budget hotel, we recommend staying at the 3-star Laumon Hotel Barcelona. This 3-star hotel has an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 573 guests.

After a long day of driving and exploring, we recommend you try Viana Barcelona, one of the best restaurants in the city of Barcelona. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 2,578 customers.

Locals also recommend Disfrutar as one of the best restaurants in the city of Barcelona. Disfrutar is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 2,164 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Barcelona is RAO Restaurant. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 964 customers.

After dinner, visit Hemingway Gin & Cocktail Bar, which is considered one of the best bars in the city of Barcelona. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 893 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar like La Whiskeria - Whisky & Cocktail Bar. This bar has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 743 customers.

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

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Day 5 – Barcelona

Day 5

Day 5 – Barcelona

  • Barcelona
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Drive 19 km, 1 hour 8 min

  • Sagrada Família
  • La Pedrera
  • Casa Batlló
  • Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
  • Montjuïc Castle
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On day 5 of your road trip across Spain, you’ll have the perfect day exploring the wonderful city of Madrid. You’ll stay in Madrid for 2 nights, meaning you have plenty of time to discover the best things to see and do in the area.

We recommend you stay at the Catalonia La Maquinista, one of the best 4-star hotels in the city of Madrid. This hotel has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 824 guests.

The best luxury hotel option in the city of Madrid is the 5-star Gran Hotel La Florida. The hotel is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 833 guests.

One of the best hotels we recommend in the city of Madrid is the 3-star Laumon Hotel Barcelona. This 3-star hotel has an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 573 guests.

Our flexible booking system will automatically provide you with the best alternatives if these hotels are not available.

You'll have easy access to popular travel destinations in the town of Madrid, like the outstanding Sagrada Família. This attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 226,955 visitors and gathers around 4,527,427 every year.

La Pedrera is another popular attraction you could visit in the town of Madrid. This incredible attraction is a monument and has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 85,188 visitors.

One of the best attractions you could visit in the town of Madrid is the extraordinary Casa Batlló. This tourist attraction is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 125,060 reviews.

As the day moves along, one attraction you’ll probably want to visit is the incredible Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. Around 85,986 visitors have given this fountain an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

Today you'll also have the opportunity to spend some time at the fantastic Montjuïc Castle. Montjuïc Castle is a popular castle, rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 50,433 travelers.

Come to Madrid prepared by adding some tours and tickets to your vacation package. Book a popular and budget-friendly activity you can do on this day in Madrid.

After a day of exploring, try one of the best restaurants in the city of Madrid.

We recommend you eat at a delicious restaurant that locals enjoy, like La Whiskeria - Whisky & Cocktail Bar, after your day of exploring the city of Madrid. This excellent restaurant has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 743 customers.

El Nacional is another of the best restaurants in the city of Madrid. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 23,496 customers.

Locals recommend Cerveseria Catalana, one of the best bars in the city of Madrid, for a refreshing evening drink to finish your day. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 14,751 customers.

Alternatively, you could choose another of the most popular bars in the city of Madrid, Ciutat Comtal. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 12,951 customers.

El Xampanyet is also one of the best bars in the city of Madrid. This bar is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,394 customers.

It's a perfect place to relax and enjoy another amazing evening in Spain.

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Day 6 – Barcelona

Day 6

Day 6 – Barcelona

  • Barcelona
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Drive 10 km, 49 min

  • Mercado de La Boqueria
  • Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar
  • Parc de la Ciutadella
  • Arc de Triomf
  • Palau de la Música Catalana
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Day 6 of your road trip will take you to the best attractions Madrid has to offer. Cherish the 1 night you have left in Madrid by discovering the best things there are to see and do in the city.

There are plenty of attractions, markets, and restaurants for you to experience today in the city of Madrid. 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 town of Madrid, like the extraordinary Mercado de La Boqueria. This attraction is a must-see tourist destination and has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 160,835 visitors.

Another of the best travel destinations in Madrid is the spectacular Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar. This attraction is a church and is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 33,464 visitors.

You could then travel to the amazing Parc de la Ciutadella. This urban park has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 68,100 visitors.

Arc de Triomf is another stop you might want to add to your itinerary. This triumphal arch is a popular destination among visitors in Madrid. Rated at an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 77,887 visitors, it’s one many travelers find worthy a visit.

If you’re interested in seeing something outstanding today, then consider Palau de la Música Catalana. Palau de la Música Catalana is a concert hall and popular attraction in Madrid. More than 40,217 visitors have rated this place an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Your discovery of Madrid does not have to stop there. Check out the fantastic selection of tours and tickets offered in Madrid on this day of your trip.

After a long day of exploring some of the most popular attractions in Spain, be sure to eat at Cerveseria Catalana, which is considered one of the best restaurants in the city of Barcelona. This restaurant is a local favorite and has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 14,751 customers.

Alternatively, another of the top restaurants in the city of Barcelona is the popular Ciutat Comtal. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 12,951 customers.

When you’ve finished your meal, Paradiso is one of the best bars in the city of Barcelona for an after-dinner drink. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 3,403 customers.

Bobby's Free is another of the most popular bars in the city of Barcelona. This bar is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,003 customers.

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

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Day 7 – Barcelona and Zaragoza

Day 7

Day 7 – Barcelona and Zaragoza

  • Barcelona
  • Zaragoza
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Drive 317 km, 3 hours 48 min

  • Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia
  • Plaça de Catalunya
  • Park Güell
  • CosmoCaixa Barcelona
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As you rise to greet the dawn on day 7 of your epic road trip in Spain, you'll awaken to the bustling city of Madrid. Today, you'll hit the road once again, setting off on a journey towards the stunning city of Zaragoza. You’ll stay in Zaragoza for 1 night. But before you begin your drive, we recommend taking the time to explore some of Madrid’s must-see attractions and local hotspots.

If you’re curious to see more of Madrid, start your day with a visit to the amazing Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. This much-appreciated catholic cathedral and attraction is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 62,263 visitors.

You could also stop at another of the best local travel destinations in the area, the fascinating Plaça de Catalunya. This square and spectacular attraction has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 175,036 visitors.

We also recommend you spend some time at the popular Park Güell to make the most of your road trip across Spain. The spectacular Park Güell is a sculpture garden that has been rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 181,403 visitors.

After soaking up all the sights and sounds that Madrid has to offer, you'll be ready to hit the open road and continue your unforgettable road trip towards the city of Zaragoza. Zaragoza offers plenty of options for top-rated hotels and other places to stay that fit all travel budgets.

We recommend you stay at the exclusive Palafox, one of the best 5-star hotel options in Madrid. At this hotel, you’ll have access to many exceptional amenities that will ensure a pleasant and comfortable stay. This hotel is rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 2,222 guests.

Alternatively, check out one of the best 4-star hotel options in Zaragoza, like B&B Hotel Zaragoza Los Enlaces Estación. This hotel is a popular choice among travelers in the city and is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,107 guests.

If you’re looking for a top-rated budget hotel, we recommend you stay at Gran Via. This 3-star hotel offers value-for-money accommodation and is rated an average of 4 out of 5 stars in 1,411 guest reviews.

After you’ve settled into your accommodation, we recommend a dinner at the popular Restaurante La Senda. This popular restaurant is one of locals’ most recommended restaurants in the city, with ratings of 4.8 out of 5 stars in 629 reviews.

The remarkable Baobab Restaurant is another top restaurant in Zaragoza we recommend. This restaurant offers an unforgettable dining experience and is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,382 customers.

If you would rather go somewhere else, the famous El Fuelle is also an excellent choice. This well-loved restaurant is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3,804 customers.

After your meal, we recommend you drink at one of the best bars in Zaragoza, the fantastic Meli Del Tubo. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,986 customers.

To end your night the best way possible, we recommend going to the wonderful Rock & Blues Cafe. This bar offers a great variety of drinks and has been rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,922 customers.

Another bar with a great atmosphere is Bar Cervino. This bar is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,983 customers, so don’t forget to check this one out as well!

Celebrate another amazing vacation day filled with adventure in Spain!

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Day 8 – Zaragoza and Madrid

Day 8

Day 8 – Zaragoza and Madrid

  • Madrid
  • Zaragoza
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Drive 332 km, 3 hours 51 min

  • Puerta del Carmen
  • José Antonio Labordeta Grand Park
  • Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar
  • Puente de Piedra
  • More

Day 8 of your road trip through Spain gives you the opportunity to experience two places in one day. You'll start your day with some exploring in the city of Madrid and end it at a top-rated hotel in the city of Madrid. You will stay in Madrid for 1 night. Have a hearty breakfast and get excited for a wonderful day ahead!

One of the best places to visit today in Madrid is the amazing Puerta del Carmen. This attraction is a city gate that is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 6,734 visitors.

You could also stop at the incredible park, José Antonio Labordeta Grand Park. With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 19,535 visitors, this attraction is one of the top sights in the area.

Another unforgettable travel destination in the Madrid is the outstanding Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar. This popular co-cathedral and travel destination has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 34,215 visitors.

The spectacular Puente de Piedra is another popular attraction you can visit today. This fascinating bridge and attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 7,689 visitors.

You can make the most of your new day in Madrid by joining activities and tours that let you discover what else the city has in store for you. There are many top-rated experiences you can include in your travel plan to add flavor to your road trip in Spain. Browse all of your options and reserve your slot before it's too late.

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

One of the best hotel options in the city of Madrid is the 4-star Hotel Mercader. This hotel has an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 562 guests.

If staying at a top-rated 5-star luxury hotel tonight sounds like something you would like to do, Hotel Puerta America is your best choice. This hotel is rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 4,062 guests.

If you’re looking for a top-rated budget hotel, we recommend staying at the 3-star B&B Hotel Madrid Airport T1 T2 T3. This 3-star hotel has an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars by 2,968 guests.

After a long day of driving and exploring, we recommend you try James Joyce Irish Pub Madrid, one of the best restaurants in the city of Madrid. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 4,124 customers.

Locals also recommend La Mi Venta as one of the best restaurants in the city of Madrid. La Mi Venta is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,658 customers.

After dinner, visit Del Diego Cocktail Bar, which is considered one of the best bars in the city of Madrid. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,245 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar like Baton Rouge Cocktail Bar. This bar has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 966 customers.

Alternatively, Harvey's Cocktail Bar is one of the best bars that locals recommend in the city of Madrid. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,137 customers.

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

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Day 9 – Madrid - departure day

Day 9

Day 9 – Madrid - departure day

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Day 9 of your road trip in Spain is your departure day. This is your chance to catch one last glimpse of Madrid 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.

Take a stroll along the main shopping streets of Madrid and find some souvenirs to remind you of your road trip in Spain.

You could then enjoy your last meal in the city of Madrid at Arrabal Madrid before you travel home. This popular restaurant is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,924 customers.

Alternatively, we also recommend Asador Real for your last chance at a meal in the city of Madrid. The Asador Real restaurant has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,789 customers.

You’ll then say farewell to Madrid. We wish you a pleasant journey home, with many wonderful memories of your unforgettable vacation in Spain!

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