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Europe Travel: Spain in 5 Weeks — Country Itinerary

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This is a high level overview of travel throughout Spain over a five week period. In addition to covering many of Spain’s gems, this itinerary includes stops through the South of France, Andorra, Gibraltar and Morocco.

We will provide detailed posts about our experiences in each city, township and village over the coming months.

Countries covered in this itinerary

  • Spain
  • South France
  • Andorra
  • Gibraltar
  • Morocco

The itinerary

Spain13Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, Ávila, Salamanca, Valladolid, Bilbao, Guernica, Lekeitio, Elantxobe, San Sebastián
France1Saint Jean de Luz, Bayonne, Biarritz, La Rhune, Sare, Ainhoa, Espelette
Spain3Pamplona, Zaragoza 
Andorra1Andorra la Vella, Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley (National Park)
Spain 12Parc Natural del Cadí-Moixeró, Figueres, Cadaqués, Barcelona, Montserrat, Sitges, Valencia, Cuenca, Cordoba, Granada, Nerja, Malaga, Marbella, Tarifa
SpainCadiz, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Arcos De La Frontera, Seville

Journey outline

  • Madrid, Spain
    • Day Trip: Toledo, Spain
    • Segovia, Spain
  • Rental Car Pick Up in Madrid
  • Salamanca, Spain
    • Day Trip: Avila, Spain
  • Valladolid, Spain
  • Bilbao, Spain
    • Day Trip: Guernica, Lekeitio, Elantxobe
  • San Sebastian, Spain
    • Day Trip: Saint Jean de Luz, La Rhune, Sare, Ainhoa, Espelette, Bayonne, Biarritz
  • Pamplona, Spain
  • San Sebastian, Spain
  • Pamplona, Spain
  • Laguardia, Spain
    • Day Trip: Zaragoza
  • Andorra la Vella, Andorra
    • Day Trip: Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley (National Park), Andorra; Parc Natural del Cadí-Moixeró, Spain
  • Figueres, Spain
    • Day Trip: Cadaques, Spain
  • Barcelona, Spain
    • Day Trip: Montserrat, Spain; Sitges, Spain
  • Valencia, Spain
    • Day Trip: Cuenca, Spain
  • Cordoba, Spain
  • Granada, Spain
    • Day Trip: Nerja, Malaga, Marbella, Gibraltar
  • Tarifa, Spain
    • Day Trip: Tangier, Morocco
  • Cadiz, Spain
  • Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain
  • Tarifa, Spain
  • Arcos De La Frontera, Spain
  • Seville, Spain
  • Rental Car Drop Off in Seville

Maps of locations covered

Map of Spain, Part One – Madrid to San Sebastian

Map of Spain & France, Part Two – San Sebastian to France to Pamplona

Map of Spain, Part Three – San Sebastian to Barcelona

Map of Spain Part Four – Barcelona to Marbella

Map of Spain, Part Five – Marbella to Seville

Travel times

  • Car Madrid to Toledo — 1 hour
  • Car Madrid to Segovia — 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Car Segovia to Salamanca — 2 hours
  • Car Salamanca to Valladolid — 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Car Valladolid to Bilbao — 3 hours
  • Car Bilbao to San Sebastian — 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Car San Sebastian to Pamplona — 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Car San Sebastian, Spain to Bordeaux, France — 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Car Bordeaux to Toulouse — 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Car Toulouse to Andorra la Vella — 2 hours, 55 minutes
  • Car Andorra la Vella to Barcelona — 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Car Barcelona to Valencia — 3 hours, 40 minutes
  • Car Valencia to Granada — 5 hours, 10 minutes
  • Car Granada to Cordoba — 2 hours, 10 minutes
  • Car Cordoba to Seville — 1 hours, 53 minutes

Locations not covered in this itinerary

  • Northwest Spain
  • Far west Spain

Mode of transport — rental car

  • Benefit: The rental car provided us freedom and flexibility to stop off at any destination of our choice. Spanish train travel can be unusually slow and does not stop at the wonderful towns, villages and day trips outside of the major cities.
  • Drawback: Cost of rental car depends on time of year and gas is expensive

Interested in exploring more of Europe? Check out our Schengen Area Europe Itinerary — 13 countries in 90 Days for ideas about where to travel.

Drop us a note in the comments with your questions and feedback about the itinerary.


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