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Hire a campervan in Madrid or Barcelona and start your trip in Spain. With the compact roadsurfer campervans you can drive to any corner, even enjoy smaller cities. Spain has more than enough to offer. Whether it’s a dazzling big city, small towns where time has stood still, beautiful beaches or vast desert landscapes, Spain can become your camping destination! If you want to combine mountains, sea, and cities in one road trip, check out our road trip through Spain. Hire a campervan now and discover beautiful Spain.
Is Barcelona popular with tourists? Yes. Is it rather busy? Yes. But that’s not without good reason. Barcelona has countless sights to see and is one of the most visited cities in Spain, and rightly so. Indeed, the city mainly owes its popularity to architect Antoni Gaudi, who beautifully created the eye-catching Barcelona that we know today, in every nook and corner.
From Barcelona’s two mountains – Montjuïc and Tibidabo – you’ll gain an unbelievable view of the city and coast. At the latter, you’ll find an amusement park with a big wheel where you’re sure to have a whale of a time.
For those who prefer to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city, there’s space for relaxation just a stone’s throw away. The beaches around Barcelona are idyllic and very easily accessible by public transport or your camper. You’ll find everything the heart desires here, as alongside the wonderful sandy beaches, there are plenty of beach bars, restaurants and sports facilities.
And even if you’ve already seen everything Barcelona has to offer, discovering the city by camper is a whole new adventure. Hire a camper and discover the area surrounding Barcelona:
Right in the hinterland of Barcelona is the sandstone mountain of Montserrat. Unusual rock formations and rugged mountains shape the landscape there. There are excellent camping opportunities here and it’s the perfect place to start a road trip in Spain.
Madrid is the epitome of the urban jungle. Large, loud, exciting, urban, artistic. One quarter is just as brimming as the next in terms of originality. It will take no time at all for you to be impressed by Madrid, despite the fact there is no beach there.
The Gran Vía is the heart and soul of the city.
It is also a place to shop, a promenade, both the meeting and farewell point of a night spent dancing in Madrid and a hub for theatre and musicals. In short: the place to be. A landmark and a popular postcard image is the Schweppes building on the Gran Vía. At night, the neon sign is colourfully lit and it forms a popular meeting place for Spanish party goers.
Madrid is also the best starting point for kicking off your road trip. All routes lead to Madrid and all routes head back out of the city to the most stunning regions of Spain. If you stand at the Kilometre Zero in Puerta del Sol, you can decide which direction to take to continue your road trip. This is where the six national roads of Spain converge and they head out of Madrid in a star shape across the entire Spanish mainland. Seize the opportunity: Hire a camper and truly immerse yourself in Spanish culture.
Our road trip tips for Spain will give you a little guidance on where to head with the camper.
Andalusia is what Bavaria is to the Germans or Texas to the Americans.
That which is known around the world and is considered totally typical of the whole country. The birthplace of the Spanish cliché and home of bullfighting and flamenco dancing. You’ll find an abundance of colourful tiles and flowery patios in Seville, the stunning capital of Andalusia. The Arab style, which is present in many places, can be found here in the royal palace, Real Alcázar of Seville. Everywhere you look, Seville is truly eye-catching. Highlight of the visit: Plaza de España with neighbouring Parque de María Lusia. Particularly in spring when everything is in bloom, the city looks spick and span and you’ll be able to smell jasmine in the air. At Las Setas, which means “the mushrooms”, you’ll gain a great view over this beautiful city.
You can also find oriental influences here, for example, when visiting the Mezquita, a former mosque, the ruins of Medina Azahara, the palace city, or when strolling through the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos. In Granada at the latest, you will feel like you’ve arrived in the middle of Marrakech. Thanks to its blend of cultures, this city is truly intoxicating for the senses. In the Albayzín quarter, you will find Arabian buildings, teahouses and markets with all sorts of wonderful trinkets that you don’t necessarily need, but definitely want. The Alhambra is enthroned above all else – the fascinating beauty of the Nasrid Palace has survived to this day and is considered the culmination of Islamic architecture and Moorish culture.
roadsurfer tip: It’s best to book tickets for the Alhambra online in advance, as generally tickets are no longer available to buy on the day.
You can celebrate and unwind in equal measure in Granada. Nowhere else is as good at celebrating tapas and bar culture. The best bit: In Granada, you’ll get free tapas with your drinks. The Bodegas (wine cellars) are lively and noisy, and in the most unassuming bars, such as Los Diamantes, you’ll often find the best tapas and the most locals.
roadsurfer tip: If you want to watch authentic flamenco, take a trip to the Sacromonte quarter and let yourself be swept away to a completely different world.
Here, between the hills of Granada, you will find the famous cave dwellings, some of which are still inhabited today.
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Tarifa has an incredible, long, wide, vast and beautiful sandy beach. This is reason enough to head there. Add to this the chilled out vibes which make this holiday destination so unique. Stylish surfer shops, cafés and beach bars as far as the eye can see.
Although the place is rather small, you can spend days here discovering the place, lazing around and enjoying the relaxed surfer lifestyle, as the fancy takes you. With wind-swept hair, walking around barefoot all day and mañana mañana, as the Spanish say. Sounds like a superb holiday, right? With our camper, you’ll have all you need to hand – free and easy. Hire your camper now and surf the roads!
roadsurfer insider tip: The wild south: The area of Almería resembles the Wild West in the USA. Benefit from all-wheel drive through the Tabernas desert or visit old film sets. Fort Bravo is one of three old film sets that featured films such as “The Magnificent Seven,” “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” or “Der Schuh des Manitu”.
The heyday of the spaghetti western is long gone, but the authentic backdrop of a saloon, bank and jail is well preserved.
There’s so much to mention about Valencia, the city, the historic constructions combined with the futuristic buildings of the avant-garde era much more skilfully than any others. Shopping, culture, theatre, cinema, music, museums – you can do it all in Valencia. What’s more, it’s one of the European cities which hosts the most trade fairs and congresses each year.
The city isn’t the easiest to get around on foot. Luckily, you can bring the camper with you and park it in the multi-storey car park at the main train station, Estación del Norte. The train station is not just a great starting point for your trip, but also the first sight to see, and one of the countless buildings in Valencia that will take your breath away with its architecture. An old town like out of a story book and the modern buildings of the Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences) on the outskirts of the city. The City of Arts and Sciences is a park with a wealth of entertainment on offer. There’s a 3D cinema, planetarium and laser show, to name but a few. There’s plenty to put a smile on the face of your inner child!
Drive to the Spanish province of Buñol, where the “La Tomatina” tomato festival is held on the last Wednesday in August. Spaniards and tourists have a bizarre tomato fight, a bit like the Holi festival, only with tomatoes. Once you’ve let off some steam for a few days on this oversized playground, hire a camper and head for the summer, sun, beach and sea. In addition to the beaches near the city, there are natural beaches with sand dunes and the Albufera nature reserve nearby. Simply hire a camper and add Valencia to your bucket list in Spain.
I bet that Northern Spain is not what you expected from Spain?
Medieval villages and lush greenery await you on the northern Spanish coast in Cantabria. You won’t find masses of tourists here either, at most one pilgrim on their way to Santiago de Compostela.
No Mediterranean – rather the wild Atlantic and unspoilt countryside. No Sangría jug – rather the finest cider. Visit one of the sleepy little fishing villages along the coast and enjoy fresh fish directly from the Atlantic on your plate. Or try Pintxos, the Basque version of Spanish tapas.
Hire a camper and kick off your coastal road trip from Barcelona or Madrid! Northern Spain is perfect if you want to wind down a little after the hustle and bustle of the metropolis.
Idyllic is just the right word to describe what you’ll find in the region of Galicia and Asturias.
Galicia is also home to one of Spain’s most spectacular natural wonders: The imposing cliffs at La Playa de las Catedrales.
The region around Santander in Cantabria can also be explored with ease by camper. In just less than an hour you can reach Picos de Europa national park. Hiking enthusiasts and mountaineers will be spoilt for choice here.
From Pamplona, you can explore the Pyrenees.
Surreal, barren lunar landscapes and dizzying gorges – this is the Navarre region. Each year in July, the world-known Sanfermines running of the bulls takes place in Pamplona. The green north of Spain has such succulent vegetation because it is well watered. Indeed, you may need to plan for one or more wet days. You’ll find plenty of places to take shelter here in the form of indoor entertainment. The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, for instance, is already a gleaming work of art from the outside. Each year in September, the International Film Festival takes place in San Sebastián, the centre for cinema and culture. The city even hosts a jazz festival and a festival for classical music.
In Castile, virtually every city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Therefore, don’t be disappointed if we don’t mention this every time. Here castles, fortresses and old city walls tell the story of bygone eras. The so-called Plateresque architectural style in the city of Salamanca is unique to Spain. Salamanca is also referred to as the “golden city” and is home to Spain’s oldest university.
In this labyrinth of alleys and winding streets, there is something to discover around every corner.
Toledo is the former capital of Spain and can be easily reached from Madrid. At the same time, it is also the capital of the Jewish community in Spain. Indeed, Toledo is called the city of three cultures, as Christians, Muslims and Jews have lived here together for centuries.
The buildings of all these cultures are still very well maintained. There are museums in other cities, but Toledo itself is its very own open-air museum.
The hanging houses of Cuenca are quite a spectacle from afar. Houses and facades built close to the cliffs fit perfectly into the impressive landscape.
It’s especially worth a visit on a weekend, when the entire monumental construction is lit up at night.
“Castile is far” is what they say in Spain. Here you’ll get a real sense of freedom as you drive the camper through the endless stretches of barren Castilian Meseta. Follow in the footsteps of Cervantes Don Quijote and Sancho Panza. La Mancha is the region of Ruta de Don Quijote, which covers a considerable length of 2,500 km. You can’t drive for longer through nothingness even in the Australian Outback. Hire a camper now and get set for the Spanish adventure.