There are plenty of reasons to get excited! You are going on a road trip in Spain and Portugal, and it's not going to be boring. Prepare for delicious wine, scenic coastlines and lots of local culture.
Madrid - Logroño - San Sebastian - Bilbao - San Vicente - Gijon - A Coruña - Santiago de Compostela - Porto - Salamanca - Madrid
Get your wheels in the airport of Madrid and you'll be on your way heading for the northern coastline along the Bay of Biscaya. You will get the chance to spend some time in the capital of Spain later on your trip.
First stop is charming Logroño situated between Madrid and the north coast of Spain. Logroño is the heart of the La Rioja province which is home to the infamous wine district bearing the same name. So what is more obvious than to go for some delicious wine tasting?
This Basque city is a pulsating hub for the young Spanish population, so you will have plenty of options to go partying. Make sure to arrive on a thursday in San Sebastian as this is where Pintxo Pote takes places. Basically it's all the restaurants and bars in the city offering a drink plus a snack for just 2€. Go from bar to bar and enjoy the cool and hip vibes of the city.
Fun fact: Of the seven 3-Michelin star (the highest there is) restaurants in Spain, three are situated in San Sebastian. Just in case you feel like treating yourself with an extraordinary culinary experience.
When you had your dose of partying it's time to get cultural. Bilbao, surrounded by green mountains, is the biggest city in the Basque region. You should definitely visit the famous Guggenheim Museum or climb the Mallona Stairs to Parque Etxebarria for beautiful views over the city. Bilbao is historically a heavy industrial city with hard-working inhabitants, and despite this still being the roots of the local culture, modern day architechture and the city's many art galleries have changed the way Bilbao is perceived.
Now it's time for you to experience a different kind of culture: The Surf culture! In the small village of San Vicente you find one of the best surf spots in Europe. Spend some time in our surf camp and learn to surf like a pro. The camp is super cozy and there are a lot of social activities going on when you're not wearing a wetsuit.
When driving along the northern coastline of Spain, Gijon is a popular stopover because of its many cultural and architectural sights. Being a seaside city, Gijon also has a very nice beach and some quality seafood restaurants.
A Coruña is recognized as one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, located in the northwestern corner of Spain surrounded by green hills. It's the second largest city in Galicia and perfect for young visitors. A Coruña is a modern metropole with a buzzing nightlife and a tremendous food scene. Don't miss the Roman lighthouse, Torre de Hercules, which was built in the first century AD. It's an UNESCO heritage site on the northern tip of the city - and it's beautiful!
Santiago de Compostela:
Santiago de Compostela is famous for being the very last stop on the legendary pilgrimage trail. Most people agree that it's hard to catch this city in a bad pose. The narrow streets, the charming old town and the huge cathedral make the capital of Galicia so beautiful. Head out to Cape Fisterra which in Roman times was believed to be the end of the known world.
Porto - Portugal:
After crossing into Portugal you'll reach the best place to visit in Europe in 2017 - Porto. With a sweet location by the Rio Douro, this charismatic city will make you want to stay forever. Mainly because you won't be able to drive as a result of all the local port wine you have been drinking. Trust us.. it's good!
Sober up and drive through Portugal before crossing into Spain again. Your next stop is Salamanca. Check out the 15th century House of Shells, both the old and the new cathedral and of course Plaza Mayor.
We recommend that you return your vehicle in the airport of Madrid before spending a couple of days here. Eat tapas in a narrow side street, visit one the many museums and enjoy the nightlife in the evening. Madrid is a perfect place to end your road trip in Spain.
Total distance: 2016 km