From Coast to Coast: Spain’s Most Picturesque Drives
Spain is simply spectacular, with scenery that encompasses everything from vibrant cities to quaint mountain villages and easy going coastal towns. To fully appreciate the true Spanish appeal, hiring a car is the perfect way to explore this endearing country and its islands. With 24-hour party people and families sunning themselves side-by-side on its Mediterranean coastlines crowded with whitewashed villages and modern hotels, Spain has it all. Here are some of the best parts of Spain to go for a drive.
Fuengirola, a former fishing village and one of the most pulsating spots on the Costa del Sol, has glossy high-rise hotels, tapas bars, chic boutiques and even a Moorish castle. Further along the coast sits Benalmadena with its award-winning marina and cable cars that offer phenomenal views of the coast and the mountains inland.
If you’re looking to stop off at a few shops while you explore by car, you’ll want to drop into Torremolinos fits the bill. A lengthy promenade and the pedestrianised Calle San Miguel are jam-packed with shops sure to satisfy the most discerning customer. A visit to the region must include Malaga, where culture vultures can appreciate its 16th century cathedral and Picasso Museum.
Catalonia’s Costa Dorada is translated as ‘Golden Coast’ and La Pineda is the perfect example of its gilded splendour. This laidback destination is home to the enormous Aquópolis waterpark and is a mellow introduction to the region.
To the south sits the popular destination of Salou. This stretch of coastline is ideal for taking the car out and rolling along, with its pretty palm-lined promenade. If Salou proves too bustling, try Cambrils, a sophisticated fishing village with traditional appeal including markets and old-world cafes.
Portinatx, in Ibiza, is a far cry from the high-octane parties that have made the island so famous. This friendly resort sits nestled in a pine forest while visitors take a break at seaside cafes. Along the east coast, the halfway point is pretty Es Cana. The big draw of this island resort is the Wednesday hippie market, which features live music and street performers as well as clothing and knick-knacks.
Just down the coast is the sophisticated, sublime Santa Eulalia, which manages at once to be family and yacht-friendly. On the bottom of the island is Playa d’en Bossa, which artfully blends play parks with legendary nightclubs.
Tenerife, with the splendid backdrop of Mount Teide to its name, is one of the finest Canary Islands to head out in the car on a smooth drive. Set out from the resort of Costa Adeje and put the radio on for the journey to the seaside town of Los Gigantes, ‘the Giants’, in the south west of Tenerife. The giants in question are the town’s mighty cliffs. Along the way you can call in at the resort Playa de la Arena, with its black, volcanic sand, and also discover the charms of Playa de Juan such as the harbour, the fantastically clean beach and the rock pools.
Whether you pick one route among many on the mainland or circumnavigate an entire island, you’ll find driving in Spain a picturesque experience. Enjoy a Spanish holiday with us and see just how much Spain has to offer.