Spain is an amazing country for a coastal roadtrip, with beautiful weather and a mixture of small towns, pristine beaches, and lively cities all full of unique culture.
Here is a quick suggested itinerary for stops along the way during a roadtrip through Spain from Barcelona to Seville.
Begin your roadtrip on the coast in Spain’s Catalonia region. Barcelona is the perfect city to wander around and experience metropolitan Spanish culture.
Stroll down La Rambla, a busy main street that leads right to the ocean. Shops line the streets all the way down to the beach, and the commotion of the people lasts that far, too.
Experience the lively Spanish city through one of the many bars and clubs, or explore the long stretches of beaches and talk to the friendly locals selling their wares. If you can, head up to your hotel rooftop for a view of the city from above.
Valencia is well-known for long stretches of beautiful beaches bordering the city.
If you’re looking to try an authentic Spanish dish, don’t miss out on the classic Valencian paella, a plate of Spanish seafood rice. This is the city where this famous dish originated, and is still where you can find the best paellas in Spain.
Just south of Valencia, this is the town to get away from it all. Palm trees in the sand, clear blue water, and warm sunshine are found along the shores of this ritzy resort town.
A resort city along the beach – visit Benidorm for the beach, the beautiful views, & the nightlife. This is the Spanish city to relax on the beach in the daytime, and party in the city in the evening.
Typical Spanish rolling fields & gorgeous green hillsides – perfect scenery for a roadtrip.
Granada is a bustling city – in the center of the town, you’ll find roads that are a tight squeeze, even for European vehicles! Stop by this city for the famous Alhambra castle and the Sierra Nevada mountains.
This gorgeous town was built on the cliffside in the province of Malaga, and is perfect for wandering along cobblestoned paths with amazing views.
Take the path down to the valley below the city, and look up at the famous Rhonda bridge. The bridge is a beautiful architectural marvel, connecting the town over the massive canyon carved by the river, El Tajo. There are viewpoints along the edges of the city for gazing out over the cliffs – the perfect place to watch the sunset over the Spanish valley hundreds of feet below.
Zahara de la Sierra
Visiting this small town on the side of a mountain is like stepping directly into the Spanish countryside. The town’s name roughly translates to “Flower of the Sierra” – and it’s easy to see why. This charming town with pueblos blancas on the side of a lake and a small castle fortress at the top of the mountain is a quaint escape from the bustles of the large Spanish cities.
Spain is known for olive orchards – and some of the best olive oil around!
The capital of Andalucia, Sevilla is a festive city known for incredible architecture from places like the royal Alcázar, the Moorish castle, the Torre del Oro along the river, and the modern Metropol Parasol. Wander through the incredible Maria Luisa gardens and soak in the unbelievable beauty of the Plaza d’España.
Stop at one of the many restaurants for classic Spanish tapas, which are small portions of delicious Spanish food and traditional Sangria, which is Spanish wine with sliced fresh fruit.