Tapas, Toreros and Tortilla –Camping roadtrip to Spain!
Yet, our route only serves as a guide. Of course you can vary and change it as you like – Luckily, you are absolutely free in your decisions with a camping bus. We send you from Barcelona once around the Iberian Peninsula. Have a good trip and a lot of fun during your camping holiday in Spain!
You first drive through France on your camper roadtrip from Germany to Spain. Our route starts in Barcelona. But since the route from Frankfurt am Main or Munich to Barcelona takes about 13 hours, it’s best to make a stopover in France. From here you can take the A9 to Spain and almost reach your first destination. The E15 will directly take you to Barcelona, from where the adventure with your roadsurfer through Spain starts.
Camping in Spain: Our highlights on the Iberian Peninsula!
Catalonia – Spain’s Costa Brava and the beautiful city Barcelona
Welcome to the Catalan capital Barcelona! In the city of Antonio Gaudí with the Basilica La Sagrada Familia and the famous, worth seeing Gaudí Park Parque Güell different cultures meet. Therefore, we have chosen the city as our starting and ending destination of our roadtrip. Here you can experience a great, lively city beach, a winding old town with numerous tapas bars and lively nightlife as well as the unique main street La Rambla, where tourists and locals romp about. But beware of pickpockets!
Along the Mediterranean coast we continue to Valencia, the third largest city of Spain. By the way, this is where the paella comes from. Also, the legendary Holy Grail is closely connected to the city. Besides, the climate has pleasant temperatures throughout the year here. Therefore, it is not only worthwhile to visit the spring festival Las Fallas – The city also has a lot to offer in terms of its architecture, for example the modern building and park complex Ciudad des Las Artes y las Ciencias. Last but not least, the famous aquarium L’Oceanogràphic is a highlight for children.
The province of Murcia and the Andalusian south
Further south you will find the city and the eponymous province of Murcia, where you can go on a journey through history. The cathedral has characteristics from different centuries: Originally built around 1394, its tower was completed as late as 1792. You can also admire the colorful bishop’s palace. Particularly lovely is Murcia’s extensive pedestrian zone – which covers almost the entire old town.
Granada impresses by its Arabic influence: The world-famous Alhambra is a testimony of the cultural history of Christianity and Islam in Spain. It combines art with architecture and is at the same time fortress, palace and garden. Once you are in the area around Granada, a trip to the high mountains and part of the Sierra Nevada National Park is worthwhile. From Pradollano in the south of Granada, you can reach the summit of Pico del Veleta via the highest road in Europe.
From Granada, Málaga is the gateway to the Mediterranean – as well as to the sun. It is not without reason that the coast is called Costa del Sol and serves as winter quarters for many Central and Northern Europeans. As in almost every big city of Spain, this metropolis also has a worth seeing cathedral. The Museo Picasso exhibits many paintings of the famous Spanish painter Pablo Picasso. And in any case, you should eat an ice cream in Málaga as the dairy product originates here.
A piece of Great Britain – The monkey rock Gibraltar
You will end your journey along the Mediterranean on the English enclave peninsula Gibraltar. The African mainland is not far away from this point and these are also the main inhabitants of the great rock: The funny macaques are always ready for a photo. And who doesn’t know the legend: As long as the monkeys live on Gibraltar, the tip of the Iberian Peninsula remains in British possession.
The southernmost point of Spain’s mainland is Punto de Tarifa, also known as the surfer hot spot number one with a wild Atlantic sea and lots of wind.
roadsurfer tip: The nearby small village Conil de la Frontera has a beautiful beach and a small village center with nice pubs and restaurants. Many young Spaniards go here on holiday and enjoy Cerveza or Tinto de verano, a refreshing red wine and lemonade drink. Salute!
Carmens Sevilla – Cigars, Flamenco and Bullfighting
From the south coast it goes now a little north to the University town Sevilla. During the day, you can relax in one of the wonderful parks and at night, you explore the nightlife together with all the students living here. Furthermore, the Easter procession in Holy Week, the Spanish Semanta Santa is unique in Sevilla. Thousands of Christians follow crucified Jesus through the streets of the city. And in April, the Feria de Abril is also heating up the city.
Historically, Seville is closely linked to the myth of the probably most beautiful Spanish woman Carmen, who gave her name to the famous Bizet opera. Flamenco, which is by the way not primarily a dance but music, as well as the controversial bullfight made Seville famous. Last but not least, the cathedral of Seville has an entry in the Guinness Book of Records – Because of its largest area.
The Spanish inland – via Toledo to Madrid
The best thing to do on your way to Spain’s capital Madrid is to make a stop in Toledo: Here, you will find a completely intact medieval city center with a maintained city wall. Unfortunately, this is not a secret tip under all tourists. Thus, the morning or evening hours are the best time to explore the cathedral, synagogue and Álcazar.
When you arrive in Madrid, the city of millions, you can plunge directly into the nightlife. The Movida Madrileña was already famous for its wild party nights in the eighties. Never heard of it? Then you should definitely watch the film by Oscar-winning Pedro Almodóvar!
Even though Madrid may not have the external charm as, for example, Barcelona – there’s still a lot to discover: For example the Gran Via with its palatial buildings – a real boulevard! Of course, a visit to the world-famous El Prado Picture Gallery, which also exhibits works by Spanish artists such as Velázquez or Goya is a must-see. Those who prefer modern art are well taken care of in the Museo de Reina Sofia. You can then relax in the nearby Parque del Retiro, a beautiful green area that the Madrilenians also like to visit on weekends to escape the noise of the big city.
From Madrid to the Way of St James – Off to Santiago de Compostela
It is a long way from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela. Once there, you can enjoy the old town, protected by UNESCO, where you will find two World Heritage Sites: The Cathedral and the Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago. From here you can walk a few kilometers in the footsteps of pilgrims. On the Rúa do Franco you will strengthen yourself with fantastic Galician specialties such as the Pulpo cocido. The delicious squid is usually served with patatas (potatoes).
Along the coast you now head towards Gijón, where you can relax at the Playa de San Lorenzo and visit the remains of the ancient Roman baths in the cellars of Palacio los Valdés. You continue your journey to Bilbao and visit an architectural highlight: The Museo Guggenheim de Arte Contempráneo created by the US architect Frank Gehr. It has the anatomy of a fish and is the new landmark of Bilbao. In the medieval quarter of Casco Viejo you can finally enjoy the Spanish cuisine in one of the numerous pubs and restaurants.
Adiós España – From Saragossa to Barcelona!
Saragossa is the last stop on your journey before heading back to Barcelona. The city has a rather modern charm, only the old town still reflects the image of past times. At the northern end of the old town is the city’s landmark, the Basílica del Pilar. As the largest baroque building in Spain, it is worth a visit. On the 12th of October, the biggest festival of Saragossa reaches its highlight: An impressive ceremony in honor of the Virgin Mary – including flower carpets and flower arrangements at the square in front of the Basílica del Pilar.
Spain with a campervan: The top 10 campsites in Spain
In Spain, the ways between the big cities are not exactly short why you don’t want to drive overtired. Therefore, we will present now our Top 10 campsites in Spain: These will give you a good first impression and hopefully help you to plan your holiday in Spain.
- Camping Globo Rojo
A little north of Barcelona, directly on the coast, is the village Canet de Mar located. Here you will find this excellent campsite. Besides the sea in front of the camper’s door, there is also a crystal clear pool, various sports activities and cool night shows! Website: http://www.globo-rojo.com/de/
- Camping Bonterra Park
This campsite is located in the north of Valencia in Benicàssim. Not only its Caribbean flair is impressive but also its wide range of leisure activities. There is a weekly activities plan. Website: http://www.irisparc.de/camping-le-chene-gris/
- Camping Bellavista
The campsite is only 300 meters from the beach. In the nearby nature reserve 4 Calas you can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Costa Cálida and the Spanish Mediterranean. Website: http://www.campingbellavista.com
- Camping Naturista Almanat
This site is something very special because it is a nudist campsite. In addition to an indoor and an outdoor pool, the campsite has direct access to the beach. You can also spoil in the sauna and solarium or get to know other campers by playing boccia, volleyball or football and by grilling. Website: http://www.almanat.es
- Camping Village Doñarrayan Park
This cool campsite is located in the northern part of the Parque Nacional de Doñana in the south-west of Seville. If you don’t have your own home on four wheels with you, you can sleep in stylish tents and wooden huts. Kids can play and learn at the same time, go to the Princess Club, enjoy environmental education or do outdoor sports. Website: http://www.donarrayan-park.com
- Camping Los Arenales
Halfway between Seville and Toledo is one of the few campsites on this route in Almagro. It has nice green areas and two pools. Attentive and friendly staff and an excellent restaurant complete this Spanish campsite. Website: http://www.campinglosarenales.com/
- Camping Monte Holiday
In the north of Madrid is this nature-loving campsite. Adventure is a top priority her – whether kayaking or climbing, if you don’t have fun here, you’re not really on holidays. Website: http://monteholiday.com
- Camping As Cancelas
This small campsite is located near Santiago de Compostela. Admittedly: There are not many campsites in this area of Spain, so the choice was easy for us. Nevertheless, this campsite offers pools, sports and playgrounds. Website: http://www.campingascancelas.com
- Camping Playa España
This campsite is located directly on the Atlantic coast in the west of Gijón. It has a lot of green and lots of fun and games. Besides, it has a special highlight for dog lovers: A dog training area. Website: http://www.campingplayaespana.es/
- Camping Endai
West of Bilbao you will find this campsite in the village of Mendexa. It is situated in the mountains, but still directly by the sea in between different fishing villages. So you can not only hike but also throw yourself into the waves with your surfboard. Website: http://www.campingseuskadi.com