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Road trip, coast to coast to coast....

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Road trip, coast to coast to coast....

Hey All,

Heading to Spain in May and planning on doing a road trip. I need help working out how many days to spend in each place and what the best route will be. I know what i am about to ask involves a lot of information but if you could answer any part of my question it will be greatly appreciated.

we have 3-4 weeks (our time is very flexible).

We land in Malaga on 04/05. we plan about 2 nights in Malaga. Then we will catch a train to Seville and spend 2-3 nights there. Then we pick up the car and start the road trip.

what we want to do:



Bilbao (i am completely aware of the distance between Bilbao and Cordoba :))

San Sebastian

Cross the Pyrenees (I am aware of how vague this is)

Somewhere on the other side of the Pyrenees...

1) I am hoping to get help with the stops between Cordoba and Bilbao. what would be the best (not necessarily the shortest) route? we are thinking of taking 2-3 nights to do this crossing. Our plan is to do our driving in the morning and spending the afternoon in a town centre drinking wine and eating Jamon..

2) what is the best way to cross the Pyrenees. we are looking at taking 1-2 nights to do this. I love my photography so looking forward to getting some great shots.

3) where to stay once we have crossed the Pyrenees. have about 2-3 nights to spend.

4) how long should we spend in each city\town?

FYI- dropping the car off in Barcelona. we have already been to Madrid.

Once again, any help on any part of my question will be greatly appreciated!

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1. Re: Road trip, coast to coast to coast....

Regional information www.spain.info www.france.com

The attraction and your stamina, will tell you how long to stay in any destination, though two or three nights is usual when on the road.

Trains Malaga to Seville www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/index.html

Car rental Seville drop off Barcelona www.autoeurope.com.au

Route planner www.viamichelin.com

You will require an International driving permit for Spain

Accommodation www.venere.com

Edited: 20 January 2014, 03:31
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2. Re: Road trip, coast to coast to coast....


For train travel:


A good hotel in Seville that I stay in is the Hotel Becquer. It is walkable to most sights.

Read Buying Alhambra Tickets Online and BOOK EARLY.

A good hotel in Granada with parking is the Vincci Albayzin.

A good stop between Cordoba or Granada and Bilbao is Segovia. Try the roast lamb there. Segovia is the cuisine capital of Castile-Leon. Read the top questions of the Segovia forum for good restaurants.

A good hotel in San Sebastian is the Hotel Londres. I stayed there a week this past summer. It is right on the beach.


Here is some info about Malaga:

Malaga is the capital of the Costa del Sol and has beaches, plenty of sunshine, and one of the best climates in Spain. It is also one of the most beautiful and relaxing cities in Spain, and 100% Spanish. Malaga has 14 museums (among them the Glass and Crystal Museum, Carmen Thyssen Museum, Automobile Museum, and the two Picasso Museums), historic churches (four founded by the Catholic Kings), and monuments that include two castles (Alcazaba and Gibralfaro). The sights are mostly downtown and completely walkable. There are very good restaurants, tapas bars, and nightlife. The city is very safe. The Malaga Park is a very large semi-tropical park and beside it is a new park called the Palmeral de las Sorpresas at the port. Muelle Uno is a new shopping/restaurant complex at the port. The Gardens of La Concepcion are the largest tropical plant gardens in Europe. There are about 1000 buildings from the 19th century downtown, one of the largest and best conserved collections in Spain.

The natives have the great charm of Andalucia and are among the most friendly people in Spain. It is easy to do day trips to the white towns of Ronda, Mijas, and Nerja, since Malaga is the transportation hub of its province. Malaga Airport is the third largest airport in Spain and has direct connections with many European cities. One can take the AVE from Madrid to Malaga. Read the top questions in the Malaga forum.

Shopping is wonderful and most stores are walkable from downtown. Downtown has Calle Larios, Calle Nueva, and Calle Granada and surrounding streets, with many boutiques. El Corte Ingles is a large department store near downtown. Two shopping malls near downtown are the Larios Center and Vialia.

Good hotels in good locations:

5-star: Vincci Posada del Patio

4-star: Hotel AC Malaga Palacio – Good location near Calle Larios. The rooftop restaurant is a romantic place during twilight with a great view of the port.

4-star: Hotel Molina Lario – Good location near Calle Larios with parking. The hotel restaurant Café de Bolsa is a very good restaurant.

4-star: Hotel NH Malaga – Good hotel with a large parking space.

3-star: Hotel Don Curro – Older hotel near Calle Larios.

2-star: Ibis Malaga Centro Ciudad

The Restaurant El Pimpi at Calle Granada, 62, has Andalusian decoration and music and one can have tapas and try Malaga’s sweet wine here. This is the restaurant that celebrities are brought to. Movie stars and members of royalty have all been here.

Malaga was named by Trip Advisor as the 7th best destination in the “Traveler’s Choice 2013 – Top 10 Destinations of Spain” list.

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