Prepare yourself for the road trip of a lifetime. Over 11 packed days, you'll travel from Spain's capital of Madrid to the Galicia region, followed by a coastal drive through the incomparable Basque Country, all while leaving time for an excursion to the Cíes Islands. Little known may they be, these Galician gems are undoubtedly home to what might be the most beautiful European beach: Praia de Roda.
Spain 11-Day Self-Drive Tours & Itineraries
With 11 days you can visit Spain’s lesser-known regions, like Galicia, on an adventurous road trip. One option is to drive from Madrid into Léon and then follow the pilgrimage route to Santiago. You could also continue north into Basque Country and visit the Cíes Islands on the way. Another off-the-beaten-path route leads from Madrid south to La Mancha, an arid plateau region home to historic towns, medieval castles, and endless vineyards.
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Explore the rugged beauty of the Canary Islands on this adventurous 11-day itinerary. Starting in Madrid, you’ll fly southwest over Spain and the Atlantic to reach the largest island of Tenerife. Hike through ancient ecosystems, climb volcanic mountains, and roam pine forests on horseback before catching a ferry to the small, remote La Gomera. Discover its pristine subtropical landscape on foot, then set sail for a whale-watching excursion around the dramatic coastline. Your final day takes you back to Madrid for a night on the town as you bid "adios" to island life.
A road trip is the best way to see the most historical sites in Spain. This 11-day self-drive adventure begins with city tours in Madrid, and then you'll hop in your car and head south to Toledo, once the capital of the nation in the Middle Ages. You'll continue to Andalusia and marvel at the region's Moorish alcázars and royal palaces while also stopping in historic cities like Córdoba.
Spain is the perfect country for a road trip, as the landscapes and culture change from region to region. Over 11 days, you'll drive from the capital of Madrid into Galicia, where you'll indulge in everything from wine tours to boat excursions to islands rimmed with white-sand beaches. You'll even visit the historic city of Santiago de Compostela, the terminus of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route.
An adventurous alternative to the popular beach holidays and major city tours of Spain is to embark on a road trip through La Mancha. This plateau south of Madrid is a vast and beautiful expanse filled with castles, vineyards, and medieval towns. After experiencing La Mancha's highlights, you'll continue to western Extremadura and tour historic cities like Mérida and Cáceres.