Spain is one of the countries with more cultural and historical burden of the world. Its numerous monuments, churches, cathedrals and castles, along with an incredible nightlife and beautiful beaches, make this country one of the favorite tourist destinations of travelers from around the world.
Y there is no better way to know a destination than by car, traveling every road and town that appears on the route. That is why we have searched for the best routes by car to discover Spain.
1. Route of Don Quijote de la ManchaMills in Consuegra - leoks
Don Quijote de la Mancha is one of the emblematic characters of literature and this route is discovered by us. There is nothing better than taking a car and traveling the roads through which the ingenious gentleman supposedly passed, contemplating the fields and the beautiful windmills that still adorn them.
The route is very wide and you can do it in stages. We recommend you start with the beautiful town of Campo de Criptana and from there go to the spectacular castle of Argamasilla de Alba. After that you can tour the Renaissance heritage of La Solana to the park of the Lagunas de Ruidera, ending in Tomelloso, one of the most charming cities of Castilla-La Mancha.
2. Path of the Spanish languageWalls of Ávila - Sergey Dzyuba
This fantastic route will allow you to travel from La Rioja to Alcalá de Henares.Between these two points you can stop in Burgos, Valladolid, Salamanca and Ávila, determining places in the origin of the Castilian language.
The first stop on this route is San Millán de la Cogolla, in La Rioja, where the first texts were written in Spanish, more specifically in the monasteries of Suso and Yuso.
After you must make a stop in Burgos and later in the universities Valladolid and Salamanca, institutions that promoted hundreds of texts. In fact, it was at the University of Salamanca where the first grammar book of the Spanish language was written.
To know Ávila is to discover the cradle of Santa Teresa de Jesús and San Juan de la Cruz, recognized authors of Spanish literature.
"Read and you will lead, do not read and you will be led"
-Santa Teresa de Jesús-
This incredible tour ends in Alcalá de Henares, where Miguel de Cervantes was born, the writer of one of the most important literary works worldwide, Don Quijote de la Mancha.
3. Route through GironaGirona Cathedral - Nejron Photo
Girona is a province with countless charms. If you want to know it thoroughly, you can start the tour in Blanes and discover its magnificent botanical garden. Then continue to Tossa del Mar, where you can meet one of its imposing fortresses.
But there are other emblematic places that you should not miss, among them the Monastery of San Pedro de Roda.And, if you want to feel like in the middle of medieval times, you must make a stop in the villages of Pals, Peratallada and La Bisbal d'Empord.
4. Route of the marshes of Santoña
Touring the Natural Reserve of the marshes of Noja and Santoña is one of those trips that you can never forget. You must start with Noja and continue through Santoña and Laredo. The combination of the mountains and the sea becomes a true delight for all the senses.
5. Route through the Lobos river canyonCanyon of the Lobos River, Soria - Alfonso de Tomas
The Canyon of the Lobos River is an impressive natural site. Here you can not only enjoy a beautiful landscape, but also the wonderful wildlife that inhabits it, including imposing vultures that you can see flying over the area.
But the route can be much longer if you go through all the beautiful villages and roads that are in the vicinity of this canyon, located in Soria.One step away you can discover places as charming and full of history as the Burgo de Osma and Calatañazor.
On the other hand in Castilla y León you can explore the Laguna Negra and get to know quiet and picturesque villages like Molinos de Duero, Castroviejo and Vinuesa.
6. Black Truffle RouteMorella, Castellón - nito
The route between Morella and the Maestrazgo is one of the least traveled by tourists although it has sublime landscapes and a lot of beautiful and quiet villages that will surely captivate you. In addition, on this route you can discover numerous castles, fortresses and sanctuaries that will make you go back in time.
There is no better way to get to know and enjoy a ride than behind the wheel of a car. Only then can you make as many stops as you want and soak up the culture of all those picturesque places that you could not otherwise know.