Spain Self-Drive Tours & Itineraries

Explore 68 self-drive trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Spain.

Whether you’re in Spain for one week or three, a self-drive road trip puts you firmly in control of the fun. Just south of Madrid, for example, you can visit the historic city of Toledo plus the wine-producing region of La Mancha. Continue into Andalusia and there are Moorish cities and towns like Seville, Granada, and Ronda waiting for you. Or head north to the lesser-visited regions of Galicia and the Basque Country on an ultimate road trip you won’t soon forget.

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Roadside views in Andalusia
Map of 1 Week in Spain - 5 Unique Road Trip Itineraries
1 Week in Spain - 5 Unique Road Trip Itineraries

Spain is an ideal road trip destination, and these five itineraries highlight the country's diversity. Our recommendations let you explore relaxed beachside towns, take a deep dive into the Basque Country with its world-class gastronomy, or visit Andalusia's slow-paced villages and discover its history.

Catalan coast and the Pyrenees Mountains
Map of 10 Days in Spain - 5 Unique Road Trip Itineraries
10 Days in Spain - 5 Unique Road Trip Itineraries

With 10 days and a rental car, you can go deeper into Spain's cultural scene, hitting both popular hotspots and lesser-known areas. With a focus on Northern and Southern Spain, these five itineraries explore regional highlights, hidden towns, beautiful nature, and local food and wine. With easy-to-navigate roads and routes, you can go at your own pace and enjoy a trip that's uniquely your own.

Driving along the coast in Galicia, Spain
Map of 15 Days in Spain - 3 Unique Road Trip Itineraries
15 Days in Spain - 3 Unique Road Trip Itineraries

Grab a rental car and hit the road through Spain, the ideal destination for a road trip, especially when you have over two weeks to explore the country. The three itineraries below feature different regions, so you can choose the iconic sites of Andalusia or head north and savor the beauty of Galicia and the Basque Country. Or, if you'd rather get off the beaten path, stick to central Spain by visiting regions like La Mancha and Extremadura.

Drive along the scenic coast of Tenerife near the village of Tagana in the Canary Islands
Map of 8 Days in Spain - 6 Unique Road Trip Itineraries
8 Days in Spain - 6 Unique Road Trip Itineraries

With eight days in Spain, you can drive a lot of ground, whether cruising along the rugged Basque coastline, exploring historic cities in Andalusia, or traversing the stunning countryside of La Mancha. These road trip options take you through different regions of Spain, including the Canary Islands, to soak up the country's rich history, diverse cultures, and stunning natural beauty.

Explore the castles and windmills of Spain's La Mancha and Extremadura regions
Map of 11 Days in Spain - 4 Unique Road Trip Itineraries
11 Days in Spain - 4 Unique Road Trip Itineraries

Take advantage of your 11 days in Spain with a road trip through numerous cultures, regions, and landscapes. Options include driving along the scenic Basque coastline, exploring the historic towns of La Mancha and Extremadura, and combining buzzy Madrid with laid-back Andalusia. Regardless of your choice, these itineraries allow you to dive into Spain's rich history while experiencing its natural beauty.

Spain self-drive itineraries

Catch a sunset from the top of gorge in Ronda
Map of Ultimate Andalusian Road Trip - 8 Days
Ultimate Andalusian Road Trip - 8 Days

This eight-day self-drive itinerary takes you from Málaga to Cádiz through a gorgeous section of Spain's southern coast. Along the route, you'll explore Andalusia's White Villages (including Ronda, set on a spectacular gorge) as you head toward the Atlantic coast while discovering a range of landscapes, centuries of history and tradition, local producers, and exquisite cuisine—often with the help of a local guide.

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Map of Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Andalusia - 10 days
Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Andalusia - 10 days

On this 11-day self-drive adventure you'll visit not only the most historic cities in Spain, bust some of the most beautiful countryside in the Andalusia region. From Madrid, you'll travel south into Andalusia and arrive at Seville, a city renowned for its Gothic cathedrals, Moorish palaces, and expansive plazas. You'll also visit other Andalusia gems like Córdoba, the famed white villages, and the mountaintop city of Ronda. 

The city of cities, Barcelona
Map of Barcelona, Granada & Seville - 10 days
Barcelona, Granada & Seville - 10 days

See the cultural highlights of Spain's most captivating cities on this 10-day itinerary, showcasing Barcelona, Granada, and Sevilla. You'll start in Barcelona, fly to Granada, pick up your car rental and drive to Ronda before ending your stay in Sevilla. Along the way, you'll drive through the Andalusian mountains, explore colorful cities, and marvel at ornate Islamic architecture.

Admire encompassing vistas from atop the Puente Nuevo bridge in Ronda
Map of Andalusia Self-Drive Tour: From Málaga to Cádiz - 8 days
Andalusia Self-Drive Tour: From Málaga to Cádiz - 8 days

Discover the highlights of Andalusia, from the Mediterranean coast in Málaga to the Atlantic coast in Cádiz. On this eight-day self-drive tour, you'll enjoy whitewashed villages built into cliffsides, sample some of the country's best wine and sherry, explore ancient Moor and Roman ruins, and eat delicious local cuisine. Marvel at southern Spain's stunning landscapes, passionate people, and colorful culture.

Discover the 9th century Alhambra Palace in Granada
Map of Highlights of Central and Southern Spain: Madrid, Seville, & Barcelona - 12 Days
Highlights of Central and Southern Spain: Madrid, Seville, & Barcelona - 12 Days

This complete 12-day itinerary highlights some of Spain's most enchanting cities, featuring Madrid, Sevilla, and Barcelona. Begin in Madrid and explore historic Toledo, working your way into Andalucía and to Sevilla, Córdoba, Arcos de la Frontera, Ronda, and Granada. Fly to Barcelona and discover Gaudí's whimsical architecture, the 1000-year-old abbey in the Montserrat mountains, and the wines of the Penedès region.

Exquisite architecture in Andalusia
Map of Best of Andalusia: History, Tapas, Wine & Nature - 14 Days
Best of Andalusia: History, Tapas, Wine & Nature - 14 Days

Perfect for those who like to be on the move, this two-week adventure takes you on a number of stops between Seville to Jerez de la Frontera for the ultimate tour of Spain's Andalusia region. Along the route, you'll visit iconic small cities and villages while discovering stunning architecture and gardens, centuries of Moorish and Roman history, and top-notch cuisine—often with the help of private guides.

Stroll along the famous waterfront of San Sebastián, Spain
Map of Ultimate Northern Spain Road Trip: Madrid, Galicia & Basque Country - 12 Days
Ultimate Northern Spain Road Trip: Madrid, Galicia & Basque Country - 12 Days

The northern region of Spain is just as rich in culture and beauty as anywhere in Catalonia or Andalusia. You'll see this for yourself on a 12-day road trip that takes you from Madrid into the Galicia region, known for its delicious seafood, beautiful coast, and historical and religious pilgrimage sites. It all culminates with a gorgeous drive through Basque Country and a couple of days in the cities of Bilbao and San Sebastián. 

Discover El Flysch, a hiking area, in Spain's Basque Country
Map of Northern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Basque Country - 8 Days
Northern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Basque Country - 8 Days

Eight days are enough to road trip through northern Spain. On this itinerary, you'll drive from Madrid north through the stunning La Rioja wine country, of course stopping for a tasting or two. The experience culminates on the coast of Basque Country with city tours of Bilbao and San Sebastián, both home to a rich culture and incredible food.

Visit Córdoba's Calahorra tower on your road trip of Andalusia
Map of Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Andalusia - 8 days
Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Andalusia - 8 days

In a little over a week, you can embark on the road trip of a lifetime through Spain. After enjoying a city tour in Madrid, you'll pick up your car and hit the road south to Andalusia, stopping at the ancient Roman city of Córdoba. From there, you'll visit Andalusia's capital of Seville, with its famous Gothic cathedral and Islamic architecture, before the trip culminates in the coastal city of Málaga.

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Map of Northern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Basque Country - 10 Days
Northern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Basque Country - 10 Days

Over 10 days, you'll embark on a gourmet road trip from Madrid to Spain's northern Basque Country. This unforgettable excursion is a delight for the eyes and taste buds that includes tapas tours in Madrid, wine tasting in La Rioja, and sampling the great cheese and seafood of the Basque coast. A visit to the famous Guggenheim caps the trip, adding a cultural cherry atop an epic vacation sundae.

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Map of Northern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Basque Country - 7 Days
Northern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Basque Country - 7 Days

In just a week, you can embark on the road trip of a lifetime from Spain's capital to its stunning Basque Country. The adventure begins in Madrid with city tours before hopping in your rental and driving north to La Rioja, one of Spain's most beautiful wine regions. After a tasting, you'll continue on to Basque Country, where tours of San Sebastián's historic center and Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum await.

The coast of Nerja, Spain, near Málaga
Map of Self-Drive Andalusia: From Málaga to Seville - 7 Days
Self-Drive Andalusia: From Málaga to Seville - 7 Days

This seven-day road trip starts along Andalusia's coast in the port city of Málaga. Enjoy a beach day and explore the Old Town, then head to Ronda and visit a few of Spain's famous Pueblos Blancos. After wine tasting and soaking up the history of Cádiz, you'll end your time in Seville by exploring its main sites and watching authentic flamenco.

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Map of Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Andalusia - 7 days
Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Andalusia - 7 days

In a single week, you can enjoy the road trip of a lifetime. The destination is Spain, and beginning in Madrid, you'll drive south to Seville, the capital of the culturally rich Andalusia region. You'll tour many Moorish landmarks and even take a trip to Granada to see the mother of them all, the 9th-century Alhambra Palace.

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Map of Northern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Basque Country - 9 Days
Northern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Basque Country - 9 Days

Nine days is enough time to immerse yourself in a couple of areas of Spain, ensuring you get the most out of the experience. This itinerary begins with a road trip from Madrid to wine country for a tasting of Spain's world-renowned varietals. You'll finish the trip on the Basque coast and its most beautiful cities, San Sebastián and Bilbao.

Fuerteventura's Wild Volcanic Beauty
Map of Exploring the Canary Islands: Fuerteventura and Lanzarote - 6 Days
Exploring the Canary Islands: Fuerteventura and Lanzarote - 6 Days

Discover the unique beauty of Spain's Canary Islands on this 6-day tour covering both Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. With your own rental car, you'll explore the islands' charming villages, pristine white-sand beaches, and quirky terrain and rock formations that'll make you wonder if you're on another planet. Ride camels on sand dunes, hike to the tallest peak on the islands, and nosh on freshly-caught seafood like a local.

The Costa Brava
Barcelona, the Costa Brava & the Costa del Sol - 14 days

Take it easy on this two-week trip around the sunny beaches of Spain! You'll start with a few days in Barcelona, then drive north to the rugged coastline of the Costa Brava, taking your time as you explore quiet coves and small villages by the sea. For the second part of the trip, you'll jet off to the Costa del Sol, basing yourself in seaside Marbella and quaint Ronda as you swim, sunbathe, hike, and relax.

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Map of Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid, La Mancha & Andalusia - 14 days
Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid, La Mancha & Andalusia - 14 days

In two weeks, you can enjoy a road trip that takes you to some of the most historic and beautiful locales in Spain. It begins in Madrid, and from there, you'll travel south through La Mancha into Andalusia and visit Moorish cities like Granada, Ronda, Córdoba, and Málaga. You'll also enjoy wine and sherry excursions, eat delicious tapas, and even witness a traditional equestrian show.

Tenerife's mountainous coast near Anaga.
Map of Wild Canary Islands Road Trip: Madrid, Tenerife & La Gomera - 10 Days
Wild Canary Islands Road Trip: Madrid, Tenerife & La Gomera - 10 Days

The dramatic beauty of Spain's Canary Islands is the backdrop to this active 10-day itinerary. Starting in Madrid, you’ll have a day to explore the vibrant capital before flying southwest down the coast of Africa to reach the Canary’s largest island of Tenerife. Here you’ll explore black sand beaches, hike through ancient ecosystems, and climb volcanic mountains before catching a ferry to the small, remote island of La Gomera. Discover its pristine subtropical countryside 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.

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Map of Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Andalusia - 9 days
Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Andalusia - 9 days

Due to its abundance of natural beauty and historic cities, Spain's southern Andalusia region is perfect for a road trip. This nine-day self-drive adventure begins in Madrid and stops in Toledo, one of Spain's most well-preserved medieval cities. In Andalusia, you'll visit cities like Córdoba and the capital of Seville for tapas tours and visits to Moorish landmarks. 

A beach along the Costa de la Luz
Map of Madrid, Costa de la Luz & Seville - 9 Days
Madrid, Costa de la Luz & Seville - 9 Days

This nine-day itinerary combines world-class museums in Madrid, beautiful beaches in Costa de la Luz, and elegant winding streets in Seville. With various travel modes (including a rental car), you'll get the chance to explore Andalusia's untouched coastline along Europe's southernmost tip at your own pace. You can also take advantage of private guided tours for the best local advice, including tapas bars and wine producers.

Visit El Flysch, with its unique rock formations and hiking trails, in Spain's Basque Country
Map of Ultimate Northern Spain Road Trip: Madrid, Galicia & Basque Country - 15 days
Ultimate Northern Spain Road Trip: Madrid, Galicia & Basque Country - 15 days

On this 15-day excursion through Spain, you'll take the road less traveled but filled with incredible scenery. After a couple of days in Madrid, you'll drive north to wine country and follow the pilgrims' route into beautiful Galicia. You'll sample delicious regional cuisine and visit historic cathedrals before hitting the Cantabrian coast for an unforgettable stay in San Sebastián and day tours to rural Basque Country.

Discover Tenerife's volcanic Roque Cinchado in Teide National Park and marvel at Pico del Teide
Map of Wild Canary Islands Road Trip: Tenerife, La Gomera & Madrid - 8 Days
Wild Canary Islands Road Trip: Tenerife, La Gomera & Madrid - 8 Days

Escape to an unspoiled island paradise on this 8-day exploration of Spain's remote Canary Islands. Start on Tenerife, where lush rainforests and towering mountains welcome you to a unique ecosystem. Hike through ancient woodland, climb Spain's tallest volcano, and discover idyllic Canarian villages. End your stay on the neighboring island of La Gomera, where you'll venture deep into its volcanic landscapes and spot whales along its northern coast.

The lush landscapes and turquoise waters of Tenerife.
Map of Wild Canary Islands Road Trip: Tenerife, La Gomera & Madrid- 7 Days
Wild Canary Islands Road Trip: Tenerife, La Gomera & Madrid- 7 Days

Get lost in the wild beauty of Spain’s Canary Islands on this adventurous 7-day itinerary. Explore ancient forests, rural villages, black sand beaches, and the towering Mount Teide on Tenerife, before journeying to the smaller island of La Gomera to discover lush volcanic landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Your final day takes you back to the mainland where you'll depart from the capital of Madrid.

Explore El Flysch, a hiking area with unique rock formations in Spain's Basque Country
Map of Ultimate Northern Spain Road Trip: Madrid, Galicia & Basque Country - 16 days
Ultimate Northern Spain Road Trip: Madrid, Galicia & Basque Country - 16 days

On this 16-day road trip, you'll see some beautiful regions of Spain, many of which are off the tourist trail. The adventure begins in Madrid, from where you'll hop in a rental car and proceed to the Ribera del Duero wine country and into the river canyons of the Ribeira Sacra. You'll continue to Galicia, a region famous for delicious food and natural beauty, before ending up on the stunning coast of the Spanish Basque Country.

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Map of Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Andalusia - 6 days
Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Andalusia - 6 days

This six-day road trip includes stops at some of Spain's most historic locales. It's a celebration of rich Spanish culture as you drive from Madrid to Seville and partake in a cooking class to learn how to prepare traditional Spanish cuisine. Then, you'll drive to Granada and visit one of Europe's most magnificent Moorish palaces, the Alhambra.

Visit the incredibly historic Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
Map of Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Andalusia - 12 days
Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Andalusia - 12 days

Enjoy a road trip through Spain that takes you from Madrid to Málaga through Toledo and the three jewels of Andalusia: Córdoba, Seville, and Granada. Beyond the cities, you'll enjoy cultural excursions like sherry wine tastings and horse competitions. And at each destination, you'll meet a private guide who will reveal the hidden treasures of these historic and beautiful locales.

Aerial view of Ronda, Spain, above El Tajo Gorge
Map of Self-Drive Andalusia: Seville, Cádiz, Ronda & Granada - 7 Days
Self-Drive Andalusia: Seville, Cádiz, Ronda & Granada - 7 Days

Spend a week driving through Andalusia on this seven-day itinerary, starting in Seville. Explore the city's monuments, tapas, and flamenco, then head south to Cádiz, one of the world's oldest cities. Your next stop is the whitewashed Ronda set atop a dramatic gorge, and you'll end your trip in Granada in the Albacín district and at the Alhambra.

End your road trip with time spent in Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Map of Spain Road Trip: Madrid, León & Santiago de Compostela - 8 Days
Spain Road Trip: Madrid, León & Santiago de Compostela - 8 Days

This eight-day road trip includes the best parts of Spain's rich culture, historic cities, and memorable landscapes. In Madrid alone, you'll tour famous city sights, dine at authentic tapas bars, and take in a live flamenco performance. Then it's time to hit the road as you travel to Salamanca, León, and finally to Santiago de Compostela, the final destination on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route.

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Map of Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid to La Mancha - 10 days
Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid to La Mancha - 10 days

Over 10 days you'll leave the tourist traps and discover the real Spain, the ancient Spain—Don Quixote's Spain. From Madrid, you'll embark on a road trip into the plateau region of La Mancha, famous for its medieval towns, national parks, and vineyards. By the time the adventure ends, you'll have experienced a region that has captivated the world ever since Spain's golden age of literature.

Cadaqués on the Costa Brava
Map of Self-Drive Costa Brava & Pyrenees Mountains  - 10 Days
Self-Drive Costa Brava & Pyrenees Mountains - 10 Days

This 10-day road trip takes you through the picturesque landscapes of Costa Brava and the Spanish Pyrenees, offering plenty of chances to explore the region's diverse cultural and natural wonders. From vibrant cities like Barcelona and Girona to the rugged coastline of Costa Brava and scenic Val d'Aran, you'll enjoy Northern Spain's history, cultural heritage, and gastronomy.

Enjoy visiting scenic and historical cities, including Toledo, once the capital of Old Spain
Map of Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid to La Mancha - 6 days
Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid to La Mancha - 6 days

In less than a week, you can visit some of Spain's most historic cities while touring its lesser-known La Mancha region. This road trip begins in Madrid, followed by a trip to Toledo, once the capital of Old Spain. Before returning to Madrid, you'll hit the road and drive into La Mancha, the protagonist's home in "Don Quixote," enjoying wine tours and stops at the region's famous windmills.

Colorful houses of Tenerife
Map of Explore Madrid and the Canary Islands: Tenerife and La Gomera - 15 Days
Explore Madrid and the Canary Islands: Tenerife and La Gomera - 15 Days

This 2-week tour starts in the buzzy capital city of Madrid, where you can explore its monuments, parks, and local tapas culture before flying to the incredible Canary Islands, to Tenerife and La Gomera. Discover the natural beauty of the islands, plus the cultural significance with their historical vineyards, culinary extravagance, and idyllic villages. Before returning to Madrid, get a little adventurous with hikes in Anaga Park, star gazing atop Spain's highest peak, traversing dense forests, and whale-watching aboard a yacht.

Segovia and its Cathedral rising above the Castile and León countryside
Map of Spain & Portugal Road Trip: Porto to Madrid - 10 Days
Spain & Portugal Road Trip: Porto to Madrid - 10 Days

Combine historic cities with off-the-beaten-path treasures on this 10-day, self-drive journey through Portugal and Spain. Start by enjoying the food and historical landmarks of Porto, then drive to the León region of Spain to marvel at the ancient sandstone buildings in Salamanca. Take a hot-air balloon over the countryside of Ávila, hike through the pine forests of Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, tour the medieval walls of Segovia, and finish the trip exploring the parks, plazas, and markets of Madrid.

The Ultimate Beauty of the Canary Islands
Map of Explore Madrid and the Canary Islands: Tenerife and La Gomera - 14 Days
Explore Madrid and the Canary Islands: Tenerife and La Gomera - 14 Days

A perfect combination of nature and city culture, this 2-week tour starts in the bustling capital of Madrid where you can explore its dazzling palaces, parks, and restaurants while sampling tapas and local cuisine. Fly to the Canary Islands, stopping in Tenerife to explore its stunning natural beauty, historical vineyards, and culinary significance before taking a ferry to nearby La Gomera. Enjoy a little adventure by hiking in Anaga Park, summiting Spain's highest peak, star gazing, finding whales and dolphins while cruising on a yacht, and exploring the rich forests of the islands.

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Map of Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid, La Mancha & Extremadura - 14 days
Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid, La Mancha & Extremadura - 14 days

Just south of Madrid is a wildly beautiful region little-visited by tourists in Spain. This is La Mancha, an arid plateau famous as the home of Cervantes' legendary protagonist, Don Quixote. Fables aside, La Mancha is real. On a road trip, you'll discover its fertile vineyards, unspoiled national parks, and the well-preserved medieval cities of Spain's western Extremadura region.

Iglesia San Martín, a 16th-century church in Trujillo, Spain
Map of Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid, La Mancha & Extremadura - 15 days
Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid, La Mancha & Extremadura - 15 days

This 15-day road-trip adventure allows you to experience regions of Spain most tourists never see. It begins in Madrid, and you'll quickly hit the road south to La Mancha, the land of Don Quixote, windmills, arid plains, and stunning national parks. From there, you'll head west to the Extremadura region, home to some of the most well-preserved medieval towns in the country.

Buildings on Plaza del Castillo in Pamplona
Map of Self-Drive in Basque Country, La Rioja & Navarra - 7 Days
Self-Drive in Basque Country, La Rioja & Navarra - 7 Days

Spend one week exploring three provinces of northern Spain with a road trip starting in San Sebastián. Enjoy urban walks, hiking, and sailing, then head to La Rioja and Navarra to visit cities like Pamplona and Logroño and enjoy the countryside and its vineyards. End in Bilbao, uniquely known for its eclectic public art and modern aesthetic.

Watch the sunset over Córdoba's famed Roman bridge
Map of Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Andalusia - 13 days
Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Andalusia - 13 days

Prepare for a memorable road trip through southern Spain, emphasizing many of the nation's highlights. The adventure begins with city tours of Madrid before hitting the road south, stopping in La Mancha and Córdoba before reaching Seville, the capital of the Andalusia region. You'll visit historic Moorish and medieval landmarks, tour authentic tapas bars, and even hike along the side of a gorge near Ronda.

Drive through Andalusia and stop to check out the prehistoric rocky landscape of Torcal de Antequera
Map of Self-Drive Through Andalusia - 6 Days
Self-Drive Through Andalusia - 6 Days

Andalusia, with its historic villages and cities, beautiful countryside, and iconic monuments, is the perfect setting for a road trip. This itinerary takes you through the vibrant city streets of Seville for cultural experiences like flamenco, Cádiz for wine tasting, and Ronda to see the region's famed Pueblos Blancos (White Villages). You'll end in Granada with a private visit to one of the country's most important monuments, the Alhambra Palace.

The beautiful village of Olvera, Spain
Map of Self-Drive: Seville, Cádiz & the White Villages of Andalusia - 7 Days
Self-Drive: Seville, Cádiz & the White Villages of Andalusia - 7 Days

Explore Spain's Andalusia province, starting in Seville with its historical monuments, tapas, and flamenco, then visit a few Pueblos Blancos ("White Villages"), including the picturesque Ronda. Before returning to Seville, you'll explore the coastal city of Cádiz, one of the world's oldest cities, for history, wine, and time at the beach.

Make a stop to check out Gaztelugatxe, a Basque island with a dramatic coastline and hermitage
Map of Basque Region & Wine Country Road Trip: Bilbao, San Sebastián, La Rioja & Pamplona - 7 Days
Basque Region & Wine Country Road Trip: Bilbao, San Sebastián, La Rioja & Pamplona - 7 Days

For wine lovers and foodies, this road trip in northern Spain takes you along the incredible Basque coastline with its rugged sea cliffs, charming fishing villages, and gastronomic cities, then into the rolling vineyards and hills of La Rioja and Navarra. Blend city walks with small towns, food tours, and an overnight stay at a winery in Spain's most famous wine region, Rioja.

The famous windmills of Consuegra, Spain
Map of Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid, La Mancha, & Extremadura - 10 days
Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid, La Mancha, & Extremadura - 10 days

Get lost in La Mancha on a  10-day road trip in this historic region in central Spain. It begins in Madrid and from there you'll travel south to the arid plateaus famous for being the homeland of the fictional character Don Quixote. Between wine tours and visits to national parks, you'll head to the Extremadura region and tour medieval cities like Cáceres, birthplace of the conquistador Francisco Pizarro.

Enjoy the scenery of Galicia, like Praia de Nosa Señora in Cíes Islands
Map of Ultimate Northern Spain Road Trip: Madrid, Galicia & Basque Country - 11 days
Ultimate Northern Spain Road Trip: Madrid, Galicia & Basque Country - 11 days

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.

The road toward Masca village and Los Gigantes mountain, Tenerife.
Map of Wild Canary Islands: Madrid, Tenerife & La Gomera - 11 Days
Wild Canary Islands: Madrid, Tenerife & La Gomera - 11 Days

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.

Relax in the courtyard of Córdoba's Mosque-Cathedral
Map of Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid, La Mancha & Andalusia - 15 days
Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid, La Mancha & Andalusia - 15 days

It's almost impossible to design a more comprehensive Spanish holiday than this 15-day road trip. Beginning in Madrid, you'll drive south to historic locales like Toledo and La Mancha on your way to Andalusia, where Moorish history and amazing food await. Besides enjoying wine and tapas tours, you'll visit incredible cities like Seville, Granada, Ronda, and Córdoba.

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Map of Spain Road Trip: Madrid, Leon, & Santiago de Compostela - 7 Days
Spain Road Trip: Madrid, Leon, & Santiago de Compostela - 7 Days

One week is all you need to embark on the road trip of a lifetime through Spain. You'll spend the first day in Madrid, seeing the sights and enjoying local cuisine, before hopping in your car and heading north. You'll stop in León, a well-preserved medieval city, then travel through wine country, visit the gardens of country homes, and end the trip in Santiago de Compostela, the last destination on Spain's most famous pilgrimage route.

Views of the canyon from atop El Tajo Gorge in Ronda, Spain
Map of Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Andalusia - 11 days
Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Andalusia - 11 days

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.

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Map of Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid to La Mancha - 7 days
Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid to La Mancha - 7 days

In a mere week, you can take a road trip through one of the most beautiful yet little-visited areas of Spain: La Mancha. The adventure kicks off straight away as you'll hop in a rental car and drive from Madrid south to medieval towns like Almagro and Villanueva de los Infantes. You'll also stop for a wine tour and visit storybook national parks like Ruidera Lakes. 

Rudiera Lakes in La Mancha, Spain
Map of Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid to La Mancha - 9 days
Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid to La Mancha - 9 days

See a different side of Spain on a nine-day road trip that takes you from Madrid to the arid plateau region of La Mancha. This land of Don Quixote is a major wine-producing region, which you'll discover on a tasting excursion. You'll also visit historic medieval towns like Villanueva de los Infantes and the romantic waterfalls of Ruidera Lakes.

Explore the lesser-frequented scenic Las Alpujarras region
Map of Seville & Hidden Corners of Andalusia Road Trip - 10 Days
Seville & Hidden Corners of Andalusia Road Trip - 10 Days

This 10-day journey through Andalusia pairs cultural hotspots with quiet corners in the countryside. You'll visit vibrant cities like Seville, Granada, and Málaga, but save time for unique experiences in the region's white villages, national parks, and charming Las Alpujarras. Along the way, you'll experience the region's authentic culture and a few areas not typically seen by visitors.

Step inside the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, where the popular Camino de Santiago pilgrimage ends
Map of Spain Road Trip: Madrid, Leon & Santiago de Compostela - 12 Days
Spain Road Trip: Madrid, Leon & Santiago de Compostela - 12 Days

Part of the fun of traveling through Spain is seeing how the culture changes from one region to another. You'll experience this phenomenon over 12 days as you travel from the nation's capital Madrid to Galicia. This is a unique part of the country that has it all, including historical religious sites, unspoiled coastlines, exotic islands, and some of the best seafood anywhere in the world.

The Alhambra in Granada Spain
Map of Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid, La Mancha & Andalusia - 16 days
Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid, La Mancha & Andalusia - 16 days

This comprehensive 16-day road trip includes all the highlights of Spain's Andalusia region, from the capital of Seville to the Moorish palaces of Granada and even the coastal retreat of Málaga, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. As an added bonus, you'll also visit La Mancha, an arid plateau region home to great wine and historic villages.

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Map of Spain Road Trip: Madrid, Leon, & Santiago de Compostela - 10 Days
Spain Road Trip: Madrid, Leon, & Santiago de Compostela - 10 Days

The best thing about a road trip in Spain is that you're not only guaranteed to see beautiful landscapes but you'll visit incredible cities as well. This 10-day tour offers the best of both worlds as you drive from the capital of Madrid to León and then to Santiago and the heart of Galicia. Along the way, you'll stop for wine tours, river cruises, and even an island hop.

Sunrise over Tenerife's volcanic Mount Teide.
Map of Wild Canary Islands Road Trip: Madrid, Tenerife & La Gomera - 12 Days
Wild Canary Islands Road Trip: Madrid, Tenerife & La Gomera - 12 Days

Blessed with fertile volcanic soils and delicate microclimates, the Canary Islands are a paradise for nature lovers. This exciting 12-day itinerary starts on Spain's mainland, where you’ll sample the culture and cuisine of Madrid before flying to the Canary’s largest island of Tenerife. Hike through ancient forests, horseback ride through almond groves, and scale the towering Mount Teide before catching a ferry to the magical island of La Gomera. Here you’ll explore lush mountainous landscapes, get lost in subtropical rainforests, and spot whales and dolphins along its rugged northern coast.

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Map of Spain Road Trip: Madrid & Santiago de Compostela - 9 Days
Spain Road Trip: Madrid & Santiago de Compostela - 9 Days

Spain's Galicia region is famous for its beautiful coastline, countryside, and religious pilgrimage sites. You'll experience this first-hand on your own four-wheeled pilgrimage that'll take you from the busy streets of Madrid to the green mountains of Galician wine country and finally to the historic city of Santiago. Throw in an excursion to offshore islands, and you have the ingredients for the perfect Spanish adventure.

Discover the land of "Don Quixote" (and its famous windmills) in Spain's La Mancha region
Map of Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid, La Mancha & Extremadura - 16 days
Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid, La Mancha & Extremadura - 16 days

Get ready to travel the route of Don Quixote on a road trip through Spain. It begins with a city tour of Madrid before you hit the road, driving amid the arid plateaus and windmills of La Mancha and into the Extremadura region of western Spain. Here you'll tour historic towns like Cáceres and Trujillo while sampling delicious local cuisine and visiting unspoiled national parks.

Basque Coast near San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
Map of North of Spain Ultimate Roadtrip - 13 Days
North of Spain Ultimate Roadtrip - 13 Days

Immerse yourself in Northern Spain's breathtaking natural beauty, medieval history, and world-class gastronomy on this 13-day road trip. Traverse the dramatic Basque coast, sail to the stunning beaches of the Cíes Isles, and explore the foodie hotspot of San Sebastián. Along the way, you'll discover the world's first winery under the Cantabrian Sea, tour the best of Bilbao's pintxos bars, and marvel at the masterpieces of the legendary Guggenheim Museum.

Ronda
Map of Self-Drive Andalusia: Nature, History & Cuisine - 10 Days
Self-Drive Andalusia: Nature, History & Cuisine - 10 Days

Explore Andalusia's stunning nature reserves, sample regional tapas dishes, and take a journey through Spain's fascinating history on this 10-day road trip. Begin with historical tours of Picasso's birthplace in Málaga before venturing to Ronda—described as Spain's most romantic town by Ernest Hemingway. Watch a classical Spanish guitar concert by top musicians, be dazzled by the fiery flamenco dance, and enjoy guided hikes through dunes, forests, and coastlines.

Visit wineries in the La Rioja region during this partial road trip
Map of Explore the Spanish Basque Country & More - 10 Days
Explore the Spanish Basque Country & More - 10 Days

Pack your bags for a 10-day escape to Spain's northern Basque Country. Discover the flavors, history, and culture of this beguiling region by tasting its delicious pintxos on the streets of San Sebastián, exploring the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, and crossing the border into France. If that's not enough, you'll visit wineries in La Rioja and hike above the Bay of Biscay to complete the adventure.

Drive along the Costa Brava and enjoy stopping at beaches, villages, and numerous viewpoints
Map of Pyrenees & Costa Brava Road Trip - 9 Days
Pyrenees & Costa Brava Road Trip - 9 Days

Discover the essence of Catalonia with this self-drive through Barcelona, the Costa Brava, and the Spanish Pyrenees. Along the way, you'll enjoy excursions like private visits to Barcelona's Gothic Quarter and iconic Gaudi architecture, plus leisurely self-guided day trips to the Costa Brava beaches and towns. Soak in the beauty of the Spanish Pyrenees as you drive through winding mountain roads, sleep in charming villages, and hike along alpine lakes, ending your trip back to Barcelona for some tapas.

Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Map of Ultimate Northern Spain Road Trip: Madrid, Galicia & Basque Country - 13 days
Ultimate Northern Spain Road Trip: Madrid, Galicia & Basque Country - 13 days

There are ways to do Spain differently; this 13-day self-drive road trip is a perfect example. While it begins in Madrid, after two days, you'll leave the glitz behind for the pastoral tranquility of the Ribera del Duero wine country. You'll then continue to Galicia's fantastic food and historical sites before winding up on the rocky Cantabrian coast and the incomparable resort city of San Sebastián.

Zahara de la Sierra located in the Sierra de Grazalema, Andalusia, Spain
Map of Classic Andalusia Self-Drive: Seville, Cádiz, Ronda, Málaga & Granada - 10 Days
Classic Andalusia Self-Drive: Seville, Cádiz, Ronda, Málaga & Granada - 10 Days

Experience the rich history and stunning beauty of Andalusia, Spain's southern region, as you drive through the classic destinations of Seville, Cádiz, Málaga, Granada, and the white villages. This 10-day road trip includes viewing intricate architecture, savoring traditional cuisine, and enjoying scenes of rolling hills and quaint villages dotted with whitewashed homes.

On this road trip, you'll explore part of Spain's Costa del Sol, the Sun Coast
Map of Beaches, White Villages & Seville Road Trip - 10 Days
Beaches, White Villages & Seville Road Trip - 10 Days

Embark on a 10-day journey through the landscapes of Andalusia, exploring the vibrant city of Seville, the pristine beaches of Andalusia, and Spain's picturesque White Villages. You'll experience rich cultural heritage, sample regional cuisine, and immerse yourself in the local way of life—a perfect blend of relaxation and cultural immersion.

Take to the road in your rental car and pass through the mountains in Spain's La Rioja
Map of Self-Drive in Basque Country & La Rioja - 6 Days
Self-Drive in Basque Country & La Rioja - 6 Days

Explore two of Spain's scenic northern regions in your own car, the foodie-centric Basque Country with its scenic coastline and La Rioja, a famous wine region. You'll start in San Sebastián and discover the city's history, culture, and gastronomy, followed by a detour to La Rioja for wine tasting and charming towns. End in Bilbao with hiking, foodie adventures, and visiting the famous Guggenheim Museum.

Sunset over Los Roques in Garajonay National Park.
Map of Wild Canary Islands: Madrid, Tenerife & La Gomera - 13 Days
Wild Canary Islands: Madrid, Tenerife & La Gomera - 13 Days

Lose yourself in the rugged beauty of Spain's Canary Islands with this adventurous 13-day itinerary.  Start in Madrid, where you'll savor the local cuisine of the capital before catching a flight to Tenerife. Here you'll hike through ancient forests, stargaze under pristine skies, and scale the towering Mount Teide. Continue to the remote island of La Gomera to explore lush volcanic landscapes and go whale and dolphin watching along its stunning northern coast.

The Consuegra windmills in Castile-La Mancha, Spain
Map of Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid to La Mancha - 8 days
Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid to La Mancha - 8 days

In central Spain lies the region of La Mancha, an arid plateau first brought to international attention in the classic novel "Don Quixote." It's a stunning area in real life, and you'll discover its historical towns, castles, and unspoiled national parks on an eight-day self-drive road trip. On top of this, you'll also tour Valdepeñas, one of Spain's most productive wine regions.

Discover the iconic windmills of La Mancha, Made famouse by Cervantes' "Don Quixote"
Map of Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid, La Mancha & Extremadura - 12 days
Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid, La Mancha & Extremadura - 12 days

Spain is filled with historic regions abounding with well-preserved ancient cities, like La Mancha. This dry plateau region is located south of Madrid, and you'll discover its historical and literary legacy (it's Don Quixote's home region) on a self-drive road trip. Along the way, you'll imbibe in La Mancha's wine, visit its national parks, and travel farther west to Extremadura and medieval cities like Mérida and Cáceres. 

Relax on the white-sand beaches of the Cíes Islands, Spain
Map of Spain Road Trip: Madrid, Leon & Santiago de Compostela - 11 Days
Spain Road Trip: Madrid, Leon & Santiago de Compostela - 11 Days

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. 

Stroll through the historic streets of towns like Trujillo, Spain
Map of Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid, La Mancha & Extremadura - 11 days
Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid, La Mancha & Extremadura - 11 days

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.

Drive to the UNESCO-listed city of Burgos, a stop along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route
Map of Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip in Spain & Italy - 10 Days
Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip in Spain & Italy - 10 Days

Spend 10 inspiring days road-tripping around some of the hidden gems of Spain and Italy. Start by seeing the highlights of Madrid from its rooftops before heading to León to marvel at awe-inspiring Gothic cathedrals. Next, turn north for food tours in the famous Basque Country. In Italy, stroll amid Rome's ancient landmarks, then drive north to discover the natural beauty (and local wines) of Lazio and Umbria, with gorgeous hilltop towns and picturesque lakes.

Extremadura and the Tajo River in Monfragüe National Park
Map of Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid, La Mancha & Extremadura - 13 days
Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Madrid, La Mancha & Extremadura - 13 days

Over 13 days, you'll discover historic Spain, the Spain of conquistadores and Cervantes. It's a road-trip adventure that begins amid the windmills of La Mancha, the home region of "Don Quixote." After wine excursions and visits to national parks, you'll explore medieval cities of the Extremadura region, including Cáceres, the birthplace of Francisco Pizarro.

Drive to charming villages in the Costa Brava, like Calella de Palafrugell
Map of Spain's City to Coast Tour: Madrid, Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 10 Days
Spain's City to Coast Tour: Madrid, Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 10 Days

Immerse yourself in the rich culture, history, and flavors of Spain with this exciting 10-day journey. Start by savoring tapas and flamenco in the elegant capital of Madrid before taking a high-speed train to Barcelona to experience Gaudí's architectural wonders and get lost in the Gothic Quarter. Then rent a car and journey north to the Costa Brava, where lesser-known coastal villages—and fun adventures in the Mediterranean Sea—await your discovery.

Get off the tourist trail as you wind your way through Galician towns like Cambados
Map of Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip in Spain & Italy - 14 Days
Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip in Spain & Italy - 14 Days

Venture off the tourist trail in two of Europe's most popular countries, from the Iberian coast to the wilds of central Italy. Start with a road trip on Spain's epic pilgrimage route through Galicia and the Basque Country, stopping for tours in León and Bilbao. The excitement continues in Italy, where after enjoying the best of Rome, you'll travel north to Lazio, famous for its ancient fairy-tale villages.

Start your road trip with a drive to León, a city and province in northwest Spain
Map of Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip in Spain & Italy - 21 Days
Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip in Spain & Italy - 21 Days

Embark on an epic three-week road trip around Spain and Italy, visiting highlights that tourists rarely see. It begins in captivating Madrid, followed by a drive to Galicia and the Basque Country to indulge in rich culture and delicious cuisine. Next, fly to Italy to enjoy the highlights of Rome, and then drive to picture-postcard regions like Lazio and Umbria to visit historic villages and enjoy outdoor adventures.