Travelling is a passion of yours, and now you’re finally ready to dive into a brand new adventure! Follow our tips for a bubbly road trip. We’ll stop in some of Spain’s major cities and travel from North to South, along the Balearic Sea. Let’s go!
Bilbao is an excellent starting point for your on-the-road trip through Spain. Here in Bilbao, there is so much to see and do. In addition to the museum designed by Frank Gehry that made it famous, the Guggenheim, there are other attractions in Bilbao. But first of all, stock up on Pintxos, delicious finger foods with varied toppings, perfect to make your trip unforgettable.
The first thing you need to know is that the city of Bilbao preserves a medieval area that will let you see with your own eyes how cities were in the fifteenth century. Not only that, but there are, of course, beaches with emerald waters, where you can take a breather and have fun with friends. Don’t worry, if you are a mountain lover, you won’t be left without: the city is embraced by two tiny mountains that offer a unique panoramic view. You can reach the top on foot, or via the Funicular de Artxanda. And in the evening… Let the dancing begin! There are plenty of nightlife venues here, and stopping for a chat and a drink will be a great opportunity to get acquainted with the locals, and learn some Spanish for your road trip.
Zaragoza has an enviable business card: in fact, already during the journey you will have noticed the landscape dissonance that characterizes the route that leads to this second leg of your road trip in Spain.The first green expanse is followed by a barren desert scenery, which comes back into bloom shortly after, and reminds us of scenes from a movie. In Zaragoza you can meet another famous artist: Goya. Once you have visited the museum dedicated to him, we suggest you explore the city, and let yourself be surprised by its beauty. To name a few, you should definitely visit: the Museo del Teatro de Caesaraugusta, a Roman museum whose construction dates back to the first century B.C.; the Lonja, the city’s loggia, where the Renaissance echoes of 15th century Florence are palpable; the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, a 17th century basilica that is one of the largest in the world. Next to the basilica flows the Ebro River, which, at sunset is tinged with a purple color not to be missed. Definitely worth seeing!
PARQUE NATURAL DE LA SERRANÍA DE CUENCA, Cuenca
The third stop on your road trip is the Natural Park of the Serranìa de Cuenca. The multiform profile of this natural paradise results in a colorful portrait for the eye, full of colors, scents and unique sensations. The floristic and faunistic diversity of this immense natural park are in fact the crowning glory of an area with a distinctly aesthetic face. The sheets of water, in union with the rocky karst points that recall the Australian outback, give this place a particular style. The park also has ideal routes for lovers of trekking, possibly accompanied by local guides. The dense vegetation, the heaths, and the sunny spots are so beautiful that they have been compared to the enchanted cities of Valdecabras, and Los Callejones de Las Majadas. For all these reasons, we recommend that you stay here for at least a few hours, and if you feel like it, you can also stay for the night in the camping area: admiring the starry sky away from the city lights is a sensational experience.
Fourth stop: Valencia! This city cannot be missed on any vacation in Spain. Valencia is located close to the Balearic waters, and has beaches not to be missed during your road trip. Not only that, in addition to the well-deserved beach break, we recommend you visit the city center with its Cathedral Pluristilistica, and try the amazing food in one of the local restaurants. If fresh fish remains in pole position for obvious reasons, Paella and Fideuà, Patatas Bravas and Arroz Negro, Arnadì and Bunyols will also make your mouth water just thinking about them.
Also, did you know that Valencia is home to another city within it. Incredible, isn’t it? The City of Arts and Sciences is majestic: it is an architectural complex designed by one of the greatest European architects, Santiago Calatrava. This building has an imposing milky structure that sinks into the water, with pretty little green islands surrounding it, with a truly artistic result. Inside, you’ll find Europe’s largest aquarium, the Oceanografic; spaces dedicated to the lovely dance, music and theater events held there daily; and interactive exhibits.
But now… are you ready for the last stop? Let’s go!
The fifth and final stop on this wonderful adventure on the road is Murcia. Murcia is a university town with a youthful and cheerful spirit, perfect for either taking one last dip in the sea, having fun at the casino, or listening to some good music at one of the many evening events.
But first, let’s talk about what you can do in Murcia during the day. If you decide to go to the beach, remember to try windsurfing, or even canoeing if you like water adventures. If, on the other hand, you’d like to immerse yourself a bit more in the local history and culture, keep in mind that the city is known for its museums, full of treasures, whose style can be traced mainly to Arab and Catholic influences, which are also visible in the city’s profile. In addition, Murcia has some of the most flourishing fruit and vegetable production, which is why the products of Murcian stores, restaurants and bars are often excellent. Fill yourself with local delicacies, and forge even closer ties with this uniquely warm land.
Our Spanish on the road trip ends here, but don’t be sad: we’re waiting for you to visit other places in this magical country. See you soon!
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